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post #15 of Old 02-25-2013
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Re: First time on the water today, I could use some advice!

In addition to raising the main, one trick you'll want to learn is how to sail to a particular point. You'll need to adjust the angle of the boat, and the trim on the sails, to be able to get back to the dock. You were partly fighting "leeway", the tendency of the wind to push the boat sideways. If you only sail with the wind essentially at 90 degrees to the boat's heading, you'll never get back to the dock because the wind will always be pushing you sideways.

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