Practical Skipper: Essential notes and checklists for day and coastal skippers (Paperback)

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When you learn how to skipper a yacht the practical courses cover a whole range of activities, from passage planning to pilotage and berthing. The way you learn about these elements on a course is usually like this:

– the briefing, where the instructor prepares you for the exercise. He should explain what we're trying to achieve, how it's going to work, and what the skipper and crew need to do
– the practical activity – you all have a go
– the debriefing afterwards, where you discuss what happened and how it went, and take notes of what to remember.

At the end of the course, you will have had a go at all the important stuff you have to do in the course of sailing the yacht, but you'll probably struggle to remember all the essential bits: the all-important briefing, and the sequence of things you have to remember.

This book is the answer. Containing all the author's own briefing notes and concise explanations, it covers every activity a skipper will need to carry out. Using bullet points, handy checklists and simple diagrams, this book is a unique resource for all skippers – reassurance for new skippers that they haven't forgotten something vital, and a reminder for the more experienced.

These are the notes you wish you'd written when you attended your sailing course, and had to hand when revising for your exam or refreshing your knowledge later.

About the Author

A Cambridge-educated engineer, Bill Johnson swapped his career for long distance sailing. He stopped logging miles sailed somewhere around 50,000. He was a sailing instructor for ten years, focusing on the RYA courses from beginner to Yachtmaster level.

Praise For…

"Provides developing skippers with a comprehensive practical guide to underpin their understanding, written in a concise and easy-to-read style, all from a hands-on perspective by an acknowledged author... We would have loved to have a copy of this book when we were training for our RYA assessments. It is thoroughly recommended for those who are preparing for RYA Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper qualifications and a great book to have on the bookshelf as a reminder for seasoned sailors too." - Cruising Magazine

"Supremely clear and easy to navigate, and one of the best features are the checklists, to stop you forgetting something important that you last might have heard in a classroom decades ago." - Classic Boat

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472977076
ISBN-10: 1472977076
Publisher: Adlard Coles
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English