Top 5 Sailing tips by aihaozhe2

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									Here's a quick and handy guide to help you brush up your sailing skills.

Sea sickness - If you?re feeling a little under the weather don't struggle up into to the
top bunk. The best way to help you feel better is to stay low! The motion is less
evident there. Try to stay horizontal, and if there are no sea berths onboard, throw
some cushions on the floor and lie there. You?ll feel better in no time.

Think tank - Your tank may look full, but many yachts will come to a surprising halt
even when the fuel level gauge looks full to burst. The best thing to do is to run a
column in your log book for your engine. Keeping a check of fuel fills and oil
changes means there will be no more guess work.

Stormy weather - Bad weather is a common worry for sailors. The most effective
method of avoiding the effects of bad weather at sea? Avoid sailing altogether. Check
local weather forecasts before setting out and try not to sail for a few days after a
storm. Inevitably there will be times when getting caught in bad weather is
unavoidable. So, it?s therefore essential to know how to keep your crew and boat safe.

Look no hands - You?d be surprised how many people only use auto pilot on passage.
Having a free hand to stow a sail or prepare lines is really useful, especially for a
small crew. Just remember to make a point of keeping an eye on what?s going on
around the boat at all times.

Boom Boom - It?s important to respect the boom. The most common sailing injuries
are a result of not being aware when the boom is about to swing. To avoid injury or
being knocked overboard, remember to be conscious and respectful of the boom at all
times.

A steady course - You're out at sea and a ship is approaching. You are the give way
vessel. All you need to do is make a slight alteration to ensure a collision does not
take place. But imagine how the skipper of the other ship feels. He's wondering
whether you've made the safest decision. The answer? Show him your sidelight if it's
dark. If it's light, 20 or 30 degrees and a steady course should put his mind at rest.

Knot to be forgotten - Good sailing knots are essential to sailing. The figure eight knot
is a good stopper knot. The figure eight will ensure, especially in windy weather, the
jibsheet and the mainsheet remain in the cabin. Other useful knots to learn are the
bowline, clove hitch, round turn and two half hitches and the reef knot.

								
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