If we are talking books
for beginning sailors, I agree Chapman is a great reference, however the first sailing book I bought and the one that remains my favourite is The Complete Sailor: Learning
the Art of Sailing by David Seidman. I have taken many sailing related courses and read countless books
on the subject, but this book is a great read and is beautifully illustrated with hand-drawn sketches. I'm an IT guy and understand the value of good reference books, but books that present the material in an easy to read and concise format are more likely to be read cover to cover.
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