Inspect all the standing rigging—the cables and ropes that support the mast—including the turnbuckles and cotter pins securing the rigging to the hull. Many sailboats have dismasted because a 15-cent cotter pin was missing!
If your boat doesn't have some kind of wind direction indicator (windex) at the top of the mast, tie a couple nine-inch pieces of old cassette tape, VHS tape, or oiled yarn to the shrouds—the rigging cables that hold up the mast. These will show you from which direction the wind is blowing. Some sailors find cassette tape to be just too sensitive for this purpose. If that's the case with you, try using VHS tape or oiled yarn instead.
The idea is to have the minimum amount of wind resistance when raising the sail, with the sail straight back. In this position, the sail won't be snagging on any shrouds or any other hardware, either. This isn't always easy. The boat won't turn readily because it's not moving (under way). Do the best you can, but be prepared to work for it!
When you step aboard a crewed yacht for your vacation, it might help to think of your captain and crew as your hosts.
Travel documents, lightweight sweater or fleece, lightweight foul weather gear, earplugs...
Some researchers attribute the invention of mankind sail almost the forward wheel, which is understandable - the river served us and sometimes fishing, and communication routes.
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Watch the front of the sail edge on the main and jib, watch your wind indicators (telltales), close reach...
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