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Sail Trim - Theory & Practice by Peter Hahne

 Sail Trim - Theory & Practice by Peter Hahne

About Sail Trim

Sail trim is the art of setting sails in response to the varying conditions imposed by the wind, waves, boat speed and desired course. Regarded as something of a black art, good sail trim can mean the difference between winning and losing a race or reaching harbour before the tide turns. This book demonstrates the skill of good sail trim with the aid of superb colour diagrams and photographs, to enable racers and cruisers alike to sail efficiently and get the most out of their boats.

Taking account of all types of wind condition the author explains:

  • aero and hydrodynamics
  • rig types
  • the best way to rig a vessel
  • sail cloth and cut
  • the right trim for mainsail and smaller sails
  • sailing before the wind

There is really only one way to set your sails for maximum efficiency; this book explains how.


“the photographs and diagrams are of excellent absorbing read” – Nautical Magazine (November 2010)

“spells out the whys and hows of what many regard as a difficult art, with good clear text, pictures and diagrams.” – SAILING (October 2010)

“There are some good tips here for every sailor, whether they are a racer or cruiser. Read, hoist and get going, efficiently.” – Ontario Sailor Magazine, (May 2011)

Published: 04-08-2010
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 128
ISBN: 9781408123386
Imprint: Adlard Coles
Illustrations: 4 colour throughout
Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm

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