How to Sail


Whether you're a beginner or an experienced sailor, you might know that you have always things to learn about how to sail, usually as in any other activity in life you need an experienced sailor (if you have enough experience, a more expert sailor than you), to show you the standing and tricks, and secrets of your boat, of the seas, and also the functions of all equipment you need, and more.

Remember that all the boats are different, and they all require different or common sailing techniques that you'll learn in time, as you learn the terminology and other basics topics of sailing. However something that we all agree is that once you have your first sailing experience you won't like to do other things than enjoy of the breeze, the water, and the weather, even if the day isn't nice.

You might think that sailing is hard but it isn't, in fact sailing is very simple if you put all your attention to the instructor and if you have some previous knowledge, it could help even more, if you want to be a good sailor from the beginning you need 3 aspects:

  • You need to determine which way the wind is blowing. Nowadays there are many technological tools to help you, but it could be helpful if you don't depend totally on these equipments.
  • You must be capable to steer correctly, it's not something you should worry about because it's not difficult as it might sound, and in fact most people take five to ten minutes to learn.
  • Then it's also important to recognize when the boat is properly trimmed, right after you steer.
  • And another important factor is to learn and practice all safety recommendations, in order to avoid accidents, and protect your boat, and the people with you on it, whether your family or friends.

We have selected some important sections with selected information for sailors and enthusiasts in sailing to let them know how to sail and other boating tips recommended by experienced sailors.

What are left and right?

What are left and right in sailing?

An important aspect when one is learning how to boat is learning the terminology and complex boating vocabulary of the sailing process, and the arts of the boat itself; one of the first things you'll learn is to differentiate left and right or port and starboard respectively. Most tutorials and rules for sailors provides the precise steps and instructions using these terms, some experienced sailors don't recognize them, but in this section we help you to learn about both port and starboard.

Docking Boat

Docking Boat

One of the first lessons you'll have for sailing is to docking boat, we give you some instructions for doing it in several situations; however, it's important for you to practice with an expert, but we recommend you to study and learn the basics in our guide so receive and accomplish with the instructor indications will be easier for you. Docking a boat is as its name sounds to approach the dock, like when you park your car, but with your boat.

Undocking Boat

Undocking Boat

Undocking boat is not easier or more difficult than docking it, however, with some practice both are going to result very natural for you, as in docking your boat; undocking it is like when you leave the parking zone. We have included the procedure to have safe and successful undocking process, remember to consider the conditions surrounding the boat, because even we have compared with the start of the car, a boat is more complicated.

Line handling

Line handling

Line handling is an important concept you must study and know before sailing, even it doesn't require a difficult training, and it'll become pretty useful as you acquire practice and experience. We give you the basics in knots for the lines (lines are no other things than ropes but on board), different types of lines according to their function, and recommendations if you take this task on the boat you are boarding.

Dead Reckoning Navigation

Dead Reckoning Navigation

Dead Reckoning Navigation is a method used since ancient times to determine the position of the boat during the trip, that's why we show you on the left, the image of replicas of the boats used by Columbus, we give you some instructions about this basic method of localization because it'll result useful in case other modern equipment like GPS doesn't work.

Sailing is a passionate sport on water that require be prepared, and also know some basic recommendations and concepts. We invite you to know more about sailing and boats visiting the previous and other sections in our website.