Sailing is a Pleasure of Life-Some Insights

It will confuse you to learn that it all begins well before you board your sailboat. For day sailing, weekend cruising, or coastal and offshore sailing, use these little-known secrets.Do you want to learn more? Visit https://medium.com/@merritt_supply/sailing-is-a-pleasure-of-life-8e41bf550b75/

1. Get Sure You’re Dressed Correctly.

“There is no such thing as bad weather—only bad clothing,” as the saying goes. This makes a lot of sense, particularly in a fast-paced setting like sailing. Assemble a small duffel bag containing the “must have” sailing equipment. Include a rain belt, a change of clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat. That way, even if it rains or you hang out longer than planned, you’ll stay dry and warm (or cool) in most sailing conditions.

2. Bring a “Grab Bag” for you.

Make a “must have” bag for yourself. Make sure the contents are suitable for the sort of sailing you do. In an accident, the grab-bag would be the first thing you reach for. To get home safely if you need to leave the boat for some reason, you’ll need common things like extra keys, passport, mobile phone, change, and id. Prepare your personal grab bag now to ensure your safety when sailing.

3. Bring a Sailing Knife for you.

A sad tale involving a young teenage girl was recently featured on Sail World. Her sailing dinghy flipped over. She was tethered to the boat by a hiking belt. The boat turtled (turned over—bottom up) on top of her as she capsized. She drowned after being unable to untangle herself from the harness.

It’s understandable that people avoid wearing knives or other related items on their belts. It’s a little thick, and it adds bulk on a hot day, and many people choose to sail without it. Find a lightweight, portable knife that can be stored in a sheath or attached to your sailing shorts with a clip. Take it with you as you go sailing. Not in a bag below, just on your shorts or trousers. It will be with you in the blink of an eye if you need it for cutting rope or in an emergency.

4. Strengthen the wrists.

Did you know the sailors are prone to wrist fractures and soreness? When the boat is heeled over, you use your wrists to steer it, crank on winches, hoist or lower sails, lower or lift the anchor, step forward or aft on the boat, or brace yourself below in the cabin. Squeeze a soft ball, such as a basketball ball, for ten seconds before releasing. Several times a day, whether walking or sitting, repeat this exercise. This basic workout will help you build up this often-forgotten essential muscle quickly and easily, reducing the risk of injuries when sailing on any sailboat.

5. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for the next 24 hours.

Expect to spend more time out than you expected. Listen to the outlook for the next 24 hours on the Weather Radio. What would the wind do? Will this mean a lengthy, arduous trip back to the marina slip or pier on the windward side? If you’re off for a day sail, try sailing to windward first so the return sail is a simple reach or race. If the weather is bad, look for anchorages along your sailing path. Learn to read the weather to make your sailing enjoyable and comfortable for you and your crew.