Dinghy sailing is fun!

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Dinghy sailing is fun!

From Dinghy Sailing on Wikipedia:

Dinghy sailing is the activity of sailing small boats by using five essential controls:

  • the sails
  • the foils (i.e. the daggerboard or centreboard and rudder and sometimes lifting foils as found on the Moth).
  • the trim (forward/rear angle of the boat in the water)
  • side to side balance of the dinghy by hiking or movement of the crew, particularly in windy weather (“move fast or swim”).
  • the choice of route (in terms of existing and anticipated wind shifts, possible obstacles, other water traffic, currents, tides etc.).

When racing, the above skills need to be refined and additional skills and techniques learned, such as the application of the “racing rules of sailing”, boat handling skills when starting and when rounding marks, and knowledge of tactics and strategy. Racing tactics include sailing so as to minimise the effect of other competitor’s sails on your speed, or to influence their movements to your advantage.

Those shared challenges, and the variability of the weather and sea can make dinghy sailing and racing a fascinating and rewarding recreational sport: physically, mentally, and in terms of personal relationships with other crew member(s), competitors, and organizers. The RYA, regulating authority for sail training in the UK and Europe, states that “With a reliance on nature and the elements, sailing … is about adventure, exploration, teamwork and fun.”

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The Sail Buffalo project entails the transformation of an abandoned inlet into a Community Boating Center that provides public access to Buffalo’s waterfront. We are an accredited sailing school with a mission to create an exciting safe and secure facility on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, enabling public access to the waterfront through boating, wellness and environmental programming. Our goal is to provide a destination for on-the-water training, holistic learning experiences, wellness and environmental education regardless of income, gender and age, including people with disabilities, and to provide a safe-haven for young veterans and their families.

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Being on the water is a truly transformative experience. After the launch of our unique Eco Floating Classroom 2011, and after merging with Cazenovia Community Resource Center (501-C-3) during 2012, we have finally found an ideal location at 2 Fuhrmann Blvd by the USCG, and created a true Community Boating Center!