Learn to Sail

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Basic airfoils and sailing theory:
  • How a sailboat goes into the wind
  • How a sail is like an airplane wing
  • Basic aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics of sailing
  • What is meant by “trimming” the sails?

Source: KQED QUEST, YouTube

Part 1 of 4: Sail trim —
  • Basic aerodynamics
  • How the keel works
  • Sail draft and camber
  • How jib and main sails work together
  • Sail design and materials

Source: YouTube Onthehelm.com
Used with permission

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Part 2 of 4: Genoa / Jib Trim —
  • Choosing the right size jib for conditions
  • Setting the genoa
    • Halyard Tension
    • Sheet lead position
    • Sheet trimming
  • Fine tuning
    • Using telltales
    • Draft position
    • The Slot
    • Forestay tension
    • Leech line tension

Sailing “in the groove”

Source: YouTube Onthehelm.com
Used with permission

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Part 3 of 4: Mainsail trim —
  • Main Halyard
  • Outhaul
  • Vang
  • Main Sheet

Fine tuning

  • Traveler & mainsheet use
  • Cunningham
  • Watch helm, draft shape and telltales

Balancing Jib & Main

Backstay tension

Source: YouTube Onthehelm.com
Used with permission

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Part 4 of 4: Spinnaker trim —
  • Sheet
  • Guy
  • Pole position

Fine tuning

  • Draft
  • Vertical center
  • Leading edge break
  • Height of spin pole
  • Pole angle to wind

Types of spinnakers

Source: YouTube Onthehelm.com
Used with permission

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