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Margaret’s Favorite Sail Training Websites

Stating the Obvious:

These websites are not designed to substitute for on-the-water training by a qualified sailing
instructor. Rely solely on your own judgment, including the safety of downloading files, accuracy
of content, appropriateness to any situation, etc. I’ve no responsibility for any of these websites,
their content, or how they’re used.   —Margaret

 

Key to symbols

Appropriate for whom?

Type/format

 = Beginning sailors

* = Experienced sailors

All = Content at all levels

* = Instructional text/graphics, pdf = pdf down-loadable text

* = Animation or video

* = Simulator

* = Self-test

 

Introduction to Sailing

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Basic intro to sailing for complete novice. US Sailing on-line course.

 

http://www.sailingcourse.com/

Click “Sailing Primer” and “The many ways to…” on left

Sailing Terms

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Comprehensive boating glossary

All

http://www.tcmall.com/nauticalknowhow/GLOSSARY.htm

Sail Trim

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Free demo version of sophisticated sailing simulator

http://www.sailsimulator.com/

Click “Download free demo”

Simulator illustrating points of sail and associated sail trim

*

link

Aerodynamics and sail theory

 *

http://www.wb-sails.fi/news/

Navigation

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Bowditch's Am. Practical Navigator

 pdf

http://www.irbs.com/bowditch/

Rules of the road, ATONS, lights

*

http://www.boatsafe.com/flash/

 

USCG US ATON System

http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/aton/system.htm  click contents on left

Chart 1 (‘key’ to symbols on chart)

All

 pdf

http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/mcd/chartno1.htm

Navigation rules, including lights, sounds, day-shapes.  Download.

* 

http://www.navrules.com/

Coastal Navigation course

http://www.sailingissues.com/navcourse0.html

USCG Navigation Rules Inter/Inlnd

 pdf

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/navrules.htm

Definitions and Mnemonics

http://lever.cs.ucla.edu/fmg-members/geoff/mnemonics.html

Meanings of maritime signal flags

All

http://www.anbg.gov.au/flags/signal-meaning.html

USCG Aux ATON study guide

All

 pdf

Link

USCG Aux NavRules training

All

 

http://www.dirauxannex.org/navrules.html

 

Knots

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Grog’s Knots, great animation, ability to alter speeds, flip view, step thru

Link

Marlinespike overview

All

http://boatsafe.com/marlinespike/index.htm

15 Knots, animated

http://www.42brghtn.mistral.co.uk/knots/42ktmenu.html

Less common knots; Zeppelin etc

http://www.geocities.com/roo_two/knotindex.html

21 boating knots, but not animated

All

http://www.netknots.com/html/boating_knots.html

Safety

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Basic Safe Boating Course, can take test and certify on-line, may lower insurance

All

* 

http://www.boatingbasicsonline.com/

Click CA for state specific material

USPS Safe Boating Test

All

http://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nsbt/test.cgi

CA AquaSmart kids safety training on-line, free videos and booklets

http://www.dbw.ca.gov/aquasmart/index.html

 

ABC’s of California boating law

All

 pdf

http://dbw.ca.gov/pubs/ABC/index.asp

 

Weather

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

USCG Aux weather training

All

 

http://www.auxetrain.org/ewea.htm

 

U of Illinois meteorology training

All

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/home.rxml

Nat Weather Service training

 

http://www.srh.weather.gov/jetstream/synoptic/synoptic_intro.htm

Racing

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Racing basics

http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Esail/skills/racing_basics/index1.shtml

Learn about wind shifts while racing

*

http://www.wb-sails.fi/news/boatRace/boatRaceFrameSet.htm

Racing rules of sailing 2001-2004

All

pdf

http://www.sailing.org/default.asp?MenuID=d6v0GXks5BsOe9?7vTvOOQY12`?

UK-Halsey animated rules quiz

http://www.ukhalsey.com/RulesQuiz/index.asp

Intro to racing, rules. US Sailing on-line course

http://www.sailingcourse.com/

Click “Introduction to Racing”

http://www.racing.sailingcourse.com/index.html

Cruising

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

US Sailing on-line course

All

* 

http://www.cruising.sailingcourse.com/

Daysail, coastal, and offshore cruising advice, including variety of checklists

http://www.smartcaptain.com/

Small Boat Sailing

.Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

US Sailing on-line course

All

* 

http://www.smallboat.sailingcourse.com/

Small boat basic training manual

http://www.amya.org/sailmanual/

Keelboat Sailing

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

US Sailing on-line course

All

* 

http://www.sailingusa.info/keelboat.htm

RYA Prep material to certify with RYA

All

* 

http://www.sailtrain.co.uk/index.htm

Basic level training

http://www.baysail.com/keelboat/

Various Sailing Topics

Content

For

Type

Link/Navigation

Grab bag of eHow sail topics

http://www.ehow.com/list_1076.html#Sailing

SailNet Learning to Sail articles

All

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/learning-sail-articles/

1000s of USCG exam ?s

http://www.usboating.com/

USCG exam ?s

http://www.boatsafe.com/uscgboat/

Cal Sailing (like Fairwind)

All

http://www.cal-sailing.org/library/#library4