Sail Handling

Sail Handling

Whether you’re new to sailing or enjoy racing or cruising, we have created some useful worksheets on sail handling to help you make the most of your time on the water. All the worksheets listed below are available to download for free and and are part of the Equinox Sailing Manual.

Subjects

Points of Sail

A sailing boat is completely reliant on the wind – knowing the direction of the wind allows you to trim your sails and when to tack of gybe a boat.

Tacking a boat

Why and when do we tack? This sheet includes the calls commonly used on sailing boats.

Gybing a boat

Why and when do we gybe? This sheet includes the calls commonly used on sailing boats.

Genoa/Jib Trim

The basics on how to use tell tales and how to position your jib cars.

Mainsail Trim

How to get the best from your main sail and what all the different controls do.

Symmetric Spinnaker Trim

How to trim a symmetric spinnaker.

Asymmetric Spinnaker Trim

How to trim an asymmetric spinnaker.

Sailing Drills

Tacking, gybing, hoisting and dropping the spinnaker, the calls we use while racing.

Headsail Changes

Different types of boats use more or less headsails, we have a look at why some boats carry more head sails, and detail how to change them.

Reefing

What it is and why we do it.