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 […]

Forget GPS – Learn Manual Navigation!

Posted on March 7, 2016 by under Boat maintenance, navigation, Passage Planning

  Last week it came out that the US Navy has added celestial navigation to its officer training programme again. The Royal Navy learned this the hard way recently with its newest ships losing all power at random times due to a design fault and being unable to navigate in sometimes awkward situations! With routine […]

Atlantic Yacht Delivery – The Right Way and Wrong Way To Do It!

Posted on February 1, 2016 by under Day Skipper, Mile Building, navigation, Sailing, Sailing Courses

In the last week I have run into two transatlantic yacht delivery stories that have opened my eyes, but for two very different reasons. Two people best described as ‘suicidal idiots’ made international news for having to be rescued nine times before even getting out of European waters while moving their yacht from Norway to Maine. This is the […]

4 Boating Courses To Consider During The Winter Months

With even the hardiest winter regatta series drawing to a close as autumnal storms start to make sailing uncomfortable for complete sailing nuts, now is the time to put your boat ashore for the winter. You don’t have to join a crochet class or get involved in your town council’s local politics to keep your […]

Light Airs Sailing – 4 Skills To Learn To Tackle Dead Calms

Posted on August 17, 2015 by under Boat maintenance, navigation, Passage Planning, Sailing

All sailors have fond memories of a brilliant reach they have done in 10 – 12 knots of wind, sat on the windward rail with a beer in hand, watching the coast scream by as their yacht goes as quick as it is designed to go. Add in some sunshine and you have perfect sailing […]

Why Learning Both Inshore & Offshore Sailing Makes You A Better Sailor

Posted on August 10, 2015 by under Dinghy Sailing, navigation, Sailing, Sailing Courses

There are two forms of sailing – inshore racing and offshore sailing. To be the best sailor it helps to gain experience of both as they compliment each other. This piece will look at what you will get out of each type of sailing discipline and why learning them both together, you will be a […]

What Certifications Are Required On UK and European Inland Waterways?

From a sailor’s or landlubber’s point of view, motor cruising seems easy enough – get everyone aboard, make sure the beer is cool, turn the key and set the ‘d-sail’. Off you go! Right…? Wrong, actually. There are a number of things to consider before you set foot on any vessel, and it is advisable […]

3 Short Boating Courses To Consider Ahead Of A Longer Passage  

Posted on March 31, 2015 by under First Aid, navigation, Passage Planning, Sailing Courses

Going to sea is ultimately about self reliance. The further you plan to go the less of a chance of being bailed out should you really get into trouble. Even the fastest rescue helicopters can only go 150mph so 300 miles out to sea you’re 2 hours from being rescued, and they are limited in […]

Mathematics – Core To Good Passage Making

Posted on March 16, 2015 by under navigation, Passage Planning, Uncategorized

A lot of learning to be a good sailor is to get your head around the mathematics of a passage. Whether predicting where you will be on crossing a tidal stream or factoring in leeway into an upwind passage, or working out where to stow your provisions for a trip to effectively balance your boat, […]

Weather Forecasting – An Important Skill Of The Seafarer

Posted on March 9, 2015 by under navigation, Passage Planning, Sailing

If you’re from the temperate climes of the northern hemisphere, having a good grip on what the weather is doing is a core skill in being able to plan a passage out to sea. In northern Europe, processions of gales frequently wreck your plans for a trip out to sea, where even in the Mediterranean […]