Royce's succinct approach to sailing is unique,and timeless. This powerful little book goes over everything, big boat or small, from the physics of sailing, the history, racing tactics, cruising comfort, and many, many practical solutions to those questions new and old sailors alike ponder either on or off the water. Everyone will learn something new from this great little book. With a comfortable, easy to follow style, and great detail in the drawings Royce shares his tremendous background in sailing and more importantly, his teaching approach to this dynamic sport. Tons of great illustrations and lots of ideas to enhance your sailing skills and boat. A timeless gift for anyone with an intrest in sailing, from the armchair sailor to the youngster just getting started, to the experienced old salt. This really is "the best of all sailing worlds". Don't miss this book. Royce also has a " Powerboating Illustrated" that is equally as great!