It is the only how-to book that the world’s most successful Olympic sailor has written and so, while he and the Laser class have moved on, this is the only place where you can gain access to Ben’s skills and thought process. It is an invaluable guide on how to perform at the top of the Laser class or, indeed, any single-handed sailing dinghy.
From psychology, goal setting and getting the boat right to speed, fitness and training – this book illustrates how to win a championship. Brimming with photographs, it is a colourful, detailed account of how to dominate in your fleet.
PART ONE: GETTING THE BOAT RIGHT: Checking the hull, Putting the boat together, Control lines, Other equipment
PART TWO: SPEED AROUND THE COURSE: Starting, Beating, Tacking, Reaching, Gybing, Running, Other manoeuvres
PART THREE: LET’S GET PERSONAL: Diet, Fitness, Training, Clothing
PART FOUR: HOW TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP: Countdown to a particular event, Racing to win, A typical race day, The race.