After sailing, back on the mooring or dock, you will remove the sails and possibly the rudder and other gear. Simply reverse the steps described in Part 2 of this lesson, How to Rig the Boat.
To protect the sails, they should be carefully folded before being stowed. Let them dry first if they are wet – and if they have been doused in salt water, rinse them first and let them dry.
The best way to fold a sail depends on its size and the size of the sail bag, if used. The fewer folds, the less strain on the sail cloth. Spread the sail flat and then fold it twice or more lengthwise (keeping the luff straight). When the width of the folded sail is small enough for stowing and handling, roll it up into a cylinder.
Stow the sails and other gear in a dry place, to be ready for the next sailing day.
Continue to Part 4 of this lesson to learn about how to tack and gybe the boat – turning across the wind.
Here are two apps for Apple devices that will help you learn more about points of sail and sail trim.