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Learn to Sail: 15 Things You Need to Know

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The Fears of Sailing! 14. Crew Overboard!! 15. What is Sailing?! 2. Offshore Sailing. All Rights Reserved. .OffshoreSailingSchool. How to Choose A Sailing School! 8. What Sailing Course Should I Take?! 9. Your First Day of Sailing School! 10. Sailing Isn"t Complicated! 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Learn more by visiting www. How Does Sailing Feel?! 12. How Can I Get Sailing Certified?! 11.15 Things You Need to Know Table of Contents 1. Copyright © 2011. or by calling (888) 454-7015. Is Sailing Safe?! 5. How Can A Sailboat Move With Only Wind?! 4. Getting Comfortable With Sailing! 13.Learn to Sail . Ltd. How Can I Continue Sailing After I Learn?! 7. Speak Like A Sailor With These Sailing Terms ! 3. Can I Afford the Cost of Sailing?! 6.com.

Mastery of the skill requires experience in varying wind and sea conditions. What is Sailing? Centuries ago. Sailing is much more than just the act of operating a sailboat. Today. rudder. has created a desire to explore the water around us. crossing from one side of the wind to the other. and exploration. We want to see where the horizon expands to. with an additional deck for archers. By changing the rigging.Learn to Sail . Wikipedia defines sailing as “the art of controlling a boat with large (usually fabric) foils called sails. combined with our innate human longing for discovery and freedom. and there may be older remains not yet found! So we have been traveling on water for almost 5. However. expansion. With two-thirds of our world covered in water.900 BC. transport.OffshoreSailingSchool. sailing is a lifestyle. with a gentle breeze filling billowing sails. This. To make forward progress. Learn more by visiting www.. Ltd.” The physics of sailing involves air moving across the sails of the sailboat.. For sailors who cherish the unbelievable feeling of gliding across the ocean. it is technically referred to as a sport. or the physics of the wind and the sails. Built by the Egyptians. It has allowed us to participate in trade.15 Things You Need to Know 1. Sailing represents freedom.com. Later these ships were turned into warships. it possessed at least 40 oars and only one square sail.you have to experience it for yourself at one of Colgate Offshore Sailing School’s seven locations. and sometimes the keel or center board. Wind is a limitless resource! To truly discover what sailing is. as well as knowledge concerning sailboats themselves and a keen understanding of one's surroundings. planks like shields to guard the rowers. sailing was the only way to cross a body of water.000 years! One of the first known ships was called a bipod. allows the boat to progress directly upwind. Copyright © 2011. or by calling (888) 454-7015. Boats that are propelled by sails cannot sail directly into the wind. a sailor manages the force of the wind on the sails in order to change the direction and speed of a boat. the net force on the sails creates lift and moves the vessel forward. . most people dwell on or near a coastal area. Sailing has been instrumental throughout history in expanding civilizations and broadening our horizons. All Rights Reserved. and adventure! The first ship remnants discovered date back to 2. The desire to sail is practically a genetic predestination. When you properly position the sails with respect to the wind. You’ll learn more in tip 3. and bigger sails for faster speed. Offshore Sailing. The steering device consisted usually of 2 big oars from both sides. those of us who have experienced the lore of the sea know it is much more than that. and sailing allows us to do this without the constraints of limited fuel or electricity. fishing.” A series of maneuvers. the boat is turned (called tacking) through the “eye of the wind.

