about large boat sailing can be split into several sections
to sail - i.e. use the sails
to move the boat.
Learning to operate the boat when other vessels are in the same piece of ocean (known as the "International Regulations
for Prevention of Collision
at Sea" -IRPCS)
Learning to Navigate (Coastal)
Learning the lights, shapes and sound signals that are used by different vessels to signify different things.
Learning to navigate offshore
Learning about weather
Learning what to do in bad weather
Learning about provisioning
for long distance sailing.
These are the basics!
A good way to start on the use of sails
is by dinghy
- its cheaper, and the response to doing the wrong thing is much more obvious!
A lot of the rest can be done by classroom or distance learniing followed by experience at sea. There have been a number of posts recently on here about what to do in bad weather! and there are a number of very good books
available to cover the last three.
A girlfriend who wants to sail - jeez you dont know how lucky you are