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Fairwind Yacht Club - Sailing Training Links

Margaret's Favorite FREE Websites to Learn Sailing

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.

Neither Fairwind nor Margaret have responsibility for any of these websites, their content, or how they're used.

 Organization

The training links are organized into the following sections

 Intended Audience Symbols

For Beginners
Beginners

For Beginners
Experts

 Content Type/Format Symbols

For Beginners
Instructional Text or Graphics

For Beginners
Downloadable, Printable, PDF Files

For Beginners
Animation or Video

For Beginners
Computer Simulations

For Beginners
Self Test

Porpose swiming in the oceanIn preparation for an American Sailing Association Instructor Qualification Clinic, one of our members, Margaret, did extensive research into on-line sources of information to help herself and the other instructor candidates, study for the grueling written exam. The results of her research are summarized in the 45 websites listed below. Thanks, Margaret, for sharing this with all of us.

Introduction to Sailing

Content Intended Audience Type

US Sailing Education site.

Boaterexam.com

 For Beginners   Animation or Video Test 

Sailing Terms

Content Intended Audience Type

Comprehensive boating glossary

 For Beginners For Experts   Insructional Text and Graphics 

Sail Trim

Content Intended Audience Type

Free demo version of sophisticated sailing simulator

 For Experts   Simulation 

Simulator illustrating points of sail and associated sail trim

 For Beginners   Simulation 

Aerodynamics and sail theory

 For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Simulation 

Navigation

Content Intended Audience Type

Bowditch's Am. Practical Navigator

 For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Downloadable, Printable, PDF files 

Rules of the road, ATONS, lights

 For Beginners   Simulation 

USCG US ATON System

 For Beginners   Instructional Text and Graphics 

Chart 1 ('key' to symbols on chart)

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Downloadable, Printable, PDF files 

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

 For Beginners   Simulation Test 

Coastal Navigation course

 For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics 

USCG Navigation Rules amalgamated

 For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Downloadable, Printable, PDF files 

Definitions and Mnemonics

 For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics 

Meanings of maritime signal flags

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics 

USCG Aux ATON study guide

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Downloadable, Printable, PDF files 

USCG Aux NavRules training (expired page - this links to the archive.org copy)

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

Knots

Content Intended Audience Type

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

 For Beginners   Animation or Video 

Marlinespike overview

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics 

38 Knots, animated

 For Beginners For Experts  Animation or Video Instructional Text and Graphics

Safety

Content Intended Audience Type

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

Click CA for state specific material

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

USPS Safe Boating Test

 For Beginners For Experts   Test 

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

 For Beginners   Instructional Text and Graphics 
 

ABC's of California boating law

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Downloadable, Printable, PDF files   
 

Weather

Content Intended Audience Type

USCG Aux weather training

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

U of Illinois meteorology training

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics 

Nat Weather Service training

 For Beginners   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

Racing

Content Intended Audience Type

Racing basics (expired page - this links to the archive.org copy)

 For Beginners 
 Instructional Text and Graphics 
 

Learn about wind shifts while racing

 For Experts   Simulation 

Racing rules of sailing

 For Beginners For Experts   Downloadable, Printable, PDF files 

UK-Halsey rules quiz

 For Experts   Animation or Video Test 

Cruising

Content Intended Audience Type

US Sailing on-line course

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

Small Boat Sailing

Content Intended Audience Type

US Sailing on-line course

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

NOAA Small Boat Program

 For Beginners   Instructional Text and Graphics 

Keelboat Sailing

Content Intended Audience Type

US Sailing Getting Started

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

Prep material to certify with RYA

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics Test 

Miscellaneous Sailing Topics

Content Intended Audience Type

Grab bag of eHow sail topics

 For Beginners   Instructional Text and Graphics 

SailNet Learning to Sail articles

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics 

1000s of USCG license exam questions

 For Experts   Test 

Some USCG license exam questions

 For Experts   Test 

Cal Sailing (like Fairwind) library

 For Beginners For Experts   Instructional Text and Graphics 
 Last Updated 3/30/17