Sailing Miles Out at Sea Requires Special Safety Considerations! Sailing in the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race, when an unforecast storm with 85 knots demolished the fleet and caused 15 deaths, a number of safety factors relating to personnel came into focus for me.
Convenience, ease of operation and safety make roller-furling headsails popular with cruising sailors. Most cruising sailboats use roller-furling headsails. In this roller furling system, the jib is hoisted in a groove, but when not in use is furled around the headstay, rather than lowered.
Using the Wind: Other Options for Depowering You might be out there alone or with inexperienced crew. Or you might be sailing a boat that doesn’t have sails you can reef. In this case you can ease your mainsail to avoid excessive heeling, or you can take down your main and sail under jib alone.
The Transatlantic Race – Past and Present Starting June 28, 2015 forty-one yachts ranging from 40’ to 125’ will set sail from the Castle Hill Light at Newport, RI to the finish line at the Lizard, the most southerly point on the mainland of Great Britain.
More can be gained or lost in one healthy wind shift that can usually be made up by any amount of boat speed or superior sailing.
Exercises for Sailing One of the wonderful things about sailing is how forgiving it is. You can participate at any exertion level: casual cruiser or hot racer. But during a course, you will do more drills and maneuvers in a short period of time than you would during a normal sailing outing.