If you’ve never sailed before, or it’s been awhile, we recommend easing into it slowly––like on a no-experience-necessary daysail.
Wind 101: “Every sailor has to know where the wind is in relation to the boat, and what you can do with that to make the boat go where you want it to. Once you have that down, it all flows from there.” –Michael Rice, founder, Puget Sound Sailing (pugetsoundsailing.com), Seattle and Tacoma, WA
Safety and prep: “We put students through crew-overboard drills and teach them to control the boat, under sail, in emergency situations. Mastering that stuff eliminates the fear and gives them the confidence to do everything else.” –Andrew LaPlant, Lead sailing instructor, Mission Bay Aquatic Center (mbaquaticcenter.com), San Diego