Day Skipper Sailing Tuition – Part 2

What are we going to learn in part 2? We’re going to take our mooring lines our walks off the with a half turn and make them fast back on the boat. We’re going to set them to slip we’re going to set them to slip Elizabeth. If you’d like to take off the Oxo from their past that back up to me on the and we’ll make it fast up there.

Don’t forget when we leave we all leave together. Everybody is on the boat at the same time. There’s none of this pushing the boat off from the pontoon. We’re all on the boat we release our morning walks from the boat.

Birthing A YACHT

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When it comes to birthing and un-birthing the yacht. The single most important line is this one here the black one that we’ve got on our spray it’s the mid-ship offspring. This acts like a handbrake thing of it as a handbrake and holds it in position when we have the engine motoring gently ahead. The run her over, this is our handbrake and holds alongside, so it’s this one which is the last row puff. It’s also the first row back on. When we come back in, OK. I think we’re ready guys, all our lines are set to slip that all get on board the boat, get ready to leave. All ready to go now. The engines on now, time to put the boat now into the holding position where we use the engine, motoring ahead nice and gently.

Putting weight on that black line the midget offspring and that’s going to hold us a long side, so wheel over away from the pontoon, engine ahead. It is holding alongside nicely now. The only line, the only mooring work which now has weights on it will be, the midget offspring. I can let go off my other lines, would you like to cast off the steer line? And release the midget ___ spring, please while still this is going on make sure you’re checking your skipper. That lines aren’t going in the water because don’t forget, we’ve got that propeller spinning at the moment. We don’t want ropes going in and getting tangled with that. Elizabeth could you release the headline for me please.

Ready to go

We’re ready to leave now, we are just holding the boat alongside with that long mooring walk, the midget offspring, and the engines is going ahead, wheels over. She’s in the holding position. Like a handbrake think about it as a handbrake. However, before I ask Elizabeth to release that line I must put the engine into neutral. And she must check that I have put it into neutral. Double checked, sailing is all about double checking and been safe. OK Elizabeth I am going to put her into neutral, I’d like you to release that. Release that line now place. When the lines on board. Most gently out, look up at the wind. Make sure you know how the wind’s going to affect the boat coming out. Nice and gently.

Don’t forget the stern swings the other way, that’s going nice, and we are away. Back in the cockpit. Rope and fenders, let’s have them all. This side, the windward side that’s going to be the safe side, the other side, and the side that is the unsafe side because you’ve got no room to maneuver down there. So when you are going down a ladder like this. Keep the boat up to the windward side up to the safe side.


The arrow represents the wind and in the models I’ve got three main points of sail. There’s my close hold with myself poured in nice and tight. I’ve got my beam reach where the wind now is on the beam of the boat on the very side of the boat. We ease our sails out for that one, we ease them out together trying to keep them parallel. And then we’ve got our downwind sailing. Broad-ridge to dead run. Indicated there where we put ourselves right out the wind is now filling the sails from behind and driving the boat downwind. Point of Sale. It’s all relevant to the angle that the boat is pointing to the wind.

Now by way of a demonstration there’s our wind there. We talked about the no go zone or the no go zone is that ninety degrees, forty five degrees either side of the wind. Ninety degrees in total that you can’t sail any yacht into. If you pointer into that the sails are just going to flap and she’s going nowhere other than perhaps backwards. So that’s no good to us.

Sailing into the wind

When it comes to sailing into the wind we need to be able to go close hauled. Which is where we sail along the edge of the no go zone. So if we sail like that with ourselves pulled in nice and tight. That’s going to be the closest that we can sail to the wind. When we’ve reached a point where we need to tack and turn the boat through the wind. We turn the boat through the wind at that point. You head to wind and the sails will be flapping.

But you have enough momentum in the turn, to turn the boat on to the next tack and away you go on the other tack. Moving onto the beam reach, the beam reaches where we’ve got the wind, right angles to the boat and she’s sailing across like. When you’re out there have this mental picture in your head as regards where the wind is coming from. Wind awareness is what sailing is all about. You need to know where that winds coming from in order that you can set the sails to the correct angle to get the best performance from the boat. When you sailing across the wind.

