When I started to pick up golfing years back, I came across this classic red book about golf titled “Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book”.
Little did I know that about a decade later, as the beauty of the sea attracts me to sailing, I came cross now a little blue book. Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets. At the back of the book, it says,”Don’t set sail without this guide!”
It is an interesting book, even to me a beginner in sailing.
Here’s an impressive write-up about Peter Isler:
“Internationally renowned sailor, motivational speaker and author, Peter Isler has parlayed his love of sailing into a career. Inextricable from the America’s Cup since winning it as navigator aboard Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes in Australia in 1987. In all he has sailed in five Cup campaigns (most recently with the BMW Oracle Racing Team in Valencia, Spain), winning it twice. He took a break from sailing and appeared as analyst for ESPN’s Emmy Award winning coverage of the America’s Cup in ’92 & ’95. For the ’03 and ’07 Cups Peter both sailed and announced on TV (in 2003 with Outdoor Life Network and in 2007 with VERSUS Network). For over twenty years Isler has entertained and motivated groups (including many Fortune 500 companies) with his presentations. A former Collegiate Sailor of the Year at Yale University, Isler resides in Southern California. He co-authored the best-selling book, Sailing for Dummies (Wiley) and wrote the acclaimed business book, At the Helm: Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters (Doubleday) with Peter Economy. His most recent title, Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets (Wiley) was published in 2011. He is president of Isler Sailing International, Inc. When at home in San Diego, Peter enjoys time with his two daughters and playing guitar and keyboard in a variety of bands.”
& here’s some interesting points that I got from his book.
- Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.
- The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.
- How to be the ultimate offshore shipmate (I like this part, especially when I intend to gather experience on sailing by being a competent crew on other skipper’s boat first)
- & many others. Some are more advanced tips for experienced sailors; some are related to sports psychology, leadership, team arrangement etc.
Let me read and re-read the book again as I approach nearer to my RYA Competent Crew Course in August.