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The Winner's Guide to Optimist Sailing


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Introduction by Joni Palmer, Executive Director, U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association Part I: Welcome to Optimist Sailing Optimist Fun How the Optimist Came to Be Part II: Getting Started The Boat and Equipment Parts of the Boat Lines and Equipment Safety Boating Etiquette Knots for Optimists Square Knot Square Knot with Keeper Bowline Clove Hitch One-Design Knot Tying to a Cleat Stopper Knot Transporting Your Dinghy Checklist Care of Boat and Rig Part III: Let's Go Sailing How a Boat Sails The Points of Sailing Preparation Before Sailing Rigging Changes in Course Basic Tips Where Do You Sit When Sailing? How Do You Hold the Tiller? How Do You Hold the Mainsheet? How Do You Turn the Boat? Launching Windward Shore Tips Leeward Shore Tips Final Preparation On the Water Sailing on a Reach Tacking Running Jibing Upwind Landing Acceleration, Slowing Down, and Stopping Sailing Out of the No-Go Zone Weather Awareness Reading the Wind Waves, Current, and Tides Waves Current Tides Part IV: Fine-Tuning Your Skills Going Faster Rigging the Racing Rig Sail Shape Tying On Your Sail Sailing to Windward Sailing on a Reach Sailing on a Run Planing Things to Avoid Downwind Tacking Jibing Meeting an Obstruction Capsizing Basic Rules of the Road Starboard Tack Has Right-of-Way Tacking (or Jibing) Boat Must Stay Clear Same Tack--Overlapped Same Tack--Not Overlapped Powerboats Must Stay Clear of Sailboats Other Rules and Tips Part V: Racing Competition First Race Fast Starts Starting in Light Wind Determining Where to Start Port-Tack Start Dip Start Barging Start Starting Line Exits Upwind Tactics Approaching the Windward Mark The Reaching Leg The Run Rounding the Leeward Mark Fast Finishes Dealing with Protests Subtle Strategies Your Health and Fitness for Sailing Physical Fitness Eating Right Sleeping RIght Part VI: Coaching Opti Sailing Coaching Young Sailors Teaching Format On-the-Water Coaching Techniques Instructor's Safety Review Drills to Improve Boat Handling Drills to Improve Speed Practice Practicing Alone Practicing in Pairs Practicing in a Fleet Part VII: For Parents Only OptiMania: A Note for Parents Tips for Parents: Preparing for Opti Regattas Part VIII: The Eternal Optimist The Eternal Optimist Classes Handicap Racing/One-Design Offshore Scholastic Sailing Collegiate Sailing The Olympics The America's Cup and Match Racing Team Racing Day Sailing Cruising Glossary Acknowledgments Index About the Authors

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Gary Jobson is a world-class sailor, ESPN television commentator, and author. A former sailing coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, he is the winner of ten national titles and three America's Cup campaigns. AUTHOR HOMETOWN: Annapolis, MD

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