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Colgate, Doris.
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Publication Information:
Camden, Me. : Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill, [1999]

Physical Description:
174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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GV811 .C556 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Doris Colgate knows what women want. Well-known as a sailing role model and a confident yet gentle teacher, she writes with clarity on even the most complex sailing concepts, as well as answering often-asked questions on the safety, comfort, and social sides of sailing. Sailing: A Woman's Guide pulls it all together for the beginning sailor. Finally, an excellent book for women that both teaches and motivates. Bravo, Doris. You've opened up the sport."--Bernadette Peters, editorial director, Cruising World

"It took a person with her fingers on the pulse of women aspiring to sail to write this book, and that person is clearly Doris Colgate. Sailing: A Woman's Guide is as much a source book as empowerment to women the world over desiring to become sailors."--Micca Leffingwell Hutchins, editor of SailNet

"An excellent introduction to the sport of sailing. It will undoubtedly encourage many women to try this challenging, noncontact activity while enjoying the great outdoors."--Betsy Alison, Four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year

"This new series is designed to teach outdoor skills to women in the way they learn. . . . Women of all ages describe how they overcame obstacles, what they enjoyed most, or just how they felt about undertaking a new activity . . . extremely well done and appealing."-- Library Journal (starred review)

Author Notes

Doris Colgage has been a sailor for over 30 years. She is president of Offshore Sailing School and of the National Women's Sailing Association. Besides thousands of miles of worldwide bluewater cruising experience, she has sailed in many international races, including the Bermuda Race, Antigua Race Weeks, Cowes Weeks, and the Fastnet Race. She also produced the video Take the Helm: Women and the Sailing Lifestyle .

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Women and Sailing A great fit for women Why are women drawn to sailing?
Women who sail
Chapter 2 How to Get Started Choose a sailing school
What to expect on your first day Normal apprehension Step aboard
How does it feel?
Chapter 3 Getting Comfortable with Sailing Sailor talk How a sailboat is measured
What makes a sailboat stable?
How sails are held up and controlled
How to talk about sails Basic sailboat moves Taking a sailboat through its paces
Chapter 4 How to Sail Away and Return with Ease Rig and hoist the sails
Getting underway Sailing at last Homeward bound
Chapter 5 Using the Wind
Identifying wind direction
Setting your sails upwind and downwind
Making the boat react to you Powering down for comfort and control
When you go aground Crew-overboard recovery
Chapter 6 Preparing Yourself and the Boat
Clothing for comfortable sailing
Diet and sailing
Lifesaving equipment
Communication with other boats and with shore
Electrical hazards
When a shroud or stay breaks Knots and line handling
Chapter 7 Smart Sailing
Why sail shape is important
The shape of speed Weather and wind
Wind shifts and how to use them
Use of crew weight and placement
Chapter 8 Navigation Rules and Techniques Know the rules
The basic steps of navigation Tides and currents
Chapter 9 Tips for Sailing with Ease Practice, practice, practice
Exercises for sailing Personal matters Keep on sailing
Chapter 10 Resources Index