Are you just taking to the seas of your own accord for the first time? In that case, there’s probably a lot you don’t know, even if you’ve taken a course or two. Even if you think you know everything, there is more than likely going to be something you’ve missed, and even the most prepared of sailors can easily overlook one or two small things.
Here is a small list of some handy sailing tips – they can be useful for rookies and veterans alike, so read up and head out onto open waters more prepared!
Choose Your Waters Wisely
If you’re just starting out and not yet familiar with some of the basics of sailing, possibly the most important thing to do is to make sure that you always choose to sail in calm waters, preferably with few other boaters around.
You want light winds and minimal traffic – this will make things easier and less stressful for you while you’re getting to grips with the ins and outs of sailing.
Bigger Ain’t Better
A small boat is much easier to handle, and uses fewer sails and lines, meaning you’ll be able to captain it with less difficulty. A smaller dinghy is easier to manoeuver – don’t get cocky and try to steer a massive boat.