Sailing is one of the great water sports that boating enthusiasts can truly enjoy. However, for the first timers, in order to learn to sail, one needs to know first the basics of sailing including the common terminologies used in the sailing jargon, the types of movements of the sailboat, as well as the parts of the sailboat to fully comprehend the principal information surrounding this great water sport for one’s better enjoyment and fun.
To learn to sail, one basically needs to know the parts of the main tools that he or she is going to use, primarily the sailboat and sailing terminology. The mainsail of the boat is primarily made from Dacron or nylon fabrics and is regarded as the principal sail, which is attached to the long pole, which is called the mast. The boat’s sail is the power behind the boat’s movement along with the wind that moves it. The head of the sail is at the top of the sail while the jib is the front sail of the boat. The braces that support the mast are called the shroud, the fore-stay and back-stay in the hull, bow and stern of the boat.
Another important point to know in order to learn to sail is to know the basic movements the sailing boat has to maneuver in whatever direction the wind would encounter it. These movements are called the point of sailing. Pointing is the term used when a boat can sail close to the wind. However, it is important to know that there are three basic boat maneuvers that are used in sailing. The beating or close-hauled (sometimes also known as sailing windward) is the movement where the boat pass through the wind in a diagonal or zigzag shift. This style is efficient during a windy day. The second type is called the running movement when the wind is from the rear of the boat. This movement is sometimes called running before the wind. To sail using the running shift, the mainsail has to be spread out extensively and the jib must be lowered and should be substituted with a spinnaker to avoid accident and ensure boating safety. And finally, reaching is used when the sailboat treks perpendicularly to the wind. Among the three, reaching is the quickest method to travel.
To learn to sail also means to turn your boating dream into reality. This can be done by scouting for a tutor to help you with your endeavor to learn to sail. You can either ask your friend to teach you, or you can enroll yourself to one of the sailing schools in your area. In here, you actually have two options, depending on the flexibility of your schedule. You can either go for sailing institutions, or you can go online. However, for the latter, the theoretical part is primarily tackled here. You should also gain an understanding of marine safety devices to ensure a safe and relaxing adventure.