Sailing And Weather

Written by Jen Nichol
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Sailing and weather simply cannot be separated, so if you want to be any good at the first, you had better learn how to work effectively with the second! There is no sailing without wind, and wind can be notoriously fickle. A breeze can usher in a storm, and then only skill can keep the boat on course.

The first time a person steps onto a seemingly ponderous sailboat, they are often shocked at how responsive the craft is to every puff of wind, every swell of water. From the bottom of the keel to the top of the spinnaker, these boats have evolved to respond instantly to changes in sail and steering. Knowing how to predict and handle challenging weather and how to use a storm anchor can make the difference between success and misery out on the water.

Take Sailing and Weather Classes

A top sailing school will have a hierarchy of classes. Beginners will be taught to sail in mild conditions, well within sight of the coast. Intermediate and advanced sailing students will learn how to really deal with difficult changes in the elements.

Keeping one's cool in times of foul weather is as important when sailing as it is in life, and a good school can teach you the skills to do so. All weather can be effectively mitigated, if you have the know-how and confidence. Everything every sailor knows was once learned by him or her, and can be taught to you, too.


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