Introduction to Sailing
Sail boating basically refers to the activity of using large fabric material called sails to drive and maneuver a boat over water. It requires lot of practice to master the art of sailing as one has to use the rudder, rigging and the force of the wind on the sails to move the boat across water. Proper knowledge about sailboats, wind behavior and sea conditions are a prerequisite. Sail boating or sailing is a popular recreational activity in some parts of the world as acquiring a sailboat is not that expensive. It can include offshore or “blue-water” cruising, coastal cruises and short trips around a bay. continued below ...
BEST SAILING SPOTS
The Abacos and Exumas islands in the Bahamas are among the world’s best spots for sailors and offer a great yachting experience in crystal clear waters. The Stockholm archipelago in Sweden consists of numerous islands and is perfect place to explore while sailing. Turkey’s Aegean Coast with its amazing climate conditions is a great place for a sail boating adventure. Another beautiful place boasting of year round tropical climate is Hamilton Beach, part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The Bay of Islands in New Zealand with its untouched coastline and secluded islands should also be on any passionate sailor’s bucket-list.
Sailing requires lot of expertise to safely navigate across water bodies. Hence, prior knowledge about safety measures is necessary to avoid mishaps. • A proper route plan should be prepared and marked on maps before heading out to sail.
• Weather should be checked before setting sail and a weather radio can also help one to keep track of weather changes. In case there is a chance of stormy weather at sea, it is recommended to head for shore, if there is a threat to one’s safety.
• It is suggested to use sunscreen and sunglasses when sailing for long periods of time. Prolonged exposure to the sun can result in heat exhaustion and dehydration.
• It is necessary to have a life jacket or PFD for every member on the sail boat. These are very important and can save life in case the sail boat capsizes. Other PFD’s like life rings should also be present on the boat.
• First Aid kit with adequate medication should be present on board.
• Flares, offshore radio, flash lights are other essential equipment. These help in rescue operations and to to communicate with other sailors in case of any emergencies.
• In case the boat capsizes, the members should stick to the sail boat as it is easily visible to others and also helps with floatation.