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Re: books on basic sailing..

I would concentrate on reading the ASA book. You should eventually read as much as possible, from as many sources as possible. However, for now, concentrate on the stuff you need to know for this class (which is important stuff).
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Twice a year I teach the USCGA Sailing Skills and Seamanship course. It includes all the chapters in BSS but with four chapters on sailing skills. Sailors would probably do better looking for that course in their area.
What are the schedule and location for your teaching this course?

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ASA Sailing fundamentals will cover 101 basic keel & 103 basic coastal lessons and test
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I found Sailing For Dummies very thorough and informative. Also have the Basic Keelboat book that I think goes along with the course. Also good, but not as in depth.
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I don't know about ASA courses, but Royce's Sailing Illustrated is the best into book I've ever come across.

so I found the Royce sailing illustrated and sailing for dummies at my local city library and have already placed a hold will start reading these..
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Re: books on basic sailing..

I don't think it makes much difference what sailing book you choose. all of them get the basics down right, more or less, and that's all you need. No one ever failed to learn how to sail because they read only the tenth-best book instead of the 'best-best'.

Simpler the better. Go sail lots, then you'll see "the book is right". This will stand most learners in better stead than, "got to read the whole book, and only then go sailing".

At least that's how I learn, and most of my students seem to learn, best. Actually, i lie. I didn't have a book when I learned. I was too young to read much then anyway.
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I already joined a local group of sailors and did my first sail... and I absolutely loved it.
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Re: books on basic sailing..

If you like old-school nothing-but-the-facts to get you started, here's a free download:

http://www.downtothesea.org/david/Knight--Sailing.pdf
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Oh great, thanks for the link !
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Re: books on basic sailing..

Sailing for Dummies seems to have all the information that the ASA book does. More fun to read though.
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