Furl: Secure a sail by folding or rolling it. 5.com. Starboard: The right-hand side of the boat when facing the bow. Learn more by visiting www. You will learn many more when you learn to sail. 13. 10. In this case you turn the stern of the boat through the wind so that the wind. Tacking: The opposite of jibing. 4. 11. There is a long list of terms that you will begin to learn to use as you get deeper into the lifestyle of sailing. fiberglass.the direction opposite from where the wind is currently blowing. The boom of a boat will shift from one side to the other when performing a tack or a jibe. 9. it’s time to put it into practice! Choose a sailing course that fits your level and sailing desire. The “boom” is the horizontal pole connected to the mast that supports the bottom (“foot”) of the mainsail. this basic maneuver occurs when sailing away from the wind (the wind direction is towards the stern of the boat). Ltd. small to mid-sized sailboats usually have a “tiller” (a "stick" fitted to the post connected to the rudder) which you push or pull to steer the boat. 6. 12. port is used to define the left-hand side of the boat when facing the bow. “Port” and “left” both have four letters (memory jogger). it is in the back area of the sailboat. 7. Larger sailboats control the rudder via a steering wheel. Ahoy Mate! Now that you know some sailing lingo. or toward the stern. Abeam: Right angles (90 degrees) to the boat. “Abaft” is the direction toward the stern. Port: Because right and left can be confusing terms when used on a boat.Learn to Sail . used to steer the boat. All Rights Reserved. or by calling (888) 454-7015. Leeward: Pronounced “looward” . Aft: The area at. Spars: The “mast” is the vertical pole that holds up the largest sail (“mainsail”). you should probably do a quick study of this sailing vernacular so that you understand everything we’re referring to. Many sailboats have furling “jibs” (the sail in the front of the boat). Windward: The direction from which the wind is currently blowing. 8. 14. This is the forward end of a boat. 1. Jibing: Opposite of tacking.OffshoreSailingSchool.15 Things You Need to Know 2. Sheets: Rope (called “line”) connected to a sail that you pull on or ease out to fill the sail with wind efficiently. near. Copyright © 2011. Bow: The front of a vessel is called the bow. here are 15 beginner sailing terms that will help you as you read this book and converse with fellow sailors. Rudder: A flat piece of wood. . Speak Like A Sailor With These Sailing Terms Before you continue reading this eBook. 2. this basic sailing maneuver refers to turning the bow of the boat through the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the boat to the other side. If something is located aft. Offshore Sailing. Stern: The extreme after end of a vessel. However. or metal located near the stern beneath the “hull” of the boat. 3.

it creates a force that allows a sailboat to sail about 45 degrees towards the wind direction.(Some high performance sailboats can sail closer than 45 degrees to the wind.. To reach a destination upwind (towards the wind). Here’s how it works: 1. 3.15 Things You Need to Know 3. and Live Aboard Sailboat Cruising in 7 days! Learn more by visiting www. how is this possible? Well.the wind is coming from the right (starboard) side of the boat. Ltd. you may be ready for the Fast Track to Cruising program where you can learn everything you need to know for sailing. The sailboat on the left is on “starboard tack” . As the wind blows over the sail. sailors perform a series of “tacks”. there is actually a fairly simple explanation. about 45 degrees on either side of the wind direction relative to the bow of the boat.OffshoreSailingSchool. the wind doesn't simply try to blow the sail (a wing) away in the direction it is blowing. Offshore Sailing. thrust) perpendicular to the sail. All Rights Reserved. using nothing but the wind to make it move. sailboats have keels or centerboards which extend under the boat. Bareboat Chartering. Copyright © 2011. So you see.although it will require just a hint of physics to understand. This 43’ cruising boat is what you can learn on when you’re ready for a big boat cruising course. resulting in a sideways and forward force. As the wind flows over the sail. How Can A Sailboat Move With Only Wind? The feeling of sailing is almost magical. 4.com. You may ask. To counteract sideways force. Instead. If you are curious about the way a sailboat works.Learn to Sail . with your boat cruising along. This high and low pressure causes lift (force. .. so the resultant force is forward. 5. Think of the sail of a sailboat as a wing. and want to see it in action. basically zigzagging upwind. allow a sailboat to reach an upwind destination. gliding across the water. it creates “drag” parallel to the sail’s surface. a high pressure area is formed on one side and a low pressure area is formed on the opposite side. 2.) These zig zag maneuvers (tacking). the sails are over the left (port) side of the boat. or by calling (888) 454-7015.

