Guests join Britican to learn a wide variety of skills and gain real-life cruiser experience. Learn to sail – tacking is one of the fundamental basics that we teach, practice, and improve on. Tacking is turning the boat while allowing the sails to move from one side to the other. Tacking is done while the wind is blowing toward the boat. Jibing is completed when the wind comes from behind the sailboat.
One of those sailing terms you need to know is tacking! Visit that link if you’re just starting out and are interested in what terms you need to know and how to remember them!
Below is a short video demonstrating a simple tack with the helmsperson using the following commands:
- “Ready about” This allows the helmsperson to notify the crew that it’s time to tack. The helmsperson will wait for a ‘ready’ response before proceeding.
- “Helm’s a lee” This term means the helmsperson pushed the helm to the leeward side of the boat and started a tacking (turning) maneuver.
- “Lee ho” This is when the boat is turning and the sails are in the process of moving to the other side.
Learn to Sail – Tacking Video
Did you know that one of the biggest hurdles new sailors have is to easily grasp the concept of tacking and jibing (US) / gybing (UK)? It might sound crazy because to tack or to jibe simply means to turn the boat left or right. How can that be so complicated?
For a more detailed article with a jargon-free explanation of the process, visit Tacking & Jibing (Gybing).
Learn to Sail on Britican
If you’re interested in learning to tack and want to gain a fully immersive sailing cruiser experience join Britican for a week-long learn to sail – tacking opportunity ====> Learn to sail on Britican
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