What Do I Need To Know About Sailing?

Sailing Basics

So you are new to sailing? You are in the right place. We've compiled a list of resources to make it easy for you to dive right into the lifestyle. No matter if you are interested in cruising to a new desitination on the Chesapeake Bay or looking to get into the competitive sport of sailboat racing, these articles will help you feel confident about where to start. 

Happy crew sailing the time away. Photo by Will Keyworth.
Happy crew sailing the time away. Photo by Will Keyworth.

Tell Me More About Your Start Sailing Now Guide

After many years of fielding inquiries about getting into this lifestyle, in 2008, we at SpinSheet Magazine decided to write down answers to the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard since we started our publication in 1995. What resulted was our annual new sailor guide Start Sailing Now, which for years was distributed in hard copy for free up and down the Chesapeake Bay at places new sailors might gather—visitors’ centers, coffee shops, libraries, or even liquor stores in waterfront towns. Today we post the full digital version online, also for free, along with years’ worth of interviews with sailors we’ve met who started their journeys into the sport as adults and got hooked.

In our guides, we cover language, gear, smart questions to ask schools, etiquette, and how to get started on a limited budget. Sailing is for everyone! We like to spread the word and invite you to Start Sailing Now. We warn you, though—it’s addictive. You may go from brand new sailor to a seasoned one quicker than you think. Welcome!

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