Boat Handling

Welcome to Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills: Handling a Larger Sailboat Under Power and Sail.

This page provides videos to support the 2013 edition of Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills. We are in the process of updating the videos and will be adding new versions as we complete them. Please bookmark this page and return often. Below you will see a list of videos that are supplemental to each chapter. 

Each video contains detailed information about one aspect of mastering the knowledge and skills of sailing, it is incomplete without the book. Copies of Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills are available online and from boating bookstores (see list below).

Ashore Knowledge

Chapter One - Terminology
  K1 - Terminology
Chapter Two - Gear and Equipment
  K2-Equipment Videos
Chapter Three - Safety
Chapter Four - Rules of the Road
Chapter Five - Weather
Chapter Six - Duties of the Skipper and Crew
  K6 - Checklist
Chapter Seven - Seamanship

Afloat Skills

Lesson Two - Handling Under Sail
  L2-Knots - Bowline and Figure 8
  L3-Sailing on the Mainsail
Lesson Three - Boat Handling - Sailing Better 
Lesson Four - Triangle Course and Man Overboard
  L4-Sailing a Triangle Course
Lesson Five - Heaving To and Reefing
  L5-Heaving To and Reefing the Mainsail
Lesson Six - Putting It All Together


Book Availability






We have partnered with a few good bookstores. New stores when they come available. Please check back often for new sources. 




Nautical Mind Bookstore This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view




The Rigging Shoppe

44 Midwest Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3A9
(416) 752-1711



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