‘Dodging ships can feel like being a chicken crossing a very busy motorway’

3 weeks 3 days ago

It seemed odd when container vessels mysteriously started keeping clear of Peter Webb’s yacht, but the AIS-related answer only appeared in harbour.

Crossing the North Sea in a small boat usually involves a lot of dodging large shipping, but this passage was mysteriously different Photo: Peter Webb

The North Sea at night: I love it. It can turn wild, like any mountain or desert, but that’s not …Continue reading »

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Sailing around 3,500 miles on the 1917 schooner Oosterschelde: Training in a time warp

3 weeks 4 days ago

Nick Quirke answered the call for some adventurous hands-on schooner training, with no experience necessary to sail around 3,500 miles from Cape Verde to Rotterdam.

Oosterschelde moored at Faial. Photo: Nick Quirke

I have always wanted to sail on a tall ship; to experience night watches on the high seas, to make …Continue reading »

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Expert guide: how to tune the rig of a yacht

1 month 4 weeks ago

Ivar Dedekam is the author of Illustrated Sail & Rig Tuning brings us this guide on how to tune the rig of a yacht and make your sailing better

Know how to rig a preventer system - the crew of this yacht got it wrong, resulting in a broken boom. Photo: Heather Prentice

It is important to have a correctly tuned rig. Boats that have poorly tuned rigs are slower, point lower, heel …Continue reading »

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How to get your boat home if you experience an engine failure

2 months ago

We rely on the engine a huge amount, but when it stops, do you know how you would get yourself back on track and into harbour? Rachael Sprot works through the options

Yachts engines are like bodies; we only appreciate them when they stop working. On more than one occasion last year, …Continue reading »

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Rachael Sprot

How to optimise sail trim

2 months 2 weeks ago

The author of Illustrated Sail & Rig Tuning, Ivar Dedekam, provides his expert advice on how best to optimise sail trim

High performance cruising yachts
that are comfortable, fast and easy to handle do exist!

It is difficult to describe ‘correct’ sail shape, but the three most important things to consider are: sail draft (the …Continue reading »

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The sailing rules you can ignore… and those you can’t: an expert guide

2 months 3 weeks ago

Andy Du Port explores which rules need to be followed to the letter to avoid collisions at sea and considers those which can be safely ignored

Saying ‘International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea’ is something of a mouthful, let alone learning all of …Continue reading »

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Andy Pag

‘We suddenly heard a loud noise from the engine. We had no idea what it was and it got us worried ’

3 months 1 week ago

After the engine breakdown on board his Nicholson 35 Lady Blue in the Kiel Canal, one of the busiest commercial channels in the world, Harry Dekkers explains how they resolved the situation

The Kiel Canal provides a convenient shortcut between the North Sea and the Baltic, or as the Germans call it, …Continue reading »

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