I actually wouldn't recommend Chapman's or The Annapolis Handbook as a primary source to read. They're both much better as reference books, rather than books to just sit and read.
David Seidman's The Complete Sailor is probably the best of the books I've recommended to my crew and other friends who want to learn to sail... fairly comprehensive, yet small, well-written and with good illustrations—much more readable than the other two.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.