Seamanship Skills (1/4)

by Oliver Mason published Aug 02, 2017 12:30 PM, last modified Sep 11, 2017 11:14 AM

Improve your sailing skills by learning how to do the following manoeuvres: Reefing afloat, Anchoring, being towed by a powerboat, Lee shore landing, Rudderless sailing, Sailing without a centreboard, Backwards sailing.

When Oct 07, 2017
from 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Midland Sailing Club
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Improve your sailing skills by learning how to do the following manoeuvres:

  • Reefing afloat - you're on the water, and suddenly the wind is about to pick up; how do you reduce the sail area?
  • Anchoring - you want to have your tea, but there is no jetty nearby. So how do you use that metal thing on a chain?
  • Being towed by a powerboat - the wind drops, and you're stuck. Luckily, a powerboat drives past and offers to tow you homewards. How?
  • Lee shore landing - you want to come back in after a sail, but how do you stop the boat before crashing against the concrete harbour wall?
  • Rudderless sailing - your rudder breaks. Are you doomed to sail in a circle for the rest of your trip? No!
  • Sailing without a centreboard - it might be stuck or broken. Just try not to capsize when sailing without it!
  • Backwards sailing - leaving a crowded jetty, the easiest way is often to go backwards.

The course will run over four consecutive Saturday mornings. No need to give up your whole weekend, just come a bit earlier before racing.