For those going down to the sea not again but for the first time, here is a book that lives up to its name. It sets out at the very beginning and continues far enough to make a fair sailor of any member of the family. Mr. Farnham presents in words and pictures (not seen here) all that vital basic information, from what makes the boat go to when not to sail, from Judging the wind to tying knots. Once the reader is ready to get under way, there are descriptions and definitions of sailing to windward and tacking, reaching, sailing downwind and jibbing, picking up a mooring and securing a boat or approaching and leaving a dock or float, anchoring and weighing anchor, shortening down and reefing. On to capsizing, emergencies and how to handle them (a specific list here), rules, aids to seamanship of various sorts, buying a boat, equipment, storage and maintenance. Each chapter sports a summary and sailing terms. Clear, conclusive advice for all hands.