Considering a sailing adventure to Mexico? Just look at how engrossed that guy is in the book! Grab a copy of the Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico, and you too can find yourself sitting on a Mexican dock with an oversized (but very attractive) hat.

Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico

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Wednesday
Aug182010

why you should learn to sail on a dinghy

 

I was out and about, sailing on our Walker Bay 8 dinghy when I decided it would be a great time to make my argument for why small boat sailing is so important. I'm a firm believer that coupled with a small sailing dinghy that you can get off craigslist, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, and a decent amount of practice and study, you can teach yourself to be a capable sailor.

And for those of you who are big boat sailors but haven't spent a lot of time sailing dinghies, I guarantee that you'll learn something new. You'll feel too much rudder and see it in your wake. You'll feel how your balance changes the trim.

Do you really feel comfortable saying what the mainsheet traveler does? What about an overly tight vang? I'm not talking about the blah-blah-blah definition, I'm talking about the bona-fide-know-how. 

Apologies if I'm a little philosophical here, but small boat sailing is important both historically and in modern days. Steven Callahan, who spent 76 days adrift after his yacht hit a submerged object won't set foot on a boat that doesn't have a navigable (read: sail and rudder) life boat. Captain Bligh managed to sail 3,000 miles in an open top dinghy while dodging cannibals. Charts and compass? No, Bligh got by with a stopwatch and sextant and landed smack dab on target. 

Small boat sailing skills are important, and will make you a better all around sailor.

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