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Durban, KZN
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Dolphin Coast, KZN
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Sailing Adventure: Drift with the currents...
Sailing Adventure:
Drift with the currents...
The art of sailing has long captured the dreams and imaginations of young boys and as it is one of the most expensive sporting pursuits in the world it has largely become the domain of the very wealthy.

Sailing has been described as the skillful art of controlling the motion of a sail boat across a body of water and can be enjoyed on both inland lakes and on the high seas.

The vessels are propelled through the water by wind pushing on the sails and while this may sound very simple to the layman, any avid yachtsman will tell you that it is far from being so.

Sailing is an “all weather” activity and there are few fair weather yachtsmen to be found. Most yachtsmen take a lot of enjoyment in tackling the challenges high seas and squalls provide as this is when their skill against Mother Nature is most tested.

Charters is the term used when one would like to experience the thrill of sailing when one isn’t experienced and there are many reputable and highly qualified individuals and companies that can arrange these for you.

While some charters offer ½ day or full day excursions for individuals, groups or for team building activities, there are many available that can also offer longer trips and it is possible, if you have some experience, to
A word on Sailing & Boat Cruises:
  “It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” - George William Curtis

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” - Seneca

There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. - Water Rat, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
 


Equipment:

Sailing boats come in a number of different classes from tiny dinghies to large yachts that cross oceans. While many sailors enjoy racing their yachts for most it is the sheer pleasure of leisurely hours on the water that are the main focal attraction.

Parts of the sailboat are broken into four distinct areas:
    Hull: this is the body of the boat with the front being called the bow and the rear called the stern. Almost all yachts have a keel or centerboard to stop sideways movement. Steering happens by way of a rudder which extends vertically into the water near the stern of the board and this is operated with either hand tiller or on larger boats with a wheel.
  • Spars: are the poles which support the sails and include the masts, booms and gaffs. Masts rise vertically from the deck, while booms and gaffs are the poles that extend at right angles to the mast. Booms fasten the bottom of the said while gaffs secure the top.
  • Sails: there are a number of sail combinations used in different weather conditions and for different effect. The mainsail is the largest sail and is fastened to the back of the main mast. A smaller, triangular said (jib) is often fitted in front of the main mast. The most visually striking sail ins the spinnaker, which is a large, balloon shaped said used to add speed when a boat sails with the wind and these are often made of bright colours providing a dramatic visual presence.
  • Rigging: this area of the yachts make-up encompasses all the lines or ropes and is broken into Standing Rigging (permanent lines that support the mast), Running Rigging (lines used to adjust the sails and booms, Halyards (used to raise and lower the sails) and Sheets (used to trim or adjust the sails).
The two main categories of yachts are:
  • Catboats/Sloops: these are the most popular as they are easy to sail and comparatively cheap. There are several hundred classes of catboats and sloops with each one build slightly differently
  • Yawls/Ketches and Schooners: are the large, expensive boats that have two masts and may be more than 70 feet in length. They often have comfortable living quarters and are popular for long voyages.
: The Magic of Sunset...
Sailing Adventure:
The Magic of Sunset...


Safety:

Lifejackets, and in some cases safety harnesses, must be worn at all times. Accidents at sea happen quickly and there is rarely any warning of impending disaster, the golden rule is to be prepared for everything, all the time.

It is not advisable to go sailing if you do not know how to swim or at least tread water. Sailing requires respect for the risks of being on the water. All sailors therefore should be sensibly prepared. Most jurisdictions have certain minimum regulations that must be met as to equipment. When engaged in publicly organized activities they may be required to take additional precautions, as detailed by the authority which regulates the training or racing.

Interesting Facts:

There are many esoteric etiquette rules, traditions, and customs that will demonstrate to others advanced knowledge of boating protocol. Fenders are taken in outside ports, a boat flies the flag of its nation of registry, the flag of a host country is flown from the starboard yardarm and is the highest hoisted flag onboard other than a masthead burgee, flags are taken down at night, boats are referred to as female, a boat is not renamed (as superstition says it is bad luck to do so), bananas are considered bad luck aboard sailing vessels, nothing can be deposited into the head (toilet to landlubbers) that has not been digested at least once, etc.
: Racing against the competition...
Sailing Adventure:
Racing against the competition...


History:

The age of sail, technically and formally speaking, is the period in which international trade and naval warfare were both dominated by sailing ships.

The age of sail runs roughly from the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the last significant engagement in which oar-propelled galleys played a major role, to the Battle of Hampton Roads in 1862, in which the steam-powered CSS Virginia destroyed the sailing ships USS Cumberland and USS Congress, finally culminating with the advance of steam power, rendering sail power unnecessary.

This is a significant period during which square rigged sailing ships carried European settlers to many parts of the world in one of the most important human migrations in recorded history.

In Europe, the Golden Age of Sail is generally agreed to be the period in the 19th century when the efficiency and usage of commercial sailing vessels was at its peak (eg clipper ships, tall ships, etc.) and immediately before steam ships started to take trade away from sail. Some would say that the Golden Age of Sail relates specifically to the clipper ship era. The Golden Age of Sail was also the time period when the well-known pirates such as Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and Bartholomew Roberts were preying on mercantile ships, and sometimes even blockading ports, around the world.

In America, the Golden Age of Sail has been said to be between the War of 1812 and the Civil War

The three oldest yacht clubs in South Africa are in Cape Town, Durban and Knysna.

Links:


Sailing.co.za
Sailing.org.za
Optimist.co.za
Cruiser.co.za
Royal Cape Yacht Club
ABYC.org.za
Knysna Yacht Club



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