The term sailing refers to a boat using wind to power sails and propel forward. Sailboats come in many different shapes and sizes, and are used for either racing or cruising. Sailboat racing can be seen in the Olympics, but the most popular form of sailing is cruising. Cruising usually refers to trips of a few days or more, and can extend to round-the-world voyages.
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Children can go sailing with you from an early age – there is no age limit. However, their stay on board should be closely monitored by adults. Be sure to choose the safest cabin for a child (e.g. the front cabin) and a place for them to play (cockpit is a relatively safe place). You can also put a safety net along the sides of the boat, and children should by all means wear life vests.
You should bring baby food along, since it cannot be bought in every supermarket within the marina. You should also consider choosing shorter routes and visiting marinas more frequently in order to provide safer berthing, as well as comfort.
The choice of the vessel depends entirely on your wishes and preferences.
Before choosing a vessel, please bear in mind the following details:
: It’s a fun, exciting physical activity!
Sailing can be as fast and as exciting as you want. It can also be easygoing and relaxing. It can be competitive, if you like. It challenges all your senses. It can also take you to remote magical bays, new friendships, better physical condition, exciting discovering of unknown events, places, people… The choice is yours!
Sailing has been considered a safe activity. Possibility of injury is minimal. Participants are expected to have adequate equipment and clothing, to comply with the guidelines and to follow the instructions. By doing so, the risks are minimized.
The American Sailing Association is an association of sailors, professional sailing instructors, sailing schools and charter companies. The ASA is dedicated to promoting safe recreational sailing in the United States by administering an internationally recognized education system.
Every charter company has their own standards to qualify prospective charterers. Some may accept the ASA Bareboat certification alone; most will also ask for resumes of experience.
Charter companies look at a variety of variables in qualifying a charterer: experience, certifications, size of boat being applied for, charter area and conditions, and the experience and certifications of crewmembers. A certification in Bareboat Chartering or higher will show the charter company that you have received formal training and have passed a rigorous program with specific standards.