The Complete Yachtmaster has been a bestseller since first publication and has established itself as the standard reference for Yachtmaster students as well as skippers of all levels of experience.
In this fully revised and up-to-date 10th edition, Tom Cunliffe brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume. He presents an analysis of a good skipper, the theory and practice of sailing and sail trim, the art of seamanship, accurate navigation including chart plotters and PCs, understanding meteorology, heavy weather preparation, understanding yacht stability and coping with emergencies.
The Complete Yachtmaster builds knowledge as it builds sailing confidence, guiding examination candidates as authoritatively and reassuringly through the RYA syllabus as a sea pilot bringing a ship safely to harbour. Required reading for all skippers and budding skippers, both on board or in the classroom.
'A gem, distilled from decades of experience' Yachting Monthly
'Cunliffe's competence and authority radiate from the pages... thoroughly recommended' Little Ship Club
'There are all too few authors who not only know their subject but can write well about it. Tom Cunliffe is one' Cruising
About the Author
'There are all too few authors ... who not only know about their subject but can write well about it. Tom Cunliffe is one,' according to Cruising magazine. Tom Cunliffe has many years of experience cruising all round Europe and from the Caribbean to Russia and Brazil to the Arctic. He is an RYA Yachtmaster examiner and a training consultant for Sailing USA - the governing body of yachting in the USA. He is a regular columnist for Sailing Today, Classic Boat and Yachting World in the UK, and SAIL in the USA.
“Required reading for skippers whether on board or in the classroom.” —Yachting Life
“Brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume, and ensures that this time-tested book will continue to be the foundation for navigators, skippers and anyone undertaking coastal and offshore passages.” —All at Sea
“The absolute bible for anyone intending to go to sea in boats.” —stainesnews.co.uk
“No other book explains every facet of sailing as comprehensively...any boat would be better equipped with this book aboard.” —Yachting Monthly
“Excellent, a must for the library and winter reading.” —Compass Magazine
“Contains everything you need to know about the theory and practice of sailing” —Surrey Herald
“An ideal gift to give to the aspiring sailor to ensure the challenges ahead are properly understood.” —Nautical Magazine
“These are new editions of well-established books essentially addressing the RYA Yachtmaster offshore qualification. Both books are beautifully produced with excellent diagrams and illustrations in full colour and seem to me to cover the syllabus comprehensively and well.” —The Little Ship
“As in most Adlard Coles publications it also almost goes without saying that the presentation - text, graphics, pictures - is superb.” —Sailing For Southern Africa
“It guides examination candidates as authoritatively and reassuringly through the RYA syllabus as a sea pilot bringing a ship to harbour.” —Yachting Life
“the standard reference for for Yachtmaster students and skippers.” —Press Journal
“An essential read for anyone contemplating making a coastal or off-shore passage.” —WindCheck magazine
“This invaluable book teaches new skills and revises old ones, encouraging skippers to reflect on their own practice, priorities and sailing pleasure.” —Yachting Monthly
"full of practical tips built on hard-earned experience… you could not have a better guide." - Mike Ferro, Cruising Association