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Dinghy sailing


Getting Started - Dinghy Sailing - with RYA's Graham Manchester - Sport Development

Mirror Dinghy Camping

Overnight in a Mirror Dinghy

How to Sail - How to tack (turn around) a two person sailboat

This video will show you how to tack a sailing boat. tacking is the term used to describe the process of how turn the boat across the wind. A series of tacks is called Beating and this allows you to sail to a destination upwind. We show you the steps one by one in a clear and concise manner. Tacking is one of the main maneouvres to learn to sail the boat. The other is called gybing and the subject of another video on this channel. Watch both and learn the steps of how to turn the boat around in any direction

How to Sail - Capsize a 2 person sailboat

What to do when your small boat capsizes. Capsizing is a common occurrence to any dinghy sailor. You must be familiar with the technique to pull the boat back up again. This video will take you through what to do to correct a capsized dinghy sailaboat. We show you where to go, what to do, and what happens when the boat is back upright.

Incredible Foiling Laser - Taking off at Southampton Water Activities Centre - Flying Boat

How to Sail - Single Handed First Sail: Part 1 of 7: Introduction

This video introduces you to what you may like to aim at on your first sail. The video shows you how to start and stop, the principles of turning around, what the wind means and how to identify where it is blowing from. This is sailing at its most basic form. On the channel are many more specific videos about other aspects of sailing.

Sail Faster - Laser Boat Settings Tips - Start of the Season - Laser Performance

Some excellent tips for setting up your boat at the start of the season with Laser Performance's John Leach and Brtish Sailing Team's Sam Whaley.

Dinghy Cruising Association President Roger Barnes gives us a Tour of his boat Avel Dro

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Dinghy Cruising Fraser Island Day 1

Moonlight sails to Fraser Island from Bullock point to Figtree Creek Day 1

Moonlight is a 12 ft Clinker dinghy built in Tasmania in 1980. The design is by John Philp, and she was built by Christopher and Denise Sly. This is the first leg of a 4 day voyage by Christopher up the West Coast of Fraser Island from Inskip Point to River Heads near Hervey Bay.

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Fraser Coast Dinghy Cruising is an initiative to create opportunities to share the experience of minimal cruising on a shoestring in on the East Coast of Queensland.

How to Sail - How to tack (turn around) a one person sailboat

Tacking is the term to turn a boat around. This video will demonstrate what to do in simple steps along with key learning points and common mistakes

How to sail with a Spinnaker on a small sailboat

This video will take you through how to sail a small sailboat with a spinnaker. The spinnaker is an additional sail that can only be used at certain times but adds to the enjoyment of sailing. We show you how to rig the sail, what points of sailing can it be used and how to hoist and use the sail. We also show you how to turn the sail as the boat changes direction

Small sailboat - Tiwal 3 - Full presentation

See the full walkthrough of the inflatable sailing dinghy that fits in 2 bags, Tiwal 3. Tiwal 3 assembly takes less than 20 minutes, and you are on the water.

Just park by the beach, open the trunk, take out the bags and assemble your Tiwal 3 inflatable sailboat. Then you are on the water to enjoy a nice family or single trip on your small inflatable sailboat. Enjoy the Tiwal 3 inflatable sailing boat overview!


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** The Tiwal 3 Sailboat **

The Tiwal 3 inflatable sailing dinghy comes in two bags that are easily transportable by car, boat and even by plane. This small inflatable sailboat is easily assembled in 20 minutes without any tools. Easy to handle, its sailing qualities will give you a thrilling experience. Very responsive, stable, and comfortable in light winds, the Tiwal 3 is dynamic in more challenging conditions. Whether you’re sailing solo or double-handed, it is perfect for your adventures at sea or on a lake!

Boat of the Year Award | Best Innovation | by Sailing World U.S.A.
The thing was a blast. I couldn't believe how well it sailed. You could have some serious fun with this, especially in big breeze.


** The Tiwal story **

* The Birth of Tiwal *
As a girl, the first time our founder Marion Excoffon was told, “No!” by her father when she asked to use the family boat, her life as an inventor began. It was then she started dreaming of building her own craft, an ambitious feat that would come true years later.

