How to Learn to Sail Dinghies in the United States

Posted on December 7, 2015 by under Dinghy Sailing, Sailing Courses

If you want to learn to sail a yacht in the USA it is fairly easy. There are a large number of yachting courses that are approved by authorities ranging from the American Sailing Association (ASA) via the US Coastguard to state approved boating safety courses. Through The Boating Hub we have focused almost exclusively […]

Learning To Sail In Challenging Conditions – A Better Way To Learn?

Not every developed sailing nation is as large as the USA, where devoted sailors can head south for the winter as ‘Snowbirds’. Most of us have to put up with the climate we have, and for northern European countries and Canada, this means we will have to put up with long periods of snotty weather. […]

The Differences Between Monohulls And Multihulls, And The Courses Available

Posted on April 20, 2015 by under Dinghy Sailing, Sailing Courses, Yacht Racing

Looking at single hulled boats (monohulls) and two or three hulled boats (multihulls) there is the obvious difference of the number of hulls (nah, really?!) but there are also a number of differences in the way they sail. The differences are great enough that it is advisable to do either a Multihull Conversion Course or […]

Make Yourself Useful At Your Sailing Club – Get Qualified!  

All clubs thrive or die by the input of their membership. Last week, for the first family fun race of the season, no one had volunteered as a race official at my club. With 15 sailors turning up, the perfect mix of sun and winds, there could have been some very disappointed sailors until the […]

Stupidity At Sea Doesn’t Just Risk Your Own Life – Learn To Be Safe!

Posted on March 2, 2015 by under Boating, Sailing, Uncategorized

Throughout my writing for The Boating Hub I have made quite a few jokes about how one sailing qualification or another won’t prepare you for a trans oceanic voyage. Whether the top sailing qualification in Luxembourg, or a day sailing certificate from any one of a number of other countries, a basic knowledge of sailing […]

Why Sailing Isn’t Just For The Wealthy

Posted on January 12, 2015 by under Competent Crew, Dinghy Sailing, Sailing, Sailing Courses

When you see the €10 million team Volvo Ocean Race boats going around the world at speed, or the America’s Cup foiling catamarans screaming around San Francisco Bay, you may be forgiven for assuming that sailing is for rich people with nothing better to do with their time. When you realise that 99% of sailors […]

Racers and Cruisers – How To Learn To Be Either Or Both!

Posted on January 5, 2015 by under Day Skipper, Dinghy Sailing, Sailing Courses, Yacht Racing

Lately you’ll have read a lot on this blog about elite racers blasting across the ocean in races such as the Volvo Ocean Race or around the buoys in the America’s Cup. A lot won’t even aspire to sail on one – they just like sailing for sailing’s sake. In general there are two types […]

How to Learn to Sail: A Beginners Guide to Sailing Course Qualifications, Regulations & Licenses

Posted on November 12, 2014 by under Dinghy Sailing, Sailing, Sailing Courses, Yacht Racing

Dream of drifting among the Caribbean Islands with a G&T in hand, watching the world go by, or screaming along Sydney Harbour at the end of a wire on an 18ft Skiff? This eBook will show you how to start on your journey. There’s more to sailing than hauling up the sails and heading on […]

Dinghies Versus Yachts – What’s The Right Boat To Learn To Sail?

Posted on November 11, 2014 by under Buying A Boat, Dinghy Sailing, Sailing

Looking out on the ocean on a typical day you’ll see a huge variety of sailing boats on the water. If you cut out motorboats, rowing boats, kite surfers and windsurfers, and only focus on sailing boats there are two major types you will see – the dinghy and the yacht. Broadly speaking, dinghies are […]

Safety At Sea – What A Sailor Cannot Afford To Ignore

Posted on July 16, 2014 by under Boating, First Aid, RYA, Sailing

The best sailing experiences are those which are done in a safe fashion and in the right conditions – but what are the real essentials of safety at sea? Sailing can be a tricky hobby to participate in if it is not done in a safe way – the sea can be tremendously powerful and […]