Sailing is among the most popular activities of those who want to have some fun and relaxation. If you are thinking of taking your family on a sailing trip, you might as well learn how to sail.
The fundamental principles of sailing are composed of some specific rules and procedures that must be followed to successfully sail on various waterways. Someone who would desires to set sail should learn the right navigation terms, procedures as well as the basic skills and techniques for maneuvering sailboats. So, start looking for a Whitsunday yacht charter
company and know the basic skills in sailing.
Sail setting - Various sail settings are needed depending on the point of direction of the boat in relation to the wind's direction. In setting sail, good listening skills are needed. Let out the sail until it flutters along the luff. This is the part which is nearest to the mast. And when you hear the fluttering stop, pull the sail back in.
Boat balancing - Heeling is the instance when your boat leans to one side because of wind pressure. To counteract such situation and keep the boat balanced, it is necessary to observe the wind and the position of your sails. You can also counteract heeling by putting as much weight as you can on the opposite side of the boat. Ask your crew to sit on the side deck to stop heeling.
Fore and aft trim - Be certain that your boat is well balanced from both ends. In general, the bow or the front of the boat is slightly raised higher than the rear side also known as the stern. The body weight distribution of the crew on board is important in keeping the boat balanced. If you see that the boat is lugging in the water which usually happens when the stern is too low, place more weight to the middle or towards the front side of the boat. On the other hand, if you notice that the bow is submerged in the water move towards the back of the boat.
Centerboard positioning - The centerboard is either made of wood, metal or fiber, depending on the composition of your boat. It is the moving fin found under the hull or the watertight structure which is responsible for the buoyancy for any boat. By moving the centerboard based on your desired direction, you'll be able to fix any drift.
Tacking - Going from one destination to another is not always a straight course. This is especially true when you are sailing directly to the wind. You can reach your desired destination quickly by tacking. It is done by steering or maneuvering the boat in a zigzag and upwind direction.
Now that you know some of the basic skills in sailing, it is time to finally go boating in Whitsundays.