Learning how to sail bluewater is not something that happens over night. You will need to invest a lot of time and you will need to purchase supplies that are top of the line for this sport. Following is some advice for learning how to sail bluewater.
What You Need:
- Small sailboat
- Bluewater sailboat
- Backup sails
- Life preserver
- First, you will need to learn how to sail. If you have no idea, you will need to get someone to show you. Any friend who sails should be fine, or you can enroll in a class. You must start small, and practice in calmer waters with a small sailboat. Once you have this down, the same techniques can be applied to a larger boat on the ocean.
- Learn all of the knots, as you will need to use them to work with sails for positioning of the boat, and for docking. Continue practice your sailing with a small sailboat such as a Sunfish. Practice going out on a lake on windier days, and try to find rougher waters so that you can get used to them before you have to encounter them on the open ocean.
- Buy or come by an ocean-going sailboat. It must have a motor to get it to sailing grounds, and the motor will also come in handy in certain safety situations. Though it will be on a much larger scale, the positioning of the sails to maximize the effects of the wind are identical on your larger boat, so bring someone with experience along and motor out.
- Sail on the ocean. Start on calmer days with breezier winds, and work your way up, but try to avoid rough days in bluewater. Always wear your life preserver, and learn to move the larger sails on the ocean vessel. At first, it will be frustrating, but eventually you will get the hang of it. Once you have figured out how to utilize the wind, you may steer the boat using the wheel and rudder, adjusting the sails as necessary when you or the wind turns. Until you are perfectly experienced, be sure to have an expert on board, as this can be dangerous when winds are very strong.
Learning how to sail bluewater is a serious process that you will have to put a lot of time into. Make sure that your boat, and all of your supplies are perfect, and that you have backup materials in case they should come in handy. Keep practicing, and get down the workings of the sails perfectly before you attempt to sail the ocean without the supervision of someone with great experience.