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Plain Sailing: Learning to See Like a Sailor    by Dallas Murphy order for
Plain Sailing
by Dallas Murphy
Order:  USA  Can
Burford Books, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Knowing when, how and why to trim your sails is the essence of sailing. If you understand trim, you understand sailing.

By focusing on wind awareness, the author will help all sailors better understand the principles and practice of sail trim how to adjust sails so they interact most efficiently with the wind. In this comprehensive guide you'll learn how to look at sail, how to distinguish good trim from bad, how to diagnose a blown-out sail and much more.

In the book's introduction Murphy admits that there's much to cause confusion when a new sailor settles into his or her boat. But basically it comes down to one thing. 'The central reason why new sailors are confused is that they are utterly unused to thinking about or even noticing wind,' he explains. 'Where is the wind? This is the prime question in sailing. Sailing will make no sense until the new sailor learns to make sense of the wind.'

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