Articles on How to Sail
Sailors share their very best sailing secrets and tips.
Tips for Better Sailing
are time-tested tips to keep your sailing day exciting and safe, gathered over the years from old seasoned salts
and from those who sometimes learned the hard way.
Do's and Don'ts
what your passengers should bring (and not!), to coping with
seasickness, and keeping your sailboat crew entertained, able, and
and Solo Sailing Tips
The ability to sail single-handed is a big boost
to your comfort and confidence levels, but requires a well-trimmed set of
skills. Here's a primer list of tips and tactics to have at the ready.
Sailing Reference &
It's fun and frequently enlightening to take a quick
glance at the bookcases of other sailors. Here are some of my all-time
favorite sailing reference books and resources sitting handy on my shelves.
Here's a cool educational tool from the helpful folks at the National
Geographic Society on how to trim a sail based on a range of headings in various
Practice a safe docking in multiple marina layouts, complete a safety study
course, then brush up on your VHF radio technique; courtesy of BoatUS
An essential sailor's weather service with user-selected regional reports on
winds, swells, radar, etc.
Lines and Knots
Lots of details on different types of lines (ropes), with useful video how-to's
on tying essential sailing knots (reef, sheet bend, bowline, clove hitch,
figure eight, cleat hitch), courtesy of US Sailing.
The Beaufort Wind Scale
Wind forces as defined by Sir France Beaufort of England in 1805, describing
conditions in escalating magnitudes of appearance on sea and land.
Rules of the Road
Exhaustive detail on international and inland navigation rules for powerboats
and sailing vessels, courtesy of the United States Coast Guard Navigation
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