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When you first step aboard a sailboat, you may quickly find yourself feeling overwhelmed not only by the profusion of ropes (sailors call them halyards), winches, sails and all manner of things that may look complicated and confusing. Have no fear though, every sailor before you has felt the same sense of confusion, and has to his or her own degree, learned to master the skills necessary to sail.
While there are any number of opinions on some of the most basic skills you need to acquire to sail, we happen to believe that one essential skill that you must understand at least the basics of is the various "Points of Sail". What we're talking about here is the ability to decide where you boat will go, no matter which way the wind is blowing. In centuries past, sailing really came into its own as a means of moving poeple and goods around the globe when sailors created boats that were capable of sailing at different points of sail. We've got a basic explantion of the Points of Sail here.