How Sailing Works


Sailing: Cheat Sheet

Ancient sailors first harnessed the power of the wind to power their boats.
Ancient sailors first harnessed the power of the wind to power their boats.
Hemera/Thinkstock

Stuff You Need to Know:

  • Sailing is ranked as the 17th fastest-growing sport in the United States, and an estimated 4 million Americans are recreational sailors.
  • The five essential skills every sailor should know are sail setting, boat balance, fore and aft trim, position of the centerboard and course made good.
  • Safety first: Be true to your skill level, determine the wind direction and file a float plan before setting out.
  • There are two types of sailboat races: team (fleet) racing, where two to four boats compete together, and match racing, where two boats compete head to head.

Now, test your knowledge with these quizzes!

  • Adventure Travel Quiz
  • Strange Islands Quiz
  • Sustainable Travel Quiz
  • The Ultimate Cruise Quiz
  • Ocean Voyage Essentials Quiz
  • The Ultimate Diving with Sharks Quiz
  • Life on a Crab Boat Quiz

Check out these image galleries!