High Performance Sailing has 30 ratings and 2 reviews. Curtis said: Anyone who wants to understand how sailboats, especially dinghies, work on a basic le. Im thinking of getting either the high- or the higher performance sailing by Frank Bethwaite. According to amazon, both consists of pages. Frank Bethwaite, the father of High Performance Sailing, dies at by Richard Gladwell on 12 May The Julian Bethwaite designed 49er became the.

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By barneyMay 27, in Sailing Anarchy. I’m thinking of getting either the high – or the higher performance sailing by Frank Bethwaite.

According to amazon, bethwaitr consists of pages and I believe they cover pretty much the same subject although the subtitle suggests that one of them is about boat handling while the other’s about racing I’m a bit confused with the titles as the “higher performance” seems to be the older book. Which one’s better, or is it worth buying both?

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Actually I’d go with an ebook version if there were. It does address boat handling a bfthwaite more as I recall. Its a bit more complicated than that: There’s much more on weather and wind patterns in thefirst book.


A list of chapter headings and page numbers might help They aren’t really single books that you would read from cover to cover.

They are more like an assemblage of papers on different but related topics. Which one you should get depends on your primary interests, but I suspect many people will end up getting both.

If Weather and wind is your big interest, and Bethwaite is an ex Olympic coach specialising in the topic, then “High” is the one with the vast majority of the material, but “Higher” contains some important updates about things that weren’t really known in the book one era. If boat design and development is your big interest then don’t franj with book one, since much of what is in it is to a good extent out of the main stream of development.

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If boat handling is your interest then if you sail slower boats, maybe even lighter keelboats then book one has more material, but again there are some important insights and developments in book two. If you sail skiff type boats then “Higher” is the one to go for.

Thank you very much! I thing I’m gonna go with “higher” as moths and skiffs are very much of an interest now. I’m gonna see how much I like it and I’ll probably buy the first one too. Unfortunately weather and stuff ain’t my favorite topic that’s why I have so much to learn on that.


You should definitely be able to read “Higher” on its own, but there are quite a few places where you will find pointers of the kind “As explained in HPS1” i.

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If you hit enough of those in areas where you’d like to understand things better, you know you’re ready to read the earlier book as well. Oh, and I second the bit about how each these books is organized as a “collection” of loosely connected parts.

You’ll spend a lot of time flipping back and forth, but overall, you’ll find that’s worth the effort. Archived This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Posted May 27, Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Posted May 29, Sign In Sign Up.