If you have a prospective, sailor in your household, and want him to learn his ropes young, give him this. If you have one already launched, who wants to learn the fine points, give him this. If you have a nautically minded group of youngsters and one reluctant landlubber, give him this. This is the best introduction to sailing and racing for the juniors that I have seen. First the problem of acquiring a boat, the kinds, what to look for etc. Then getting acquainted with your boat. Then theory, practice, landing, jibing, tacking, the value of the various sails, safety measures, ground tackle and mooring gear, the care of the boat. And the finale is a dictionary of nautical terms. A book designed for juniors that any adult, not a professional, would find valuable.