Fast Track to Cruising

How to Go from Novice to Cruise-Ready in Seven Days

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Date

November 19, 2004

Format

Paperback, 256 pages

ISBN

0071406727 / 9780071406727

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22.95



Overview


Main description

Learn how to handle a cruising sailboat in as little as seven days—even if you’ve never sailed before!

Who says you have to be an experienced daysailor before you can think about cruising? Steve and Doris Colgate know that most of us don’t have that kind of time. At the Offshore Sailing School, the Colgates have helped more than 100,000 adults—three-quarters of whom started as beginning sailors or complete newcomers--take the helm of a midsize cruising sailboat. Now Fast Track to Cruising offers these proven instructional methods to all aspiring sailors with big dreams and little time.

This is the very first guide that teaches sailing and cruising together, taking you from your first sail to independent cruising in one leap. You can make that leap in as little as seven days—as in the Colgates’ “Fast Track to Cruising” course—or you can get there at a more leisurely pace. Either way, no other book will take you from your first tacking or docking maneuver to a mastery of navigation and diesel engines as efficiently as this one.

"America's most experienced sailing instructors present a thorough and easy to understand look at cruising. Leisure time is precious. Safety is paramount. The Colgates will help you maximize your time on the water."--Gary Jobson, ESPN's lead sailing analyst and editor at large for Cruising World and Sailing World

“Doris and Steve Colgate understand that people want to reach their sailing goals as quickly as possible and they've built the excellent Fast Track program to accomplish it.”--Bernadette Bernon, former editorial director of Cruising World magazine

"Together Steve and Doris Colgate have been teaching beginners to sail for over half a century. In Fast Track to Cruising they have included every concept and procedure you need to get yourself from a want-to-be sailor to one who is knowledgeable and competent to take the helm--with confidence and a smile."--Charles Mason, Executive Editor, SAIL magazine


Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionDay One: Getting to Know Your BoatChapter 1: The Language of SailingImportant Words to KnowHow to Measure a SailboatHow to Describe a SailboatStanding RiggingRunning RiggingSails and How to Describe ThemChapter 2: Start SailingSailing Comfort is All about PreparationGetting AboardGetting Ready to SailGetting UnderwaySteeringMake Yourself ComfortableChapter 3: The Points of SailFinding Wind DirectionYour Boat is Always on a TackCycling Through the Points of SailChanging Course DownwindSailing toward the WindWhen Tacks Don’t Go as PlannedDay Two: Building Confidence and SkillsChapter 4: Wind and Sails: A Powerful TeamWind Creates LiftTwo Sails are More Efficient than OneThe Effect of HeelingUsing TelltalesWind Flow on a RunJib LeadsHow Sails are MadeSail ControlsReading and Using the WindChapter 5: Balance and StabilityHow Weather and Lee Helm Affect BalanceHow Sails Affect BalanceHow Weight Affects BalanceHow the Keel and Hull Shape Affect StabilityHow to Control StabilityDetermining SpeedSailing DinghiesChapter 6: Handling Heavy Weather and Rescuing CrewSailing in Heavy WeatherWhat to Do in a SquallCrew Overboard!Day Three: Going and Coming with EaseChapter 7: Mooring, Docking and Anchoring Under SailMooring Pickup without a MotorHow to Anchor Under SailHow to Dock Under SailIf You Go AgroundChapter 8: Right-of-Way Rules and NavigationHow to Determine if You are on a Collision CourseRules of the RoadNavigation BasicsDay Four: Getting Familiar with Bigger BoatsChapter 9: Segue to a Cruising BoatCruising LingoLearning the Systems AboardProper Engine UseManeuvering Under PowerChapter 10: Getting UnderwayBefore You LeaveLeave the Dock in StyleSetting SailSafe and Efficient Winch UseTidying Up on DeckChapter 11: Basic Maneuvers Under Sail and PowerWhen and Where to TackHow to Tack a Cruising BoatHow to Jibe a Cruising BoatDousing Sails at Day's EndDay Five: Settling Down for the NightChapter 12: Docking and Mooring a Cruising BoatApproaching a DockPicking Up a MooringMed-Moor DockingHow to Back in from a Preset MooringShutting DownChapter 13: Anchoring Your Cruising BoatAnchors and their Holding PowerWhere to AnchorSetting Your AnchorWhen Two Anchors are BetterAnchoring in Deep WaterSpecial CircumstancesHow to Get Going AgainDay Six: Techniques for Successful CruisingChapter 14: Sail Trim for CruisingHow to Steer ComfortablyWhen Wind Velocity ChangesWhy Sail Shape is ImportantMainsail Control and ShapeProper Genoa TrimControl in Heavy AirChapter 15: Safety and Health Tips for CruisingHow to Avoid Being SeasickOther Health Conditions You Might EncounterEquipment Failures Can Cause AccidentsTips for Going Up a MastWhat to Do if Someone Goes OverboardWhat to Do if You Go AgroundWhat to Do if Steering FailsA Collision Can Ruin Your DaySailing at Night and in Restricted VisibilityDay Seven: Gone Cruising!Chapter 16: Navigation: Knowing Where You Are and Where You Are GoingBecoming a NavigatorHow to Use ChartsWhere You Can and Cannot SailUnderstanding Variation and DeviationWhat is Dead Reckoning?How to Avoid HazardsOther Tips for NavigatingNavigating in CurrentSatellite NavigationChapter 17: Creature Comforts and Other Tips for CruisingYour DinghyUse of Water AboardCooking AboardMarine ToiletsDealing with GarbageSafety BelowTips for Swimming and FishingCommunicating between BoatsChapter 18: Cruise Ready!About Bareboat CharteringWhat to Pack for Your CruiseCustoms and Currency AbroadCruising CourtesyBeyond CharteringAppendix 1: Seven-Day Study ProgramAppendix 2: Tips and ChecklistsGlossaryIndex


