Learning to sail a cruising yacht with a spinnaker - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Skills and Seamanship > Learning to Sail
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10-19-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
zarabeth is on a distinguished road
Question Learning to sail a cruising yacht with a spinnaker

Hello all,

I was looking for an advice about how to sail a yacht (not dinghy) with a spinnaker and found the Sailnet. I've just registered and entered this forum - with a hope that someone will help me to find some practical course in the United Kingdom (I live in England, not far from Portsmouth).
I will be happy for any help.
Thanks
Vera
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 10-19-2006
CharlieCobra's Avatar
On the hard
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Bellingham, WA.
Posts: 3,503
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
CharlieCobra has a spectacular aura about CharlieCobra has a spectacular aura about
Hmm, the best way I know of is to go out with a friend that flys a spin off of their cruiser boat. That's how I learned to fly a big symmetrical spin and what gear it took to do it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 10-19-2006
ASA and PSIA Instructor
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,497
Thanks: 7
Thanked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 15
sailingfool will become famous soon enough
Read a book and skip the course, this skill is something best learned by doing and repetition.
For that join a race crew. There pay attention, ask questions, and solicit the foredeck ape to mentor you. A dozen days where the spinnaker goes up and down several times a day, and you'll get it down. Look for a boat with the spinnaker setuppyou want to understand best - such as "symmetic spinnaker with dip pole gybes", or sail on different type boats and learn 'em all.

Good luck.

Last edited by sailingfool; 10-19-2006 at 05:00 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 10-20-2006
hellosailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,900
Thanks: 2
Thanked 103 Times in 100 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
It would take a sympathetic race skipper to let a total novice work the chute. Too easy to destroy it, lose the race, lots of time to invest. Hopping a race boat as rail meat and observing how the chute is flown, sure. But...that's still just observing.

And the books, I don't know, I find it isn't the same as the hands-on and visceral feedback. I'd vote for taking any intermediate/advanced course that gives you actual time on a boat, with an instructor, who is going to have you working the chute for hours. And observing at other times.

I don't know UK courses, but this is common for any sailing school program.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 10-20-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
zarabeth is on a distinguished road
Thank you all for your opinions. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any sailing school in the UK which would offer sailing a yacht with spinnaker (lots of them offer sailing a ginghy, as a part of RYA sailing course). I found lots of school in the USA or Australia offering sailing with the chute - too expensive for me to fly there for couple of days ;-) So, I will look for a patient and sympathetic race skipper and try to learn as much as possible...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 10-20-2006
hellosailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,900
Thanks: 2
Thanked 103 Times in 100 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
You might try contacting some sail LOFTS and asking them if they know any sailing schools that teach spinnaker sailing. Odds are they would be fairly large repeat customers, and someone in the lofts would be able to refer you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First time sail boat buyer martinojon Boat Review and Purchase Forum 20 05-26-2014 10:16 PM
Heavy weather sailing sailorfrank Learning to Sail 26 09-10-2013 07:32 PM
Windward performance deseely General Discussion (sailing related) 21 04-01-2012 03:42 PM
Traveler usage? Humpwalker Seamanship & Navigation 22 02-17-2007 11:54 AM
What is the point of a traveller? dwbecker Learning to Sail 9 09-25-2006 09:35 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:53 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.