Sailing – beginning, how to let your fears go
Were you ever wondering if you should or should not try sailing?
What were your fears? Was it fear of water? Weather conditions? Boat/Yacht dancing on water?
Imagine, it is 21 century. Now days boats, and yachts are even better designed to give you maximal comfort and safety while sailing. And actually it is pretty hard to flip over a yacht and in some cases it is barely possible. So let go of your fears and imagine some people are spending years and life sailing. If they do there has to be something in it. And they are the same people like you and me. Well.. and kids are doing it. They are brave enough. Not only sailing. They are even racing!
If I could compare sailing to something else. It would be driving a motorway with a strange cabriolet car. The only difference is that your suspension is crazy soft, while driving a hilly road also the whole way and on all the highway lines you might meet 1, 2 or just a few other cars. Would it not be great to jump in the road without traffic, and simply drive wherever you want ? This is how the sailing is. It gives you this freedom, extra space and amazing views.
What you also need to know is that Sailing is one of the things you are truly learning only by doing. There is no other way. Of course you can, and you should get some books and learn theory. Basic about navigation, names of the sails, ropes or parts of boats. But Even that wont let you feel comfortable on the water. So simply go out there, get someone experienced with you and do it! This way you will learn fast and enjoy it even more.
Oh and one more suggestion from personal experience. Try to get in into bigger yachts. One of the reasons is that they are a little more stable so you wont feel waves that much but also that you will meet with more crew, you will have more space under deck and photos you will take will be even more fabulous! A great idea for a first sailing trip.
I would suggest you also to get one of the following books, as I find them extremely useful for getting more into theory. Even if you are not interested in doing a day skipper course. The following books will explain you a lot about yachts, winds and all those you can meet on water. And this is a priceless knowledge. And also a good lecture while sailing or taking sun back on the deck.
You might also like some other books from RYA ( Royal Associate Sailing )
Enjoy sailing !