Cooke on racing, and care of sails and gear

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Chapter XIX: ‘If you wish to race, I should strongly advise you to join a one-design class.’

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Chapter XX: ‘If you should find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a rival on your weather bow, the best thing you can do is make very short tacks.’

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Chapter XXI: ‘When the owner boards his vessel the following week-end he finds his sails covered with tiny specks of mildew which nothing will ever take out. He may improve their appearance by rubbing in French chalk, as some do, but the mildew fiend is still there doing its deadly work.’

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Seamanship for Yachtsmen Chapter headings:

Chapter I Introduction
Chapter II Small Cruising Yachts
Chapter III Getting under Way
Chapter IV Getting under Way (continued)
Chapter V Seamanship under Way
Chapter VI Seamanship under Way (continued)
Chapter VII Heavy Weather
Chapter VIII Heavy Weather (continued)
Chapter IX Bringing Up
Chapter X Moorings
Chapter XI Stowing Away
Chapter XII Running Aground

Chapter XIII Accidents
Chapter XIV Strange Harbours
Chapter XV Rule of the Road
Chapter VXI The Dinghy

Chapter XVII Roller Headsails
Chapter XVIII Dinghy Sailing

Chapter XIX Racing
Chapter XX Racing Tactics
Chapter XXI The Care of Sails and Gear
Chapter XXII Fitting Out and Laying Up
Chapter XXIII Knotting and Splicing

Glossary of Nautical Terms

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2 thoughts on “Cooke on racing, and care of sails and gear”

  1. Gavin – now that you have you pictures back (congratulations on that, by the way – I hope it didn't cost tooooo much) can we have some more on Beale Park, for those of us who might have been unable to go, dammit?


  2. Recovering the data was pretty cheap – but it took some time to work out the solution.

    I'd like to share the secret of how I did it in case readers ever make a similar blunder and need to know.

    The key thing is to download a free software sponsored by someone called Convar: <a href="” target=”_blank”>
    It worked very well for me, and there's also a sister sponsored product that recovers hard disks.

    In my case I also needed a memory card reader because my Fuji camera would not allow my PC to treat my camera as a mass memory device. It cost about £7, but I'm sure many people would be able to get away without buying the reader.

    On the pictures themselves, I'm planning to put many of them up over the coming weeks – so visit often and please use the ads that help to keep solvent!


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