The Qualifications Needed to Take Fee Paying Passengers Boating in the UK

Posted on April 18, 2016 by under Boating, Sailing Courses, Sailing Regulations

Owning a boat is an expensive affair. Keeping a 40ft yacht in a South Coast marina can cost £5000 a year, and then you will need to pay insurance and maintenance, as well as hauling it out every year to keep its underside in good condition. It is no wonder that there’s a saying that […]

Our Day On A Sailing Experience Course

Posted on April 4, 2016 by under RYA, Sailing Courses, Sailing Experience Courses

This weekend I took my partner on a sailing experience day with a sailing school in Lymington in the UK. Though the RYA Start Yachting course is two days long, the idea is to let the potential sailor see if they enjoy it. Judging by the conversion of my sailing sceptical partner, perhaps only a […]

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 […]

Youth Sailing Courses – Keeping The Kids Wet And Happy Over Summer

Posted on February 17, 2016 by under Boating, Dinghy Sailing, Sailing Courses

As I grew up, I had a habit of getting wet when I was staying anywhere near the sea, and if it floated I would try to have a go on it – be it canoes (surf or inland water), surf boards, a range of dinghies and even tall ships. Behaving badly on the water […]

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 […]

Ladies Only – Learning To Sail With Other Women

Posted on January 18, 2016 by under Sailing Courses, Yacht Racing

  Sailing has been perceived as a very masculine sport and this can be very off-putting to a woman who may wish to learn to sail. Even though there are a number of women who have made it to the very top of the sport (Ellen MacArthur is a household name in the UK) the […]

The Importance Of Learning Marine Meteorology

Posted on January 4, 2016 by under Motorboats, Passage Planning, Sailing, Sailing Courses

This weekend coming I’m taking my partner on a sailing experience day to see if she could enjoy the sport enough for us to buy a Drascombe Lugger and spend the summer months cruising the Channel and south coast of England. My ideal weather conditions would be a southerly Force 4 in blazing sunshine so […]

Why Learning To Sail In South Africa Could Be A Wise Choice

Posted on December 21, 2015 by under Dinghy Sailing, RYA, Sailing Courses, Yacht Racing

Through my work with The Boating Hub I have come to the understanding that there are two types of sailing nation – the developed sailing nation with a good, structured sail training scheme and the underdeveloped sailing nation that either has none at all or relies upon its elite sailing clubs to get people sailing. […]

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 […]

What Courses Can You Buy The Intermediate Sailor For Christmas?

Posted on November 30, 2015 by under Sailing, Sailing Courses

  Last week we had a jaunt around the world looking at what beginner cruising courses there are available for the man or woman who dreams of going to sea but hasn’t quite taken the leap. This week, we’ll look at those who may have been sailing for a season or two but want to […]

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