The Art and Science of Sails: A Guide to Modern Materials, Construction, Aerodynamics, Upkeep, and Use

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A guide for both cruisers and racers. Whidden (North Sails) looks at the latest materials and rigging methods, gives a new explanation of sailboat aerodynamics, describes different cloths and designs, and the construction and trim of sails. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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"The book is gracefully written and deserves to be a classic..."--Sailing World magazine.

"I've known Tom Whidden for quite a while since he crewed for me on the 12-Metre Nefertiti. He has always been a student of the technical and business aspects of sailmaking. Whidden has a common-sense approach gained from hands-on ocean racing experience."--Ted Hood, the late sailmaker, yacht designer, boat-builder, marina developer, winning America's Cup skipper, Yachtsman of the Year, author and industry leader.

Whidden and Levitt know as much about sails as anybody alive, and they show it in this book. I wish I'd had it to read during my 150-days around alone in American Promise." --The late Dodge Morgan, who in 1986 was the first American to sail solo around the world nonstop--in 150 days, cutting the prior world record of 292 days nearly in half.

"I'm sure the book will become must reading for anyone who is genuinely interested in knowing why sails work the way they do."--Charles Mason, former executive editor of Sail magazine.

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For anyone in the process of ordering a new genoa jib, this book is both timely and informative. Whidden, president of North Sails, has provided a readable volume which starts with sail material and concludes with the care thereof. In between, there is much valuable information regarding such matters as design and development, sail and rigging trim, and choice of inventory for various sailing interests. While the book is aimed at the specialist, the style is clear enough for most sailors. Highly recommended for all libraries with a literate sailing clientele. Dolphin Book Club Selection; first serial, Sailing . -- Robert E. Greenfield, formerly with Baltimore Cty. P.L.
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