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Learn to sail in 5 steps

Remo Sailing Instructor

Remo Girard

Learning to sail can be a fun and rewarding experience. It can also be challenging, as it requires a good understanding of the principles of sailing, as well as the ability to handle a boat safely and confidently in different weather and sea conditions.

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Here are some steps you can follow to learn how to sail. Familiarize yourself with the basic terminology and principles of sailing:

Sailing involves using the wind to move a boat through the water. The direction of the wind is called the "wind direction," and the angle at which a boat points relative to the wind is called the "point of sail."

  • The "tack" is the direction in which a boat is sailing, while the "jibe" is the act of changing tack by turning the boat's stern through the wind.

  • The "hull" is the main body of the boat, while the "keel" is a fin-like structure that extends below the hull and helps to stabilize the boat.

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Familiarize yourself with the sailing theory:

Sailing theory refers to the principles and practices that are used in the sport of sailing. These principles include the physics of how a boat moves through the water, the use of sails and other equipment to control the boat's movement, and the tactics and strategy involved in navigating and racing.

Find a sailing school or instructor:

Look for a sailing school or instructor in your area that offers lessons for beginners. These lessons will typically cover the basics of sailing, including how to rig a boat, how to steer, and how to sail upwind and downwind.

Practice sailing:

The best way to learn to sail is to get out on the water and practice. Start by sailing in calm, sheltered waters and gradually work your way up to more challenging conditions as you become more comfortable and confident.

Take a safety course:

Sailing can be a dangerous activity, so it's important to learn how to stay safe on the water. Consider taking a safety course, such as an RYA Sea Survival Training to learn about topics such as emergency procedures, weather forecasting, and navigation.

Join a sailing club or group:

Joining a sailing club or group can be a great way to meet other sailors, learn from more experienced sailors, and have the opportunity to sail with others. Many clubs also offer racing events and other social activities.

Remember that sailing takes time and practice to master. Don't get discouraged if you don't pick it up right away – it takes time and patience to develop the skills and knowledge needed to sail confidently and safely.

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Any question about how to learn sailing?

We have selected a few answers for you. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us at any time.

To learn to sail, you as a beginner have to reckon with about 20 - 30 hours. Our tip is to familiarize yourself with the theory before your first sailing lesson.