Blogs on Sailing Skills and Theory

Over the past several years, club members have contributed blogs to the CSC on different aspects of sailing theory or technique.  These blogs are an incredible resource for those learning to sail and also for experienced sailors. These blogs are discussions about particular subjects, and they assume some sailing knowledge (refer to CSC Dinghy Sailing Manual).

These are the blogs. You can contribute by writing one on a subject of interest.

General Interest

Clothing for Sailing

What to wear when you're sailing hard, along with some fashion tips. Read Blog

Getting Ready for a Keelboat Launch

A check list of getting a keelboat, yourself, and your crew and guests ready for a safe sail on a club keelboat. Read Blog

Stepping Off a Dinghy with Style

Going forward quickly and stepping off onto the dock. Essential for single-handing. Read Blog

Sailing Skills

Gybeing and Downwind Sailing

How to sail in the downwind "zone of death" and not capsize.Read Blog

Finess your gybe by separating it from the turn.

A nice teaching/learning technique to nail your gybes. Read Blog

Capsize Recovery

Some practical advice on getting the boat upright the first time in the wind and the waves. Read Blog

Crew Overboard

Some different ways to do COB with advantages and disadvantages of each. Read Blog

Slow Sailing Theory and Practice

Including how to recover when your course is off. Read Blog

Learning and Teaching Small Circles

Step-by-step approach to learning and teaching the most difficult Junior skill. Read Blog

Basic upwind sailing and how to teach it

How to trim sails for upwind sailing, with diagrams.Read Blog

The Two-Handed Drill for dealing with Puffs and Lulls

Frank Bethwaite's technique that works well in teaching basic students. Read Blog.

On the Trapeze

How to Skipper with Crew on the Trap

Your skills as a  skipper have a large effect on your trapezing crew's comfort level and safety. See how to make your crew happy. Read Blog

Single-Handing on the Trap

A real test of your sailing skills (and fashion sense). Read Blog

High Wind Sailing

Using your Weight in High Winds

The forces on the boat, why and how to best use your weight in high winds. Some practical techniques to depower the wind's heeling force. Read Blog

Single Handing in High Winds

More tips to overcover your weight deficit when you're by yourself. Read Blog

Sailing in 30 Knos

What to do when you've bitten off more than you can chew, wind-wise. Handout from an Advanced Dinghy class. Read Blog

Advanced Skills

Flying the Gennaker

Everything you need to know to setup, hoist, douse, and sail with a gennaker on our dinghies. Note that use of gennakers is restricted to Senior Sailors. Read Blog

Rudderless Sailing

You've read the theory, but how do you actually do it? Practical advice on key maneuvers rudderless. Read Blog

Sailing by Feel

Sailing blindfolded? Way! Learn to use your other senses in handling the boat. It will pay off even when you can see everything. Read Blog

Low Tide Docking

How to dock in low tide, when the usual approach doesn't work. Read Blog

And a small but important point. Read Blog

Sailing Theory

Apparent Wind

A three-part discussion of apparent wind, a difficult but important concept.

Read Part 1

Read Part 2

Read Part 3

Mainsail Tell-Tales

Most sailors know how to use the jib tell-tales, what what about the main tell-tales? Read Blog

Rigging

Bahia Reefing Line

How to rig a Bahia reefing line properly. it's actually quite simple. Read Blog