The romantic notion of sailing is as true today as it has been throughout maritime history. Out on the water, sailing can be many different things to different types of people. It can be exciting, invigorating, relaxing or challenging. And getting started is easy! Sailing includes a wide range of boat types, and any would be appropriate for a beginner to start sailing
Small boats, for many, are a simple and inexpensive way to get started in sailing. It is here that the basics of sailing are most easily learned. Some small boats are designed specifically for youth, but most provide a lifetime of enjoyment for adults too.
Generally, small boats, are under 25 feet in length. Most are trailerable and carry centerboards or swing keels (weighted keels that retract into the boat for trailering). They include a wide assortment of dinghies (open cockpit), daysailers (with foredecks and gear enclosures) and small day sailing keelboats. Because of their size and simplicity, many small sailboats can be sailed single handed or with a single crew member. Their performance, depending on design, may range from ‘stable and relaxing’ to ‘wet and wild’.
The term ‘Keelboat” refers to those sailboats which have a weighted keel (the vertical fin at the bottom of the boat) which is of sufficient weight to counterbalance the force of the wind in the sails. So, “basic” keelboats are most commonly larger than the centerboard and dinghy class of vessel and start at about 20′ in length and go up to about 30′ in length.
Typically, “basic” keelboats include: a standard “sloop” type of sailing rig – one mast, with a triangular sail in front (called a “jib”) and another sail off the back of the mast (called the “mainsail”); a tiller steering system; a self-bailing cockpit; and small outboard motor (if auxiliary power is required due to vessel moorage considerations). Most, but not all, also include a small enclosed cabin below decks. This below deck area may simply be for gear and sail storage, or it may include amenities such as bunks, a toilet, water tanks, and cooking facilities.
Beyond the “basic” keelboat, the term keelboat continues to describe sailing vessels and yachts through much larger sizes. A common way of describing the next class of keelboats from about 30′ – 60′ is “Cruising” keelboats, “large cruising Yachts”, or alternatively, by a host of more specific names as defined by exact vessel type and rig. These cruising keelboats typically have a sloop rig, but may have more than one mast and many combinations of rigs and subsequent names. All cruising keelboats have auxiliary engines, with most over 30′ in length employing an inboard diesel engine. Most over 30’ usually have a wheel steering system. Also, these cruising vessels are usually set up for the possibility of multiple day trips aboard and include many of the modern conveniences found in a home: pressurized hot and cold water, cooking facilities – oven and stove, sleeping quarters, and private bathrooms with showers. One might also find stereo systems, forced air central heating systems, entertainment centers, etc – the list can be very expansive!
Most people getting started in keelboats have never sailed before, or their sailing has been enjoyed on dinghies and centerboard sailboats to date. The first level certification courses are on the “basic” type of keelboat, where the fundamentals of sail and vessel handling are learned. From there, through a combination of learning and continuing experience, the keelboat sailor can progress through seven certification levels – each on progressively larger cruising sailboats, and each with progressively more challenging sailing, navigation, and vessel management skills.
RISE Sailing has moved to Lake Grapevine with our own sailboat and numerous program dates each week. RISE is offering a sailing excursion for physically challenged persons and their families who desire to know more about this exciting activity. One time is all it takes to enjoy sailing for the rest of your life! If this activity is something you would like to learn more about then RISE will send you to classes to learn the art of sailing. All sailboats will be adapted for your disability and comfort.
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Reservations are made online or by calling our office. Reservations are required 48 hours prior to a program start time. Making online reservations just got easier! The RISE Calendar has been updated, click on the program/date, click the reservation link. All RISE programs are 100% supported by volunteers. Reservations are required to know how much help and equipment is needed for that program date. Thanks in advance for helping RISE operate all of our programs at the highest level possible!
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Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine, TX 76092