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How to Sail on Yachts

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Written by Guest Blogger Alex Martinez aka @Typsysoul


HOW TO SAIL ON YACHTS


If you ever have the chance to sail, do it. No matter what. I understand being afraid of seasickness or treacherous storms, but the trade-off to most likely lay in the sun and become one with the wind and water, are totally worth it. My relationship with sailing began as I flipped my boat on Lake Virginia during my first sailing class in college. My partner and I swam to the surface and retrieved the small sunfish before it “turtled over”. After learning how the wind and water worked simultaneously, I decided to get back on a boat just after graduating and played the role of a deckhand and stewardess working for a few fleets. It was more than easy to fall in love with swimming in clear waters, catching and eating fresh seafood and exploring new islands. The big blue oceans are the globe’s most humbling yet satisfying playground. Check out tips for chartering boats, marine life, packing, volunteering and working on yachts and the top destinations for boating in the world below.




WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF MONEY WASN’T AN OPTION?


If chartering a boat is out of your budget, would you dive into the maritime industry or volunteer to work on one, such as I did? If so, email me any questions on seeking crew placement or sailing training! Websites now such as Work Away have recently added captains as hosts for volunteer work as a means to travel. There are also numerous Facebook pages seeking international crew members. Train yourself, offer day work to a captain for returned skills. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out (may or may not be limited to cleaning up people’s vomit from seasickness while working on a charter tour, OR sailing the Caribbean in a bikini while throwing back beers with a cool skipper). Are you ready to get wet?




REASONS TO SAIL

  1. You’ll have unique experiences that you simply wouldn’t encounter on land, especially in solitude or with good company

  2. Boating establishes a feeling of community on the water. Fellow boaters are known for being there to help one another and for offering words of advice. Some boaters might even offer extra fish they catch if you spark up a friendship while moored up in the same cay

  3. Sailing forces your body awareness to wake up while having a beautiful, kinesthetic experience. The wind hits: you feel the hull lift beneath you. You respond: hiking out, pressing the boat down with your weight. Waves strike: you’re thrown back and forth. Your answer: torquing your upper body, lifting the bow over the crests

  4. If you’re actively sailing and not just relaxing on a luxurious yacht, you’ll find it’s a mental and physical work out on top of the water

  5. The tension of modern living is temporarily gone. You get a sense of freedom and opportunity, as you always continue to see what lies on the other side of the horizon

  6. Depending on where you can see tons of animals most do not get to see. This can be an extremely educational benefit to young children, learning about marine animals

  7. You feel a strong connection to the elements and nature, but also with the entire world




THE PHYSICS OF SAILING


Isaac Newton’s second law of motion is the science behind sailing. There are two main components of a sailboat which enable it to move forward effectively: the sail and the keel. Thus, the physics involves the interaction of the wind and sails and the interaction of the water and keel. Pushing the boat forward. There are 3 common sails used, the mainsail, genoa, and spinnaker. Factors influencing currents: developed force from horizontal differences in the sea density causing gradient currents, tidal force, wind force and topographic characteristics of the coast and sea bottom.


HOW TO PACK FOR A SAILING TRIP


Clothing: It’s okay to go a little crazy in the swimsuit department, especially since they don’t take up much room in a backpack. YOU CANNOT forget to wash your bathing suits after usage, or else they will begin to smell wretched because of the salt water.



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MARINE LIFE


We must remember while boating to always respect the marine life. The aquatic mammals rely on the oceans and other marine ecosystems for their existence. Some of these animals you may see while sailing includes seals, whales, manatees, sea otters, dolphins, sharks, octopus and so many more. If you encounter an animal up close to your boat, simply watch from your distance. Do not try to catch these creatures, yet rather be grateful you are seeing them up so close!



TOP SAILING DESTINATIONS (ACCORDING TO MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE COMBINED WITH RESEARCH FROM CRUISING WORLD):

ABACOS AND EXUMA ISLANDS, BAHAMAS


The Caribbean sea offers secluded villages as you sail and explore the Abaco Islands. Deep sea fishing here is an absolute must. My personal favourite catches are the snapper, mahi, mussels and occasional wahoo if you’re lucky. In the Exuma Island chain, check out Staniel Cay and Highbourne Cay for easy mooring access and beautiful sunsets. You’ll also find the world’s largest national park on water here! Some common animals you’ll spot are lemon sharks, bull sharks, dolphins, and stingrays. The Bahamian people are the most kind you’ll ever meet and the small villages food prices won’t disappoint.



NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND


This town is where I first started sailing outside of college. I have worked the past 2 summers for two fleets as a first stew and deckhand. New England offers numerous seaside boating towns, but Newport is surely the best as one of America’s premier yachting centers. It is known as the “Sailing Capital of the World,” because it was home to America’s Cup for half a century. The picturesque city has charm, big boats, and warm chowder after a long day at sea. There are three beaches you can launch from in Newport, which is located on Aquidneck Island. Also the home of the New England Laser Masters Regatta. While you’re in town, check out the Cliff Walk to see old mansions as well as the harbor and Narragansett Bay.



CROATIAN ISLANDS


The mostly uninhabited, wild and rugged islands of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia are becoming the most popular cruising area in the Mediterranean Sea right now. This is probably due t