From Novice to Sailor in One Week

By Barry Lewis (2016; Mc­grawhill Ed­u­ca­tion; $21 pa­per­back, $12.49 e-book)

Cruising World - - Underway - — Michael Robert­son

About a year ago, I was in Amer­i­can Samoa help­ing kids learn to sail. We’d meet at 8 a.m., and by 11 a.m., the ea­ger sailors were seated in Op­ti­mists, hands on sheets and tillers, ready to be pushed off. This is the book I wish I’d had for each one of those young sailors. It ush­ers the reader onto the wa­ter that first day, but then con­tin­ues the in­struc­tion — not lim­ited to dinghy sail­ing — over six ad­di­tional “days.” The au­thor be­lieves in a sim­pli­fied, in­tu­itive ap­proach and, in ad­di­tion to the ex­cel­lent lay­out and il­lus­tra­tions, con­veys ev­ery­thing a be­gin­ner needs to know in an un­der­stand­ing, re­as­sur­ing tone. From novice to sailor in one week? Ab­so­lutely.

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