Winter Race Reading

SinC Winter Race Reading Colgate

November 2, 2022

Now that the boat is away, and you’ve read Sailing in Canada’s lates issue, it’s time to head to the bookshelf and get primed for next season’s battles.

Here are some titles from the Nautical Mind Bookstore on Toronto’s waterfront to keep the juices flowing.

Performance Sailing and Racing

by Colgate, Steve

CAD $31.95

In his latest publication, Colgate explains how to improve your sailing and push your boat to higher–but safer–speeds, whether you race or cruise. Getting a boat to perform as it was designed–with grace and an ease of motion–and knowing how to sail it fast can get you out of tricky situations more quickly and bring you to your destination sooner. A textbook used throughout the Colgate Sailing School network, “Performance Sailing and Racing” will help novices start racing and improve quickly, but even veteran sailors will pick up tips and tricks for success. End-of-chapter quizzes reinforce what’s been taught.


SinC Winter Race Reading Pinnell 400Tuning to Win

by Pinnell, Ian

CAD $37.95

Pinnell a multiple champion describes how to gain the extra margin of boatspeed that will move you up the fleet. Illustrated with photos and diagrams, his book clearly explains what each control does, how to set up your boat for light wind beating, and how to adjust for different wind strengths and directions. The sections on skills and troubleshooting take things even further.





SinC Winter Race Reading Houghton 400Wind Strategy

by Houghton, David & Fiona Campbell

CAD $34.95

4th ed. Writing for the racing dinghy sailor, the authors both meteorologists and sailors show you how to predict the wind over the area of a racecourse, before and during the race, using simple rules of thumb that apply anywhere in the world. In addition, the authors include tips on weather conditions at 30 international regatta locations.





SinC Winter Race Reading Gladstone 400North U. Racing Tactics

by Gladstone, Bill

CAD $37.95

7th ed. Covers tactics, rules, weather, and strategy in an easy-to-follow format. Offers complete information for neophytes and insights for the more experienced. Quizzes and skill-building sections show how to develop a race-winning approach. Updated to 2009 Racing Rules. A companion volume to “Performance Racing Trim”.





SinC Winter Race Reading Rushall 400RYA Tactics G40

by Rushall, Mark

CAD $43.95

3rd ed. Rushall’s approach will help you to sail better and win races. His easy-to-follow diagrams and photos break down the racecourse, telling you exactly what to consider, how and when to do it, and why you should be doing it. Good for all levels of racer. Includes the latest Racing Rule changes.





SinC Winter Race Reading Elvstrom 400Elvstrom Explains the Racing Rules: 2021-2024 Rules

by Krause, Soren, ed.

CAD $14.99 on sale

One of the great Olympic sailors, Elvstrom devised a unique, bird’s-eye-view approach to explaining the Racing Rules in detail. Discussions have been updated to conform to new Rules, and each is cross-referenced to relevant case studies provided by World Sailing (formerly ISAF). As in previous editions, a set of plastic boats is included, for use during protest hearings, as well as the complete new Rules. A quick-reference guide highlights the latest changes.

Fortunately for SinC readers, this book is on sale at Nautical Mind, perhaps because we are midway through its currency.


The Reading List is curated by: 

Nautical Mind Bookstore
249 Queen’s Quay West, Unit 108
Toronto, ON M5J 2N5 Canada
Phone: 416-203-1163
Canada/US: 1-800-463-9951

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