RACING BASICS

by Mark Johnson [copyright 1/19/95]

Conclusion

Now that you've read this entire manual, you're ready to start practicing. I realize there is a lot here to digest. That's why it's important to keep your priorities set as in the "PRIORITIES FOR PRACTICE" chapter. The goal in this first reading was to introduce terms and ideas so you can read and converse intelligently on the subject. It is also to give you an idea of how to attack your practice.

Now, according to the priorities, read each section again, in that order. Read it thoroughly, always questioning why you're doing something. Practice each of the ideas until you're comfortable with them. Then go on to the next priority.

Once you get through this manual, it will be time to reset your goals and go to the appropriate sources. Two very important areas in which this guide is lacking are rules and strategy. I have kept this simple in order to get you off on the right foot. The ideas contained here are the ideas I think are the most important to understand before any others in strategy, rules, tactics, or boat tuning.

Further Reference

Rules

"Understanding the Yacht Racing Rules through 1996," by Dave Perry

Laser Sailing

"Laser Sailing for the 1990's," by Dick Tillman

Sail Theory

"The Art and Science of Sails," by Tom Whidden and Michael Levitt

Star Trek Trivia

"The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers," by Phil Farrand


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