Beginner Sailing Challenges
Sailing is not a sport you can simply get off the couch and start, however it is much easier to begin sailing than most people believe! Even if you're miles from the ocean, there are often river or lake sailing clubs available and also saling vacations can be cheaper than a city break!
When people hear yacht they visualize crew all in white, a man with a silly hat and champagne with caviar - how wrong could you be! Firstly, let's make a distinction between this:
The first is what one could describe as a floating hotel, the second is a wind-driven caravan on water - and we love caravanning! So how can you start your water carvanning adventures? Check out these beginner Challenges which should have you ship-shape and seaworthy in no time at all!
To start sailing you must be able to reach any waypoint; whether it's a harbour entrance, a buoy in the water or any marker in the sea, if you can sail a triangular course then it means you can reach your destination no matter where it lies in relation to the wind direction! Check out this guide to get more info.
This is a qualification in the UK but schools abroad often teach it and there are international equivalents; it is the first step on the ladder and proves that you are safe to go out in light-medium winds, right a capsize and do basic set up of rigging.
Having at least a small level of dinghy experience will drastically improve your first time on a yacht - the basics are all the same, just scaled up to a larger boat. This Challenge specifies you should be useful whilst on board so take the helm, work a winch and generally show you're interested - all skippers are always glad to have crew who want to get well and truly stuck in!
Technology is awesome - you can text you oven, find out the weather without ever going outside and even brush your teeth without tiring out your arm... but we don't want to get too dependant on it. One reason why dinghy experience is important is it teaches you wind awareness with very immediate consequences; sail in too tight = dumped into the water, sailing too close to the wind = stop, on larger vessels these subtleties are somewhat lost and so keep yourself sharp by sailing without any wind instruments to keep your own awareness sharp.
This is the experience you will gain on a Competent Crew or Day Skipper course, eat, sleep and sail aboard your yacht for a week and rack up the miles. This will also introduce you to the caravanning lifestyle - short showers, improvized meals and a new love of card games!
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