sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Keep the romance in sailing with 10 common sense tips
Keep the romance in sailing with 10 common sense tips

'Keep the romance in sailing with ten practical tips.'    .

Cruising sailing is not all about electronic gear, navigation, even sail plans...and the sailing won't go on being romantic unless backed up with practicality. These common sense tips come from a delivery sailor, who, like a cruising sailor, is not backward about wanting the magic of sailing without stress. The tips have developed over many years of passage sailing.

If you sail offshore or along the coast, there are certain pieces of sailing gear or techniques that will make your sailing easier. I want to pass along to you ten things that I discovered that can make a big difference in comfort and sailing safety for you and your sailing crew.



1. Sailing Knife with Lanyard:
Wear a knife every moment you are aboard any boat--in a marina or an ocean! Attach a lanyard for superior security.

It continues to baffle me that many sailors will step aboard a boat without the proper sailing gear attached to their person.

Make the simple sailing knife with lanyard a 'must have'.

Loop it through your belt before you set foot on any cruising or racing sailboat - in a marina, lake, bay, river, or ocean!

It has a hundred uses aboard any boat...

And could save your life if you fall over the side with a line or sheet wrapped around your foot!

2. Quick Drying Sailing Shorts:
'I need help right now!' came the call from the cockpit early one morning. The boat was heeled like a drunken sailor, flattened by a powerful squall. We grabbed our foul weather jackets and dashed up the companionway to the cockpit. We needed to get the furling Genoa and mainsail reefed. By the time we were done, our sailing shorts were soaked.

Now, if you are anything like me, I love my sailing shorts. But they're cotton, which retains water. The better sailing shorts are made of lighter weight synthetics that dry faster and help keep moisture away from your skin.

Carry the cotton for dry days, but pitch in a few synthetic shorts with belt loops (to hold your knife) too. You will stay dryer and more comfortable when the wet stuff comes your way.

3. Sailing Shoes with Traction:
Purchase shoes that will grip a morning-dew or spray coated deck. And will dry fast when soaked. Nothing quite makes a sailor as miserable as feet encased in wet shoes. Save money with a top brand sports shoe with synthetic uppers and superior traction soles.

4. Long Sleeve Summer-weight Shirts:
SPF 30 long-sleeve summer shirts? You bet. The newer line of microfiber synthetics has come a long way with material that's super lightweight, wicks sweat from your skin, covers your arms for protection, and looks good enough to hit the yacht club bar.

Columbia makes a great long-sleeve shirt that's perfect for sailing. It was tested on several hot, sultry days with heat indexes over 100 degrees and kept us cool and comfortable.

5. Full Finger Sailing Gloves:
Wear sailing gloves that cover all except the ends of your fingertips. These offer great protection against 'rope burn'.
Unless you are one of those fortunate sailors that spend lots of time at sea, or racing or cruising inland waters, you will need to contend with soft hands. Sailing involves handling lots of sailing rope from halyards to sheets to anchor line.

And without protection, you can get a nasty condition known as 'rope burn'. The skin sears away from the insides of your fingers as if grated by a cheese-grater.

Protect yourself with a full finger (also called 3/4 finger) sailing gloves. These cover all except the tips of your fingers and give you good protection on any size cruising or racing sailboat.

6. Hands-free Headband Light:
Need to check or work on your diesel engine after dark? Or check the set of the Genoa while on watch? Or make a log entry and plot a GPS fix on the mid-watch without waking the tired sailing crew? Enter the wondrous headband light.

Go to any camping or sports department store or section in a super store like Walmart, and you can pick up a battery operated LED headband light for just a few dollars. Make sure it has a red filter toggle switch to keep your night vision in tact. These lights are reliable, water resistant, and have long battery life.

7. Quick Energy Pre-bagged Snacks:
Expect your crew--and yourself--not to be feeling 100% the first 48 hours or so underway. After all, we are land beings, not sea creatures. Veterans and novices alike experience different levels of mal-de-mar at the onset of a voyage.

