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The Skipper's Pocketbook by Sara Hopkinson Launch date January 2018

Paperback

A pocket database containing everything a busy skipper needs to know but might find hard to remember. It is easy to take for granted how much a skipper needs to know : Navigation, how to pilot the boat into a new harbour, using the radio, checking the engine, keeping an eye out for things that need repair, monitoring the weather, feeding the crew and much, much more! This pocketbook is designed as an aide-memoire with checklists to make life easier for busy skippers and a must-have reference for first-time skippers. It should also prove an invaluable reference book for the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus. The book has been helping skippers for nearly 20 years and has now been edited and thoroughly updated by Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner, Sara Hopkinson. (RYA and Yachtmaster are registered trademarks of the Royal Yachting Association.)

 

ISBN: 1912177064

List price: £11.99


Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Bought the last edition for my Day Skippers 20 years ago and it is a brilliant skipper's guide. Was looking at this for a friend and saw that it had been updated by Sara Hopkinson, who instructed me on my VHF Instructors Course. Having gone through it it does not disappoint. Have tried to use other makes but none come anyone near this one and the updated one is even better. Thanks Sara.

Navigation a newcomer's guide 2nd Edition by Sara Hopkinson
Published 2014

Paperback

Navigators have only two questions: “Where am I?” and “Where do I go now?”. This book shows the simplest way to answer these questions.

It starts from scratch, uses no jargon and features graphics instead of words wherever possible. Areas covered include charts, giving a position, tides, course to steer, passage planning, and much more.

Navigation is fun, keeps you safe and speeds you to your destination. With this book you need never be lost again!.)

 

ISBN: 9781909911079

List price: £10.99


Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

This excellent book has the best explanation of assessing your course to steer I've ever read. Sara Hopkinson sensibly assumes she is teaching a babe in arms and as a result the pages on applying tidal vectors are failsafe. I like her simple checklist of getting aboard, preparing for a passage and setting off - simple, clear and impossible to misinterpret. Her no-nonsense approach will be a huge benefit to the novice sailor grappling at home with training, but it will also be welcomed by the harassed skipper, a little rusty from winter lay-up, who just wants a quick reminder of what he's supposed to be doing. I will keep a copy aboard myself; YACHTING MONTHLY SUMMER 2014; 'Within the pages of this book Hopkinson attempts to break the subject into easily understandable pieces. I gave a copy to a dinghy sailor who had very little navigation knowledge and within an hour or so she felt confident enough to do the basics needed to get a boat from A to B using chart navigation. A good first introduction to navigation'. TOBY HEPPELL, SAILING TODAY AUGUST 2014

VHF Afloat (3rd Edition) by Sara Hopkinson Published Jan 2009

Paperback

Obtain your radio license and operate a VHF radio set on your yacht or motorboat.

 This book explains how to use a VHF radio on your boat. It covers licensing the boat and the operator, then takes you through each type of call, and its ‘standard procedure’. You can also call using Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and the book has photo sequences of how to do this.

 

ISBN: 0470758589

List price: £10.99


Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

It runs through the whole subject in a straight forward manner, with brilliantly simplegraphics at every stage.

The simple things like 'what do I say?' and 'in what order' and 'what should I do if..' are all covered so well, I cannot imagine

a better introduction to using VHF afloat!

Brilliant little book!

 

Essential for passing my exam which I did. Sara Hopkins explains everthing so well.

An essential book to keep on board as a reminder on any small boat.

 

This is essential reading for all yachties and useful referance for those doing the vhf dsc radio course for certification.

VHF Companion 2nd Edition by Sara Hopkinson Published Jan 2009

Paperback

VHF Companion 2nd Edition features 24 splash proof cards covering every type of radio call - from Mayday to calling another boat or shore station. Also Sara Hopkinson covers DSC - by pushing the red button you can automatically summon help and transmit your position encoded in the message. This 2nd edition contains all relevant updates including the latest technology developments and VHF protocols.

 

ISBN: 0470714417

List price: £11.99


Customer Reviews

4.5 of 5 stars


excellent

A useful and informative teaching guide in an easily usable format. Great if you are doing the Short Range Certificate.

