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racing tacticsLearn to Sail Program

Regardless of whether you are sailing a small boat across a lake on a quiet afternoon, or watching the sun come up on an ocean crossing, there is truly no sport like sailing.  Start learning to sail with Theewater Sailing Academy's Learn to Sail Program.  Although we can provide you with the theory online, to put it into practise you will need to come down to Theewaterskloof Dam.

Parts of a Boat

Written by Neil Ashton. Posted in Learn to Sail Program.

parts of a boatTo enable you to learn to sail, you need to familiarise yourself with the various parts of the boat, sails and rigging.  The terminology that you learn here will be used throughout your sailing career by fellow sailors and sailing instructors.

Points of Sailing

Written by Neil Ashton. Posted in Learn to Sail Program.

points of sailingPoint of sail is a term used to describe a sailing boat's orientation in relation to the wind direction.  Sailboats cannot sail directly into the wind, nor on a course that is too close to the direction from which the wind is blowing.

Sailing Knots

Written by Neil Ashton. Posted in Learn to Sail Program.

sailing knotsWhether you're a boating fanatic, into rock climbing, or just someone who would like to know how to attach a rope to something, you're going to need to know how to tie knots.  Each knot has a purpose and is easy to undo.

Ropework

Written by Neil Ashton. Posted in Learn to Sail Program.

sailing ropeworkThe sensible sailor needs to know how to handle and store all that cordage so that it will be up to the job and ready for any eventuality.  Using the wrong knot or line could lead to trouble, while getting it right, will enhance the your experience on and off the water.