Thursday, 4 December 2014

One must know about types of sails first to master the art of sailing

Sailing was one of the earliest modes of communication before trains, cars or planes came into existence. Now sailing is more for adventure and fun. People take up sailing to undergo the adventure and element of thrill it has to offer. People take up coaching classes to learn the art of sailing. The first step is to know about various types of sails that are being used in the sail boat.


Sailing which was one of the earliest mode of communication developed by mankind is now an adventure sports. The element of thrill comes from unpredictable direction and the speed of the wind in the sea. The sail boat is moved by trapping the power of the wind as energy source. Different types of sails are used depending upon the speed and direction of the wind and the course taken by the boat. All types of sails are custom designed for every boat individually for best fit. The customization of the sails depends upon type of boat in which they are to be used.

Mainsail is the primary sail which acts as the main source of generating power to move the boat. It is triangular in shape and are fixed to the mast and attached with the boom. Headsails are secondary sails which are attached to the mast and the bowsprit on the bow of the boat. They are used to provide extra speed and turning power to the boat. Their curved shape makes them more aerodynamic than the Mainsail. Genoa and Jib are two types of Headsails used in the boat. Spinnakers are large balloon shaped sails that helps the boat in downwind sailing. They have symmetric and asymmetric shape. Strom sails are small sails which are designed to be used in stormy weather. They work perfectly in bad weather to control the boat against storm.

All types of sails are custom made for easy handling and efficient performance in the sea.

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