com. At Offshore Sailing School you are taught by professional. Other schools and service organizations enjoy the durability and performance of this boat. wearable life vests aboard. Copyright © 2011. They also know when and how to reduce sail area for comfortable control in heavy weather.The best sailors adjust sail settings for different wind and water conditions. Be prepared for whatever the weather might bring. Coast Guard and Naval Academies and Maine Maritime Academy. Ltd. wind and weather conditions .Check the forecast before going out for a sail. Respect the boom . with water proof gear (jacket and pants commonly called “foul weather gear”) to use if needed. Learn on the right boat .Learn to Sail . comfortable. high performance. Offshore Sailing. and explain accurately what has occurred if you have an emergency. All Rights Reserved.OffshoreSailingSchool.S. or by calling (888) 454-7015. Performance Sailing and Racing courses.Learn to sail at a reputable sailing school with professional instructors. Is Sailing Safe? As with any activity on the water. But if you learn to sail properly. Know the Rules of the Road and at least basic navigation skills. Don’t try to teach yourself! Invest in a good sailing school. .Regardless of your level of expertise. and full when there is moderate wind. well maintained boat. sails should be relatively flat when the wind is either very light or very strong. Refer back to tip 2. including the U.It is important that you learn on a safe. one of the most important beginner sailing tips is to be aware and respectful of the boom at all times! Learn basic sailing terms.15 Things You Need to Know 4. US SAILING certified instructors who make sure you understand the “whys” not just the “hows” of sailing. Offshore Sailing School uses the Colgate 26 exclusively as its training boat for Learn to Sail. A good sailing course will ensue you understand basic sailing lingo so you can communicate and describe maneuvers easily aboard. Generally. Familiarize yourself with “sail control” . Practice makes perfect. Know how to handle your boat in all conditions. Research tide. you will know what precautions to take to ensure smooth sailing and a safe voyage. Always have comfortable. Always tell someone before you go out on the water. Follow these basic safety rules . there are some risks.Some of the most common sailing injuries result from simply not being aware when the boom is about to swing from one side of the boat to the other. To avoid a bump to the head (or even possibly being knocked overboard). Here are a few “sailing safe” tips to consider: Take a sailing course . Call us today at (888) 454-7015 to set sail! Learn more by visiting www.

Decide what the course means to you.15 Things You Need to Know 5. In this case tuition ranges from $1495 to $2650. is no more than learning to ski. Choosing the right school is critical (see our suggestions in Tip 7: How to Choose A Sailing School).000. Begin with sailing lessons. .OffshoreSailingSchool.com. safe Colgate 26 valued at close to $50. All Rights Reserved. If you want to go cruising with ease and comfort. with high kudos from its clients. Copyright © 2011. It is also very important to be able to talk to graduates and learn from them whether or not they felt the course they took met their expectations. and with the selfconfidence and respect of those who will sail with you. Don’t shop for sailing courses based solely on price. Can I A!ord the Cost of Sailing? The cost of learning to sail at a reputable sailing school. and is taught on 43’ to 50’ cruising yachts that sell new for $300.295 depending on location and season. If this happens to you. golf or tennis school. golf or play tennis from an excellent pro at a reputable ski. expect to spend at least $60 an hour for your tuition alone (if you want to break it down). or you may be turned off to sailing completely.000 to $500. Ltd.000 adults and their children. In our 47 years of teaching more than 125. if you choose the wrong school for the level of sailing expertise you wish to reach.000 for a complete five-day certification course taught aboard boats valued at $50.000 new. your costs could become very high indeed . . or by calling (888) 454-7015.000 to $600. and all the other facts mentioned in Tip 7 impact what a school will charge. Offshore Sailing School will help you find the perfect sailing course to fit your needs. Offshore Sailing School’s Learn to Sail course tuitions range from $595 to $1. without a captain to tell you what to do. we have heard too many stories from our students and instructors about how people have gone to other sailing schools where they were not given proper instruction. What a loss that would be! No matter what your budget is. the expertise of the instructor. Make sure to check out our Learn to Sail Specials! Learn more by visiting www. Offshore Sailing. and you learn on a high performance.000 and more.Learn to Sail . The quality of the boat you learn on. . Sailing lessons can range from under $500 for a two-day course to over $1. An Offshore Sailing School cruising course provides bareboat cruising certification.

