What if you were told that you could confidently sail on your own after a mere few days of lessons? Ridiculous, right? Ridiculously true. Sailing is simple, it is liberating, and most importantly – it’s for everyone.
Sailing isn’t as hard as it sounds. It can seem like an incredibly daunting sport; many see it as a niche activity only designed for people who have years of experience on the sea – but this is absolutely not the case. Anyone can learn how to sail regardless of background in the sport – or lack thereof. A good instructor can teach even a novice who has never stepped into a sailboat, the ultimate basics in one day alone.
The 3 skills needed to be a good sailor:
- Ability to tell the direction of the wind – This may sound difficult or even impossible, but will become second nature to you once you learn how.
- Ability to steer accurately – This takes most people no more than 5 minutes to master.
- Recognising when a sail is properly trimmed – Easing the “sheet” until the edge of the sail starts to flutter in and out, pulling the sheet in until the fluttering stops and the sail is trimmed.
Now you know the fundamentals of sailing. What are you waiting for? Go to your local sailing class and quit stalling. There is so much sea waiting for you to explore!