Withthis new, fresh, and highly readable introduction to sail trim, Dallas Murphy'sPLAIN SAILING goes far to demystify the often intimidating aspects of sailing that confrontthe unseasoned sailor. By focusing on "e;wind awareness,"e; Plain Sailing will help all sailorsbetter understand the principles and practice of sail trim-how to adjust sailsso they interact most efficiently with the wind. There is a direct relationship betweensailing efficiency and sailing fun. Knowing when, how, and why to trim your sails is the essence of sailing. If you understand trim, you understandsailing. PlainSailing also covers how to look at sails, how to distinguish good trim frombad, how to diagnose a blown-out sail, and much more. This book is essential reading for allbeginning sailors, as well as for more experienced cruising sailors who want toget the most out of their boats.