Day Skipper Sailing Tuition – Part 3

One of the many things we are going to be teaching you is how to sail a triangular course. If you can send a triangular course. You can sail all points of sailing. The first point, close hold, close hold is always close to the wind as I pointed out the wind is coming from over there, we want to sail as close to that as we .

We have our sail pulled in tight, everything waist in nice and tight. And you bring the boat up on the wind, until that jib just start to lift, you start getting the wind around the back. And you get a bubble, take a left and lean a little bit more.

Laying a track

Lovely that is where we want to be. we need to put a tack in and go along to the other tack because we can’t go this way forever, we’ve got to turn the boat to ninety degrees and head off on the other tack. Have a good two turns on the wedge. Let the jib go across. Center the wheel let as the main sail flicks across stop the swinging that is it up on the hole into the cleat, wind handle for this man, from the hails man point of view. You must keep the boat moving, don’t allow the bottom of the boat to linger into that no go zone for too long, your sail will flat and she’ll come to a halt.

You got thirteen tons of boat here, it is a lot of momentum but it’s also a lot to get it going again as well. OK sheet in nice and tight. That’s it, wind channel away. Off we go. We’re not going to ease the sails out and we’re going to turn the boat across the wind so the winds coming at right angles to the boat. That’s going to be a beam reach as we turn the boat. We trim ourselves at the same time. So we want one person to look at the main sheets that controls the main sail and we ease that out at the same time, seven will be on the jib sheet, on this side easy at the jib sheet. So the sails move out nice and sweet, nice and parallel to each other.

Leading the wheel

Ok could you stand by the main, wheel to lead, ease the sheet as she comes around please, and ease her out. Hold her on the jib hold her there put a bit more on the main, that’s lovely hold her there. Here we are we are on our beam reach, next point of sail, we are going to turn the boat further away from the wind and take it to a broad reach.

Broad reach is when the wind is starting to come on the quarter of the yacht. We set ourselves out further for that one. In these conditions with nice big waves, Helen got to be on the ball and keeping the boat on a nice straight line. OK if we can ease the sheets out please, I’m turning further down wind, nicely set on our broad ridge sailing down wind.

Control Jibe

We’re now going to do a control jibe, which means we’re going to flick the beam across to the other side. In a controlled manner and set her on the other tack, on the other broad reach. First thing we’re going to do now is to center the main sheet. I will tell the crew. Stand by to jibe, center the mainsheet, and center the main place.

Main south coming into the center of the boat. That’s going to limit the amount that it can travel when it flicks across, don’t handle out. We now have the one sail centered. We’re ready to jibe, all clear. Jive home with jiving, it’s all about looking after the main sail, forget about the jib. The jib we can sort out afterwards. It is the main sail especially that blew that has the potential to do a bit of damage to the people or to the boat itself. To get the main sail across, get it centered flicked across nice and sweetly. Now we can sort out the foresail, jib we are on broad ridge. Starboard tack. We got the wind blowing over the starboard side.

Next point of sailing, we are more than half way around our triangle now. We’re now going to turn the boat towards the wind and hardened up the sales, hardened up means pulling the sails in hard, bringing the sails into wards the center line of the boats, getting that lovely curve angle on the curve again. OK. are we ready to harden up, we will be pulling in on this one and pulling on the main sheet, take a couple of good turns on the ridge (4:19) to the wind now, way you go, in they come that’s all poise of sailing covered there now.


We sailed into the wind along the edge of the no go zone, we have tacked we have come off the wind, have the wind on the beam of the boat, beam reach, sail nice and sweet. Eased our sail out then we came unto that broad ridge where we brought the wind around to the back of the boat, not right to the back because it is a dead run. Different animal altogether that one. We jibe, center the main, flick the main sail across as we jibe and off we go again. Beam reach starboard tack.

All good things will come to an end, time to take the boat in now from a skipper’s point of view. It’s all about preparation. Don’t rush your crew give everybody plenty of time to get the sails down to get the boat prepared for coming alongside. There’s nothing worse than coming on to the birth, you haven’t got the fenders ready the ropes ready, and it is all down to planning. Skipper’s job is all about planning.


Let’s get ready guys we will fall away the first, I’ll get the engine on and then we look at our main sail. Pull like a magnet, keep going pull, pull, pull. Lovely. When you work it up at the mask because we’re just about to drop the sail make sure you got your safety line wrapped around the mask to keep you nice and safe. Ok when we are ready release the Jabba. Let it run. Got all the sails down, the engine is on time to turn the boat around, head for home. the boat’s water now, boat settle down and start to be nice and steady to a skipper breakwaters means, start preparing the boat to come alongside, so it’s ropes, its fenders. That’s have them all out give you crew plenty of time to get all the gear out, ready to go alongside. So we start with our fenders let’s get our rigged up down the port so I please. What you must pay to come back with not forgetting that the boats sniffles from a different part of boat when we drive up backwards, just by the engine block. Keeping just enough way on to maintain steerage, got mooring lines already. Check my wind, into neutral.


Here we go. Get ready to put the brakes on. And we turn her, lock the nose around, we are powering off, we got steerage watch that nose. You’re a little burst of stern that checks a progress, prop kick takes me around. Lines are up. Motor gently in ready with the offspring, coming alongside alright off when it’s safe to do so, reverse coming. Now. That turn, full turn, stand up straight fast, lovely into the holding position. Wheel away from the pontoon. Motor gentle ahead. Let see how we are for position. How far to go, two meters could we ease it by two meters, nice and gentle, watch the turns back on board make it fast.