For all you new sailors at CBI - progressing to the Helmsman Rating will be one of your first goals as you learn to sail. The Helmsman Rating means you can go sailing at CBI most days without restriction and bring guests. So I will keep posting some tips and tricks along the way which I hope will help you out.
Keep the boom vang off except when sailing.
Face forward when tacking and gybing. Avoid turning or facing backwards at all.
When you're not moving at all and you want to get going, straighten the helm, trim the sail until it stops luffing, wait until you start moving forward before you attempt to turn or tack. Often you will see newbies attempting to turn their boat by pushing the tiller hard-a-lee before moving forward. It never works. Have you ever tried to turn your car when it is parked with the brake on? Nothing happens. Same in a sailboat. If you're not moving forward then you can't turn using the rudder. More advanced sailors learn how to steer with the aid of their sails, but that is something we'll teach you after you have a Helmsman rating.
More to follow...