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FAST TRACK TO SAILING


Year: 2009
Language: english
Author: Steve and Doris Colgate
Genre: Guide
Publisher: The McGraw-Hill Companies
ISBN: 978-0-07-161520-4
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 129
Description: LEARN TO SAIL IN THREE DAYS
This book, patterned after Fast Track to Cruising, will teach you the
basics, including the language of sailing and how it applies to maneuvers
aboard, and the theory and functions that make handling a sailboat easy.
You will progress from the initial steps of boarding a small to mid-size
sailboat to sailing away from a dock or mooring, then to understanding
how to use wind to move your boat efficiently and return safely and confidently back to a dock or mooring.

Contents

DAY ONE
G E T T I N G T O K N O W Y O U R B O A T
CHAPTER 1
The Language of Sailing 4
Important Words to Know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
How to Measure a Sailboat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
How to Describe a Sailboat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Standing Rigging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Running Rigging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Sails and How to Describe Them . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
CHAPTER 2
Start Sailing 13
Sailing Comfort Is All about Preparation . . . . . . . .13
Getting Aboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Getting Ready to Sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Getting Underway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Make Yourself Comfortable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
CHAPTER 3
The Points of Sail 24
Finding Wind Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Your Boat Is Always on a Tack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Cycling through the Points of Sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Changing Course Downwind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Sailing toward the Wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
When Tacks Don’t Go as Planned . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
DAY TWO
B U I L D I N G C O N F I D E N C E A N D S K I L L S
CHAPTER 4
Wind and Sails:
A Powerful Team 39
Wind Creates Lift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Two Sails Are More Efficient than One . . . . . . . . . .40
The Effect of Heeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Using Telltales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Wind Flow on a Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Jib Leads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
How Sails Are Made . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Sail Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
Reading and Using the Wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
CHAPTER 5
Balance and Stability 60
How Weather and Lee Helm Affect Balance . . . . . .60
How Sails Affect Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
How Weight Affects Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
How the Keel and Hull Shape Affect Stability . . . . .65
How to Control Stability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Determining Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Sailing Dinghies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
CHAPTER 6
Handling Heavy Weather
and Rescuing Crew 71
Sailing in Heavy Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
What to Do in a Squall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Crew Overboard! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
DAY THREE
G O I N G A N D C O M I N G W I T H E A S E
CHAPTER 7
Mooring, Docking,
and Anchoring Under Sail 79
Mooring Pickup Without a Motor . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
How to Anchor Under Sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
How to Dock Under Sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
If You Go Aground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
CHAPTER 8
Right-of-Way Rules
and Navigation 90
How to Determine If You Are on
a Collision Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
Rules of the Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Navigation Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
CHAPTER 9
Spinnaker 101
Preparation for Setting the Spinnaker . . . . . . . . . .101
The Hoist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
The Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
The Jibe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
The Douse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
CHAPTER 10
Marlinspike Seamanship 105
Safe and Efficient Winch Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105
Keeping Lines Organized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107
APPENDIX 1:
THREE-DAY STUDY PROGRAM 111
APPENDIX 2:
TIPS AND CHECKLISTS 113
GLOSSARY 115
INDEX 119
 
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