Basic Knowledge for sailing to enjoy the RC44 Championship!

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Sailing is the sport during the month of May in San Roque, as the World of the RC44 class is held in the Port of Sotogrande. So if you're going to be in the area during the championship we would like to tell you about basic concepts of sailing and navigation so that you can the most of it!

There are different terms: The athlete who practices it, is called yachtsman, the distances at sea are measured in nautical miles, or the place where the competitions take place are called race course. We from the Hotel, but from the Club Maritimo de Sotogrande we would like to explain other essentials for you t understand  to understand  in more depth this exciting sport.

Sailing basics

• Parts of the ship. One of the key aspects of the world of sailing is how the different parts of the ship are called. Although it seems obvious, sometimes it confuses. The front is the bow, while the rear is the stern. The right side is called starboard, while the left side is called port.

The length is the length of the cover and sleeve, the maximum width, and the wire holding the mast is known as forestay.

• Cabos. Another key aspects are there are no ropes on sailboats. The ends, have different names according to their function. It is called halyard,

• Verbs used. Uploading the sails is to hoist the sails, arrears means to lower them. Another verb widely used in sailing is rolar. This and means change direction, circling. It is also important to know the term tack, meaning change course.

Wind scales. Another key concept in sailing is,  knowing the different wind forces ranging between Force 0 and Force 11. If 0 means there is no wind, 11 means maximum wind. Force 6 are conditions that already make the navigation complicated and you really need to be prepared.

• Navigation and wind. Gird means sailing against the wind while sailing into the wind is sailing with the wind. In addition, windward, is the part from which comes the wind and leeward the opposite. The sailors explain that you should always go on the windward hull and stern

• Position on the boat depending on the weather. According to the wind the position of the sailors on the boat change. They may be within or outside;   the edge of the helmet. If in addition the wind is very strong, it is advisable to lean or hang on the boat with a harness.

After these basics You're ready to visit Sotogrande for other events like the one held from 11 to 15 May, the RC44 World Class.