The author states that his book is intended to be ""a place of first resort"" for sailboat racing enthusiasts. During his novice days in regattas, he made extensive notes of the various questions that occurred during this period of hyper-awareness to the beginner's problems. As the author's skill grew so did his collection of trophies as well as his book collection on the subject. Intended to be encyclopedic in scope, the information is impersonal in tone, brief to the point and easy to locate. Mr. McDermott's organization of material, his use of the exact phrase and his documentation bear witness to his legal training. Especially useful is his chapter on racing rules: simplified, with ""digests from all the updated and conformed Decisions on Appeals"". Five other sections cover: Racing to Windward; Sailing Free without Spinnaker; Off Wind With A Spinnaker; Other Techniques and Equipment; Tactics; and all are appropriately subdivided. This is a handy gathering of the hard-to-find.