and if you like small boats.OffshoreSailingSchool. though generally they have smaller boats than the Colgate 26’s we use for our Club and sailing courses. . Just mention you took a sailing course at your office or a party and someone. Offshore’s club in NY Harbor is just $1. There are sailing clubs in many metropolitan areas. which works out to $156 a month. All Rights Reserved. The pièce de résistance of learning to sail and then taking a cruising course is being able to charter liveaboard boats all over the world! Offshore Sailing School is the official sailing school of “The Moorings” . just join one of Offshore Sailing School’s annual flotilla cruises. This works out to just $37/day with 7 days a week hassle-free sailing with club members.Learn to Sail . Offshore Sailing School will help you continue sailing. like the December cruise in Belize.795 for seven months. ownership.com. Go on Flotilla Cruises. there are many options available that allow you to keep on sailing without having to own a boat: 1. If you don’t have family or friends you can take with you on a bareboat charter vacation. Sailing magazines and charter companies also provide flotilla cruises where all you do is show up and sail with others who love the sailing lifestyle. If you did nothing but go bareboat cruising for a week or two on your vacation every year. These programs are generally very inexpensive. Copyright © 2011. Offshore Sailing School has popular clubs in New York Harbor and in Florida. will say “Wow! Would you like to come sail on my boat?” Sailboat owners are always looking for crew. Offshore Sailing. 4. 6. they can be a lot of fun. which provide sailing on club boats without the hassles of upkeep.the pre-eminent charter company world-wide with fabulous charter locations in just about every dream location there is. we bet. This is FREE! 2. or by calling (888) 454-7015.15 Things You Need to Know 6. There are community sailing programs provided by non-profit sailing centers all over the country. Just ask about our Offshore Cruising Club opportunities! Learn more by visiting www. you probably would not have to repeat the same area more than a couple of times for the rest of your life (but we bet you will want to repeat most of them). You can also join a “fractional sailing” program that gives you cruising boat use much like a time share. 3. You can’t rent or charter a sailboat the caliber of a Colgate 26 anywhere for a full day for that amount. Ltd. 5. or having to plunk down a rental fee each time. How Can I Continue Sailing After I Learn? Once you learn to sail.

ergonomically comfortable. and requires you to sail successfully with your classmates without the instructor aboard before handing you a diploma and certification. make sure the school is adequately insured. auditory (starts each day with a classroom session to reinforce the textbook and on-water training). Lastly. Stands behind its products with knowledgeable leaders like Offshore!s award-winning sailing educators. you should consider attending a school certified by US SAILING.Learn to Sail . Learn more by visiting www. Designed by Steve Colgate after years of trying various production boats: the C26 is safe. However. If you are looking for comprehensive sailing lessons. Steve and Doris Colgate. Copyright © 2011. The only exception to this rule would be for a program such as Offshore Sailing School’s Kids and Teens Learn Free Program – a private family experience that allows you to pay just two adult tuitions and bring up to four kids and/or teens to learn with you. Sailing instructors should have patience and humility. . Offshore Sailing School founder and Chairman. Adheres to a curriculum that teaches you to understand “why” you are doing a technique rather than just “how” to do it. In this case. less patient. We’ll leave that thought to those of you who are in business and know the costs associated with proper insurance. Those that refer to themselves as Captains could be dictatorial in their way of teaching. Teaches on sailboats in excellent condition. Many are notfor-profit community sailing programs that teach on small boats at modest fees.15 Things You Need to Know 7. Employs highly qualified instructors that have gone through a stringent review process. You can easily go from a Colgate 26 to a typical 35’ cruising boat and rent sailboats up to 30’ without question. and covering their lack of experience with bravado. the governing body of the sport. and Racing courses. How to Choose A Sailing School There are literally thousands of sailing schools across the United States. Teaches no more than four at a time. All Rights Reserved. sophisticated and easy to sail.com. kinesthetic (learning by doing under the tutelage of an expert instructor). Offshore Sailing. Employs the preferred method of training: Visual (an excellent textbook to complements what you learn in class and on the water). Tests your knowledge with written tests and oral discussions. This is a good way to get your feet wet. Ltd. Steve Colgate • • • • • • Offshore Sailing School uses the Colgate 26 for Learn to Sail. high performance. at least 20! in length. make sure the school you choose: • • Has published textbooks that cover more than you can learn in the course. with enough bells and whistles to allow you to progress to larger boats quickly and easily. per instructor per boat. the cost comes way down on a per person basis and the extraordinary bonding that results is a life-changing experience. to get on the fast track. judging not only their knowledge but their teaching skills. Performance Sailing. or by calling (888) 454-7015.OffshoreSailingSchool.

