Why You Should Learn To Sail A Trimaran

Posted on December 13, 2016 by under Dinghy Sailing, Sailing Courses

  If you’re an elite sailing geek like me you may want to check out Thomas Colville’s solo round the world record attempt that’s happening right now on the trimaran Sodebo. After 20 days at sea he is only 5300 nautical miles from the finish and is a whopping 1600 nautical miles ahead of the […]

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Meteorology Courses – Why Learn This Core Sailing Skill?


Learning to read the weather is core to learning to sail. Whether being able to get an idea if it is safe to go on your sailing trip, or to judge the weather patterns for a longer passage, it really helps to know as much as you can about the science of meteorology. I’d even […]

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Solo Circumnavigation – How To Master The Art Of Sailing Alone

Posted on November 15, 2016 by under Dinghy Sailing, Sailing, Solo Circumnavigation

With the Grand Depart of the Vendee Globe singlehanded round the world yacht race just eight days ago, some people will be thinking of what it would be like to sail solo, and what qualifications there are out there to sail alone? The fact is, most people will sail singlehanded at some point in their […]

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How Powerboat Courses Can Improve Your Docking Skills

Posted on October 31, 2016 by under boat handling, Docking, Powerboat Courses

Though tricky at times, docking and undocking is an essential part of being afloat. It is also the most public show of your boat handling skills, with who knows who potentially watching you either comfortably slip onto the dock with barely an error –  or making an absolute tit of yourself as you smash about […]

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Cheeki Rafiki – A Wake Up Call For Sailing Schools?

Posted on October 18, 2016 by under Sailing

    News broke last week that the sailing coaching business Stormforce and its owner Douglas Innes are to face criminal charges for the deaths of four sailors who were crossing the Atlantic. From what we can gather at The Boating Hub, while the case has yet to go to court there are already some […]

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Olympic Legacy – Learning To Sail In Brazil

Posted on October 4, 2016 by under Dinghy Sailing, Sailing Courses, Yacht Racing

So, the Olympic sailing circus has left Rio. Has it improved opportunities to learn to sail there? While Brazil came away with a Gold medal at the sailing events, and the waters are some of the most beautiful on the world (at least on the surface) there isn’t much for those inspired to learn to […]

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Why We Need More Countries To Teach Disabled Sailing


In 2015 I wrote about the outcry as the International Paralympic Association (IPA) pulled the plug on future Paralympic sailing. In 2012, 23 nations had entries in the Games, while in 2016 at Rio, only 16 teams had entries. The IPA dropped sailing from Tokyo in 2020 for one simple reason – not enough nations […]

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Why Are Team GB Succesful At Olympic Sailing?


So, the Olympics is over again. More smiles on the podium, and hundreds of young sailors who can move on with their lives with ‘Competed in the Rio Olympics for my country’s team’ on their CVs yet who confidently could say they had no hope at a medal from the start. This isn’t to slag […]

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Things You Should Consider Before Going Afloat At The Beach

Posted on August 8, 2016 by under Boating, Dinghy Sailing, RYA

Every year the RNLI and other rescue authorities end up rescuing hundreds of people who on impulse have bought a lilo or inflatable dinghy with the idea of having a paddle off the beach. Where normally I focus on various ways of learning to sail and the qualifications you may need for your leisure or […]

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Is A Qualification Needed For Elite Yacht Racing Photographers?


  Most yachtsmen and many of the non sailing public will be aware of the ultra fast foiling classes of boat such as the America’s Cup and the GC32 catamarans that captivate audiences around the world while blasting along at 50mph. Technology has raced ahead of boating qualifications and where photographers boats were once seen as […]

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