How to Sail a Sailboat : How to Read Markers When Sailing


So as we are heading out we are keeping all
our green markers on starboard and our red markers on port. As you’ll notice here, the
red marker is number eight. See the number is triangular, that is a day shape, and if
we look to our starboard, the green marker is a buoy, Can you point that out to me? Okay, if you are coming in from the open ocean
there, all our navigational aids or buoy systems begin at the open ocean. Say, if we were coming
in from outside the Golden Gate, we’d be coming in and you’d automatically keep all your red
buoys on starboard and your green buoys on port. And they would start off, reds would
be, two, four, six, eight, they’d increase in size, number size, and your green markers
are odd numbered and they’d also increase in size; one, three, five, seven and on up
as you are coming in. And as you enter a new channel, the numbering system there will start
all over again and you still will have your red buoys on starboard and your green buoys
on port, but the number system will start all over again and to, and increase in size.

2 thoughts on “How to Sail a Sailboat : How to Read Markers When Sailing

  1. Yes, this is poorly scripted. At the beginning he says, "as we are heading out…" this means we are going FROM the harbor to the sea. Later he says we are coming in FROM the, sea to the harbor. The speaker changed direction without making it very clear. REMEMBER…Right, Red, Return. This mnemonic tells you that you keep the Red on your Right when you Return from out of the harbor. Happy sailing.

  2. This video must be reversed because the port and starboard described while under way are wrong. Does any one else pick that up or are my eyes deceiving me?

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