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Been on one of our sailing holidays and got the sailing Bug ?

Once you have mastered the basics it’s time to fine tune your skills and get the most out of the conditions, and of course the sailing dinghy. Our active Beach Clubs in Greece are the ideal place to perfect those skills, and our experienced team of RYA qualified water sports instructors are on hand to help, always with a smile.

Here’s 5 essentials that can help you fulfil that Olympic GB team potential !

 

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Balance

Balance

Balance is the side to side (port to starboard) tilt of the  hull.  For the majority of conditions it’s important to try and keep your dinghy flat, which helps gain maximum speed through the water. Always be on the look out for wind and gusts and be prepared to move your body in and out to compensate – If it is light wind keep your position over the centre line of the boat.  As the wind increases and you see a gust travelling towards you prepare by hiking out (body weight over the side of the boat ). This will keep the hull flat when it hits.

 

Trim

TRIM

Trim is all about keeping the sailing dinghy level from front to back. Similar to Balance it’s to improve your speed and help sail across the water more efficiently. Again a flat boat is what you’re aiming for here. So generally as the wind strength increases you’ll need to move your weight further back to prevent the bow from digging into the water, and in light winds you’ll need to sit further forward to push the V shaped hull into the water.  What point of sail you are on also determines how you trim the dinghy. The closer you sail to the wind the further forward you sit, and the further you sail away from the wind the further back you sit.

Sail Setting

Quest

 

Before you can set a sail properly you need to understand all the Sailing Points of Sail ( your course to steer in relation to the direction of the wind ).  As a general rule though on a sailing dinghy, catamaran and even a windsurfer the following applies :

“A flappy sail is an unhappy sail”

If the sail is flapping about it generally means the sail is incorrectly set.  As you set off on a new course to steer always try and test the sail – using the sheets ease the sail out until the luff ( edge of the sail )  begins to flap and then pull it back until the luff stops flapping.

As a general rule the further downwind you sail the further out your sail should be set, and the more upwind you sail, the closer in your sail needs to be set.

Centreboard 

RSNEO Sailing

The centreboard is an important addition to any sailing dinghy as it corrects lateral drift and provides forward drive through the water.

As a general rule the closer you sail to the wind (upwind) the centreboard needs to be pushed further down creating more lateral resistance and drive forward. The further you sail away from the wind (downwind) the centre board needs to be lifted up creating less drag and more speed.

Course to steer

course made good

Course to Steer is all about sailing effectively, efficiently and as fast as possible towards your destination.

We are really lucky that all our sailing holidays, in dinghies and yachts, take place in a non-tidal area of Greece. This means that we don’t need to think about how the tide will effect us when we’re trying to get from A to B.

On a sailing holiday in the Greek Ionian Islands all we need to think about is how the wind and waves will effect our course through the water and compensate accordingly. Simples…..

Most importantly…

Sailing Fun

Our incredibly popular sailing holidays in Greece give you the opportunity to have loads of fun on the water. Learn some key sailing skills in a wonderfully safe area with the support of a friendly, professional team of sailing instructors who are always willing to help.# flotilla sailing Greece  # yacht sailing Greece  # Beach Club Holiday Greece  # Active Holiday Greece