- Sail with an Experienced Sailor
Sailing experience of your life is possible only if you have an experienced sailor who you can trust. If you are interested in sailing, you should get your feet wet and do some actual sailing. This will give you the chance to experience how it feels like being out in the water without the school watching your every move and telling you what to do. Feel how it is like to be a crew member, expand your learning and skills.
- Bring Plenty of Food and Water
Sailing can be a physically demanding activity so you’ll want to bring along ample supply of food and water. Unless you’re cruising in a yacht, you may find it difficult to cook or even reheat food, which is why you’ll want to take food that is easy and ready to eat instead. In addition, bring lots and lots of drinking water.
- Dress Appropriately
You don’t have to buy any specialist sailing clothing if this is your first time sailing. Instead, you should dress in comfortable clothes (shirts and shorts are okay when sailing on a warm day). You should also wear non-slip closed toe sailing shoes. Aside from these, you should also consider bringing a thick, rain jacket since the temperature is usually cooler out in the water than on land. Accessory that you should wear, is a hat and a pair of sailing sunglasses to cut off the sun’s glare and make navigation easier.
- Be Careful around the Boom
The boom is that big, heavy bar at the foot of the mast and holds the mainsail. Whenever you tack and jibe your sailboat, the boom tends to swing across the boat. And when it does, you’ll want to avoid it all costs. A swinging boom can catch you unaware and knock you overboard or seriously injure you. The best way to avoid this unfortunate accident is to simply get out of its way. Some sailors practice ‘sheeting in’ procedures to control the boom since letting it swing freely causes unnecessary wear on the boat’s mast.
- Watch Your Hands
There is boating rule that goes “one hand on the boat and one hand for yourself”. However, be careful where you place your hands on the boat. Be sure that you aren’t standing or sitting on ropes and sheets and that you don’t wrap your hands around them. Keep your hands and fingers clear of blocks and winches.
- Listen what your Captain has to say
Simple as that… Listen and follow instructions of your captain and enjoy your sailing.