by George B. Moffat Jr.
New copies are available from
Knauff & Grove.
At right are links to used copies.
Hardcover, 250 pages, many black and white photos and line drawings
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.4 x 0.83 inches (140 x 214 x 21 mm), Copyright: 2005
Two-time world soaring champion George Moffat reveals his special
insights to competition soaring. Also includes his relationships with
some of the most notable soaring personalities. This is a highly
revised and improved version of the book
the Wind from 1974.
Cover Text by Doug Jacobs, World Champion 1985 in Rieti
For the generation of competition
pilots who came of age in the 70s and 80s, George Moffat's ground
Winning on the Wind assumed totemic status. Revealed
therin were this two-time World Champion's secrets for exhaustive
ship preparation, contest strategy, and most important, winning by
Along the way we were treated to an inside view of the development
of George's competition soaring career and the many incredible
people he worked with, all coolly evaluated by the keen analytical
eye which helped him revolutionize the sport. Many of us can
still quote major sections of the book verbatim; nearly all the
lessons contained therein now form a must-know basic curriculum for
successful competitive effort.
With many of the ships originally described now in soaring museums,
with the appearance of new technologies and techniques, and, of
course, with lots more people and lots more competition experiences
behind him, George felt that
Winning on the Wind needed a major update. A
daunting task: How to improve upon a classic? What to leave
in, what to add, what to delete?
As will come as no surprise, Moffat negotiates the dangers of this
effort brilliantly in this new edition, Winning II. The
basics remain but with multiple additions and revisions: How to win
contests, the importance of attitude and preparation, a look at his
early development, but added to the brew are analyses of the major
changes to the competition scene, next level topics like to place
competition flying, and exquisitely drawn portraits of key figures
like Klaus Holighaus.
With an introduction by Mike Bird, the incomparable Platypus of
British Gliding fame, the book will rightly take its place alongside
the original in your bookshelf, to be taken down and reread time
after time, with no reduction in the pleasure of each reading.