. If you just want to find out what sailing is all about.Learn to Sail . Learn more by visiting www. more power. You will be taught to sail on a small boat like the Colgate 26 first. All Rights Reserved. Then. knowledge. and confidence to join a club. If you already have the basics and want to start cruising and living aboard. because it’s important that you: • • • • • Get close to the water Feel the immediate response of the boat as you steer See and feel a burst of speed when you trim the sails correctly Learn to slow the boat down and stop it completely with sails alone Read the wind and learn to react quickly to sudden gusts and maneuver easily A big cruising boat responds slowly to your touch. go sailing with friends. First. then contact us. our next step up is the Bareboat Cruising Preparation course which comes in a Live-Aboard Course version (you live aboard and learn while moving from port to port) and a stay-ashore version where you learn every day in class and on the water but sleep ashore at home or a lovely resort each night.15 Things You Need to Know 8. . and guide a boat by wind alone. Copyright © 2011. and take the helm of a rented sailboat or your very own. you’ll spend five days on a 43’ to 50’ cruising yacht with bigger sails. What Sailing Course Should I Take? If you have never sailed before or sailed awhile ago and are feeling rusty.from novice to ready-to-cruise in just seven days. engines and electronics. The right sailing course for you depends on your prior sailing experience and goals. The best racing sailors practice on small boats to get back in tune with the wind and water before they head out on a big ocean race. the Learn to Sail course will give you the skills. or by calling (888) 454-7015.com. a two-day experience or a two-hour sailing lesson will give you an idea of whether you want to continue. Ltd. Better yet. you’ll spend two days on the Colgate 26 where you’ll learn how to read the wind.OffshoreSailingSchool. Review a synopsis of our different courses. Offshore Sailing.. By the time you correct (or overcorrect) you have to start the maneuver again. you can combine the two in a seven-day program – our Fast Track to Cruising® course – which takes you from zero to hero.

To prepare for what lies ahead. sailing gloves. Most importantly. In a good program. nonskid boat shoes. In addition. It will all come together as the course progresses. Then. quick drying clothes. It’s best to relax and go with an open mind. Approach the experience with realistic goals and realize that you’re going to make mistakes.Learn to Sail . If you are learning in a cool area. encourage you when you make mistakes. and praise you when you get it right. You will also be taught the proper way to get on and off a sailboat. sunblock. a hat that will stay on. If you feel a little anxious. on your first solo day out (Offshore Sailing School includes a test sail without the instructor aboard at the end of most of its courses) you will relish the reality of how much you’ve learned! The first day of sailing school is an exciting experience. but that’s alright. A good instructor will take you through the maneuvers and ask you to explain why you’re doing them. rain gear. . At the end of your first day. Offshore Sailing.15 Things You Need to Know 9. Ltd.OffshoreSailingSchool. you should be given a comfortable life jacket and taught about safety gear. We recommend that you bring comfortable. waterproof duffel bag to hold all of your gear. You should get a list of what to bring and wear.com. remember to have fun! If you’ve chosen the right sailing school. you’ll get the feel of sailing. read more about what you will learn in our various sailing courses. All Rights Reserved. and layer your apparel for comfort. On a typical first day at school.. Your First Day of Sailing School Your first day on the water will be full of information and new sensations.it’s just part of the learning process. Copyright © 2011. you’re not alone. you may feel a little overwhelmed. don’t worry.. you’ll learn how to: Rig the boat Leave and return from dock or mooring Perform basic sailing maneuvers Learn the most needed knots for sailing Identify where the wind is coming from Learn all crew positions on the boat Most of all. you and your crew mates will do everything yourselves. or by calling (888) 454-7015. sunglasses. bring a waterproof jacket (and maybe pants too). Learn more by visiting www. lip balm and a small. you’ll begin with a classroom session that reinforces your lessons on the water.