 

This item does exactly what it says it does it was delivered fast and efficiently and is now immediately accessable by the side of our fixed dsc radio

 

Good quick reference guide to have onboard near VHF station

VHF Afloat (2nd Edition) by Sara Hopkinson Published June 2004

Paperback

VHF Companion 2nd Edition features 24 splash proof cards covering every type of radio call - from Mayday to calling another boat or shore station. Also Sara Hopkinson covers DSC - by pushing the red button you can automatically summon help and transmit your position encoded in the message. This 2nd edition contains all relevant updates including the latest technology developments and VHF protocols.

 

ISBN: 904475094

List price: £11.99


Customer Reviews

5 of 5 stars


IExplains it all so well!

had a copy of this little handbook previously, and carelessly mislaid it! Bought another author's book to replace this, and was disappointed, so have now purchased Sara Hopkinson's guide again. It runs through the whole subject in such a straightforward manner, with brilliantly simple graphics at every stage. The simple things like 'What do I say?' and 'in what order' and 'what should I do if ...' are all covered so well, I cannot imagine a better introduction to using VHF afloat! Brilliant little book!

Navigation a newcomer's guide by Sara Hopkinson

Paperback

A simple, highly-illustrated introduction to navigation for complete beginners.

This book is a simple introduction to charts, navigation, pilotage, passage planning and basic tidal calculations. It assumes no knowledge, uses informal language and great graphics to make the subject live. It is the next best thing to attending one of Sara’s navigation classes.

 

ISBN: 1904475183

List price: £11.99


Customer Reviews

5 of 5 stars


Well written and easy to follow - excellent

A have recently undertaken an RYA course in navigation. This book was invaluable - easy to follow and very readable.

VHF Companion by Sara Hopkinson Published Sept 2002

Paperback

The VHF Companion, comprising 24 splash-proof cards, covers every type of radio call – from Mayday to calling another boat or shore station. The companion also covers DSC – by pushing the red button you can automatically summon help and transmit your position encoded in the message.

This is an essential quick reference guide to keep on board.

 

ISBN: 1898660867

List price: £7.95


Customer Reviews

5 of 5 stars


his item does exactly what it says it does it was delivered fast and efficiently and is now immediately accessable by the side of our fixed dsc radio

Competent Crew by Sara Hopkinson & Penny Haire

Paperback

Essential reading for anyone with limited yachting experience. The official handbook of the RYA Competent Crew course. Foreword by Ellen MacArthur. Full colour illustrations.

 

ISBN: 1898660867

List price: £9.99


Customer Reviews

5 of 5 stars


This book is great. The layout is easy to navigate, all the basic important information is there and it was perfect for using prior to going on an RYA course. All the parts of the boat are labelled, all the jargon is there. Important knots are explained.

I couldn't have managed my Competent Crew Certificate. I would recommend it to any beginner

Navigation Exercises by Sara Hopkinson & Chris Slade

Paperback

RYA Navigation Exercises - Excellent book of questions & exercises, mostly on navigation & pilotage but a bit on essential elements of seamanship, with answers provided plus all necessary table extracts and 2 RYA Training Charts. Starting with relatively simple questions, it progresses to more challenging ones. An excellent learning tool for the newcomer & a stimulating brush-up for the experienced. A4 format. Full Colour. Charts included. PB. 126pp

 

ISBN: 0901501948

List price: £9.99


Customer Reviews

5 of 5 stars


Another fine publication from the RYA, a great aid to those wishing to test their navigation knowledge. A truely worthwile purchase for those looking to go back to sea after a break or for beginers looking to prepare themselves.

RYA Day Skippers handbook by Sara Hopkinson Launch date September 15th 2012
Paperback

Becoming a Day Skipper is exciting and opens up many opportunities. My new book provides information to compliment both the Day Skipper Shorebased and the Day Skipper Practical Courses, with the aim of making cruising safe and enjoyable.

Being a good skipper is not difficult; it requires essential skills, knowledge, experience, patience, good communication and at times a sense of humour! The book is written from a practical point of view and is highly illustrated to equip you with that essential knowledge and set of skills

 

SBN: 9781905104949

List price: £18.49


Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

First rate handbook for RYA Day skipper students

This was recommended by my sailing school pre practical element and I wish I had purchased it earlier on in my theory course. It is really well written and illustrated, concise and an invaluable aid to any aspiring Day Slipper

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