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Welcome to Learning to Sail

Last spring I became the proud skipper of a 1979CAL 2-25. I have enjoyed this season sailing with mainsail and either a 100 jib or a 135 genoa. With my boat came a spinnaker which I have not used.

On days when we have light winds I would like to try sailing with the spinnacker. I don''t know where to start. I learn best by reading, watching and practicing. Any suggestions for reading material and videos.

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I found another good place to start is your local sailing club. Find out if they have local, weekly races and show up. Chances are someone is looking for crew, YES!! even novices. That is exactly how I got my start a couple months ago. I just happen to hook up with a Sailing Assoc. Judge and his 25 footer.

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Hi there,

most keelboats are fairly difficult to capsize unless you end up in some serious waves. Wind alone rarely does it. However, a bad jib in really heavy weather can do damage to your rig, so should be avoided.

One answer to sailing in heavier weather is to reduce sail area early and quickly. First indications of this is too much weather helm, and exessive heeling (what excessive is depends on the particular boat).

If your boat heaves to fairly well, then reefing can be accomplished in that position. If not, well, then a motor with head to wind is probably your best bet. Any other ideas out there?

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What is the ideal wind force, to sail comfortable ? Any body knows.
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Totally depends on your boat. A lighter the boat, the less wind needed. Also, if the boat is tender (heels easily), it''ll prefer lighter winds (e.g. less than 15 knots, let''s say).
On the other hand, some heavy boats really don''t start to move until it hits 15 knots. I think 20 to 25 and over is a lot for beginners on nearly all boats.

I hope this helps. ...Chris
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If i wanted to design/build sailboats what would i major in? I''m a student at UF trying to figure out what to do and used to go sailing w/ my best friend every weekend when i was younger. i dont know much about it but i know i love it and would like to learn to sail, build the boats..etc..
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LOOKING TO CREW OUT OF CAL.SAN DIEGO. I TOOK LESSONS WITH SAILING SOLUTIONS, THERE IN MISSION BAY. ITS BEEN 8-9 YRS SINCE I''VE SAILED AND REALLY NEED TO GET BACK TO IT.
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Welcome to Learning to Sail

You don''t have to major in anything to design
and build boats, but if you are in college and want a major in that direction, Marine Architecture would be my first choice and Marine Engineering would be my second. If building is your first love, Industrial Engineering is not a bad second. Good Luck.
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Welcome to Learning to Sail

I''m new to sailing and I am thinking of buying a 1982 newport 16 to learn with. does anybody have any experience with this boat
they would like to share with me.
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Welcome to Learning to Sail

I have a Newport 20 and learned to sail on it. They seem to be well made boats. If you joined the Newport e-mail list on this web site you will probably find some others who have Newport 16''s and could ans your question more directly.
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