Unfortunately, we lose a few days every semester because of bad weather. Although the coaches worked today to launch and dock the Javelins, it was too cold & windy... threatening rain, also... for students sailing.
It's a shame, and ironic because weather has been so mild this winter. We've had many days that would have been GREAT for sailing... but not today.
Where are we in the class?
We've learned a lot. For review, got to the Sailing Lessons Table of Contents (link).
We should know the knots.
We should know the parts of the boat. We especially need to know about SHEETS and HALYARDS, and how to rig the sails. The class has had several sessions of practice on this, and today we would have been doing it for real, on the water.
This class should be ready to begin practicing sailing the boat to a goal.
This means that for our next class, we should know the points of sail.
Note the difference between port tack and starboard tack. On starboard tack, the wind is coming over the starboard side of the boat.
One way to remember "Close-Hauled" is that the sails are hauled in tight (close to the center). A boat can be close-hauled on either port tack or starboard tack.
We should also know our first basic maneuver TACKING. Here is a brief lesson (link) on this.
See you next time!
... posted by Assistant Coach Douglas King