Summary: Sailing can be a blast if you take the proper precautions.
Sailing out in the open water can be an incredibly fun activity but any activity out in the water has the potential to be dangerous. If you are considering going on a sailing trip for a week or just for the day, take the time to prepare accordingly.
Go with Experienced People
Perhaps one of the most important steps you should take before you leave is making sure you are going with experienced people. Find people who have been trained and have been sailing for years. Some scenarios that might seem obvious to a seasoned sailor might not cross your mind.
Practicing beforehand can also help you prepare for situations before they even take place. Knowing what to do when there is a leak in the boat or if one of the sails somehow gets tangled will help you spring into action if it ever actually happens. Even if you are sailing with experienced people, it would still be smart to prepare as best as you can and familiarize yourself with what you should and should not do out in the water.
When something goes wrong, you do not want to make the mistake of scrambling to figure out what to do or freezing out of shock. You need to be ready to confidently spring into action.
Have the Right Supplies
Stock your boat with the right supplies. First-aid kits are useful for handling all sorts of injuries, from scrapes to headaches. A radio system will help you communicate with other boats or with people on land, so you can stay up-to-date with water conditions and get in touch with others if something goes wrong.