Introduction Preparation Points of Sailing Sails Mooring Coming Alongside
Anchoring Heaving To Towing Man Overboard Tides Navigation
True Wind Tuning the Rig The Keel Aground! Weather  

When I was a teaching people to sail, there seemed to be plenty of books about dinghy sailing, and plenty about cruising yachts - but there was not much that bridged the gap between them. Dinghies and keelboats have a number of similarities but substantial differences as well, not all of which might be immediately apparent. If you are used to the lightness of a dinghy, it is quite interesting to find what a difference a large lump of metal can make when, for instance, you need to stop. No book could claim to be exhaustive and all-encompassing, but I do hope that this will be useful, and I hope that when you have finished browsing you will feel that it has been worth your while.

 David Leigh

P.s. This was written when I lived in England, and if I have made any mistakes, or you have any suggestions, please email me at