Foreword to the Third Edition
Start to Win was first published in 1973, four years before I was born, yet by the time I had taken up dinghy sailing competition, some 14 years later, the book was still compulsive reading for all club helmsmen. The fact that it is now being republished 36 years after it was originally written speaks volumes about its instructive values and their still current relevance to racing dinghy sailing.
Apart from this book, one of four written by Eric, his legacy to sailing has been nurtured by the Trust set up in his name after his death in 1980, and which for nearly three decades now has been instrumental in providing funding and support for youth racing in the UK. There can be few current international dinghy sailors, myself included, who did not have their first introduction to competing in a large fleet at the RYA Eric Twiname Championship, the Trust's annual flagship event for all national youth classes.
It is therefore with great pleasure that I am able to support the Trust and the publishers, Adlard Coles Nautical, on their initiative in making this sailing classic available again - in a very much refreshed and exciting format. It is written in such a clear, simple and practical manner that it cannot fail to be appreciated by all those club helmsmen who wish to better understand the principles and techniques of sailing - but above all those who aspire to winning ways.
Foreword to the Third Edition, by Ben Ainslie
Foreword to the Original Edition
Acknowledgements for the Third Edition
Acknowledgements for the Original Edition
Winning Without Magic
Tapping the Power Supply
The Beat as a Race Against Time
The Beat as an Obstacle Race
Taking Chance Out of Starting
Crewing is a Partnership
The Rules Made Easy
Index to the Rules Guide
The Eric Twiname Memorial Trust