Hubbell and Fisher used the Coach-TCA course, a Thistle Class Association intermediate-level racing clinic, as the basis for a 150-page running dialogue that discusses everything from small one-design boathandling and sail trim to compass work and crew dynamics. Hubbell asked the questions, and Fisher provided the answers. "We wanted a course that would focus on the most important skills in racing, a sort of Boat Racing for Ordinary Mortals," says Hubbell in the books introduction. "Greg provided the expertise and credibility. I provided my perspective as an ordinary mortal."