Bucking the Tide by David Buckman
Come aboard the sloop Leight, a wreck of a $400, 18' home grown cruiser that leaks like a White House aide, and join a crew as green as grass as they adventure along the dramatic New England and Bay of Fundy coast.
Worry your way through dungeons of fog with only a watch and a compass to find the way. Man the sheets as the little (Lightning) sloop puts two thousand miles of dramatic coast under here keel. Beach the half-pint vessel on lonely islands. Feel the exhilaration and the doubts. Cruise with whales, share breathtaking vistas of the bold Canadian seacoast, struggle against the world's highest tides, feel the wildness, excitement of discovery and mood of times past. It's a journey you'll remember.
The Code of Competition by Stuart Walker
Roger Staubach - "This breakthrough book is filled with illustrative anecdotes that expose the barriers to athletic success that result from man’s altruistic endowment. I can vouch for Walker’s insightful comments into the behavior of wide receivers and quarterbacks and I see evidence in the other sports I play of the willingness of competitors to accept being beaten, to be embarrassed by winning and to settle for the same old finish in game after game. A must read for the competitor who wonders why he is losing and would like to stop doing so."
Greg Fisher - The Code of Competition is full of great stories about those who win and about those who lose and about what makes the difference.
Mark Bethwaite“The Code of Competition” explores new territory - the determinants of the behavior of competitors in all sports. Does being a 'nice guy' preclude success? I don't think so as Stu is one of the nicest, but also one of the toughest, guys I have ever raced against. -
Plug Nickel - Volume 1
Shoestring Boat Restoration: How I Turned an old Fiberglass Boat Mold into a Beautiful Wooden Sailboat, and What I learned along the Way. by Joel Thurtell
It was a fantasy that turned into an obsession and finally a love affair with an old wooden boat hull that had never been sailed. Making this industrial artifact seaworthy was a seven-year quest for longtime newspaper reporter Joel Thurtell.
Plug Nickel is a collection of Joel's columns about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a lay person - not a trained woodworker or boat builder - who managed, on a shoestring, to turn an old fiberglass boat mold into a functional wooden boat.
2009 ILCA Yearbook
This yearbook covers the 70th Anniversary of the Lightning Class. It looks back over the development of the ILCA, it's community, and the projects underway today to keep it alive and vital. Fleet and district reports as well as Boat Ownership Records are included.
How to Build a Lightning
This book is intended as a detailed guide to the amateur builder for the construction of a wooden Lightning.
It would also be very useful to those rebuilding or restoring a wooden boat. Use in conjunction with the plans.
Building a West-System String Frame Lightning
Mark Patty shares detailed instructions and diagrams about constructing a Lightning using stringer frame construction, skin of plywood & West system epoxy.
Lightning Tuning, Tactics, Technique, Sailing
This book offers a compilation of articles from ILCA Yearbooks and Flashes; it provides pertinent information by and for Lightning sailors.
- "Tuning” by Tom Allen, Sr.
- “Wind and Weather Patterns” by Bruce Goldsmith
- “How to be Successful in Heavy Air” by Jim Carson
- And more. . .
Racing the Lightning
This manual of twenty articles was compiled for the Juniors who competed in the Sears Cup.
- “Tactics and Teamwork” by Greg Fisher
- “KISS” by Colin Park
- “Understanding Jib Sag” by Dave Starck
- And more. . .
A Collection of Reprints and Excerpts on Tuning, Rigging and Sailing
This booklet was first published in 1971. It has many of the articles reprinted in "Lightning – Tuning, Tactics and Racing Technique"
plus it includes articles on:
- Wooden Boat “Rigging, Fittings & Hardware”
- “Adjustable Backstays”
- “Transom Bailers”
- “Care and Repair”
Most appropriate for the wooden boat owner. 29 pages.
Article — Tuning Your Older Boat for Racing
Greg Fisher, Bill Fastiggi, and Dave Nickels discuss the issue of chain plate placement on older boats and the decision to move or not move and tuning adjustments if you decide to leave them as is.
Also includes alternate rigging of centerboards, with diagrams; jib uphaul systems; lever vang kits; windward sheeting traveler.