At Offshore Sailing School textbooks are sent in advance to study. formed in the 1800's and appointed by Congress in 1978.OffshoreSailingSchool.S. All of this is done with an expert instructor who coaches you throughout the learning process. make sure you get at least three full days of instruction with classroom and onwater training. All Rights Reserved.15 Things You Need to Know 10. and is a non-profit association that upholds the highest standards for learning to sail and getting involved in competition. However.Learn to Sail . Learn more by visiting www. Offshore Sailing School has been celebrating teaching sailing since 1964. visual and kinesthetic. Copyright © 2011. It represents the United States in all international competitions and meetings involving other countries. Ltd.S. you learn by doing each maneuver and task that guides a sailboat. US SAILING is the governing body for sailing in the U.com. Then. a passing grade is validation of all that you have learned.. When choosing a sailing school and course level for certification. How Can I Get Sailing Certified? If you are seeking third-party certification. Why? Because the only way to learn well is to learn the “whys” of sailing not just the “hows”. . or by calling (888) 454-7015. classroom sessions precede each sailing session to reinforce what you will learn on the water. You will have the peace of mind that your sailing certification was obtained by a school with the most progressive sailing certification education system in the United States. You should learn from a school that employs definitive teaching methodology: auditory. the US SAILING certification program is more stringent and complete than any other third-party certification program in the U. Offshore Sailing. because you have to pass a test for the level of instruction you took. Sailing certifications from sailing schools in the United States carry no legal import.

Then another. SAILING: A Woman’s Guide.. you’re sailing! Here is a quote taken from Doris Colgate’s book. tranquility. your grip will relax and your body will sway with the boat’s motion. but you’ll soon get into the rhythm.15 Things You Need to Know 11. .OffshoreSailingSchool. I feel secure. a light darts across.like a racehorse on a winning lap! Picture yourself looking out to the horizon. gazing up at a jet-black sky filled with stars..com. or by calling (888) 454-7015. incredible. as she describes her experience: “I am lying awake in the cockpit. Shooting stars! The universe is so big. Sometimes. All Rights Reserved. yet elated . you’ll get the boat into a groove and feel it respond to your touch. I!m comfortable and confident.Learn to Sail . sailing not as a passenger. I!m on the lead sailboat in a flotilla with graduates of Offshore Sailing School. As you pull the sails in or let them out. feeling the direction of the wind on your face.. But. Offshore Sailing. you can hear the boat accelerate as water rushes by. you are coasting along with nothing in sight but the wide span of ocean and the sunshine glistening on the water. You may feel a little unsteady at first. At first. Suddenly. At other times. Now. How Does Sailing Feel? In one word. published by Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw Hill.. During these moments. As you begin to feel this. This is my life now. the boat will react to your every move.” Learn more by visiting www. Copyright © 2011. Ltd. this may be too much and too far. but as one of a team that makes decisions and shares responsibilities. you may feel an over-whelming sense of peace. When it’s your turn to steer. But. sailing can feel exhilarating and adventurous. You’ll feel the boat center (reach a balance point) as changes are made. or too little and not enough.eager to see what dawn will bring. how does it feel physically? It’s always a pretty sensational feeling to be sitting comfortably on the high side of a sailboat as it leans with the force of the wind in its sails. after some time. Most people can imagine what an amazing emotional and mental experience it is to sail into the sunset. and freedom. and we are so small as we bob along the dark sea.

