Tuning to Win

Ian Pinnell, Tim Davison

This book unravels the mystery of boat tuning: it clearly explains what each control does and how to set it up for different conditions.
Date Published :
October 2016
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Series :
Sail to Win
Illustration :
224 Halftones, color; 98 Diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
ISBN : 9781909911482
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
In stock


For most sailors, boat tuning may seem a mystery understood only by sailmakers and the like. In this book, sailor, chandler and championship winner, Ian Pinnell, unravels this daunting subject and will help improve your boatspeed as a result. Since most races are won or lost by a difference of less than 2% of racing time, you will soon be moving up the fleet. With hundreds of photos and diagrams to illustrate every point, the book clearly explains what each control does and how to set it up optimally for different conditions. Additional troubleshooting and skills sections take things even further, making this the bible of dinghy tuning.

About The Author

Ian Pinnell has been winning sailing championships since the early 1980s and is continuing to do so over 30 years later. He has over 40 World, European and National Championship titles to his name in classes as diverse as the Enterprise, 505 and Mumm 30. He is Managing Director of Pinnell & Bax, one of the UK’s leading sailmakers and chandlers.

Tim Davison competed regularly on the International Laser racing circuit in the 1970s and 1980s, and was on the podium for both the Open Worlds and European Championships and won the Masters European and UK National Championships during this time. He has won the British Moth national Championships four times as well as competing successfully in many other classes.


About the Author



Part 1: Getting Ready: Assembling The Gear, What Each Control Does

Part 2: Tuning: Preparing Your Boat, The Initial Set Up, Refining The Set Up, Offwind Settings, Spinnakers, Two Boat Tuning, Troubleshooting

Part 3: Skills: What You Need, Attaching Fittings to the Hull, Ropework, Boat & Foil Repairs, Sail Care & Repairs, Rigging

End Note


"His advice on rig set-up is unsurprisingly excellent."

- Yachts & Yachting

"This book is invaluable."

- The Final Beat

"An excellent book... He deploys all this knowledge in an organised manner, putting all his points across clearly and succinctly."

- Yachting Life

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