On the road to creating an innovative high-speed vessel for everyone from kids and first timers to expert sailors who want to test limits, there were a number of prototypes, failures, challenges and headaches. But, if there’s one thing Marion’s known for, it’s her sailor’s grit!

* Combining Fun & Technology *
The award winning Tiwal concept is easy assembly and storage - maximum fun and performance for watersports and activities. A Tiwal isn’t your average dinghy! Our design is the result of tons of coordination, talent, and technological savvy.

* A Growing Global Community *
For our community of Tiwal skippers (more than 800 worldwide!) all this innovative design means their focus is fixed on the pleasures of watersports and having tons of fun on a responsive sailing craft. With excellent upwind and downwind abilities combined with high-speeds, Tiwals are a part of both fun and professional performance.

The Tiwal 3 received the Boat of the Year (Best innovation) Award 2014 from Sailing World in the USA and the Red Dot Award, with recognitions, accolades, and smiling faces continuing to join together on the waves worldwide. Join us!

Miracle dinghy sailing in Algoa Bay

Boatshop24 - Learn to Sail : Sailing basics with Alex - Episode 2/6

Right, it is time for the second video in the series. This time out we see Team GB sailor Alex Mills Barton take his boat out onto the water for the first time.

He takes the guys from Mailspeed Marine and BoatShop24 through some basic sailing techniques, jibes and tacks and also some straight-line sailing.

On top of the sailing tips, the guys also chat to Alex about his weekly routine, his diet, and how he has to adapt when training.

2015 International 420 Class Australian Championships.

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The 420 National championships held at Fremantle Sailing Club will be remembered by all involved as it had incredible sailing conditions and a great vibe. The Weather was fantastic and the regatta was run professionally. Thanks to all involved!

My Classic Boat. Francois Vivier Morbic 12

We look at the French super dinghy, the Vivier Morbic 12 with her proud owners Michael and Sarah Curtis. Expensive? Take a look and discover this beauty. There's only two that we know of in the UK. and she could be the best 12ft dinghy you'll ever see.
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Europe dinghy upwind sailing explained

In this video, I filmed myself as I go through the steps of balancing the boat for top speed out of the start. Here are a few pointers explained in the video, and some that I left out.

1) Centerboard position. As close to straight down as possible, but tilted slightly backwards underwater.
2) Hike like crazy (this was partially a joke, hike responsibly!). The main reason to hike is that it will allow you to follow the top telltails. If the top telltail is collapsing towards you, it is possible to get more speed out of the boat by steering lower. This is were trimming, mast rake and steering enters the picture.
3) The bow should follow the top of the water (KEY!), this is accomplished with steering, hiking and moving the upper body to pass the waves. To help us with getting the boat moving like we want (as smooth over the waves, and mostly flat) we also use trim lines and mast rake.
3) Balance in the boat even if you have to give a slight windward or leeward heel to sustain it. Try to use the trim (main sheet, traveller and cunningham) and body to steer the boat, the rudder should be used as little as possible, but you also need small steering to maneuver in the waves.
4) Pull cunningham to move the depth of the sail forward, this helps with acceleration out of the start, and to balance the boat when the wind picks up. With a good balance, there will be almost no pressure on the rudder which minimizes the drag. If you pull the cunningham too much, the sail can become too flat and you lose the shape, and thus the power that will help you get through the waves (especially if the leech is tight, which happens by having the mast too far forward, or a tight outhaul)
5) Mast rake. Pull the mast back to get the leech loose, and more depth in the bottom part of the sail. You will also get more twist. If you put the mast back, you can pull the cunningham more in strong winds, while still having some depth in the lower part of your sail. This is a good setup for choppy conditions especially, but can also work in general.
6) Outhaul: Try to keep it a bit loose in choppy conditions because you get more depth in the lower part of the sail, this is the last thing you want to pull completely out, especially for green sails. Depower with the sail first (a combination of mast rake cunningham and inhaul), then centerboard and finally outhaul. I would usually adjust the outhaul slightly for each tack. Going on port you need more power and a really loose leech, hence the outhaul should be a bit loose. On starboard you can tighten it a bit.

