What is Sailing?
Harnessing the the energy of the wind to power a boat through the water…The people in the boat are called the crew. The boss is by tradition usually the driver (helm or skipper). The crew have to understand how to position the sails in relation to the wind to maximise the speed of the boat through the water. If the job is done skilfully, it will get to its destination in the quickest possible time.
An understanding of weather, hydrodynamics, aeronautics and the body has to learn to balance the boat and ride the waves to drive the boat fast through the water.
Small boats (dingy) would have 1 or 2 people, and be easy to tip over sending the occupant for a swim. Perfect sense of balance and control is essential to master these boats. Youngsters would learn in an OP (oppy) class then graduate into bigger and more complex boats as their age and skill level progressed. These boats would be used on inland waters and on the sea near the beach for perhaps 1-2 hours at a time.
Medium boats (yachts) would have a bigger crew, bigger sails, stable in that it will not usually tip over, and be suitable for the sea going further afield some kilometres from shore. Usually the journey would be within 8 hours, no cooking or sleeping facilities on the boat.
Large boats (yachts) would be suitable for large sea crossings and going around the world. Journeys of some days or weeks, so equipped with cooking facilities, beds, fresh water food etc needed to survive. (more…)