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.
Understanding Points of Sail The direction of the wind dictates the direction a sailboat can sail. The Points of Sail describe the range of courses a sailboat can and cannot travel.
Understanding the Sails The sail is the driving force of the boat. A sailboat is only as good as its sails when you consider that capturing the wind’s energy is the premise behind what sailors do to propel their boats in a forward direction.
Understanding the Wind A sailor’s world revolves around the wind and staying aware of the wind’s direction is crucial. Your ability to accurately sense changes in the wind, its speed and its direction will improve as you learn.
How to Prep for ASA 101 It's exciting when you still have your first sailing class ahead of you on the calendar! Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for ASA 101, including reading the textbook, playing with the sailing app, studying vocabulary, and even, yes - go sailing!
40 Sailing Tips Everytime a sailor gets on the water, there are certain steps that must be taken. Whether it's your first sail or the 400th sail, these tips will keep you smart, safe, and ready to have a great day sailing. In celebration of 40 years of educating the world's sailors.
How Do I Learn To Sail? Learning to sail can become more than just a nostalgic daydream — here are some frequently asked questions about how to go from daydreamer to daysailer. A practical, nine-step approach that will have you on the water enjoying the magic of sailing in short order.