Fast Track to Sailing: Learn to Sail in Three Days by Steve Colgate, Doris Colgate

By Steve Colgate, Doris Colgate

On the Offshore crusing institution, the Colgates have taught greater than 100,000 adults the way to sail. Now they're making their confirmed educational equipment to be had to you so that you can satisfy your crusing desires in little time. notwithstanding designed round 3 days of in depth guide, the publication adapts simply to any studying speed. you could grasp the basics in 3 days—or over a summer season of leisurely sailing.Table of Contents:DAY ONE: gaining knowledge of YOUR BOATThe Language of boating | commence crusing | The issues of SailDAY : development self assurance AND SKILLSWind and Sails: a strong group | stability and balance | dealing with Heavy climate and Rescuing CrewDAY 3: GOING AND COMING WITH EASEMooring, Docking, and Anchoring below Sail | Right-of-Way ideas and NavigationAppendix 1: Three-Day learn ProgramAppendix 2: assistance and ChecklistsGlossary | IndexAbout the Authors:Steve Colgate based the Offshore crusing university in 1964. He has participated in America’s Cup trials, 17 Newport-Bermuda races, seven Fastnet Races, the Pan American video games, the Olympics, and 6 transatlantic races.Doris Colgate is president and CEO of the Offshore crusing college and founding father of the nationwide Women’s crusing organization. In 2003, US crusing presented the Colgates the Timothea Larr Trophy in popularity in their striking management and excellence in crusing schooling.

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The shape of your sails allows you to change gears and throttling power. Full sails are like low gear in a car; flat sails are like high gear. Full sails can be likened to flaps down on an airplane, giving power to get up into the air. At cruising altitude, pilots bring the flaps back in to maintain speed going forward. You will adjust sails in much the same way. WIND AND SAILS SAIL POWER ◆ ◆ Full sails—deep draft, more power through water, cause boat to heel more Flat sails—shallow draft, less powerful, boat heels less camber draft leech luff chord Figure 4-11.

To fill the sails properly, head away (fall off ) from the wind just enough to stop the luffing. Continually test your course by heading up slightly until the jib (or mainsail if you only have one sail) starts to luff, and then head off just a bit until the sail looks firm. Sailors use many terms to describe a boat’s course in relation to the wind, but those that have the connotation of up or high imply you are sailing too close to the wind. Down or low imply being away or too far from the wind—more broadside to it.

Now that you have the feel of sailing on a close reach and a beam reach, the next step is to experience a broad reach—the point between a beam reach and sailing dead downwind. The wind is on your quarter (aft of abeam) and you have to concentrate a little more on your steering because, at this point, it is easy to go off course without realizing it. If you turn the boat so the wind ends up directly behind you, the mainsail looks perfectly fine but you are no longer on a broad reach. You are now on a run.

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