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Wind Strategy (Sail to Win)

By David Houghton, Fiona Campbell

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Format: Paperback, 140 pages, 4th Revised edition Edition
Other Information: 30 colour photos, over 200 diagrams
Published In: United Kingdom, 13 September 2016
The wind powers everything a sailor does and this book will help you to understand it. As a result you will be more prepared for your race, able to anticipate changes in the wind better and know what to do when they come. The first edition of this book was published in 1986, and it has been the go-to wind book for dinghy champions ever since. This new-look fourth edition is fully updated for modern forecasting and analyses a revised set of popular racing venues around the world: unveiling what to expect from the weather at 30 regatta locations, it will get you ahead of the competition and powering up the leaderboard.

Table of Contents

About the Authors; Foreword; Chapter 1: The Wind-Wise Sailor; Chapter 2: The Sailor's Wind; Chapter 3: Wind Facts: Coasts, Lakes & Islands; Chapter 4: Wind Facts: Wind Bands, Water Temperature & The Tide; Chapter 5: Wind Facts: Gusts & Lulls; Chapter 6: Wind Facts: Southern Hemisphere; Chapter 7: The Sea Breeze; Chapter 8: Sea Breeze with Gradient Wind; Chapter 9: Afternoon Winds: Gradient Wind Onshore; Chapter 10: Lakes, Mountains, Valleys & Peninsulas; Chapter 11: As the Sun Goes Down; Chapter 12: Afternoon & Evening Winds: Southern Hemisphere; Chapter 13: Gravity Waves, Billows & Surges; Chapter 14: The Message of The Clouds; Chapter 15: Light Airs; Chapter 16: Obstacles in The Wind; Chapter 17: Water Currents; Chapter 18: Waves; Chapter 19: Dangerous Waves; Chapter 20: At the Regatta; Chapter 21: Which Sails?; Chapter 22: Popular Racing Venues; Summary Sheets.

About the Author

David Houghton was a passionate meteorologist, spending over 30 years at the UK Met Office, and was responsible for introducing the marketing of weather services commercially. He was a member of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1949. In 2000 he was awarded the Society's Michael Hunt Award for "excellence in increasing the understanding of meteorology or its applied disciplines among members of the general public, including particular groups (e.g. sailors)". David worked as an advisor to Olympic, Admiral's Cup, America's Cup and Round the World sailing teams for over 30 years. He also wrote Weather at Sea for cruising sailors. Fiona Campbell is a successful meteorologist with a passion for the environment and a love of sailing. Fiona took over from David Houghton the responsibility for advising the UK's top sailing teams at Olympic, European and World regattas, as well as GBR and other America's Cup challenges. She has also worked to help boat designers, competitors and race organisers, such as Cowes Week, to optimise their performance. Fiona worked alongside weather legend David Houghton for many years.


Weather guru Fiona Campbell has updated David Houghton's original work with some great additions including more venue guides with the most popular regatta locations in the UK and plenty on the international scene too. (Andy Rice, Yachts & Yachting) It covers everything a dinghy sailor could possibly need to know about how wind and weather affect you on the race course, and the knowledge here can help put you one step ahead of the competition before the starting gun has even fired (The Final Beat); The book presents a complex topic in a simple and well-structured way with relevance to inland and sea sailors. Readers can gain an insight into how land features affect the wind and the impact of different types of passing cloud. Wind Strategy gives you the knowledge to take positive decisions. You won't always be right but at least you will have an understanding of why it didn't work and not just put it down to bad luck (again)! (Alan Davies, Gybe Magazine); It's got a fairly simple rule of thumb which makes you look like you have a 4th sense for the weather. (Steve Cockerill, Rooster Sailing); Weather is multidimensional and rarely simple but in this book both David and Fiona expertly explain what can be a complicated subject in an easily understandable format. You will remember or learn something every time you pick up this book. I can guarantee that something you learn in this book will help you improve your racing results. Remember it all and you may no longer be the sailor in the bar explaining how 'unlucky' you were when the wind shifted against you! (Ian Walker)

EAN: 9781909911543
ISBN: 1909911542
Publisher: Fernhurst Books Limited
Dimensions: 23.8 x 17.1 x 0.9 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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