SAILING is inspirational: on a river; lake; exploring along a coastline then finally crossing oceans. My aim is video tutorials of learning to sail: showing how easy it is, Glnans style, one small step at a time, YOURSELF. Diagrams, anime, radio controlled models to start with, progressing to dinghy and offshore yacht. The videos are as simple as possible; taking one point at a time: so that sailing with clubs and friends begins to make more sense. Even books on sailing will begin to make more sense. Here is the first tutorial sketched out in Keynote > pdf > iMovied to anime.
Some of the world is going to have to take sailing, or at least Green, Sustainable Transport seriously. Perhaps those of us left in 2025 ? We would do well going 'Back to the Future;' learning how advanced some primitive sailing rigs really are. Skillful combinations with stored energy will become fascinating life study.
What We Need & What You Get
You get the course of video tutorials with diagrams and just enough text to make sense. Some of you will want to vote on and suggest topics to cover; learning styles to cover. My greatest hope is that the tutorial videos supplement the other ways of learning...
Stage 1 is animated diagrams and model sailing boats giving realistic demonstration of many steps in sailing. A waterproof digi-cam or two would be invaluable. I can get this going very well with the first $1500 in contributions. $40 in updated Keynote and iMovie has already brought us an improved animation method.
Stage 2 could be with an 16ft beach cat or dinghy. Videos will become hands on in scale so that you see exactly what you are doing. This is a good combination with models that give you a safe, detached perspective.
Stage 3 would be with a seaworthy good used yacht: kept repaired and maintained. Video tutorials will now be produced showing all aspects of cruising: spiced up with as much racing style as is reasonable to ensure safe, exciting passages. Some videos will be long cruising shows to keep you happy through off season blues. As used yacht prices come down with the markets they will meet donations coming in with the tide: sooner that most of us dare think...
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