Sailing And Cruising – Admission/Application Essay Example

My First Time Sailing My maiden sailing experience was scintillating to say the least. The weather was apt, light winds and subtle sunshine. There was little traffic (a few fishing boats). The boat we were using was rigged with two sails. The main sail, the larger sail that captures the bulk of wind, therefore, propelling the boat and the jib. Before we sailed out, we were comprehensively briefed on the safety measures to adhere to while on the boat. They include: wearing life jackets in case the boats tips over (promotes buoyancy hence floatation), avoid consuming alcohol as it inhibits eye-hand coordination especially for the sailor; avoid dangerous manoeuvres in high winds.
Steering the boat includes raising and lowering of sails. In raising the sail, the main halyard raises up the mainsail up the mast and hence this raises the sail. The boat is steered to windward to decrease heeling of the boat. Heeling refers to when the boat leans away from the wind. By moving in the windward direction, the moment of the boat’s centre is increased therefore increasing buoyancy of the crew. Once the boat is sailed out, the main sail is dropped; this is done by having the jib down and leaving the mainsheet on. The course of our navigation was mostly reaching; this refers to traveling perpendicularly to the wind. Reaching is the most efficient and fastest way to steer the boat.
Changing of direction includes techniques such as tacking and jibing. Tacking is the moving of the bow through the wind so in order to change the directions of the boat while jibing refers to turning the stern through the wind and as a result the boat shifts from one side to another. Tacking a safe method although most sailors prefer jibing because it involves less manoeuvring. While sailing, it is of more significance to know the rules of navigation (who has the right of way) e.g. an overtaking vessel must keep clear of the vessel being overtaken. Based on my first experience, sailing requires a lot of technological know-how and practise.