Here is something special for the mariners-in-heart around here. The following videos will explain the fundamentals of handling a square-rigged ship with animated diagrams followed by real footage. The real footage is an inspiring treat. You will probably need to repeat the viewings. There is a lot to learn. Enjoy!
- How to sail a Full-Rigged-Ship – The Sørlandet Part 1
- How to sail a Full-Rigged-Ship – The Sørlandet Part 2
- How to sail a Full-Rigged-Ship – The Sørlandet Part 3
The above is significant because the maneuvers explained in the Youtube videos can be performed with the tall ship model, albeit in a simplified manner (no manipulation of individual masts). “Wearing ship” and “tacking” are the only ways to sail our ship “into the wind” given its inability to sail close to the wind just like its real life counterpart. If anyone is still unclear or needs additional explanation after watching the videos I will be happy to answer any questions posted in the “Comments” section.
Bonus – Learning and knowing the nautical techniques of marine navigation will complement anyone’s aviation navigation skills and visa versa.