OffshoreSailingSchool. responsive. low-performance dinghies for training adults because (1) they can capsize. Board Boats . we recommend the Learn to Sail course. both important because they allow you room to work and move around safely. We don’t recommend small. Board boats require some agility. The Colgate 26 has a large cockpit and rails around its space. Ltd. Here are just a few: Sailing Dinghy . Copyright © 2011. and you are apt to get wetter. and typically has enough cockpit space for 1 to 4 people. you gain a higher level of comfort with the whole process. Keelboat – These boats are stable. Get comfortable with sailing with the Learn to Sail course. determine what kind of boat you will be sailing on. Colgate 26 If you are new to sailing or need a refresher.Learn to Sail . and your instructor can stay out of the way but has controls to take over should the need arise. This sailing course takes you from beginner through intermediate level on a fleet of award-winning Colgate 26 sailing school boats. Offshore Sailing. from lightweight dinghies to large cruising yachts. or by calling (888) 454-7015.ranges from under 10 feet to close to 20 feet.These boats are popular with some racing sailors and kids. First. Once you understand how boats and sails work. (3) generally the instructor has to coach from a chase boat and is not aboard with you. Attending a quality sailing school is the best way to really get comfortable with sailing. A three or four person keelboat is recommended for starting out.com. Getting Comfortable With Sailing Part of the process of getting comfortable with sailing involves gaining knowledge about sailing. . but it’s actually all very logical and will quickly become a second language. All Rights Reserved. Three full-day and five half-day schedules are available at all Offshore Sailing School locations. and yet have enough options to promote a rapid learning curve. Sailboats come in all shapes and sizes.15 Things You Need to Know 12. (2) don’t provide enough room or sophistication to move on to handling larger boats easily. Look for a school with a variety of courses that focuses on teaching you the ins and outs of sailing on boats ranging from mid-sized daysailers to large cruising boats. You won’t feel confined. They earn their name because you sit on the boat rather than in it. Learn more by visiting www. A keelboat (so named because it has a heavy fixed fin beneath the boat) is the most stable type of sailboat to learn on. allow mistakes. Some of this may seem complicated at first.

too busy to worry or think about feeling ill. Once you learn these things. I get seasick. If you learn on the type of boats we recommend. or concentrating on remembering words. After all. Copyright © 2011. it’s not very likely you’ll end up in the water. Just enjoy! If you have other fears or questions before you set sail. Perhaps it’s because you’re taking in more air. however. That is why we recommend going to a certified. we find it helps! In these conditions. many people who sail can’t swim. highly reputable sailing school. If in doubt. To be on the safe side. Here are a few common objections we’ve heard in the past: I’m afraid of capsizing. handle a boat’s line and equipment. stable sailboats. All of your concerns will be addressed in your sailing course. Believe it or not. Offshore Sailing. ask about the boat’s characteristics before getting aboard. The Fears of Sailing It’s normal to have questions about your well-being on a boat on the water. so you don’t have to worry. if you cannot swim we recommend you wear a comfortable life jacket while on deck on a sailboat. we recommend rotating (sharing) time on the helm every 20 minutes or so because when you steer. or by calling (888) 454-7015. All Rights Reserved. there is very little that can go wrong on a simple sailboat designed for daysailing. you’re about to try a new activity with many kinds of new sensations. Check out more sailing tips. If you don’t know how to avoid collisions. Let’s address a few of these up front so that you can have some reassurance that learning to sail will be an enjoyable experience. In fact everyone should particularly in high winds.15 Things You Need to Know 13.com. Someday you may find yourself on a cruising boat on longer passages in rough water. Whatever it is. you won’t have to worry about this at all if you learn and sail on boats that won’t capsize (like the Colgate 26 at right). Sailing seems a bit unsafe. First. with the air in your face. Most schools that teach adults use comfortable. I can’t swim. or request a quote for your sailing lessons today! Learn more by visiting www.OffshoreSailingSchool. you’re out in an open cockpit boat. you could get into some trouble. Ltd. don’t fret. or you don’t know where to sit or stand.Learn to Sail . We found singing can help take your mind away from feeling sick. you concentrate on the horizon and your sails and this keeps you from getting queasy. Unless you sail on small dinghies that easily tip over. . here are other ways of overcoming seasickness. If these techniques don’t help.

