The Catamaran Book

Catamaran Sailing From Start to Finish

Brian Phipps, Tom Phipps

The techniques and skills needed to succeed in catamaran sailing, whether starting out or striving for championship wins.
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Language:
English
Series :
Start to Finish
Illustration :
385 Halftones, color; 44 Diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781909911574
Pages : 156
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
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$28.95

Overview
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A well-rounded guide covering the techniques and skills needed to succeed in catamaran sailing, for those starting out through to those striving for championship wins. Whether you are a youngster choosing your first cat, a club sailor looking to improve your results, or a seasoned racer embarking on a higher performance model, expert advice from Tom & Brian Phipps will take your catamaran sailing to the next level. Beginning with key theory and seamanship skills, the Phipps take you through your early sailing experiences and caring for your catamaran. Developing your skills on all points of sailing, you will be introduced to trapezing, race tuning and racing itself. As your confidence grows you move onto advanced techniques and high performance catamarans. The final section gives you a glimpse of the cutting edge of catamaran sailing with foiling platforms and solid wings. 30 focussed chapters are packed with over 350 photographs showing you exactly how it’s done, with diagrams illustrating key boat parts, the various points of sailing and complex on-the-water scenarios with clarity. Whatever your background, your current level or the extent of your ambition, this book gives you all the tools you need to get out on the water and improve your catamaran sailing.

About The Author
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Brian Phipps has been involved in the world of sports catamarans – manufacture, testing, development, racing, coaching and promotion – for over 30 years. An RYA National Youth catamaran coach for five years, he is now a personal coach for a number of national catamaran sailing teams worldwide; sports catamaran advisor to a number of developing national squads; and club coach / trainer to a number of sailing clubs and class associations. On top of this he has been a catamaran championship racer with a series of winning results. Brian runs the Windsport Cat Clinics, offering courses for all levels using a full range of boats.

Tom Phipps is a successful professional UK sailor. Sailing since the age of ten, he dominated catamaran racing at a youth level, medalling three times at both the ISAF Youth World and RYA Youth National championships. Tom has gone on to succeed in a number of national (Dart, Formula 18, Hobie 16, Tornado), European (Hobie 16, Formula 16, Student Keelboat) and world (Dart) championships. He has competed in the C Class World Championships in a wing-sailed catamaran and races in the Flying Phantom professional catamaran series. Currenly campaigning a Nacra 17 Olympic catamaran, he is fully focussed on representing GBR in the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword

Introduction

PART ONE: GETTING STARTED: Which Catamaran?

Parts Of The Catamaran

Assembling The Catamaran

A Touch Of Theory

Your First Sail

Catamaran Care

PART TWO: SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Launching

Reaching

Beating

Tacking

Running / Downwind

Gybing

Trapezing

Man Overboard!

Capsizing

Landing

Race Tuning

The Race

PART THREE: HIGH PERFORMANCE CATS & ADVANCED TECHNIQUES: Your First Sail With A Gennaker

Helming From The Wire

Upwind

Tacking

The Bear Away

Downwind

Gybing

The Leeward Mark

Reaching

Tuning

PART FOUR: NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Foiling & Wing Sails

Acknowledgements

REVIEWS
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“An indispensable, solid foundation which takes you from your first trip on board a cat to competing at a serious level… This tremendous book presents both Tom and Brian’s enormous knowledge of catamaran sailing, and the industry as a whole, as well as conveying their passion for and dedication to the sport. If you want to enjoy catamaran sailing, and improve your skills, I thoroughly recommend this book.”

- Santiago Lange, catamaran gold medalist

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