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.
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!
What to Expect in Your Beginner Sailing Course (ASA 101) A beginner sailing course typically includes a comprehensive introduction to sailing designed to teach newcomers the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to operate a sailboat safely and effectively. While specific course content and teaching techniques may vary depending on the sailing school, all American Sailing (ASA) schools follow the same…
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.