What Are Some Common Problems In Sailing?

What are some common problems in sailing? A sailor's fundamental problem is that people think "the more wind, the faster I should go" and it's just not the case. A sailor's fundamental problem is that people...

A sailor's fundamental problem is that people think "the more wind, the faster I should go" and it's just not the case. It depends on what angle you are to the winds. It's not like pushing down the accelerator of a car. Sailors should be using different types of sails for different winds. Some people overestimate their abilities. They learned in 8-10 mile per hours winds and they are out in 15-20 mile per hour winds. It is a totally different skill level when you are out in those kinds of conditions. Everything is a stepping stone and we love to see our students practicing in 8-10 mph winds and go to 10-12 and then 12-14 and then 14-18. One of the surest ways for not renting a boat here is when people call up and ask how the winds are and when I say 15-25 or higher gusts, they say "great, are you running boats?" They have no clue, because an experienced sailor would say forget it. I will go another day. I don't want to go out on 15-25 mph or higher gusts. If I am out racing I will, but to take my family out on day like that; not a chance. Why would you want to have the boat over on the side the whole time with every wave hitting you in the face? Most people prefer winds under 15 mile an hour on the smaller boats. Now if you have a 45-footer then it's great to have 15-25 because you've got a keel underneath here and that keel gives you stability.

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