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Book on sail trimming

Hello,
I have been looking for a recommendation of a book on sail trimming.

So far I have come across the following books mentioned on various fora:
1.Ym Sailpower (Peter Nielson)
2.North U Racing Trim (Bill Gladstone)
3.Sail Trim and Rig Tuning: A Captain's Quick Guide (Bill Gladstone)
4.Sail and Rig Tuning (Ivar Dedekam)
5.High Performance Sailing: Faster Racing Techniques (Frank Bethwaite)
6.Sailing Strategy: Wind and Current (Ian Proctor)

Has any of you used any of these books? Is there any particular book which you would recommend on rig and sail trimming? Obviously, I am interested in sea sailing, not dinghies etc.

P.S. Is does need to be quite up to date. 1970s recommendations have little to do with modern rigs, types of sails etc. I am not interested in a very general and brief info on trimming they teach on day skipper courses.

Thank you for help!
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I have the North U stuff from going to some of there one day programs and like it
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+1 for the North U materials. I have the old "Fast Course" book which I assume is now Racing Trim (better name).
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Ivar Dedikam's Sail and Rig Tuning. Have it. Have read it. Have found it immensely useful.

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Neilson - I carry it on board for continual reference and reminder and he does get quite detailed.
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There is a book called Sail Power that I think is the best.
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There was a book mentioned here I believe that was something like the illustrated book of sail trim or something like that. Can't seem to find the thread or anything on it though. Anyone else remember that? Of course i could just be delusional from all the snow and cold......
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There is a book called Sail Power that I think is the best.

If you are thinking of Wallace Ross, I agree. It is out of print I believe. Amazon has a new one listed for $237 (ouch), but used ones are less.

I also like the North Fast Course, They used to supply a device called a Sailscope, which has not been available for a decade. I use one to teach draft depth and position.
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Sailpower by Peter Nielson.

I, too, refer to it a lot.
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