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Basic Sailing Skills, with Chesapeake Sailing School, Show Me Videos, Learn to Sail

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IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL LEARN, Learn to Sail: -USCG safety requirements -Parts of the sailboat -Standing rigging and running rigging -How to raise and lower sails -Points of sailing -How to tack and jibe properly -Visual clues for wind direction -Basic right of way -Basic knot tying -How to heave to

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September 16, 2008: This video is excellent! I am a beginner sailor and have learned everything I need to know to feel confident sailing. I have crewed in the Sailboat races, and have my own laser. This video was helpful in improving my skills for both types of sailing. The format of the DVD is great for viewing multiple times. You can skip to whatever you need a refresher on. I highly recommend this DVD. Happy Sailing! ps. This is the only instructional video that I know of that was actually filmed in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland! (definite plus) --Barnes and Nobel Online

From Chesapeake Sailing School; "I just wanted to compliment you on your wonderful basic sailing DVD. My husband and I purchased our first sailboat a few months ago and I purchased the dvd as a Christmas gift for him. We thoroughly enjoyed watching it and Gary was a great instructor. Thank you and we look forward to dvd 2.3,4; Kelle Quist Student --From Chesapeake Sailing School;

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  • Actors: Gary Cusimano
  • Directors: Stephen Showalter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Show Me How Videos
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013F5L0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is an excellent DVD for learning an overview of sailing, the terminology, and the concepts of how a boat reacts to wind direction. All of the mechanics of actually operating a sailboat are first explained in a classroam setting and then demonstrated out on the water. I particularily liked the fact that Gary does his instruction single handed so you can see how one person can raise the sails, and go through all of the steps of sailing and operating the boat when alone. All of the key maneuvers such as tacking, gybing, etc. are demonstrated several times to reinforce each point. Most of the video is on the water footage. I have viewed two other basic sailing DVDs and this is by far the best and most recently produced (2008) If you watch this before starting your sailing lessons, it will be much easier to learn because you will know what to expect.
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This is a very good Sailing video for beginners. The theory is well explained in a classroom setting and then in practice. It was very helpful for me.
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Don't waste your money on this video - it's poorly done. The "instructor" is boring and the content is terrible. His seamanship leaves a lot to be desired particularly if you watch the actual sailing portion vs the "instruction". Example: "Always maintain a 3-point contact with the boat" as he demonstrates moving around while at the dock. During the sailing he scurries around like a monkey not holding on to anything. In several scenes the sheets are left in a large tangled pile on the deck including the last scene where the pile is thrown across the main sheet while he's sailing - and it remains there. One chapter title entitled "leaving the dock" shows him motoring away from the dock. I expected a discussion on leaving under sail in various wind conditions - a big disappointment to be sure. If I could get my money back based on quality I would - the only thing I can do now is make sure everyone else learns from my experience.
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I don't understand why people are complaining about production value. The production value is on par for an educational video. The lessons are great. He goes over all the important methods very thoroughly.
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A good lesson DVD but leaves a lot out. Like knot tying, sailing close to the wind,maneuvering in small areas, docking, sailing off from the dock, and others. Gives fair advice to the beginner.
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By svsugui on August 17, 2010
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One shot I bought myself maybe 4 sailing instructions video, and by far this was the best of them. I could have done away with the others.
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This DVD is excellent! I am a beginner sailor and feel much more confident in all my sailing abilities after watching this! The sailing instruction is filmed on a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland! I have crewed on sailboats and own my own laser. This video has helped me improve my skills for both. I've even learned how to tie a few new knots. AND I FINALLY know what an accidental gybe is. (I hope not to do that anymore) :) I highly recommend this video - You won't be disappointed.
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I bought a 22 ft sailboat. I have never sailed. This video is the quickstart quide that I needed. Luckily, my boat is very similar to the 22' tanzer that Gary uses in this video. I've read some books but they address too much info and not my boat specifically. If you are a total newbie like me, on a similar size boat, this is the video you need to get you going. It gave me confidence to get out for my first time. Perfect. Big difference between reading and actually seeing it in action.
Thanks Gary. Nice job on the video.
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