Learn to Sail: 15 Things You Need to Know

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

the net force on the sails creates lift and moves the vessel forward. and adventure! The first ship remnants discovered date back to 2. Copyright © 2011. Wind is a limitless resource! To truly discover what sailing is. What is Sailing? Centuries ago. All Rights Reserved. We want to see where the horizon expands to. Today. or the physics of the wind and the sails. The steering device consisted usually of 2 big oars from both sides. sailing is a lifestyle. has created a desire to explore the water around us. You’ll learn more in tip 3. Learn more by visiting www. and bigger sails for faster speed. Wikipedia defines sailing as “the art of controlling a boat with large (usually fabric) foils called sails. sailing was the only way to cross a body of water. it is technically referred to as a sport. . Built by the Egyptians. and there may be older remains not yet found! So we have been traveling on water for almost 5. fishing. By changing the rigging.” The physics of sailing involves air moving across the sails of the sailboat. or by calling (888) 454-7015. with a gentle breeze filling billowing sails. Ltd.. Later these ships were turned into warships. The desire to sail is practically a genetic predestination. rudder. It has allowed us to participate in trade. transport. Boats that are propelled by sails cannot sail directly into the wind. Sailing represents freedom. Offshore Sailing. With two-thirds of our world covered in water. planks like shields to guard the rowers. Mastery of the skill requires experience in varying wind and sea conditions.com. combined with our innate human longing for discovery and freedom. as well as knowledge concerning sailboats themselves and a keen understanding of one's surroundings.Learn to Sail . and sometimes the keel or center board.000 years! One of the first known ships was called a bipod. a sailor manages the force of the wind on the sails in order to change the direction and speed of a boat.15 Things You Need to Know 1. expansion. the boat is turned (called tacking) through the “eye of the wind. with an additional deck for archers..900 BC.OffshoreSailingSchool. Sailing is much more than just the act of operating a sailboat. This. allows the boat to progress directly upwind. When you properly position the sails with respect to the wind. crossing from one side of the wind to the other. and exploration. it possessed at least 40 oars and only one square sail. 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. For sailors who cherish the unbelievable feeling of gliding across the ocean. To make forward progress. Sailing has been instrumental throughout history in expanding civilizations and broadening our horizons.you have to experience it for yourself at one of Colgate Offshore Sailing School’s seven locations.” A series of maneuvers. most people dwell on or near a coastal area. However.

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

the wind doesn't simply try to blow the sail (a wing) away in the direction it is blowing. with your boat cruising along. This high and low pressure causes lift (force. a high pressure area is formed on one side and a low pressure area is formed on the opposite side. The sailboat on the left is on “starboard tack” . To counteract sideways force. To reach a destination upwind (towards the wind). so the resultant force is forward. Here’s how it works: 1. All Rights Reserved. You may ask. As the wind blows over the sail. how is this possible? Well.15 Things You Need to Know 3.(Some high performance sailboats can sail closer than 45 degrees to the wind.com. gliding across the water. sailors perform a series of “tacks”. Instead.) These zig zag maneuvers (tacking). Offshore Sailing. If you are curious about the way a sailboat works. and want to see it in action. the sails are over the left (port) side of the boat. allow a sailboat to reach an upwind destination. How Can A Sailboat Move With Only Wind? The feeling of sailing is almost magical. Ltd. So you see.Learn to Sail . resulting in a sideways and forward force. it creates a force that allows a sailboat to sail about 45 degrees towards the wind direction. 2. it creates “drag” parallel to the sail’s surface. about 45 degrees on either side of the wind direction relative to the bow of the boat. Copyright © 2011..the wind is coming from the right (starboard) side of the boat. Bareboat Chartering. or by calling (888) 454-7015.although it will require just a hint of physics to understand. there is actually a fairly simple explanation.OffshoreSailingSchool. basically zigzagging upwind. you may be ready for the Fast Track to Cruising program where you can learn everything you need to know for sailing. Think of the sail of a sailboat as a wing. and Live Aboard Sailboat Cruising in 7 days! Learn more by visiting www. sailboats have keels or centerboards which extend under the boat. 4. As the wind flows over the sail. thrust) perpendicular to the sail.. 5. using nothing but the wind to make it move. 3. . This 43’ cruising boat is what you can learn on when you’re ready for a big boat cruising course.

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

15 Things You Need to Know 5. 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. All Rights Reserved. safe Colgate 26 valued at close to $50.com. .000 to $500. If you want to go cruising with ease and comfort. the expertise of the instructor. Copyright © 2011.295 depending on location and season. . Can I A!ord the Cost of Sailing? The cost of learning to sail at a reputable sailing school. or you may be turned off to sailing completely. and with the selfconfidence and respect of those who will sail with you.000 to $600.OffshoreSailingSchool. Begin with sailing lessons.000 adults and their children. . with high kudos from its clients. Ltd. expect to spend at least $60 an hour for your tuition alone (if you want to break it down). Offshore Sailing School’s Learn to Sail course tuitions range from $595 to $1. if you choose the wrong school for the level of sailing expertise you wish to reach. golf or play tennis from an excellent pro at a reputable ski. and you learn on a high performance. golf or tennis school. or by calling (888) 454-7015. What a loss that would be! No matter what your budget is. Make sure to check out our Learn to Sail Specials! Learn more by visiting www.000 new. In our 47 years of teaching more than 125. and all the other facts mentioned in Tip 7 impact what a school will charge.000. Decide what the course means to you. Don’t shop for sailing courses based solely on price. your costs could become very high indeed . Offshore Sailing School will help you find the perfect sailing course to fit your needs. without a captain to tell you what to do.Learn to Sail . The quality of the boat you learn on. Offshore Sailing.000 and more. An Offshore Sailing School cruising course provides bareboat cruising certification. If this happens to you. Choosing the right school is critical (see our suggestions in Tip 7: How to Choose A Sailing School). Sailing lessons can range from under $500 for a two-day course to over $1.000 for a complete five-day certification course taught aboard boats valued at $50. In this case tuition ranges from $1495 to $2650. 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. and is taught on 43’ to 50’ cruising yachts that sell new for $300. is no more than learning to ski.

