Category Archives: How To

In this section we will post instruction videos on how to learn sailing.

How to Pull up the Main Sail in a Marina

One of the first steps when setting sails is raising the mainsail. This is usually a simple task, however it can be tricky in certain wind conditions and one has to be careful and follow some guidelines to ensure the main goes up smoothly.
Normally the sails are being pulled up in the open water. To do so, the boat is pointed into the wind.
In our courses we teach docking under sails. To do so the room to maneuver has to be big enough and the wind conditions have to be right.
To pull up the main sail, the main boom has to point into the wind. If the main boom is not pointing into the wind you will have too much pressure on the sail slugs and the luff. If you are using ‘lazy jacks’ you also have to make sure the sails do not jam especially in the areas of the battens. Dirt in the sail groove can also jam the sails. If that happens just lower the sail a bit, check where the problems are, fix it and then proceed. Make sure you keep watching that the sail is moving up smoothly and does not jam.
Remember when you are using a winch you have much more power and must watch careful and not keep pulling up the sails when it is jammed. You might break something.
If the sail is fully up you can trim it with the help of the winch.
Watch our video on ‘How to Pull up the Main Sail in a Marina’

How to Moor a Sailboat

What is a Mooring?

A mooring is an anchor permanently installed in a harbor for mooring a sailboat. It typically consists of an anchor which can be anything heavy like a cement block, a sand screw, an old engine, a chain to a mooring ball on the surface, and a rope to which the boat attaches.

In certain places you will not be able to just drop an anchor, you will have to take a mooring. There are various reasons why you will have to use a mooring instead of anchoring, like

  • protection of  coral or sea grass beds
  • deep water close to shore with swells
  • not good holding ground

Mooring a sailboat is easy when there is little wind, current and waves. But it can also be tricky and difficult to stop and hold a boat beside the mooring long enough for somebody else to catch the mooring line and secure it at the bow.

In our courses we will teach you how to moor a boat with one person on the tiller and one catching the mooring line but we will also teach you how to moor a boat alone.