A detailed, step-by-step guide to the basics of sailing which teaches, what to know before you go sailing, getting underway, the secrets and mastering the art of sailing. With on the water instruction, this program covers every aspect of sailing including the skills and confidence of boat handling and how to sail a 47 foot keel boat.
I first saw Penny's video on YouTube and went to find it on DVD. A dream of mine is sailing in retirement and with limited knowledge I'm reviewing all I can. This video was very basic and informative and completely enjoyable. Penny does a good job teaching to the layman and you can tell she really enjoys sailing and educating. A good video.
I purchased this video to use as a teaching aid for a beginning sailing class. The author is from New Zealand where the sailing lingo is quite different from here in the US. So much so that I felt it would completely confuse a beginning sailor rather than facilitate his understanding. The video was more of a commercial for her film's sponsors and a pitch to come to her sailing school than a teaching aid. The only bright spot was that the photography was well done. It would have been nice to know that all of the action takes place on a 45 foot boat, not the kind of vessel most beginners learn on.
Penny slowly and methodically lays out each piece of hardware on the deck. Very concise definitions and instruction, followed by actual examples. Very helpful to me. I bought this two years ago and now I am racing my 1989 Pearson 31. Sailing has become a major part of our family's lifestyle.
This DVD is very simple to follow. It is done on a big yatch but the lessons are useful to dingy sailors also. Penny shows and teaches the basics in a ways like no other video I have seen. Her "around the clock sail seting" and "knot tying" ideas make it easy to remember how to perform these activities.
"learn how to sail"... okay, I have never sailed before. I have been wanting to sail for quite awhile. I have watched many video's of people sailing (not instructional videos). I have read parts of several books on it. More importantly I have studied diagrams of the terminology of a sailboat and sailing maneuvers previous to watching this video. If you are like me and never sailed, but also never read anything at all on sailing, I honestly think the video might move a little bit to fast. There is so much terminology and concepts to know, and she quickly goes from one to another, expecting you to remember everything she has said as she builds upon it all. I am not saying it is a bad video, but it does move quick and in my opinion you would be much better off (well, you would get more out of the video) having read a little bit of something up on some basic terminology before watching this video. That being said, this video very well gave an actual view/idea of the different parts of a sail, a sailboat, how to sail, etc... I think after viewing it 2 more times I might be actually ready and confident enough to try my hand with a tiny dinghy sailboat.
All newbies and weekend sailors should see Penny clearly explain all the basics. I've been sailing 4 years now and still learned a lot. The way Penny explains things is simple, memorable, and actionable.
Absolutely the best free learning to sail video I've ever had the pleasure of watching. This video has it all. Full instruction to get you ready to get out on the water. Very informative and well taught. Penny has the soul of a teacher and is completely in her element here. This video will not disappoint.