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Re: New to sailing and taking ASA101 & 103 back-to-back
The School and the Instructor have a vested interest in making sure that you have an Positive, enjoyable and successful experience.
Knowing/reading the terminology in advance ( port, starboard Bow, stern etc. ) and the parts of the boat: standing and running rigging, as well as the rules of of the road
( windward, leeward etc) and the points of sail, will go a long way to help you pass the 101 written exam. Look at the ASA website for their " Standards"
Once on the water just focus on having situational awareness, knowing where the wind is coming from at all times and executing the maneuvers.
Don't.. get lost in all the theory of the hydro, aerodynamics or mechanics etc just relax and "feel" the boat.
103 will give you the opportunity to explore the boat systems in more detail.
This is just the beginning of a lifelong learning process if you get " Hooked"