Sailing Sense develops navigational skills to plot a course from a departure point to a destination. Experiments are done to learn the principles of buoyancy, displacement, stability, and sail interaction with the wind.
An understanding of all of these principles are essential to "make sense of sailing." Throwing and tying lines, tying basic knots, and splicing lines are part of the functional skills of Sailing Sense.
Future generations will acquire an appreciation and respect for our water environment and the history of sailing in the Great Lakes, by gaining an understanding of the theory, history and practice of sailing along with the enthusiasm for the sport and fun of sailing.
"To travel across the water in a vessel propelled by the wind will always challenge man's ingenuity. Expanding technologies and available energy resources may render it more or less practical, but the fascination will always be there. Why? Because as long as the air moves over the water there is free energy there at the interface for anyone to use, and the technology needed to harness it is simple, visible, tangible and available to anyone with common sense and the desire to reach for it. With no more than a wooden shingle, a sheet of paper, and some string, a prototype energy converter can be built which demonstrates how to use it."
Introduction to Nautical Science by Carl A. Chase
How To Get There
How a Sailboat Works: Buoyancy and Stability
How a Boat Sails
Marlinspike: The Study of Knots, Splices, and Their Application in Boating