Sailor and commentary: Lars Johan Brodtkorb

Sailing to Camping - Wayfarer Top Tips - Converting your boat into a tent - Dinghy Cruising

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How to set up a tent on your Wayfarer Dinghy. Top Tips from Matthew Sharman at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019.

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How to install an inboard motor for sailing dinghy cruising

How to install an inboard motor in a sailing dinghy for sailing dinghy cruising. I cover the pros and cons of an old versus a new inboard engine. There are plenty more articles and video links dinghy cruising and dinghy sailing on my website,

This video is a follow-up on the earlier one I did on inboards which talked more about why install an inboard motor. It is sure to stir up some controversy, with some preferring rowing with oars, over power.

Should you install an old or new inboard in a small classic cruising sailboat, or are oars a better way to go? What do you think?

I am interested in your thoughts about the pro's and con's of old vs. new inboard engines. So feel free to make your comments in this video, or on my facebook page. You can message me on youtube itself or on the facebook page.

First make sure your sailboat is suitable for installing an inboard. Normally you need a deeper keel with sufficient room to bore the propeller shaft hole. It could be done with a drop-down bracket carrying the shaft on a thrust bearing, but that's not ideal, as it is vulnerable to damage.

Next choose your motor. If you are into heritage motors, the Wing website has a register of current owners. There are still quite a few Wings and Pilots about if you have the time and patience to find one. Wing engines are air cooled, but the water-cooled varieties usually have rust issues in the water jackets. The water cooled ones are very heavy and not suited to a small sailboat. There is an interesting history of the Wing engines here, and I believe they have a register of owners, of which I am one.

The engine mounting is usually on timber bearers. There is an art to the vertical scribe needed to install the transverse members. A good fit is required, to get the strength and ability to take the thrust and the vibration. The two surfaces need to mate together perfectly, and we achieved that by and accurate vertical scribe, and patience checking the fit by putting paint on one surface, pressing them together and identifying and removing the high spots. Finally after you have done the best you can with that, use a gap filling adhesive such as Araldite.

The propeller shaft hole is a technical challenge for the novice. My mentor helped me with that part of the job. and taught me how to make the engine mount. He marked the inside where he wanted it to come out, lined up the long boring bit to drill the pilot hole and it came out exactly on the X. The skills of a master boat builder should be respected.

So, there are many different opinions for installing an Inboard motor or engine in a sailing boat. Old vs. New. Having an inboard motor can increase the versatility of a cruising dinghy. Your wooden boat building skills may benefit from knowing a bit more about how to install an inboard.

Some people prefer steam engines, I am thinking of electric motors in the future, and the purists would like to stick with dinghy sailing and rowing with oars. Each to his own opinion, but I do a lot of nautical miles in a small boat across some fairly open waters. I like the idea of getting home safely in a squall, and strong currents make rowing impractical on the Great Sandy Strait near Fraser Island.

The inboard motor can be removed easily for pure dinghy sailing. This is achieved by the use of 2 wingnuts to attach the cradle mount, and the universal flexi rubber coupling is disengaged with a twist. For dinghy cruising mode, the re-installation is just as fast, taking no more than a minute or two.

Honda have not changed the design of their GX160 in 35 years. They got it right first time! So you can still get one off the shelf perfect for the job.

The first one failed from some electrical corrosion, a couple of years after being immersed during a capsize on the St Helens Bar. I had removed the de-compressor cam off the timing gear. That allowed me to slow it down a bit, but it had cooling issues at such low revs.

The current Honda inboard motor has looked after us for 25 years now. It still starts first time most of the time. The only part I ever replaced is the spark plug. One spark plug in 25 years and the odd oil change ! I'm happy with that. There is a link to the exact Honda model that has proven reliable and effective for me for nearly 4 decades.

By the way, there are some unobtrusive links on the bottom of the web page. where if you click through and buy something I get a small commission. This doesn't cost you any more, and the money goes to keeping this video channel filled with more sailing adventures. I'm hoping to convince my wife that a GoPro is a good idea, but it will have to be self funding :-) along with more sailing trips to fraser island

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