Before you cast off, make up several small bags of high energy snacks full of dried fruit, seeds, nuts along with a few bags of bite-sized high energy meat products like jerky.

This will provide plenty of nourishment for long watches, high energy for sail changes or winch grinding, and keep you clear of the cabin to lessen the effects of the seasick blues.

Harnesses and jacklines should use bale operated clips. These can be opened and closed with one hand (yellow arrow), allowing you to hold on with the other. Test bales to make sure they snap back in place when released.

8. Safety Tethers and Jacklines with Secure Clips:
Would you trust your life to a tether? These four to six foot pieces of sailing rope or webbing attach to your safety harness.

In rough weather, you use the clip on the the end of the tether to hook on to the jackline (a long piece of line or webbing that runs from bow to stern).

The combination of tether and jackline keeps you attached to a heeling, pitching deck if you need to go forward to reef the mainsail, repair a jammed furling drum line, or change out a headsail.

Always test the clip integrity on your harness and the jackline (see illustration). After many years of use, the bale mechanism can fail to close all the way.

On this delivery, we found two harnesses with failed bales that allowed the clip to stay opened when released. 'Trust but verify' all sailing safety gear--before you use it!

9. Inflatable PFD with Integrated Harness:
Spend the extra money for an Inflatable harness with the sailing harness built in to the vest. Make sure the harness has oversized, super strong D-rings. An integrated harness means you won't need to wear a separate sailing harness in addition to your life vest.

Before you buy, test the vest for comfort and fit. Squat down (as if grinding on a halyard or sheet winch), raise your hands above your head (as if hauling down the mainsail for reefing). If you like how your vest fits, you won't mind wearing it in any type of sailing weather.

10. Microfiber Watch Caps:
Even during the brutal heat of summer, evenings and nights at sea can be cooler than you ever expected. Squalls or showers can add to the discomfort, even in full foul weather gear. A close fitting watch cap can make the difference in comfort and warmth.

Select one of the lightweight, microfiber variety, like those made by Under Armour. They will keep you warm, wick away sweat from the scalp, provide comfort when wet, and dry super fast.

John Jamieson (Captain John) teaches sailing skippers the no-nonsense cruising skills they need beyond sailing school. Sign up for his highly popular free sailing tips newsletter here. Become a member for instant access to 425+ articles, video tutorials, newsletters, and free eBooks.

Did you like this article? If you are not a Sail-World subscriber already, did you know that you can keep up with all the news from the world of the cruising sailor with a weekly news hit? It's totally free, as all our income is from the advertisers.

Once you subscribe, all the non-racing news comes to you in one easy to read news magazine, right to your inbox. AND it's up to date, so you don't have to wait for the end of the month to find out what's going on. You can even subscribe a friend. Click here now!


by John Jamieson (and anonymous delivery skipper)

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96128

1:30 AM Mon 16 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

31 Mar 2012  CYCA Medical Management for Mariners 8th May, 2011
30 Mar 2012  Do You Know These Five 'Time-to-Reef' Signals?
29 Feb 2012  The onboard briefing - is yours good enough?
27 Feb 2012  'Beyond First Aid' - vital course for sailors in Sydney
25 Feb 2012  Turn dreams into your future career in Rhode Island
15 Feb 2012  Royal Yachting Association courses - online survey
11 Feb 2012  Stranded British sail trainees offered rescue from Ondeck
27 Jan 2012  Skill-building seminars for New Zealand cruising sailors
22 Jan 2012  How to get a tall mast under a small bridge
20 Jan 2012  Annapolis School of Seamanship - Third annual cruisers' workshop.
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef by Sail-World.com/nz and Volvo OR Media
The Volvo65, Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off St Brandon, on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. the yacht has been hoisted aboard a Maersk shipping line vessel, after being dragged over the reef and into the lagoon on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. ... [more]  

