Stay on course – 5 tips for sailing newbies

Getting started made easy: the first steps to sailing

The wind whips gently across the water and the sails catch it as the boat glides elegantly over the waves. For many people, sailing is a long-cherished dream, synonymous with freedom, adventure and closeness to nature. But entering the world of sailing can seem daunting. This is where Ingo Müller, a true visionary and pioneer in the development of high-performance sailing kayaks, comes into play. With over two decades of experience in manufacturing and optimising water sports equipment, Ingo shares his top tips in this article to help newcomers to sailing get started and make their first steps on the water safe and enjoyable.

1) Understand the basics: The first steps to sailing

The dream of sailing can quickly become a reality, especially with the right tips and the right equipment. For newcomers to sailing, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the basics first. Here are some tips to help you get started in the world of sailing:

  • Theory and practice: attend a sailing course to learn the basic manoeuvres and techniques. A sound understanding of theory is the key to safe and successful sailing.
  • Know your equipment: Familiarise yourself with the different parts of a sailing boat and know how they work. From the rigging to the steering, every detail is important.

2) Take small steps: take to the water with confidence

The first sailing experiences should take place in a safe and controlled environment. Ingo Müller recommends starting with small boats or sailing kayaks such as the “Summerwind”, which are easy to handle and perfect for beginners.

  • Gentle start: Start with small boats or sailing kayaks that are easier to handle. This helps you to better understand the boat and the water and to gain your first sense of achievement.
  • Practice makes perfect: Practise regularly to gain security and confidence. Repetition and continuous learning are essential to improve your skills.

3) The right equipment: what is important

Good equipment is the be-all and end-all of sailing. It not only ensures safety, but also more fun on the water. Here are some important points to bear in mind:

Safety equipment:

  • Life jacket: always wear a suitable life jacket that offers you optimum protection.
  • Emergency equipment: Have a first aid kit and signalling equipment such as a whistle or distress signal ready.

Technical equipment:

  • Sails and rigging: make sure sails and rigging are in good condition and regularly maintained.
  • Sustainable materials: Use boats and equipment made from sustainable materials to protect the environment.

4) Travelling safely: tips for a successful sailing experience

Safety and fun go hand in hand when sailing. With the right preparation and care, every sailing adventure becomes an unforgettable experience. Take note of the following tips:

Check weather conditions:

  • Pay attention to forecasts: Find out about the weather conditions and plan your excursions accordingly.
  • Water conditions: Be aware of currents and tides, especially in unfamiliar waters.

Proper clothing:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather: Wear suitable clothing that protects you from wind and wet conditions, but also offers freedom of movement.
  • Protection from the sun: Don’t forget sun protection – a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.


  • Stay in touch: Let friends or family know your plans and estimated time of return.
  • Emergency plans: Have an emergency plan and know how to call for help if necessary.

5) Use the community: Learning from other sailors

Sailing is not just an individual sport, but also a wonderful opportunity to become part of a community. Sharing with experienced sailors can provide valuable insights and support.

Build networks:

  • Sailing clubs and associations: Join a sailing club or take part in local sailing events. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and benefit from their experiences.
  • Online forums and groups: Use online forums and social media to interact with other sailors and ask questions.

Sailing together:

  • Experienced sailors on board: sail with experienced sailors to learn from their skills and knowledge.
  • Become a crew member: Offer yourself as a crew member on larger sailing boats to gain practical experience and learn new techniques.

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