How to Sail a Boat

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Learn how to sail a sailboat in this free online video lesson, including basic terms and techniques of sailing, tacking, knots, steering and how to use wind.

Series Summary

Sailing is a popular pastime in the coastal areas around the world. It is a skillful hobby where a person controls the motion of a sailboat in a race, on a cruise, or on a day sailing course. Maneuvering the sailboat can be tricky and movement is controlled by arranging sails to catch the force of the wind and using that to guide the boat. Basic sail techniques include steering and turning, running, reaching, sailing upwind, reducing sail, sail trimming, hull trimming, and heeling. Familiarizing yourself with the sailboat that you are steering is one of the first steps to learning how to sail.

In this series of videos, you will get a firm introduction to sailing from our expert. Beginning with a video clip about the sailboat, you will learn how to efficiently sail a boat. One of the most important things to remember when beginning a new hobby is safety. Learn about life jackets and personal flotation devices used to keep you safe when sailing. Challenge your sailboat knowledge with video segments on raising and rigging the main sail. Learn what “jibing” is and how to control the sails with different maneuvers of the sails. Get tips on tacking and coming about as well as steering with the tiller and rudder. Watch these videos to refresh your sailing skills or to learn a new hobby!

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