Fast Track to Sailing - Learn to Sail in Three Days


Steve and Doris Colgate
International Marine/McGraw-Hill
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   This book by Steve and Doris Colgate is the culmination of years of development through their introductory sailing program. Second, one of their excellent licensed and certified instructors explains sailing in a series of classroom sessions to reinforce the book. Most important, the new sailor sets sail for comprehensive sessions on the Colgate 26 sailboat, which was designed by Steve specifically for sail training. At the end of the course, the participant sails without an instructor, gaining the confidence that comes from handling a 26-foot sailboat with other new sailors. We heartily recommend Fast Track to Sailing to anyone interested in taking the first steps to a new and wonderful lifestyle. Learn with a good foundation and you will enjoy sailing forever. Learn it right the first time and the rewards are incredible—and this book teaches it right. Sailing is one of the most environmentally responsible sports you can ever aspire to. Its carbon footprint is virtually invisible. The ultimate goal of many sailors is to go cruising. To help achieve that goal, we wrote the book Fast Track to Cruising in 2005. Because some sailors prefer to sail close to home on small to midsize sailboats, we present here an easy to read, colorful stand-alone book for the new sailor called Fast Track to Sailing. You are about to embark on a most rewarding adventure, taking you from the desire to learn how to sail to ready to sail in easy, logical steps. We have always been strong proponents of learning the right way the first time. When I started Offshore Sailing School in 1964, I realized I was encapsulating over twenty years of intense sailing knowledge into three or four days of training. In that short time, if you absorb everything —that is, everything this book—you will gain a sailing foundation that will last a lifetime. The knowledge and methods herein give you the insight and understanding to build sailing confidence and skills. You will learn why you are doing something, not just how to do it. The text and illustrations provide everything you need to know to be a competent sailor. At the end of each chapter you are encouraged to test what you learned.

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