Sailing basics in T3 Magazine
‘No longer the preserve of Rod Stewart and pirates, sailing is set to make a huge splash at the Olympics, and you too can get involved. Parrots and scurvy are optional; the kit and tips here less so…’
‘FILL YOUR SAILS
Yachtsman, Mike Golding OBE, is currently preparing for his fourth entry into the solo non-stop round the world race, the Vendée Glove. Learn from the salty seadog:
- 1. You need the best training. Here in the UK we are very fortunate; the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) run world-renowned courses and exams that take you from learning to sail to Yacht Master qualifications.
- 2. Before buying any gear, check out your local watersports club and have a look at the dinghies they have to loan. It’s also important to see what the social side is like; a beer waiting for you on the bar can be a great motivation!
- 3. Target the area of the sport you have the aptitude to operate in. Sailing is a worldwide and hugely varied industry with jobs at sea or ashore, from skippering private vessels to racing and from boat-building to electricians and engineers – and that’s just for starters…’
‘FYI Mainbrace splicing and poopdeck scrubbing tips
- Know your port from your starboard – remember: “pass the port to the left”
- Learn the lingo, if someone shouts “ready about” don’t stick your head up to answer them; you’ll get smacked in the face by the “boom”, AKA a massive pole made of wood
- Learn your knots at animatedknots.com. Reefs, bends, hitches and bowlines are especially handy.’
(Originally published in T3 Magazine)
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