SAILING TOP TIPS - BEGINNERS
Tuesday September 6th, 2011
SAILING TOP TIPS – BEGINNERS
In the light of the ever increasing popularity of sailing, especially amongst young people, Harbour Guides have decided to start a new information strand. And as the company scribe I think it is only right and proper that we start where the poet and play-write Dylan Thomas, who gave us the tale of the fishing village Milk Wood and the dreams of Captain Cat who lost his crew, starts.... ‘To begin at the beginning.’
Learn to sail in a small boat as you are more likely to be able to handle it. There are fewer lines. Preferable choose a boat with one sail so you become accustomed to their often seemingly random behaviour. Remember, sails are slaves to Mother Nature.
Small boats are also easier to manoeuvre and more importantly easier to capsize.
Which takes me to... Capsize on purpose. It’s the only way to learn how to deal with it. Experience is a vital part of sailing. You really do need to know how to cope with a real life capsize.
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