Targeting good seamanship – tips for the most important sailing knots at a glance!

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Which knots can I learn the fastest and first?

Many of you should be familiar with this: the situation in which the right knot is quickly used. This is often a challenge for some beginners in sailing or for their first regattas. After all, there is one thing you definitely want to avoid: standing helplessly on board with two ropes and not knowing what to do. It is easy to shine with just the three most important knots in your backpocket. So the first thing to remember is which knots these are and how they work. Then it’s time to practice, practice, practice – very easy with these tips.

Preparation is everything!

So the first thing to think about is what you want to do with the knot on board. Something needs to be fixed loosely on board, such as a rolled up sail or a sail that has been uncovered at the construction site? This is where the square knot comes into play, which connects two ends of a rope. And this is how it works: the loose ends of the rope are laid one on top of the other – first right over left, then tie a knot and then left over right.

If that was a bit too fast for you, here’s a little more detail: Take both ends of the rope in your hands, one on the right, the other on the left. You let the ends of the rope protrude a little. Now put the right loose end of the rope over the left loose end. Press the right loose end of the rope under the left end and bring it back up. Now you have two ends of the rope in your hands again. Finalize the knot by placing the left end of the rope over the right end. Now push the left end of the rope under the right one and the square knot is done.

The knot for professionals that everyone can learn easily!

As an all-rounder, the bowline is an excellent helper. You need it when you need a fixed eye that won’t contract. The knot should be easy to open again after release of pressure. Please practice the bowline until you have mastered it blindly! Only then can it really support you in the crucial situation. And it’s that simple: first put a small eye with the loose end forming the eye. Then with the loose end from the bottom up (snake emerges from the pond) through the little eye, then from the front around the fixed end around the back (snake winds around the tree) and then with the loose end back into the dip the small eye (snake dives into the pond).

To make mooring one of your easiest exercises – you will always succeed in securing fenders:

The clove hitch is a loyal companion on board for mooring fenders. He’s pinched by the weight of the fenders. This keeps the knot under tension. You quickly attached the fender to the railing. You can then easily adjust it in height. This is how the clove hitch works: with a round thread, cross the loose end and guide the loose end around the round piece (e.g. railing) and tuck it under yourself.

For good seamanship it is important to share your knowledge with others. Now you can impress with the three most important knots.

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