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Category: Sailing skills

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Man Overboard!

Going Overboard Is Our Worst Nightmare It happens, crew members do fall overboard, on a crewed boat there are others who can turn back and rescue them, on a single-handed sailboat it could be disastrous. So how can boating folks reduce the risk without lessening the fun?Be prepared, is a great motto and I borrow…
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December 16, 2018 0

Sailing Close to the Wind

  As is often the case sailing close to the wind has its origins in sailing, in general life it means taking a risk, cutting it fine, and for experienced sailing skippers that is what life is about, the adrenaline rush, challenging yourself against the elements, enjoying the rush, literally. Sailing close to the wind…
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October 30, 2018 0

A Knotty Problem, but Important!

Knots perform important tasks in sailing and boating, and it is useful to know which is which. The purpose of knots in sailing is mostly to secure something using ropes, sheets, or lines and it is said that there are eight basic knots. Most of the knots in use have been developed and used since…
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October 22, 2018 0

Time and Tide Wait for no Man (or Woman)!

There is a lot of truth in the old adage for boating people especially. But, what is the tide and what does it mean to you? Experienced boaters and commercial mariners know how to work with the tides, newbie boaters and inexperienced sailors are advised to attend an approved training course to receive guidance about…
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October 13, 2018 0

Wind Fills Sails but…

People often use the old saying, ‘Knowing which way the wind is blowing’ but in fact this is vital information and may not always be as it would seem. Winds are designated based on from where they originate, a wind blowing from the sea in the direction of the shore is an on-shore wind, conversely…
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October 8, 2018 0

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, and in Danger!

Boaters are often out of sight, depending on what size of boat you are sailing and where you are. Larger and professionally operated boats take going to sea very seriously and do not put themselves, their passengers and crews, at risk. Should problems happen may be both out of sight and out of mind –…
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October 7, 2018 0

Don’t Know Your Left from Your Right? Hands Up, We Won’t Tell…

We do not wish to be judgmental, but some folks do not appear to know which is right and which is left, just take a drive in any city on the planet and you will see what we mean – left blinker on and the driver turns right, and vice versa. As previously discussed Knowing…
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October 4, 2018 0

Heavy Weather Is Dangerous If Not Taken Seriously!!!

Only the very foolish go to sea without checking the weather beforehand and acting sensibly. Wind speeds are generally acknowledged as fitting into the bands of the Beaufort Scale a universally known and often used warning. The Beaufort Scale begins at 0 which is calm, then the scale rises numerically through to 6 – strong…
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September 21, 2018 0

Teach Young People to Sail Right!

Start youngsters to sail as soon as they show an interest, bear in mind that square pegs don’t fit in round holes, so if a youngster hates the idea leave them until they are ready. Many sailing people around the world began as children, some of necessity because the family fish or dive for a…
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September 19, 2018 0

September’s 2018 Forthcoming Regattas

DATE                 REGATTA                                                                                             …
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August 18, 2018 0

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