If you want to learn the sailing fundamentals and basic tips on sailing (for beginners) and more, this article will be a good way to start.
No one knows how to sail when born. As many beginnings, learning to sail can be tough sometimes and requires some time and patience to get you ready and enthusiastic about sailing. But there is nothing to be afraid of. Once you acquire required sailing skills, it will be a wonderful experience worth every invested effort and moment. After your first sailing experiences it will be hard to stop thinking about your next sailing adventure!
The feeling of freedom, relaxation, and adrenaline becomes a life changer. For many also a new way of life. Although learning how to sail may seem complicated at first, you will get a hang of it quickly. And let`s be straight: sailing lifestyle is awesome. Of course, it will take some time to become a good skipper, but sailing basics can be learned fast. Since we have a lot of knowledge and experience about this topic we decided to write down some sailing tips and tricks for beginners who want to rent a sailboat in Croatia!
Before you dive deeper, keep in mind, that for you first experience, we always recommend a skippered yacht charter, so you can observe and learn from true professionals. For totally relaxed sailing holidays we offer also yacht charters with full crew.
Overall, using your common sense, putting safety first and following best practice sailing advices, rules and regulations will make your sailing experience a pleasant one. With each new day sailing at the sea, your knowledge will continue to grow. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from others, more experienced sailing enthusiasts – their advice will also help you improve. And, above all, don’t forget to have a great time doing it. In the end, that’s what it’s all about.
For all those who are ready to start sailing, we recommend getting more informed with RYA sailing programs at our RYA sailing school at NCP & mare Sibenik.
BATTEN: a stiff strip used to support the roach of a sail, enabling increased sail area.
BOW: the forward part of a yacht. Knowing what is the bow paves the way for defining two other important sailing terms – port and starboard. - Starboard – When you’re facing the bow, starboard is the right side of the boat; sailing requires this definition because "left" and "right" tend to become confusing when used in open waters - Port – The left side of the boat when you’re turned towards the bow.
BOOM: a spar attached to the foot of a fore-and-aft sail; the movement of a sailboat depends on adjusting the boom to the direction of the wind.
BIMINI TOP: A bimini top is an open canvas structure that sits over the cockpit of the boat, supported by metal frames. Biminis create shade and cover allowing you to enjoy a hot summer day without getting sunburnt, also allow you to enjoy the sailing in the rain by providing you cover from the rain.
FENDER: an air or foam filled bumper used in boating to keep boats from banging into docks or each other.
FURLER: the spool mechanism to furl or reduce the genoa.
GENOA: a large jib, strongly overlapping the mainmast.
HULL: the actual body of the boat.
LAZY BAG: allows to pack the mainsail once it slumped, thus protecting from the sun and other elements.
MAINMAST: The basis of all rigging is the mast, on modern yachts mostly made of metal ( in "old" days from wood). The mast is supported by stays and shrouds. The masts and forestays support all the sails.
- FORESTAY: long lines or cables, reaching from the bow of the vessel to the mastheads, used to support the mast.
- STAYSAIL: a triangular sail hoisted on a stay with hanks. - Shrouds - a cable serving to hold a mast up from side to side.
MAINSAIL: the principal and largest sail on the yacht; the most important sail which is placed on the mainmast
STERN: the back part of the yacht.
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