This book is part of the fernhurst Beginner's Guide series, following that established format with good illustration and the use of colour throughout. The only word of caution is that 'Beginner's Guide' Is not for total beginners in sailing. The authors assume that the sailor has already acquired basic skill in sailing dinghies and is competent at that level, but wishing to move from casual sailing for pleasure to serious competition. John Caig is a twice Fireball World Champion and Tim Davison has been Laser (Masters) European Champion and UK National Champion. The authors have put across their experience, offering approaches that they know work and which can be replicated. The full colour drawings and photographs help to make this a very effective guide.