How to use a dinghy outboard

4 days 2 hours ago

All sailors who use dinghies come across challenges such as the contortions required to get a dinghy outboard onto the transom. Rachael Sprot shares her advice and top tips

Handing characteristics vary depending on the dinghy outboard. Credit: Rachael Sprot

All sailors who use dinghies come across challenges such as the contortions required to get a dinghy outboard onto the transom. Rachael Sprot shares her advice and top tips

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Rachael Sprot

Sailing to France: what you need to know

1 week 4 days ago

If you are sailing to France, here is what you need to know to avoid immigration and customs headaches for a smooth entry and exit from the country

The Cruising Association and the RYA are advising cruisers from the UK to arrive and depart from France via an official Port of Entry. Credit: Getty

If you are sailing to France, here is what you need to know to avoid immigration and customs headaches for a smooth entry and exit from the country

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Katy Stickland

Anchoring a boat near shore: how close can I get?

3 weeks 4 days ago

Do you know how close you can get when anchoring a boat near shore? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

Would you know how close you can anchor to the beach to ensure you stay afloat? Credit: Loop Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Do you know how close you can get when anchoring a boat near shore? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

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James Stevens

Anchoring skills: expert advice to improve your knowledge

4 weeks 2 days ago

YM instructor Rachael Sprot steps aboard to help. This month Sophia Lagus and crew want to… anchor off the beaten track with confidence and improve their anchoring skills

Anchoring is one of the greatest joys of sailing, yet for many people the sound of the chain rattling over …Continue reading »

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Rachael Sprot

Broken mast in the North Atlantic: one solo sailor’s story

1 month ago

They say bad things happen in threes. Sailing solo in the North Atlantic, Rob Henshall loses windvane self steering, then electronic autopilot and wonders what’s next

Maria approaching
Porto Santo, Madeira. Credit: Rob Henshall

They say bad things happen in threes. Sailing solo in the North Atlantic, Rob Henshall loses windvane self steering, then electronic autopilot and wonders what’s next

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Katy Stickland

Canal cruising in France: how to prepare the boat & crew

1 month 1 week ago

When Nic Compton decided to take his family and their boat to the Mediterranean ‘as the crow flies’, he embarked on a steep learning curve to get boat and crew ready

A yacht with its masts on deck cruises
along the Canal du Midi at Argeliers
near Capestang, South of France. Credit: Peter Titmuss/Alamy Stock Photo

When Nic Compton decided to take his family and their boat to the Mediterranean ‘as the crow flies’, he embarked on a steep learning curve to get boat and crew ready

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Nic Compton

Practical guide to life at sea for sailors

1 month 1 week ago

There’s more to skippering than navigation, and caring for your crew is at the top of the list, when it comes to life at sea. Pete Goss offers his guide

Provisioning ate a lot of the budget. Credit: James Mitchell/WCC

Navigation and boat handling are all well and good, but overlook the practicalities of keeping your crew fed, warm, safe …Continue reading »

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Pete Goss

Apparent wind: How to predict it and use it to your advantage

1 month 2 weeks ago

Predicting changes in apparent wind will make you a safer, faster sailor, says Martin Watts

Knowing what to do when the apparent wind changes could be the difference between accelerating smoothly and broaching badly. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

Predicting changes in apparent wind will make you a safer, faster sailor, says Martin Watts

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Katy Stickland

‘We were within seconds of striking rocks in the Swinge’

1 month 3 weeks ago

Octogenarian adventurer Peter Baylis gets a scare in the Channel Islands when sailing to Alderney via the Swinge

Alderney's idyllic Arch Beach belies the often treacherous sea conditions around the island. Credit: Getty

Octogenarian adventurer Peter Baylis gets a scare in the Channel Islands when sailing to Alderney via the Swinge

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Katy Stickland

Expert advice: boating food

2 months ago

Once again we've gathered our Yachting Monthly panel of experts to provide their top tips for boaters and sailors. This month, all about boating food.

Sorting food stores before a long passage is standard practice, but it is worth considering for short trips too

When it comes to boating food what you are likely to eat, or plan on eating, will depend entirely on …Continue reading »

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Katy Stickland

Expert advice: improvements on deck

2 months 1 week ago

The Yachting Monthly panel of experts have come together to provide you their best tops for improvements on deck

Make sure you check out before leaving France to avoid overstaying in the Schengen Zone. Credit: Getty

When we at Yachting Monthly review new and used boats, one of the key things our testers are looking at …Continue reading »

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Katy Stickland

Expert advice: mooring a boat

2 months 3 weeks ago

We gathered together a panel of experts to bring you their top advice on mooring a boat from security to skills and protection

You can moor in the heart of the city when cruising Newcastle. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Mooring a boat can be difficult for even the most experienced yacht owner, and for those who are just starting …Continue reading »

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Katy Stickland

Surviving a storm in harbour: lessons learned

2 months 3 weeks ago

After experiencing a storm in harbour while moored in Sicily, Trevor McIlwaine asks himself - do I really like to be beside the seaside?

The normally idyllic visitors' marina in Licata, Sicily, transformed into a seething cauldron as the tempest hit. Credit: Trevor Mcllwaine

After surviving a storm in harbour while moored in Sicily, Trevor McIlwaine asks himself - do I really like to be beside the seaside?

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Katy Stickland

Yacht Radar: How to find your way in any weather

3 months 1 week ago

YM instructor Rachael Sprot steps aboard to help. This month, Sophia Lagus and crew want to learn how to use their yacht radar for pilotage and navigation

If you can see a ship's waterline it's 3 miles away or less. At a modest 18 knots, it will reach you in 10 minutes. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

To the uninitiated, radar can seem like a dark art. The splurge of blobs would look more at home in …Continue reading »

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Rachael Sprot
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