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    Posted: 28 Jun 09 at 8:27pm

So which are the best books for beginners nowadays?

Once I'd got past its presumtuous title, I thought "This is Sailing" was a cracking book for beginners - all they needed to know and in an easy to understand format. But it's now out of print, so what, I wonder, has taken its place?

I'm particularly interested on behalf of my Godson - an intellectually inclined 11-year-old (i.e. for sure he'll want to refer to the book between sails to work out what was going on), but all answers would be interesting for the thread, I guess.

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Sadly the very best book is "Start To Win" by Eric Twiname and that's out of print. The photos look very dated now and so unlikely to appeal to today's youth.  But what a book! It focuses on knowing what is going on, technically, tactically and strategicly and shows how all those little boat speed things that people get hung up on are mostly a distraction.
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For complete beginners, learning to sail, the RYA Go Sailing book is excellent
http://www.rya.org.uk/shop/products/Pages/g32.aspx

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http://www.newtosailing.com/books.asp
Definately 'Go Sailing' is the best kids book at the moment.
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Except, I read somewhere that Go Sailing is for kids till the age of 11. I could be in big trouble giving that to an 11-year-old, esp. one who's currently devouring five books a week! He could probably cope with a straightforward adult book, to be honest - certainly This is Sailing.

Start to Win is (was) indeed a great book, but it's more for people who can already sail and know the basics and who now want to win. Maybe in a couple of years...

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