How to sail ? The gaits under sail.

November 2, 2021

Boats do not move in a straight line… Those who have already tried it know it well! Whether you’re a beginner or an old sea dog, there’s only one certainty that will accompany you out to sea: “gliding” is the term used for “true navigation,” the perfect alchemy of balance between water and sky!
Discover the secrets of routes and points of sail, how to fully experience a sailing trip, get where you want to go and… the fastest way.
Take the helm: terms like “broadside,” “crosswind,” and “close-hauled,” will enter your vocabulary immediately.

Navigate: Upwind and Across

On every self-respecting trip, from a simple day trip to a week in the Caribbean, you need to practice at least one real “Upwind”, feel the boat heeling and making nice turns. With this point of sail the hull comes to life and the real feeling of sailing and “understanding how the boat works” is present.
Don’t worry if the boat leans to one side: the weight of the hull underwater will restore the balance and get you back to port safely.
The boats have hulls, bulb and helm that allow the wind to be picked up to 45 degres; the nautical pleasure is hidden precisely in the gusts and in the bow that cuts the waves with precision.

There is always a moment when someone on board asks… “But how fast can this boat sail?”, to find out then you have to change the point of sail… and find one with the wind “less against” and… “more in favor”.
An experienced sailor will choose the Crossing.
Let’s adjust the sails and listen to the rustle of the air on the canvas: the hull glides over the water without friction.

If you’re sailing in a flottilla it’s time to challenge friends to a mini-regatta held at a moment’s notice. We’ll find out who’s the fastest… between maneuvers, turns and water bombs!!

Large and Wide

Serve yourself a Mojito and enjoy your vacation, this look is the most stable and comfortable. The Largue allows the boat to stay “flat on the water” and the sails push without exaggerations.
If the wind is not too strong and the waves are small relaxation is assured and the Largue allows to follow the right direction at the best speed!!
If the wind increases and the waves become bigger then you will have to look to take advantage and, after finding the right direction and the right sensitivity to the helm, and why not do some “surfing” as well!

But how can you forget the famous “Tailwind Gait”?

Yes, you have understood well, the expression “”Have the tailwind” which indicates a positive situation … it is only a way of speaking that does not adapt only to sailboats. It is indeed a delicate and not very efficient point of sail; keeping the sails inflated is not easy and, even if they remain inflated because of their position they oppose a strong resistance to the advance…
At this point, it is better to opt for a more “elegant” point of sail: let’s adjust the sails and choose the Great-Largue.
At once you will feel the wind in your hair, more speed and the boat is also more responsive to the helm. And if on board you have a Gennaker (the ideal sail for this point of sail), use it: every little gust will add a “sprint” to the sailing.