Learn to Sail from “Zero to Hero”

Learn to Sail from "Zero to Hero"

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When the captain says “Stand by to anchor”, as the crew on watch, you will know exactly what to do.  Step up to the foredeck, open the anchor locker and get the anchor into the “stand by” position by untying the securing line then move the anchor forward on the bow roller and let the captain know you are ready to go.  You will also be familiar with the other steps required in getting the yacht anchored up for the night: setting out the appropriate amount of chain, determining if the anchor has a proper bite on the bottom and transferring the anchor/chain load from the windlass to the cleat.

These steps in achoring are covered at the Gulf Charters Sailing School during the crew course portion of our “Zero to Hero” program.  It is easy to teach students this procedure as this is a straight forward step by step task.

But there is, in fact, a lot more to anchoring up than the physical act of dropping the hook.  As the captain of the yacht, there are many additional issues to consider such as, exactly where to anchor, the type of bottom, tides and depths, proximity to other vessels, prevailing winds and the likelihood of sudden weather shifts, setting an anchor watch, possible alternative anchorages in the event it becomes necessary to move and so on.

These additional considerations are covered during the Watchkeeper and Bareboat Captain portions of the “Zero to Hero” course.  Gulf Charters Sailing School will teach you chart reading, tides and currents, weather planning and so much more in an effort to train and prepare novice sailors to deal with the myriad of issues and concerns that face a boat captain every moment that he is in command of a yacht.

Aside from the actual physical effort required in boat sailing, they will also help you prepare  for the mental considerations that are necessary to ensure the success of those physical efforts.

Students are always surprised at the scope of knowledge the school covers in their recreational boating courses.  Students will learn “how” to drop an anchor in a few minutes.  But at the Gulf Charters Sailing School, they focus on teaching the skills necessary in determining the more challenging “where, why and when” of anchoring.

Their program is really designed to prepare the students for the realities of the sea.

Whether you are just getting involved in sailing or only want a refresher course to brush up on your nautical skills, Gulf Charters Sailing school offers training at all levels and would want their students to get involved with their ever growing sailing community.

Learn to sail from “Zero to Hero” today!

Gulf Charters Sailing School IYT certificate courses are available every month of the year. “Zero to Hero” sailing classes are scheduled for August 14-27 and September 11-24.

For more information about their upcoming sailing courses and events you may visit their website at www.gulfchartersthailand.com or send an email to tim@gulfchartersthailand.com.  You may also request a copy of their 2010 Sailing school e-brochure which includes current course schedule and pricing.

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