Sail the boat in ever-tightening circles. pull the victim in the LifeSling to the stern quarter of the boat by cranking in on the attached line. and haul the victim and sling on deck. When a crew member goes into the water. or by calling (888) 454-7015. Here are two of these methods: Quick Stop Method . slowing the boat as if to pick up a mooring. Tack. throw the LifeSling over the side.15 Things You Need to Know How to Execute a Rescue Mission In a good sailing course you’ll practice crew-overboard recovery procedures repeatedly. 3.com. All Rights Reserved. 4. keeping jib aback. Bring the boat up into the wind and trim the mainsail in tight. jibe. 6. Ltd. 10. cleat the line coming off the winch. When the victim is abaft abeam.A widely accepted overboard retrieval method uses a LifeSling. 7. lower the jib if possible. Just as they reach the sling. throw flotation and shout. There are several methods acknowledged by both our national sailing authority (US SAILING) and the authorities of other countries. 5. Clip the free halyard to a lifeline until you need it. Learning to retrieve someone who’s fallen in the water is best done with an instructor. assuming that person is conscious and able to grab hold. Crew Overboard! . Using a jibsheet winch. For this method. “Crew overboard!” 2. Haul the victim to the boat and pull aboard. attach one end of a block-and-tackle arrangement to the freed jib halyard and the other end to the sling. Toss a floating heaving line to the victim. 3. 14. Instruct the victim to grab the line and work their way up to the LifeSling. The moment someone falls overboard. Offshore Sailing. When alongside but still in the water. 9. 8. 2.OffshoreSailingSchool. Stop alongside the victim. stop the boat by turning it directly into the wind. LifeSling Method . which is carried in a case that mounts on the stern pulpit of a larger sailboat. Sail up to the victim. follow these steps to retrieve someone who has fallen into the water: 1. 5.Sheila McCurdy Brown (current commodore of the Cruising Club of America) gives these 10 points for overboard recovery: 1. Request a quote today! Learn more by visiting www. Copyright © 2011. and immediately run downwind with the sails still trimmed in tight. be careful not to run over the line. 6.Learn to Sail . Designate a spotter who points and never takes their eyes off the victim. if possible. (See Tip 2 for terminology) 7. 4. Sign up for Sailing Lessons or courses that best suit your lifestyle and budget. Drop or furl the jib. Get the jib down on deck quickly and push it out of the way.

or by calling (888) 454-7015. Sailing doesn’t have to be complicated at all. It is true that you have to learn the lingo. Learn more by visiting www. However. Here are a few basics to get you started: • Know which way the wind is blowing.. While the boat is going in a straight line. Sailing is something you never stop learning.. hear from real graduates who share their sailing experiences! For more information. but it is logical and full of words we use in everyday life. the problem is. Ltd. learning the correct way to handle your sailboat is very simple. Know when a sail is properly trimmed. Copyright © 2011.com. . This is far from the truth. We do want to point out that you can't learn sailing by reading this eBook or any other resource. By the time they’re through. From then on. most old salts don't stop with a few words. you’ll be sailing into the sunset! Visit What you learn in our courses to see everything covered in the Learn to Sail course. With the help of an instructor. or spend those 24 hours over a week or two.but. it's just a matter of practice and having fun! Every minute under sail can be enjoyable. All Rights Reserved.15 Things You Need to Know 15. Don’t let this scare you. Offshore Sailing.OffshoreSailingSchool. Soon. Also. it is easy to make it sound hard! Most "old salts" love the opportunity to say a few words to the beginner. You may start to fear that the whole thing sounds too complicated and difficult. The rule of thumb is: Pull the sheet in just enough for the fluttering to stop. You can learn to sail in three 8-hour days. see which way your flag is blowing. You must be able to steer accurately. You need to get out on the water! This book provides some basic knowledge. Look at clouds. but nowhere near what you will learn in comprehensive sailing lessons from a professional instructor at a recognized sailing school. but in a short time. or lick your finger and hold it up in the air to feel even the faintest breeze. Before long. you’ll have the building blocks for a lifetime of sailing fun. knowing which way the wind is blowing will become second nature. ease the sheet (line) attached to your jib (the small sail in the front) in and out until there is a light flutter. especially in a sailboat that allows you to feel the reaction of the boat to the wind and the water. you (as the eager new sailor) may be a bit bewildered by sailing terms and diagrams with arrows and dotted lines. Sailing Isn’t Complicated Sailing actually isn’t hard to learn. • • It’s easy and fun to learn the rudiments of sailing. contact us online.Learn to Sail .

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