ROCKPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- All along the Maine coast you see sailboats drifting across the water. It seems so peaceful, but do not be fooled. This is one of the oldest Olympic sports and one that can be quite a challange.
Maxwell Horovitz, a student at the Rockport Boat Club, said, "You really have to watch for the wind and where it is coming from. Where I am going to make my next tack or turn and where we are going to go."
The club offers youth and adult sailing lessons at all skill levels. The advanced youth sailing students, like Horovitz, learn proper techniques for racing on the same boats used in the Olympics.
The group invited our camera along to learn the basics of sailing.
First the lingo, port means left and starboard is right. There are two people on each boat, the skipper who steers and the crew who keeps it balanced. There are two sails, the main which is used for power and the jib that complements the main.
Once a sailor understands the basics, it is time for racing. According to Horovitz, the start of the race is the most crucial.
"You have to time it perfectly and if you have a good start you're going to do well in the race pretty much," said Horovitz.
One of the instructors, Nick White, agreed the start is not only the most exciting aspect of the race but it can also determine a winner.
"All the boats are real close together. It is very competitive and chaotic at times," said White. "Then they will all shoot off at a whistle blow or cannon."
The students can be competitive at times, but in the end it comes down to one thing; just enjoy yourselves.
White grew up in the boat club and appreciates everyday passing his knowledge to students.
"Just being on the water, ever since I was a little guy I have always been on the water," said White. "To be on the water and teach sailing that is something that I cherish."
Tomorrow the men's teams will battle in the 740 medal race.