All articles are from Thomas P. Martin's excellent book, Sailing is a Breeze: Learning to Sail a Laser®, Sunfish® or Other Small Boat.
In the event of equipment failure, insufficient wind, or other problem that prevents you from sailing back to shore, you may have to Self-Rescue.
Launching – Go and No-Go Zones
The direction of the wind, the location of the boat in relation to other objects and areas, and where the captain wants to go, determine what the point of sail will be.
The sailor must constantly monitor and be aware of wind direction. When arriving at a body of water, determination of wind direction and speed is the first thing the sailor will do.
Getting Out of "Irons"
Your boat is pointed into the wind and you are "Dead in the Water." What do you do? You are "Caught in Irons." You need to know how to get out! Backwind is a technique for getting out of irons.
Bowline — The Sailor's Friend
The bowline (pronounced "bolin") is used whenever a loop is required that will not slip, jam, or fail. It is a favorite knot of sailors and is often used to tie off the mainsheet to the block at the end of the boom and to attach lines to the sail.
Author Thomas P. Martin