How Can a Sailboat Travel in a Direction Different From the Wind?

Answer Since Nathaniel Bowditch first wrote "The American Practical Navigator" early in the 1800's, millions of people have taken to the sea on sailboats. Powered by the wind, sails are shaped to catch (o... Read More »

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Does wind effect the speed of a sailboat?

Wind is the power source for a sailboat when it is under sail. Wind affects the speed of the boat and forces all decisions about which sails will be used, how the sails will be trimmed and how the ... Read More »

How to Make Sailboat Wind Spinners?

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How to Travel for Free on a Sailboat?

Traveling on a sailboat is an interesting way to see the world. Sailboat travel can seem inaccessible and intimidating, however, because boats and slips are expensive. Fortunately, there are ways t... Read More »

What is the definition of wind direction?

The wind direction is determined by the cardinal direction in which the wind is originating. For example, a wind originating from the west and blowing east is a westerly Gl... Read More »