Author comments

Steve Colgate founded the Offshore Sailing School in 1964. He has participated in two America's Cup trials, seventeen Newport–Bermuda races, seven Fastnet Races, the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and six transatlantic races. Doris Colgate is president of the Offshore Sailing School and founder of the National Women's Sailing Association. In 2003, US SAILING awarded the Colgates the Timothea Larr Trophy in recognition of their outstanding leadership and excellence in sailing education.


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Learn how to handle a cruising sailboat in as little as seven days—even if you’ve never sailed before!

Who says you have to be an experienced daysailor before you can think about cruising? Steve and Doris Colgate know that most of us don’t have that kind of time. At the Offshore Sailing School, the Colgates have helped more than 100,000 adults—three-quarters of whom started as beginning sailors or complete newcomers--take the helm of a midsize cruising sailboat. Now Fast Track to Cruising offers these proven instructional methods to all aspiring sailors with big dreams and little time.

This is the very first guide that teaches sailing and cruising together, taking you from your first sail to independent cruising in one leap. You can make that leap in as little as seven days—as in the Colgates’ “Fast Track to Cruising” course—or you can get there at a more leisurely pace. Either way, no other book will take you from your first tacking or docking maneuver to a mastery of navigation and diesel engines as efficiently as this one.

"America's most experienced sailing instructors present a thorough and easy to understand look at cruising. Leisure time is precious. Safety is paramount. The Colgates will help you maximize your time on the water."--Gary Jobson, ESPN's lead sailing analyst and editor at large for Cruising World and Sailing World

“Doris and Steve Colgate understand that people want to reach their sailing goals as quickly as possible and they've built the excellent Fast Track program to accomplish it.”--Bernadette Bernon, former editorial director of Cruising World magazine

"Together Steve and Doris Colgate have been teaching beginners to sail for over half a century. In Fast Track to Cruising they have included every concept and procedure you need to get yourself from a want-to-be sailor to one who is knowledgeable and competent to take the helm--with confidence and a smile."--Charles Mason, Executive Editor, SAIL magazine

Steve Colgate founded the Offshore Sailing School in 1964. He has participated in two America's Cup trials, seventeen Newport–Bermuda races, seven Fastnet Races, the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and six transatlantic races. Doris Colgate is president of the Offshore Sailing School and founder of the National Women's Sailing Association. In 2003, US SAILING awarded the Colgates the Timothea Larr Trophy in recognition of their outstanding leadership and excellence in sailing education.





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