Sailing off the wind

Sailing off the windIn dealing with the "First Principles of Steering" it makes sense to read "Sailing on the wind" first for two reasons.

1. Because sailing a boat close hauled is the most interesting point of steering for the helmsman and the best test of helmsmanship.

2. Because if the beginner can master the art of steering a yacht to windward he will surely be able to steer her when the wind is free.

We will now give the beginner some pointers in sailing a yacht off the wind.

Read Difference in principle on and off the wind