Seamanship – Best Practices

The practice of good seamanship plays a significant role in all of US Sailing’s instructional curriculum.

A good sailor knows more than just the mechanics of sail trim and steering, and good seamanship is more than the ability to perform those tasks. Competent sailors know how to handle the boat and sails in a wide range of wind and sea conditions, skills that require practice and experience.

Safety also plays a vital role in good seamanship. Knowing how to handle dangerous situations on the water, even when you are not sailing, will save lives.

Boat maintenance, mooring and docking, lifejackets and safety equipment, procedures and protocols, effective communications, proper planning, safeguarding our environment, and Navigation Rules are all considered areas that help cultivate good seamanship. Courtesy on the water makes sailing more fun for everyone.