Sailing is one of America’s great pastimes that has allowed generations to experience the water together. It seems that sailing has a draw that many cannot quite place; it is both a thrilling and relaxing activity that you can share with friends and family. Despite its allure, sailing might also appear intimidating, but we’ve got a few tips that will have you itching to get out on the water every day.

Know the basics – The foundations of any sport are in the basic details that separate the professionals. Knowing the bow from the stern (front and back, respectively) and port from starboard (left and right, respectively) is just the beginning. Learning the basics is crucial for being able to work all of the controls, from your mainsail and jib to the rudder, and to do so naturally and comfortably.

Navigation – No use in learning to sail without knowing where you’re going! While GPS helps out modern sailing a lot, knowing the old standard of chart and compass is still essential for making sure that your sailing adventure is safe and comfortable.

Training – At the end of the day, nothing is more valuable than experience, and professional sailing training is the only way to become like one of our licensed sea captains. Aboard your private charter with San Diego Sailing Tours, get a jump-start on training with sailing lessons from your captain and be inspired to get out on the water more often!

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