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Understanding the New Sailing Technology - a Basic Guide for Sailors


Year: 1990
Language: english
Author: Donaldson S.
Genre: Guide
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: 0-399-13506-5
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 241
Description: The accelerated pace of technological advancement in sailing today is viewed by most amateur sailors as either exciting or alarming, but few are genuinely indifferent to the rapid changes in our oncetraditional recreational pursuit. There is little doubt that those who deplore these changes will eventually have to reconcile themselves to them. The escalating political and economic importance of major transoceanic races, Olympic competition, the America's Cup, and the recent emergence of full-fledged professional racing serve notice that the pace of sailboat development is certain to continue fast and furious.
This book is intended to help the casual recreational sailor come to grips with (and, I hope, appreciate a bit more) the leading edge of sailing technology. It undertakes to show how recent developments fit into a framework of fundamental principles and how the latest innovations build upon the best technology of an earlier era. It is not intended as an encyclopedic guide to everything that's new in sailing, but rather as an introduction for those who would like to know a little more about how contemporary boats really work.
Aficionados of automobile racing like to point out that many major improvements in automotive engineering originated on the track. The same argument when applied to sailing is equally compelling. Over the past thirty years a majority of the advances in sailing hull design, construction, rigging, spars, and sails were pioneered on the racecourse.
In a remarkable number of cases, the inventions inspired by competition have ended up being used on many, if not most, recreational sailboats. For this reason alone, no one with a genuine interest in sailing can ignore the progress currently being made by serious racing sailors, designers, boatbuilders, and sailmakers. If history shows any inclination to repeat itself, the cruising and daysailing boats of the next decade will incorporate many of the ideas being tested and refined by today's racing sailors, particularly those who compete offshore and shorthanded. Thus, while this is not a book about sailboat racing, racing is indirectly responsible for much of its content.
I make no apologies for this, and sincerely hope that even those of you who consider yourselves dyed-in-the-wool cruisers will elect to read on.

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