Learn to Sail: The Simplest Way to Start Sailing
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Learn to Sail is the perfect partner for anyone new to dinghy sailing.
A jargon free approach and step by step guidance takes you through everything you need to know, and is designed to help you to get out on the water with the minimum of fuss. In this enhanced eBook, not only will you benefit from expert advice and hundreds of photographs covering all aspects of dinghy sailing - there are also 11 supplementary videos (viewable on suitable devices) showing you how to put the theory into practice. On-board and mast-head cameras give a uniquely helpful perspective.
•The racing rules
Not only are one and two–person dinghies are covered, there are even tips on flying colourful downwind sails. The basic structure of national dinghy sailing courses is followed, though the emphasis is on keeping it simple and ensuring everyone has fun.
Learn to Sail is the simplest way to start sailing.
oncoming vessel simply may not have seen you. Further racing rules apply which are beyond the scope of this chapter Do not forget to look under the boom as well as behind your back as boats can come at you from any angle. Be aware that the wind may restrict your ability to hear the sounds of approaching vessels, and sailing boats in particular can be hard to hear. Keep a good lookout at all times for approaching vessels TOP TIP It is important to regularly check the areas around your boat,
not hoist it, and hoist and furl the jib. In a Laser, rig the mast but do not connect the clew so as to allow the sail to flap in the wind. Pontoons float on the water and allow you direct easy access to the boat Pontoons enable you to keep your feet dry during launching Check for any obstructions on the slipway and look out for any slip or trip hazards that could arise during launch. Check for slip hazards before launching Ensure the bow of the boat is secured to the trolley with a painter.
the centreline of the boat as possible 7 If wind is parallel to the pontoon, you can use either side 8 Tie a suitable knot to suit the pontoon fitting. This is a round turn and two half hitches 9 Step aboard gently Do not tread on the side tanks of the boat as, without the centreboard down, the boat is unstable and there would be a good chance of going for an embarrassing swim before you had even left the pontoon! 10 Keep weight in centreline of boat Push the centreboard down fully to
are lighter than two person dinghies and, as such, are generally easier to pull back upright from a capsize. When you end up in the water, make sure you are not tangled in any ropes and try to loosen the mainsheet totally. 1 Keep in contact with the boat at all times It is important to keep in direct contact with the boat by either holding onto the hull or picking up the mainsheet. Swim to the stern of the boat, taking the end of the mainsheet with you. This will stop you becoming separated
moved across The force of the boom can easily capsize the boat, particularly if the wind is strong. To reduce the amount of travel of the boom, you should first pull in the mainsheet by a couple of metres. This will make the whole manoeuvre a little safer while you are learning. When the weight in the mainsheet feels neutral, pull the boom across When is the sail ready to move across? Understanding when the boom is ready to move across is an important skill to learn for both single person