|Windy and chilly on the dock|
Today was only medium-bad weather, so our sailing class held a sailing exercise although we did not go out sailing.
Today's exercise was a mix of review... terminology, rigging, steering, Points of Sail, and tacking... and new material.
The boat was tethered to the dock, so the skippers and crews could practice without risk of the boat going out of control, crashing, or capsizing.
|Practice controlling the boat, without risk|
One of the things we learned is that the wind is always shifting slightly, changing direction and gusting. This is a challenge!
The skipper steers (with the hiking stick or tiller extension, please) and handles the mainsheet. The crew helps hold the boat level, keeps lookout, and controls the jib.
When making a maneuver like TACKING (link) there are several things that skipper and crew must do.
The first thing to do is to prepare. The skipper tells the crew (crews: don't say you're ready until you're REALLY ready!). Then the skipper puts the tiller towards the sails (remember T-T-T) and the boat begins to turn.
As the boat turns into the wind, the sails will cross over and the sailors do, too..... the crew must handle the jib sheets, and the skipper continues to steer the boat in the turn.
When the boat is sailing on the other tack (boats are always "on" either starboard or port), the skipper straightens out the tiller and now the boat is sailing again.
Here is a diagram of the POINTS OF SAIL. This is very important to remember.
Next time, we hope that the weather will be good and most of the beginners will be ready to sail for real.