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Basic Principles

Introduction

There are two main categories of sailing boats:

  •  Keel boats, where stability on the water is obtained by means of a weighted keel placed under a buoyant hull. Seagoing yachts are mostly keel boats.
  • Dinghies, the balance of which is regulated by weight of the crew. These rather small boats are ideal for lake sailing.

We shall limit ourselves here to the study of the second category. However, most of
the theoretical aspects and the principles of manoeuvring which are discussed are also
applicable to larger boats.

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