Revealing Sailing – Volume 1

Get up to speed on marine techniques, advanced navigation and life on board

Theoretical principles, maneuver sequences and marine techniques to help all sailors progress to an advanced level.

This book offers the reader the opportunity to evolve in the practice of sailing, both lake, estuarine and offshore. Through the special contribution of recognized contributors in their respective fields, we address the main topics of practice with a pragmatic approach, while putting safety at the forefront. The authors also share their tricks of the trade.

This book covers the theory of Sailing Canada’s intermediate, advanced and sometimes offshore certificates. Compliance with Sailing Canada criteria will be clearly identified, although the book as a whole covers these topics much more broadly.

  • Wind Direction
  • Wind Measurement
  • Wind Speed and Directions
  • Sailing Wind Physics
  • Luffing or its Opposite Bearing Away
  • Basic Sail Settings
  • Points of Sail and Tacks
  • The Ambiguity of the Usual Wind Indicators
  • The combined forces on a sailboat
  • Center of effort on sails (CE)
  • Center of Lateral resistance force (CLR)
  • Sail boat’s gravity center
  • The Righting moment
  • The lift force
  • Combined forces
  • Aerodynamic force
  • Downwind forces
  • Righting forces
  • Direction of combined forces
  • Monohulls and catamarans stability curves
  • Crafts behaviour expressed in stability curves
  • Comparison between the stabilities of weight and shape
  • Combined sail interaction
  • Uncontrolled luffing in stormy weather
  • Uncontrolled bearing off
  • Spinnaker
  • Fair weather sails
  • Stormy weather sails
  • Close reach point of sail with one sail
  • Some findings
  • The sail’s shape
  • The telltales’ language
  • The Sails’ orientation
  • Downwind points of sail and spinnaker specifications
  • Spinnakers
  • The inherent behaviour of a sailboat
  • The helm balance of sailboats
  • The effects of the sail controls on a sailboat’s helm
  • Headsail, windward points of sail
  • Headsail, downwind points of sail
  • Mainsail, windward points of sail
  • Mainsail, downwind points of sail
  • Heavy winds
  • The State of the sea
  • Sails
  • Sail surface
  • Stormy weather tactics and actions
  • Running before the wind or to scud under bare poles
  • To heave to actively
  • To heave to passively
  • To steer before the sea
  • Sea anchor
  • Steering with the swell
  • Simplify your environment
  • Unavoidable situations
  • Different boats’ behaviour
  • Stormy weather general procedure
  • Marine clothing
  • General comments on the various recovery methods
  • Williamson Method (or Boutakov method)
  • The complete turn
  • Scharnow Method
  • Heaving to approach
  • The Sail Canada Method
  • The Pleiades Method or a Modified Sail Canada Method
  • Characteristics of both previous methods
  • Considerations on the Triangle Method of Sail Canada
  • The Pleiades Method step by step procedure

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