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Old 10-05-2013, 08:44   #1
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Sail Trim Tutorial

I've downloaded and read about 30 articles on sail trim. Sometimes I read them and think, "OK I've got it - tighten this, loosen that..." Other times I feel a little confused (euphemism for )..

Is there a good, simple book on the subject:

1) easy to read with good graphics (a picture is worth a thousand words) and

2) limited or no emphasis on the physics of air flow (I'm not a mathematician).

To paraphrase Jeremy Irons in the movie "Margin Call", a book you would read to your Golden Retriever.

Thanks
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RYA Sail Trim Handbook - for Cruisers | | Shop | RYA)

Great little reference book. Clearly explained, plenty of graphics, good coverage of the theory as well as the practice.
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Try this one. Lots of color illustrations. A great series in sailing.

Sail and Rig Tuning: Ivar Dedekam: 9781898660675: Amazon.com: Books
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Simple sail trim rules

Both inside and outside tell tales should fly horizontally.

If outside tell tales fall from horizontal let out more sail

If inside tell tales fall from horizontal pull sail in tighter
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:44   #5
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Simple sail trim rules

Both inside and outside tell tales should fly horizontally.

If outside tell tales fall from horizontal let out more sail

If inside tell tales fall from horizontal pull sail in tighter

And don't be reluctant to use your headsail track to improve sail shape.
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I've downloaded and read about 30 articles on sail trim. Sometimes I read them and think, "OK I've got it - tighten this, loosen that..." Other times I feel a little confused (euphemism for )..

Is there a good, simple book on the subject:

1) easy to read with good graphics (a picture is worth a thousand words) and

2) limited or no emphasis on the physics of air flow (I'm not a mathematician).

To paraphrase Jeremy Irons in the movie "Margin Call", a book you would read to your Golden Retriever.

Thanks

I have I brought 5 years ago "Sail Trim for Cruisers". It is not very thick and has just enough "detail" to make it look like a book instead of a pamphlet. I still look at it once in a while.
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I have I brought 5 years ago "Sail Trim for Cruisers". It is not very thick and has just enough "detail" to make it look like a book instead of a pamphlet. I still look at it once in a while.
Is that the same RYA book recommended by Europaflyer above?
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Re: Sail Trim Tutorial

NORTH SAILS sells a sail trim text that has an excellent format.
They make it very easy to understand.
Don't be intimidated by it's racing bend because it can save you hours/days off your voyage.
More cruisers should be aware of the contents of such a well written book.
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