On that beam reach wind right angles to the direction to the boat, you ease sails out now to start with Keep it simple. Just ease the sails out about half way but ease boat sails out together. Here we go. This little yacht she’s on a starboard tack it’s got the wind blowing over the starboard side and off she goes on starboard tack. If she turns around and comes back the other way, this time she’s got the wind on the port side, blowing over the port side of the boat. She’s on port tack.

Downwind sailing, downwind sailing is as the name implies when we’re sailing away from the wind, when we’re sailing downwind. Indication that we have there, there we go sailing downwind we’ve got ourselves right out.

Wind feeling from a stern. If you’re coming on a broad reach which effectively as we angled across there, the wind will be able to get into the main sail, it will also be able to fill the chaebol, the on the same side.

A dead run

If you go to a dead run and that’s when you’ve got the wind directly behind the boat. Then chances are the will collapse because the main sail is shielding and causing a shadow on the but if you pour across to the other side, on the and get your crew to play with the sheet get the sail set to the other side. You are going to go goose wing that’s when both cells are out and she’s going to go down wind. Goose winged. You must however, have on that main sail to prevent a line ridge that prevents a line will demonstrate out there how that works. That prevents the accidental jibe, which is the one that can do all the damage both to a crew and to the boat. Persist that’s wind awareness everything you need to know, where the winds coming from. That’s the waves that’s the Windex to the top of the last. You’ve got to find a way and find out where the wind is coming from.

Skippers Point of view

We’re now on our way out now for skipper’s point of view. You’ve got to decide on your sail plan, your sail selection. That says how much sails we’re going to have up once we get out onto the breakwater. We’ve got a nice windy day today, we checked the weather forecast they reckon about a forty five for twenty knots worth of wind nice stiff breeze. We’re not going to go out there with full sail to start with by any means. If we did that she’s going to be hard pressed to be knocked over, don’t want to do that we want to give everybody a nice ride to start with. So as we get out into the break water we’ll have a look at the conditions. I rather suspect today we have a couple reefs in the main sail and half a jib, half the will be out. Let’s take a look, let’s see what we got go for please. Pull her up.

Take a turn around the down she comes. We’ve got our main sail up, we have two reefs in the main, keep it nice and easy to start with. We are now going to set our forth sail, the (8:07) half of __, its going to be a jib today. We are going to release the serving line keeping one turn on the winch that controls the speed that she’s going to come out at, I’m going to pull in on the jib sheet. When you’re ready guys pull away. GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO,

Great Sailing Conditions

Got lovely bouncy conditions out here today. So time to introduce the safety lines make sure everyone got a safety line on their harness, just in case they need to leave the cockpit, keep it all nice and safe. Put a loop over your head, we are all set. Next thing to do is to do a bit of sailing. So everything important on a day like today to get your sail balance right. That you match the size of your foresail. With the size of the size of the main sail we’ve done here today. We start to run out of water now the beach is getting a bit close. Time to put the attack in, ready about.

Wheel over, let it run, in she comes nice and tight that is lovely, got it sailing nicely now up to about five knots. Nice sea out here today, you have to steer the boat nicely through the waves, ease the wheel all the time if you see a large one coming, ease her up in a little bit, always makes the ride a lot smoother but keep the boat speed on all the time. Speed is king, you must have the boat powering itself through the water, sails should be nice and full like they are now. Nice rounded shape to that lovely air full shape they talk about. Keep the boat powering through the water, with sailing it is all about wind awareness where is the wind coming from. In the books you have that lovely page with the arrow on it, telling you where the wind is coming from.

No wind direction Indication

You may have noticed out here, there is no arrow to tell you where the wind is coming from, so you have to find it yourself. The wind is the wave that is generated by the wind, looking and eventually you start to feel where the wind is coming from. Today it’s coming from over there, various things on the boat will tell me. We’ve got flags on the boat on top of the last, we’ve got the Windex. as it points into the wind, if that is pointing into the wind the wind got to be coming from that way. When it comes to sailing the boat.

We can’t stick by the boat into that wind, the sails will just be like a flag that just flap the wont force the boat forward. We can a sail however thirty five degrees there about of the wind and that is called the edge of the no go zone. Any further out and you know go nowhere. So it’s a no go zone. Watch this space for the next and final part of this skipper training series.