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RYA Sail Trim Handbook (G99)

The RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers is crammed with useful tips and pointers on one of the fundamentals of good seamanship: sail trim. The book focuses more on the needs of the cruising sailor as opposed to the out-and-out racer. After all, a well-trimmed cruising yacht will be better balanced, easier to handle, and will sail more comfortably.

Sail trim can be bewildering to the novice but the RYA Sail Trim Handbook talks you through the subject in an informative yet entertaining manner. The book is further enhanced by a range of clear, well thought-out illustrations.

Chapters include:

  • How Sails Work
  • Jibs & Genoas
  • Spinnakers
  • Reefing
  • Sailing Upwind
  • Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Trade Wind Sailing

Ultimately this book will have you itching to get back afloat and tinkering with the trim of your sails.


Sure to be welcomed…so clear and concise are the instructions, that learning is a pleasure…Sailing South Africa, February 2011

…An easy read and well illustrated…. Sailing Today, December 2010 – Recommended read

…If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well….and that’s particularly relevant to trimming sails…, November 2010, Book of the Week

Would make a subtle, timely gift for a slow skipper … If you’ve ever wondered what on earth people mean when they mention slots and twists, read this book! Practical Boat Owner, January 2011

It is very well illustrated throughout… Royal Naval Sailing Association, Winter 2010 Journal

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