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Best suited for beginners, this pack provides a series of 4 courses, including sailing principles, first sailing experience, understanding the points of sail, and fundamental trimming techniques. The ‘Beginner Pack’ content is as follow:


COURSE 1 ‘SAILING PRINCIPLES’: This course provides an overview of a sailboat and the preparation required prior leaving the marina.

1. Boat parts and nautical language: This section describes the various components of a sailboat, in particular hull and deck fit out, rig assembly, ropes and fittings controlling lines. There is also an overview of the jargon and nautical terms used in the sport of sailing.
2. The dynamics of sailing: The wind on the sails produces 3 forces that influence a sailboat’s motion. The dynamics of the driving force, sideways force and heeling force are explained in this part of the course.
3. The various types of sails: A sailboat can have different types of sails depending on its rig configuration. The most common are the mainsail, headsail (jib or Genoa), and spinnaker which are illustrated in details.
4. Sailboat preparation for sailing: Before sailing there is a certain amount of preparation to be done by the crew.   This section reviews the procedures to unpack sails, set up ropes and tie basic knots.
5. Basic clothing and safety equipment: Sailboats must have on board safety equipment and crew members are required to wear appropriate clothing and sun protection to minimize exposure. These safety procedures are detailed in this section.


COURSE 2 ‘FIRST SAILING EXPERIENCE‘: This course prepares you for your first sailing experience. The content comprises pre-sail procedures and basic boat handling such as stowing lines, hoisting sails, operating winches, tacking and gybing.

1. Getting on board & boat handling under power: This section is an introduction to getting ready to leave the marina. Once you have met the team, the skipper will query your sailing experience and provide instructions for setting up the boat.
2. Cleating a rope, rope clutch and stowing halyards: There are several techniques to manage lines on board, keeping them tidy and controlling their tension. This section explains how to coil and stow lines, and how to use clutches and cleats.
3. Operating winches: It is important to understand the loading that occur on sheets and halyards as you tack or adjust the sail. This is why the winch provides the mechanical benefit and help required to tension and release the loading of sheets and halyards.
4. Hoisting mainsail and jib: This section explains the process of hoisting the mainsail and the jib. The mainsail is always hoisted first while the boat is still under engine and pointing head to wind.
5. Going about or tacking and gybing: Tacking and Gybing are the basic manoeuvres of a sailing boat, which allow the boat to change direction. This section explains the process of tacking and gybing / jibing, which involves a clear synchronization between the crew and the helms person.


COURSE 3 ‘UNDERSTANDING THE POINTS OF SAIL‘: At the end of this course, you will be able to understand the various points of sail and recognize how to best set your sails depending on the wind angle. This online course also covers examples of various points of sail while covering a simple sailing course and further sailing terminology .

1. Assessing wind conditions: Wind is the core element to sailing and is what powers every sailboat. Before leaving the marina, a sailor must first check the wind. For example, what direction is it coming from? How fast is it going? Are there any coming shifts in wind?
2. Points of sail description: The direction and the strength of the wind are the essential factors that affect how well a boat will sail. Once you have established the wind angle to the boat, you should be able to determine your points of sail.
3. Points of sail examples and diagrams: Some points of sail can be more difficult to sail than others, while some are more efficient, others provide for faster speeds. It is the important to understand the characteristics of each point of sail to make the proper trim adjustments and to appropriately position the crew. This will ensure efficient sailing, on any courses the boat is on.
4. Basic priority rules at sea: This section introduces important rules of the road to develop good seamanship and to control safety. (Learn the most important priorities rules at sea).
5. Sailing a simple course: Sailing a simple course enables a newcomer to put the various points of sail in practice. Know the variances in sailing a course upwind and downwind (and be aware of the process of setting up a pole) 


COURSE 4 ‘FUNDAMENTAL TRIMMING TECHNIQUES’Trimming sails is about setting the best sail angle and sail shape relative to the wind. This course will give you an overview of trimming techniques that can affect the overall boat’s performance. It also explains the process of reducing and changing sails when the weather conditions change.

1. Basic trimming guidelines: The wind flowing across the curved surface of a sail generates lift. Frequent sail adjustments to keep the sails at a correct angle and correct shape to the wind are required for optimum boat speed. This section covers fundamental sail trimming techniques using telltales.
2.  Devices affecting the jib trim: This section introduces other trimming devices that affect the performance of the sails, the keelboat balance and the boat speed. It covers the devices affecting and controlling the shape of the jib.
3. Devices affecting the mainsail trim: Understanding the devices influencing the mainsail trimming.
This section covers other devices affecting the mainsail trim.
4. Sail shapes – Draft and twist:  Gain knowledge on the adjustments required to affect the sail shape.
This section introduces the sail shapes, together with the theory of sail draft and sail twist.
5. Changing or reducing sails: It is essential to depower the boat by either reducing the sail power or by reducing the sail area. To reduce power, it is suggested to flatten the sails, reduce the angle of attack and reduce the power by adding twist to the sails. This section introduces the sail selection and sail reduction to adapt to changing weather conditions.


To increase your awareness on all aspects of sailing, we recommend that you take this pack to prepare you to a better sailing experience.

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