Learn to Sail Here are a few nautical tips to get you onto the open water... uu Cooler mornings and evenings are the best times for summer sailing. uu Observational skills are important. Use your senses to notice wind direction. Feel the breeze in your hair and face. Listen. Look for patterns in the waves. uu Learn the ropes. To travel in the same direction as the wind, set your sails perpendicular to the wind and let the boat be pushed from behind. The arrow shape of the boat moves it forward. Sails provide lift, much like an airplane wing. The keel and rudder are the wings under the boat. uu Relax and enjoy yourself. “Sailing is a science, a sport and an art,” says Meadows, who also teaches sailing at the U.S. Naval Academy.
You can earn basic keelboat certification by the American Sailing Association in about 10 days, whether you want to sail alone or as a team. For the more adventuresome, racing classes are available. For more information, visit SailDallas.com.
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It’s hard to ignore the sparkling waters of Lewisville Lake, especially in the heat of the Texas sun. Heed the beckoning waves and set sail. Don’t know how? That’s okay! In as little as three hours on shore and four hours on the lake, a crew of instructors can teach you to tack into the wind, pull up the sails, control the rudder or jive downwind. “It’s not so much about muscle as it is about paying attention to the wind,” says Matt Meadows, owner and captain of Sail Dallas, which offers classes at Pier 121 Marina. With 233 miles of shoreline, Lewisville Lake (or Lake Lewisville, as locals call it) is a jewel of the Lake Cities region. “It’s one of the few places you can actually see the curvature of the earth,” Meadows says.
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