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Sailing – Take me away

The travel expert’s guide to sailing. Sailing is a wonderful experience that many people enjoy. If you’re considering doing so , or if you’re anywhere from a beginner to a pro sailor this comprehensive guide will have something for you.

Thinks to think in mind when you decide to go sailing.

  • If you’re a beginner, choose calm , uncrowded waters.
  • Choose a small boat
  • Follow basic sailing safety tips
  • Become Familiar with sail control
  • Study the basic terms.
  • Begin on a boat rigged with one sail and then go from there once you’re more familiar
  • Research tide, wind and weather condition BEFORE you go on your trip
  • Respect the boom
  • Practice makes perfect, so learn to use the controls well.

Safety Tips

  • Be weather aware
  • Capsize on purpose. Its better to practice how to handle a capsized sailboat within a controlled environment. You’ll pick up valuable sailing basics from going thru a test-capsize in a small dinghy.
  • Draw up a per-departure checklist to ensure you have everything you need.
  • Designate an assistant skipper who is also familiar with the working of the boat
  • Have a semi-annual maintenance guide.

Sailing terms you need to know

  • Jibing – Refers to turning the stern of the boat through the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the boat to the other side. Less common technique than tacking, since it involves turning a boat directly into the wind
  • Tracking – This 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. The boom of a boat will always shift from one side to the other when performing a tack or a jibe.
  • Rudder – Located beneath the boat, the rudder is a flat piece of wood, fiberglass, or metal that is used to steer the ship. Larger sailboats control the rudder via a wheel, while smaller sailboats will have a steering mechanism directly aft.
  • Boom- The boom is the horizontal pole which extends form the bottom of the mast. Adjusting the boom toward the direction of the wind is how the sailboat is able to harness wind power in order to move forward or backward.
  • Windward – The direction in which the wind is currently blowing. Sailboats tend to move with the wind, making the windward direction an important sailing term to know.
  • Leeward – also known as lee leeward is the direction opposite to the way the wind currently blows.
  • Starboard – is always the right-hand side of the boat when you face the bow.
  • Port – is always the left hand side of the boat when you ar effacing the bow.
  • Bow- the front of the boat
  • AFT- The back of a ship. If something is located aft, it is at the back. Also known as the stern.

    Jive and frack when sailing

    You need to know the two basic sailing maneuvers – jibing and tacking – when you’re sailing the open oceans or an enclosed lake. ( jibing and tacking take you away from or into the wing)
Jibing
  • Say “ready to jibe” to alert your crew, and then say “jibing” as you begin turning the boat away from the wind.
  • Say “Boom coming across” as you pull the main over to the new side.
  • Let the main out on the new jibe, and trim the jib on the new leeward side. Fracking
  • Trim the new jib sheet and keep turning until your sale are full on the new track
  • Keep turning the boat as the sail begins to luff; release the jib sheet; the crew and skipper switch sides.
  • Say “ready to tack” to alert your crew and then say “tacking” as you start turning the boat into the wind.

Sailing packing list – What to pack

  • Soft Soled shoes
  • Soft bag ( Eagle creek or American Tourister will do)
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sun glasses
  • Swim gear
  • Cover ups.
  • Skin protection
  • Toiletries
  • Water toys
  • Camera
  • Waterproof bag
  • Industrial size glue
  • First aid kit
  • Sowing needle
  • Sailing Knife

Knots you will need to practice

  • Sheet bend – Good for joining two ropes together, even if one is thicker. The thicker roap makes the u shape.
  • Clove hitch- the clove hitch is useful for tying a rope to a post – but it can slip.
  • Reel – the reel or square know is used to fasten  a line around an object, like trying down a particularly folded sail.
  • Sheepshark – used to shorten a rope.
  • Round turn and two half hitches - used to secure a rope to an object.

What course to pick based on your level.

There are lots of courses on offer, but finding the right one iwll depend on your skill level and knowledge . with the above information in mind make sure you pick a course that is suited to your needs and experience.
  • Rya Start yachting – this course covers the basic of sailing and yacht cruising for beginners. Learn about sailing handling, rope work and on boat safety precaution
  • Rya competent crew – a basic crew training course for those with some experience. Learn to steer, change sail, reefing and tying knots no board a yacht at sea.
  • Rya day skipper practical – basic and practical skippering techniques to allow you to take the first step towards becoming a qualified skipper. Some sailing experience and theory will be required before attending and after the course you will be competent to take a small yacht in familiar waters during daylight hours.
  • Rya Coastal skipper – for more advanced skipper looking to build on their skills. The course involves decision aking, planning, navigation, pilotage, watch keeping and heavy weather sailing techniques.
  • Yachtmaster coastal – this is a refresher course wish is designed for those with some skipping experience.
  • Yachtmaster offshore – designed for those who are looking to take the yacht master offshore examination by revising practical and theory based elements. The course leads to the exam and , for those inclined , a professional commercial endorsement.
  • Masterclasses – there are also a series of courses for the more advanced yachtsman to really master you skill.

Sailing on water Does and don't.

  • DO Carry a life jacket | Don’t drink and drive.
  • Do Carry  a lifesaver | Don’t Travel Clockwise
  • Do have an air horn or whistle | Don’t come closer than 1—feet of other vessels
  • Do have a sailing license | Don’t come closer than 200 feet of divers
  • Do get some practice beforehand | Don’t stand or site on the edges
  • Do stay clear of other commercial sihp | Don’t drive without a diver license
  • Do follow the speed limit | Don’t spill fuel
Follow these basic tips and your sailing will take you away. From the travel experts at Luggage Factory we wish you happy sailing.

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