Topics :: In Tips And Tricks
The words we use in sailing. Terminology
The knots we use is sailing ... well, a few vital ones, anyway.
How the wind and the boat work together to get around ... And how we sail towards the wind.
As much or as little as you want. It can be close to nothing.
How to avoid it.
Well, questions I think will be frequent, anyway.
What they are, why they're different, how they work.
There's an old saying ... "It isn't the sea that's dangerous, it's the hard bits at the edges". How to avoid bumping into them.
A collection of hints and tips about getting your boat, and perhaps your crew, to do what you want.
There are lots of types of sails and sail-plans ... don't be fooled into thinking that the modern high-tech laminated Bermudian sails are "the best". Ask the question "Best for what?"

Sailing hints and tips

What this area aims to do...

Making you boat go where you want, when you want, isn't really so hard once you've grasped the basics of how a boat works, but there is also a huge history of methods, techniques and philosophies that can make it easier or more flexible.

Obviously you can make a sailing boat go in the same direction as the wind, but in most sailing boats, you can also go the other way, towards the wind, if not straight into it. You can make a sailing boat go sideways if you have a tidal stream to help, and you can sail in reverse if you wish. These are not just "it's possible" things. Many are things we do by choice because they make life easier. Some are things that can get you out of a tight spot.