This article is from the Boats FAQ, by John F. Hughes with numerous contributions by others.
PAUL ELVSTROM EXPLAINS THE YACHT RACING RULES, Paul
Elvstrom, An explanation of racing rules, with examples of common
situations. It is supposed to be very useful for non-experts, especially for
preparing for protest hearings. (sc).
SMALL BOAT, DINGHY, AND YACHT RACING, Paul Elvstrom,
...now (I think) out of print, but available in libraries. It's not "Elvstrom
Speaks on Yacht Racing," which is also good, but not what you want.
Written in the 60's, it's a bit dated in some ways and timeless in the
things that count. And the pictures are great! Anyway, it has a lot on
basic boat handling skills which doesn't get said in other places. It's
where I learned things like speeding up to gybe, rather than wimping out
and slowing down. I used to look at the book, then take my OK Dinghy
out and try what he suggested, and I usually found that it worked. (gb1).
SPEED SAILING, Gary Jobson and Mike Toppa.
SAILING SMART, Buddy Melges.
DAVE PERRY'S RULE BOOK, Dave Perry.
WINNING IN ONE DESIGNS, Dave Perry.
INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACING RULES, US Sailing, Updated and
published every four years in the US by US Sailing. Provided free to US
Sailing members. Both full editions and an abridged competitors edition
are available from US Sailing.(sc).
FAST COURSE, SMART COURSE, North Sails, Tips on how to go
FAST, and racing tactics. North also has a companion video which is
execlent. Best video choice are the J World tapes.
DINGHY TEAM RACING, Eric Twiname, ISBN = 8129-0235-1.
Quadrangle books, Chicago, 1971. Twiname is one of my favorite writers
on small boat racing, it was a real loss when he was killed in a car crash
some 15 (?) years ago. Don't know if the book is still in print.(pk).
EXPERT DINGHY AND KEELBOAT RACING, unknown, (wh).
ADVANCED RACING TACTICS, Stuart Walker, Norton 1976 ISBN
0-393-30333-0 Described as "the one book to read" but also as "ponderous
CHAMPIONSHIP TACTICS, Whidden and Jobson, An excellent choice.
You can buy a copy from your local North Loft.