Understanding points of sail and proper sail trim before stepping aboard is made easier with the Sailing Wind Wheel, an innovative learning tool that teaches the relationship between boat and wind.
The image of a sailboat is printed on a clear disc with port and starboard clearly marked. As the boat rotates 360 degrees through the "wind," the sails adjust independently to help users visualize how they need to be trimmed. Students also may use a clock reference or the degrees of the compass rose. The back shows the fundamental terminology of sail trim, courses and commands. Made of plastic, the Sailing Wind Wheel is waterproof and retails for $19.95. Sailing Wind Wheel, St. Petersburg, Fla. Phone: (727) 388-6759. www.sailingwindwheel.comReturn to Holiday Gear Guide 2009