Beginners, Start Here (Full Guide)

If you're new to sailing and would like to get started, this is the perfect step-by-step guide for you.

How To Get Started

9 Ways to Learn to Sail for (Practically) Free

Don't own a boat, but want to learn to sail? In this article, I'll share some ways that will actually help you to learn to sail and that are either cheap or

By Shawn Buckles Beginner Info
Sail instructor tows seven dinghies with a powerboat
How Much Do Sailing Lessons Cost?
Here's What Shoes to Wear Sailing (and which not)
What is the Ideal Wind Speed for Sailing?
Sunset over sea
How Far Can You Sail In One Day?

Skills You'll Need

How To Learn Marine Navigation (Easy In-Depth Guide)

Learning marine navigation can seem difficult, but when you break it up, it's actually pretty simple. Below, I'll go over the exact steps of learning marine

By Shawn Buckles Sailing Guides
How to Use a Boat Compass (Complete beginners guide)
How To Plot a Course on a Chart (Illustrated Guide)
How To Use Your Mainsheet Traveler (The Right Way)
15 Actionable Tips to Trim Your Sails for Speed

Need To Know

The Only 50 Sailing Terms You'll Need To Know (With Pictures)

Ever get confused by all those odd sailing terms? Starboard, tack, jib… Well, no worries. In this article, I'll go over the most important sailing terms

By Matej Stepan Beginner Info
Cruising yacht with mainsail, headsail, and gennaker
The Ultimate Guide to Sail Types and Rigs (with Pictures)
Diagram of the Hull Parts of a sailboat
Sailboat Parts Explained: Illustrated Guide (with Diagrams)
Sailboat in front of NYC with Bermuda mainsail and Jib
Guide to Understanding Sail Rig Types (with Pictures)
The Different Types of Marine Navigation
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Sunset over sea

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Cruising yacht with mainsail, headsail, and gennaker

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