The Complete Day Skipper

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Skippering with Confidence Right From the Start

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Part Number: SLG0082A

Edition: 2024

Printed and corrected to: No

ISBN: 9781399406093

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Imprint: Adlard Coles

Language: English

Author(s): Tom Cunliffe

Author: No

Format: Hardback

A practical, hands-on manual covering the entire Day Skipper syllabus in a step-by-step learning system designed to get you straight on the water.

As one of Britain's best-known instructors and writers on seamanship, Tom Cunliffe understands the concerns and anxieties of first-time skippers better than most. In this 7th edition of his highly successful manual, he provides the perfect blend of advice, instruction, inspiration and encouragement to support their growing experience at sea.

Taking the RYA syllabus as a framework, The Complete Day Skipper begins with yacht handling under power, moves on to boat husbandry and sailing skills, then goes on to explore navigation, from steering clear of trouble near home to the practical use of modern electronic navigation systems. Key features include:

- An at-sea, hands-on approach infused with helpful tips and common sense
- A step-by-step learning system designed to get you straight on to the water
- Essential, real-life navigation that wholeheartedly embraces GPS
- Cunliffe's unique emphasis on fuss-free cruising

This 7th edition features updated and expanded sections on navigation, weather forecasting, sails and electronic chart plotters, along with new photographs. Easy to read and down to earth, The Complete Day Skipper is a friendly hand on the shoulder for both novice skippers and more experienced sailors who choose not to venture far afield.


“This book covers it all, from boarding and berthing to engines and navigation” –  Sailing Today

“Cunliffe's work is head and shoulders above any other publication on the subject... a top class reference book” –  Sailing

“Having this book on board is like having an experienced hand beside you to help you through” –  Shetland Times

“There are all too few authors... who not only know their subject but can write well about it. Tom Cunliffe is one” –  Cruising

Tom Cunliffe

Tom Cunliffe is Britain’s leading sailing writer. A worldwide authority on cruising instruction and an expert on traditional sailing craft, he learned his sextant skills during numerous ocean passages, many in simple boats without engines or electronics, voyaging from Brazil to Greenland and from the Caribbean to Russia. He is the author of the yachtsman’s guide to the English Channel.

Tom’s nautical career has seen him serve as mate on a merchant ship, captain on gentleman’s yachts and skipper of racing craft. His private passion is classic sailing boats and he has owned a series of traditional gaff-rigged vessels that have taken him and his family on countless adventures from tropical rainforests to frozen fjords.

Tom has been a Yachtmaster Examiner since 1978 and has a gift for sharing his knowledge with good humour and an endless supply of tales of the sea.

He also has monthly columns in Sailing Today, Classic Boat, Yachting World and SAIL (US) magazines. He wrote and presented the BBC TV series, ‘The Boats That Built Britain’ and the popular ‘Boatyard’ series.