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“How do I learn to sail?”

Boom vangs, shrouds, forestay, furling line, jibe…let’s face it, sailing has strange terminology.  And while nothing beats on-the-water learning, I found a course on the web that helps demystify some of this.

It’s called My First Sail by the American Sailing Association (ASA).  It begins slowly — clothing, sunscreen, etc. — so skip those sections if you want.  Quizzes follow each section and it saves your place so you can pick up later.  I ran through most of it and it’s well done.  Figure 30-45 minutes to finish.

  1. Go to this link.
  2. Hit the big green “Start Now” button.
  3. Fill in a short form (email, first name, home city, sailing experience) and you’re ready to go.

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