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. Just ask about our Offshore Cruising Club opportunities! Learn more by visiting www. like the December cruise in Belize. we bet. just join one of Offshore Sailing School’s annual flotilla cruises. 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” . they can be a lot of fun. Go on Flotilla Cruises. 4. Copyright © 2011. These programs are generally very inexpensive. This is FREE! 2. Ltd. There are community sailing programs provided by non-profit sailing centers all over the country. How Can I Continue Sailing After I Learn? Once you learn to sail. Offshore Sailing School will help you continue sailing.795 for seven months. will say “Wow! Would you like to come sail on my boat?” Sailboat owners are always looking for crew. or by calling (888) 454-7015. 6.com. This works out to just $37/day with 7 days a week hassle-free sailing with club members.OffshoreSailingSchool.15 Things You Need to Know 6. which provide sailing on club boats without the hassles of upkeep. which works out to $156 a month. .Learn to Sail . Offshore Sailing. 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). there are many options available that allow you to keep on sailing without having to own a boat: 1. Offshore Sailing School has popular clubs in New York Harbor and in Florida. You can’t rent or charter a sailboat the caliber of a Colgate 26 anywhere for a full day for that amount. and if you like small boats. 5. 3. If you did nothing but go bareboat cruising for a week or two on your vacation every year. If you don’t have family or friends you can take with you on a bareboat charter vacation. though generally they have smaller boats than the Colgate 26’s we use for our Club and sailing courses.the pre-eminent charter company world-wide with fabulous charter locations in just about every dream location there is. Just mention you took a sailing course at your office or a party and someone. Offshore’s club in NY Harbor is just $1. All Rights Reserved. You can also join a “fractional sailing” program that gives you cruising boat use much like a time share. ownership. or having to plunk down a rental fee each time. There are sailing clubs in many metropolitan areas.

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

You will be taught to sail on a small boat like the Colgate 26 first.. 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. and guide a boat by wind alone. What Sailing Course Should I Take? If you have never sailed before or sailed awhile ago and are feeling rusty.com. or by calling (888) 454-7015. Review a synopsis of our different courses. If you just want to find out what sailing is all about. Then. First.Learn to Sail . 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. you’ll spend two days on the Colgate 26 where you’ll learn how to read the wind.OffshoreSailingSchool.15 Things You Need to Know 8. knowledge. you can combine the two in a seven-day program – our Fast Track to Cruising® course – which takes you from zero to hero. the Learn to Sail course will give you the skills. then contact us. more power. you’ll spend five days on a 43’ to 50’ cruising yacht with bigger sails. By the time you correct (or overcorrect) you have to start the maneuver again.. a two-day experience or a two-hour sailing lesson will give you an idea of whether you want to continue. Better yet. engines and electronics. go sailing with friends. Offshore Sailing. The right sailing course for you depends on your prior sailing experience and goals. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 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. Learn more by visiting www. and confidence to join a club.from novice to ready-to-cruise in just seven days. . and take the helm of a rented sailboat or your very own. If you already have the basics and want to start cruising and living aboard. Copyright © 2011.

You should get a list of what to bring and wear. you’ll begin with a classroom session that reinforces your lessons on the water. a hat that will stay on. Copyright © 2011. don’t worry. you’ll get the feel of sailing. you may feel a little overwhelmed. bring a waterproof jacket (and maybe pants too). Most importantly. In addition. encourage you when you make mistakes.it’s just part of the learning process. Then. It will all come together as the course progresses. you should be given a comfortable life jacket and taught about safety gear. read more about what you will learn in our various sailing courses. We recommend that you bring comfortable. but that’s alright. you’re not alone.OffshoreSailingSchool. lip balm and a small. At the end of your first day. sunglasses.. nonskid boat shoes. In a good program.. Offshore Sailing. sailing gloves.15 Things You Need to Know 9. remember to have fun! If you’ve chosen the right sailing school. It’s best to relax and go with an open mind. and layer your apparel for comfort. If you are learning in a cool area. Your First Day of Sailing School Your first day on the water will be full of information and new sensations. 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. and praise you when you get it right.com. Learn more by visiting www. 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. waterproof duffel bag to hold all of your gear. You will also be taught the proper way to get on and off a sailboat. or by calling (888) 454-7015. To prepare for what lies ahead. sunblock. If you feel a little anxious. quick drying clothes. All Rights Reserved. On a typical first day at school. you and your crew mates will do everything yourselves. rain gear. Approach the experience with realistic goals and realize that you’re going to make mistakes.Learn to Sail . A good instructor will take you through the maneuvers and ask you to explain why you’re doing them. Ltd. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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