The wind pressure on the sail, combined with friction between the sail and the headstay makes it nearly impossible to evenly tension the whole luff without putting undue stress on the top of the sail and the winch. What you end up with is luff in the top of the sail being way too tight while the luff near the bottom of the sail is still to loose. The sail with this sort of luff tension is not pretty and it certainly is not fast. Also in light winds you can overtension the halyard until there are vertical wrinkles, then ease it.
On the new tack, you can with ease the halyard if necessary, to properly tension the luff. A small dinghy will be more responsive and easier to maneuver, and is also perfect for practicing test capsizes in. Have a leaking mast boot? Replace it with a waterproof and inexpensive repair. Wrap an ace bandage tightly around the bottom of the mast. Find that can of Dip Whip that you have been putting off using to whip the ends of all those frayed lines. Paint three coats of Dip Whip over the ace bandage.
The result is a flexible, waterproof repair that will last for seasons of use. Begin on a boat rigged with one sail Similar to the above, beginning on a boat that’s rigged with just one sail will make learning sailing basics easier and less complicated. Follow sailing basics for safety There are certain sailing basics for safe boating that should go without saying, no matter what your level of expertise.
Boating and sailing basics means always being prepared. Both novice and experienced sailors alike can benefit from a quick review of these beginner sailing in Portugal basics. Choose calm, uncrowded waters If you’re just starting to master sailing basics and learn how to sail, then one of the most important beginner sailing tips to remember is to practice in ideal conditions of light winds and low traffic. Choose a small boat to learn how to sail It’s easier to learn how to sail with fewer lines and sails.
As you start to trim the jib sheet you will see that the sail looks full first at the clew, then as you trim it in, the sail fills from the clew forward with the leading edge of the sail, the luff, the last part to stop luffing. Easing the jib sheet to depower is effective, but it is not efficient. Become familiar with sail control The best sailors are the ones who are able to adjust sail settings to take the best advantage of different wind and water conditions. In general, sails should be relatively flat when the wind is either very light or very strong, and full when there is a moderate wind.
There are many how-to books written full of sailing information – each from the writer’s perspective and often based on personal experience.The Offshore Sailing School library of sailing books – written by Steve and Doris Colgate – has evolved over many years of teaching people to sail, actually more than 46. You may purchase our books full of sailing tips through this website, on-line and in bookstores.
Fast Track to Sailing, published in 2009, is available in e-book format. Each covers the information needed for a solid foundation in basic sailing, cruising sailing at several levels, and performance sailing and racing. The sailing tips offered in this section come from those books and are meant to give you enough information to want more. You will find these helpful when considering a specific topic, and from time to time as you visit this area, you will find additional chapters and sections from our books added.
Practice makes perfect. Don’t try to teach yourself all the sailing basics. Invest in a good sailing course, research guides and books, and learn from friends with experience. The Forlini family are cruising the seven seas as you read this. You can read their story here. There is no substitute for getting out on the water – on a safe, comfortable sailboat with enough go-fast features to whet your appetite to learn. In Offshore Sailing School’s Learn to Sail course you will do just that, with your textbook sent in advance to study, and a dedicated expert instructor to guide you through the course when you arrive.
If you’re a competitive sailor, the next step might be Performance Sailing and our sailboat racing courses. If sandy shores and wispy palm trees are in your thoughts, Live Aboard Cruising or Bareboat Cruising Preparation will set your course for sailboat chartering just about anywhere where there are beautiful islands and anchorages. When working with any load, it’s best to make the load as light as possible.