Check local sail and yacht clubs. Many of them offer sailing instruction. If you want to go it alone, Sailing Fundimentals
, by Gary Jobson, will get you up-to-speed on the rudiments of sailing very quickly. I also recommend The Complete Sailor
, by Gary Seidman.
i hav'nt used my front sail yet.
That would be the foresail
i got 3 of them. not really sure on how to get it up there?
Depends on how your boat is rigged. Do you just have a wire/cable from the bow of your boat to the mast? What do the luffs (that would be the edge facing forward when the sail is raised) of your foresails look like? Do they have hanks (clips), or just a kind of raised edge?
If you've three, chances are they're three different sizes: A #1, #2, and #3. The #1, the largest, also known as a genoa, or genny, is used in lighter air. The smallest, the #3, also called a jib, is used in the heaviest air. The #2 is used, well, somewhere in the middle
. You might also have a #1, #3 and a storm jib, or #4. That last is kind of self-explanatory.
does the front sail clip on to the halyard?
Would have to know more about your rig, but, in general terms, the tack
(bottom front corner) of a foresail is attached to/near the bottom of the forestay, the head
(top corner) is attached to the jib halyard
, and the jib sheets
(two lines that run back to the cockpit) are tied to the clew
(bottom back corner)--usually with bowline knots.
and where do i attach the last corner?
i got 2 extra line that i can use on the mast.
Two? Did the boat come with a spinnaker? Or does it have a plastic "track" with two grooves in it on the forestay?
and i got 2 lines on winches that go to the very front of the boat, perhaps for the spinnaker that i also have.
Ah. Ok: One of those "2 extra" lines is your jib halyard. The other is the spinnaker halyard. If you look carefully at the top of your mast, one of the two halyards should
come over its sheave
(that's a "pulley" in lubber terms) a bit in front of the mast. That would be the spinnaker halyard. The two lines that run to the front of the boat are used to control the foresail, and they may also be used to control your spinnaker (also called a "spin" or "kite"), depending on the type of kite and how your boat is rigged. On our boat, for example, where we have symetrical spins, there's a separate set of (very long) lines used for the kites.