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Basic Keelboat (U.S. Sailing Certification) by Monk Henry, Mark Smith, Rob Eckhardt

By Monk Henry, Mark Smith, Rob Eckhardt

The 1st folks SAILING's well known Keelboat sequence, easy Keelboat covers the abilities and terminology required to responsibly skipper a small daysailing keelboat. simple Keelboat breaks down maneuvers like tacking, jibing, docking and overboard restoration in an easy, comprehensible demeanour. utilized by crusing faculties round the nation, easy Keelboat is the definitive learn-to-sail textual content, released via the nationwide authority for crusing within the U.S.

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In coastal areas, currents are also caused by the tides rising and falling. Depending on their direction, these currents can either assist or hinder your progress while sailing. It is important to know the direction and strength of currents. Charts, tide tables, and a watch are helpful in planning your sail. These photos, taken at the same location, show the difference between high and low tide. Consulting a tide table and a chart will help you avoid running aground during a low tide. Current is usually weaker in shallow water Current is usually stronger in deeper water Current usually runs faster through narrow openings 2 HRS AFTER 'SLACK; EBB BEGINS ' AT THE RACE While the photos above demonstrate tide, these charts from a nautical almanac show currenlcoming in (flooding) and going out (ebbing) of Long Island Sound.

As awarning that the boom is coming across. In lighter winds the crew may simply grab the mainsheet or the boom and throw the sail to the other side of the boat. As the main crosses the center, the helmsman briefly steers against the turn. ~ EVERYONE KEEPS HIS OR HER HEAD SAFELY DOWN AS THE BOOM CROSSES THE COCKPIT! o Turn Toward the Wind (Heading Up) As soon as the boom has crossed the cockpit the crew let the mainsail run out to keep the boat from rounding up (turning too much) and sheet in the former lazy jib sheet.

I'II Leeward side of dock II \\ I\ \\ I \ \ \ \\ \ , \ __ ...... \ \ \ \ \ \ \ , , " ...... -_ / ...... / / After the First Sail II Windward Side Departure Windward side departures should be avoided. If at all possible, you should move your boat to the leeward side of the dock. If you ever have to make awindward departure, here's how to do it: With sails lowered, but ready to raise, move your boat to the end of the dock. f) At the end of the dock, raise the jib and push the boat away from the dock.

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