I'm planning to sail for the first time in about 2 weeks. Ive spent many years using small motor boats and don't plan to spend several hundred dollars taking classes to learn to sail the $500 used sailboat I bought. I've read lots of information and watched a bunch of videos so I thought I had a grasp on the basics from a technical standpoint. This app actually put my knowledge to the test much better than I expected and while I'm probably still going to struggle a bit, I'm going to be way more prepared after getting some feel for the wind and sail reaction. I might provide an update after I take my maiden voyage if I'm still alive.
This app is a great starter for anyone wanting to learn the ins and outs of sailing. Even if all you're doing is watching a sailing event on TV, this app will help you understand what the participants are doing and give you greater appreciation for the sport. The modules are set up well and progressively teach the basics. I have a little trouble with the trim and helm controls, but younger users should do much better than this old fart! I have been sailing for years and can say this app is a great and inexpensive way to get your feet wet and learn whether sailing is for you. Just do it!
At first it's like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time but you quickly catch on and really groove in some sailing reactions. Fun and helpful to someone learning to sail. Really helps you to visualize various points of sail and their relative efficiency. I would like to see gauges with true and apparent wind speed to help me learn how tweaking the trim will effect those elements and boat speed at various points...that may be overwhelming for a beginner but would help as one learns. I would also like to be able to go back and repeat within modules without having to start all over Regardless, I'm enjoying it very much!
Great to review all the nautical terms and right of way rules from ASA certification course. When sailing, quick decisions are needed sometimes to avoid other boats or obstacles and this app helps in making the decision second nature. Also going over points of sail names helps so when people at club are talking port beam reaches and starboard close hauls, my newbie self isn't holding my arms out trying to remember points of sale terms.
I grew up sailing regularly. I have been on a sailboat once in the last 25 years, but still remember the basics. I downloaded the app because my wife and I have decided to buy a sailboat and figured I’d use this to start relearning the basics. It has worked well. But I’d enjoy a variety of points of view. A cockpit view of that beautiful Beneteau would be wonderful. Grabbing a sheet near the winch would be preferable to a slider on the side of the screen. If they ever get that done, this would be 6/5 stars.
* Added the option to sail around the courses on a cruising monohull or a beach catamaran!
* Dolphins! It wouldn't be sailing without these magical creatures keeping you company on
* New awards section that will challenge you to learn more and sail faster!
* New fly-by at beginning of sailing courses to give you an overview of the location!
* New navigation arrows to help you find the way to the next mark on a sailing course!
* Totally redesigned menu system making it quicker and easier to learn or go sailing!
* Lots of other improvements to make the app more enjoyable!
ASA’s Sailing Challenge (for iPhone/iPad) includes six fun, easy-to-use modules that unlock the mysteries of sailing. Learn Points of Sail, Apparent Wind, Sail Trim, Tacking and Jibing, Rules of the Road, and Docking. Then, put it all together when you sail around a course against the clock in the Sailing module.
Sailing Challenge combines the most innovative thinking in the digital education field with ASA’s experience in teaching sailing to create a game that lets players climb aboard, take control of the tiller in one hand and the mainsheet in the other, and sail off on a virtual sea of fun. When the ASA says the fun starts here, we really mean it!