Sailing is a favorite activity that hundreds of thousands of people around the globe engage in every day. There is a variety of ways that you can learn sailing. You can jump in a boat with a friend if you want, and learn just by listening, observing, and participating — learning by experience. Or, you can sign for actual sailing lessons at a formal school. There are sailing schools all over the world. Then, there is the hard way. You can learn to sail by simply buying a boat and going out on the water all alone — all by yourself. This last option is not the safe or recommended way to go about it.
However, regardless of which ever way works best for you, it greatly helps to have a good grasp and understanding of the boat and how sailing works as a whole. You want to understand how a boat works if you’re going to be on the water — and a dangerous situation arrives.
What are some of the basic steps to take to understand sailing? Sailing involves a plethora of basic, essential skills, and a broad range of knowledge. These following steps will outline the basics of learning to sail — and will include as much as you can learn while not being on a boat. However, if you already know the basics, you can just skip ahead. On the flipside, if you are completely new to sailing, it is recommended that you closely follow the steps that are about to be listed.
1. Develop a good range of knowledge with “sailor talk,” or basic “sailing terms.” To begin your introduction into sailing, you should begin by understanding the words that are used to describe sailboats and the skills involved in manning a sailboat. Start by looking up a list of sailing terms that are basic and study them until they are memorized.
2. Now you can begin learning the parts of the boat. Before you even set foot on the boat, you may want to know the parts that are actively involved in keeping your boat afloat and running. Instructors, especially, aren’t going to want to call specific parts an ambiguous name like, “that sheet, that rope, or that plank.” Instead, they will use the names that are well known, and they will expect you to know them accordingly.
3. You can even start an online course. Now that you’re somewhat familiar with sailor talk and the parts that sail boats are made up of, you can begin to learn just exactly how they work and do what they do. There are many courses online that can help teach you about the parts of the boat, and many will include photos that you can identify the parts with.
4. Rigging the boat is important, now that you’re familiar with all three of the beforementioned tips and such. Before you set sail, you want to rig the point. What does this include? Rigging the boat includes pre-sailing preparations, like setting up the sheets and making the sure all of the ropes are tied accordingly.
5. Now, evaluate and review the basics of sailing techniques. Now that the boat is all rigged up and ready, you need to know how to set it off in the direction that you desire. Make sure you look up more basic sailing techniques before setting foot in the water.