Are you new to the world of sail? Let us help you learn the basics with these handy tips and instructions for aspiring sailors.
1. Choose calm waters without heavy traffic
If you are just getting started with the basics of sailing and learning how to work with them, one of the most important tips is to try to practice in light winds and as little movement of other floats around as possible.
2. Choose a small yacht to learn how to sail
It is much easier to learn this with the least amount of running rigging and sails. A small sailing yacht will be more responsive and easier to maneuver, and is also ideal for practical yacht capsizing tests (see tip # 7).
3. Start with a single sail yacht
As mentioned above, you should start with a yacht that is equipped with one sail. This will greatly simplify learning how to sail.
4. Follow the safety fundamentals
There are safety rules that apply to absolutely all mariners, regardless of their level of knowledge and experience. These include such as: always inform someone on the shore about your intention to go to sea; always have life-saving appliances on board; always know in advance exactly where you are going to make a sea trip.
5. Study tides, wind and weather conditions
Check the weather forecast before sailing to be prepared for changes in wind strength and direction. Make sure you have enough food on board. Take suitable clothing. It will not be superfluous to have a change of clothes. Sailing means always being ready for any weather conditions.
6. Learn the basics of sailing
The best sailors are those who can set their sails and make the most of the different weather conditions. General advice regarding sail tuning at sea is to be “flat” in medium to strong winds, and “full” in light winds.
7. Tip over on purpose
This may seem like one of the strangest beginner tips you can think of, but it is much better to practice a sailing yacht capsizing under control than out on the high seas in a completely uncontrolled environment. It is through practice that we learn best. Therefore, try to learn the basics of capsizing a sailing yacht in “low water”. This skill can come in handy in real life.
8. Respect the geek
One of the most common sailing injuries in the world is the result of neglecting the boom when it comes into motion. To avoid being hit on the head, or even worse, not being knocked off the deck into the water, one of the most important beginner tips to keep in mind for both passengers and crew on a sailing yacht is to always keep an eye on the boom and be ready for his movement.
9. Learn basic terms
Before going to sea, be sure to learn the basic terms and designations on a sailing yacht. Make sure you know the difference between starboard and port and can tell the difference between a windlass and a backstay.
10. Practice is the path to excellence
Don’t try to learn all the basics of sailing right away. Learn gradually. Take lessons from more experienced sailors. Read guides and books. And also share your experience with friends and learn new things from them. And of course, go to sea as often as possible.