The purpose of this book is to explain to the ‘average yachtsman’ how a yacht works. Ross Garrett has the rare gift of enabling his readers to relate to the nautical phenomena with which they are so familiar to a physical explanation of how and why these occur.
The first part covers downwind sailing, upwind sailing, sails, the hull, and the dynamic motion of a yacht. Part two is devoted to more mathematical explanations of the same phenomena for those requiring a more scientific approach.
The book is based on a course of lectures given over ten years at the Centre for Continuing Education of the University of Auckland.