A few of the myths and mysteries of sailing explained:

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The physics of sailing !

The sail is the equivalent of an aircraft wing, producing "lift" to draw the boat forwards.

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Aerfiol theory explained !

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The theory of sailing !

Kish Lighthouse, Co Dublin.

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Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin

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Hook Head Lighthouse.

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Skellig Michael, Co Kerry

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Tuskar Rock Lighthouse.

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Barleycove Beach, Cork.

Slade Castle, Slade Harbour, Co Wexford,

Slade Harbour, Co Wexford

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Dunquinn Harbour, Kerry.

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Downings, Co Donegal.

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Tory Island, Co Donegal.

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Wicklow Head Lighthouse

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Colliemore Harbour, Dublin.

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Donaghadee, Co Down.

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Lambay Island, Co Dublin.

Victoria Canal, Newry.

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Bailey Lighthouse, Dublin.

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Caledonian Canal, Scotland

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Kilkee, Co Clare.

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Portmagee, Co Kerry.

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The Aran Islands.

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Puffin Island, Co Kerry.

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Loop Head Lighthouse.

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The Giant's Causeway.

The keel provides ballast

to keep the boat upright, and to prevent it slipping sideways through the water.

The rudder provides a lateral force to allow steerage, and to counteract the turning forces produced by the sails/ heeled hull.

The trick is to "stick" the passing air onto your sails in such a way that it keeps your "tell-tales" flying.

Setting the sails to match the weather conditions is the key to safe enjoyable cruising.

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It's all about sail shape! 

It's all about sail shape! 

It's all about sail shape! 

It's all about sail shape! 

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