Apparent Wind - ASA Bite Sized Lessons

Bite Sized Lessons : Apparent Wind

We know that learning to sail can be overwhelming and there is a lot to take in. In an effort to help we’ve created a series of “Bite Sized Lessons” taken straight out of our textbooks – Sailing Made Easy and Coastal Cruising Made Easy.

In this lesson we take a look at the concept of apparent wind. This important concept often confuses beginner sailors so this video should help everyone better understand the relationship between true wind and apparent wind.

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Photo by Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Safran

Get That Cat Outta Here!

Although we understand not all sailors are racers, we do like to keep up with the America’s Cup because it’s not only sailing’s preeminent event it also always carries trickle down ramifications for technological advancements for all of us.

The big news this week is Patrizio Bertelli, team principal of Challenger Luna Rossa, has stated, on the record, that the 36th America’s Cup will be sailed in foiling monohulls. By the way, we predicted that in a piece right after the last Cup concluded – that has nothing to do with the content of this story but sometimes bragging just happens.

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What's In A Sailboat Name

What’s in a Name?

One of the cool things about sailing is that there are these age-old traditions just humming along in the background. There’s the particular language that continues to be passed along, There’s superstitions that are fading in terms of adherence but they too are also passed along like folklore. Then there is the naming of boats, which is still just as important as it ever was. Boats have names and this gives us compassion and a human-like respect for them. A name may act as a heartfelt living memorial for a deceased loved one or, or the other hand, maybe a message to all that you won the boat in a poker game. Either way, the boat will have a name because thems the rules.

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Apparent Wind - ASA Bite Sized Lessons

Bite Sized Lessons : Wind Terminology

We know that learning to sail can be overwhelming and there is a lot to take in. In an effort to help we’ve created a series of “Bite Sized Lessons” taken straight out of our textbooks – Sailing Made Easy and Coastal Cruising Made Easy.

In this lesson we take a look at some sailing terminology used when talking about wind. Learn what an easterly wind is and the difference between onshore and offshore breezes.

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Responding To An Emergency Quiz

Responding to an Emergency Quiz

Although sailing is often laid back good times, we can never underestimate the power of Mother Nature or unforeseen circumstances and must always be prepared for emergencies at sea. Here’s a helpful little quiz to test your knowledge using just a few instances that could happen while out for a sail.

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