Andrea Francolini was on the water with the US supermaxi, RIO 100 during offshore training session before the Boxing Day Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature by John Curnow
It is one of the other lines from the theme song of our little time with Terry Thomas and the gang. However, the real thing is that not only are the Moths quick, over the time since they began to get up on foils, the fleet has compacted up. Another crucial element to add, is that all craft also get a result, even if they do not complete all the laps. The latter is a lot better than a DNF. ... [more]  

The 'super-bacteria' are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics. Researchers found the bacteria in samples taken from Flamengo beach. Nearly 70% of sewage in Rio - a city of some 10 million people - is spilled raw into the waters of Guanabara Bay. The bacteria were found in samples taken from several locations along the Carioca river. ... [more]  

‘We don’t expect children to ride adult bikes when they can’t touch the ground, so why do we expect them to sail adult boats when they can’t control as they should. We didn’t want this for our children so set about trying to develop a boat that addresses this problem. ... [more]  

The eventful sailing summer will carry on into 2015. In addition to the established annual regatta events, we will see 2015 the J/80 World Championships a week after Kieler Woche, to be followed by the F18 Worlds. Die Notices of Race for YES, Kieler Woche, the J/80 Worlds and F18 Worlds are now accessible online. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic 2014 Race Lanzarote-Grenada: An international fleet of yachts took part, with crew from at least 12 different countries racing magnificent Maxis, crewed by top professional sailors, as well as production yachts crewed by friends and family. For all the yachts, the adventure started long before the start line. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. Shane Smart was sent to cover the recovery operation and filed these images ... [more]  

Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London was announced as the first winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy with the best elapsed time under IRC. Class winners received an engraved crystal decanter and all competitors present received a special edition bottle of Westerhall Plantation Rum, with the insignia of the RORC Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

Qingdao, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host some of the world’s finest sailors for the third consecutive year from 14-20 September 2015 with the 2016 dates to be confirmed. Spots for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 27 October to 1 November 2015, will be at stake as well as World Cup bragging rights. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A bashing, crashing and punishing first night at sea could well decide the outcome in the race for line honours in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The 117 yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart will face an early test this year, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasting a sharp 20 to 25 knot southerly change on Boxing Day afternoon not long after the start. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Just a few days out from Boxing Day and the buzz around the docks of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is that Ray Roberts is looking like a very good bet to win this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There’s no doubt the returned soldiers aboard Spirit of Mateship and Southern Excellence II are the kind of blokes you want around if things went horribly wrong – and for that matter, you want them for the good stuff too – because they are top blokes. ... [more]  

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series: This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, is proving to be a huge attraction for overseas entries with over 20 already signed and more than 50 boats expected overall. One of the biggest draws is the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race (21 January), a 60 nautical mile ocean race round the island. There are currently 14 established records in this race. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race: The challenges of racing as a duo, not just seeking to perform at the highest level over a period of 90 to 100 days but actually co-habiting in a small, confined space whilst also experiencing extremes of discomfort – wet, damp, tired, hot, cold, emotional and physical. Here Ken Way gives an insight into how he helps the relationship between the two skippers work. ... [more]  

Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark concedes that a Rolex Sydney Hobart isn’t the ideal first race for such a big, complex machine, but: 'I am married to an Australian, and I’ve seen the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart a number of times. ... [more]  

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta are proud to announce that Cruzan Rum and Presidente beer, distributed by Glazer’s Premier Distributors, LLC, will provide major sponsorship in support for the 2015 regatta. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Warwick Sherman never really wanted to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart, he’d done plenty of ocean racing, but bashing his way across Bass Strait to get to Tasmania just didn't grab him. Perversely, all that changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. ... [more]  

The second stage of the Soto 40 South American Tour is coming up next and will be held in Algarrobo, Chile from 24 - 31 January. More than eight yachts are expected to take part in the Chille Sailing Week, a competition noted for its level of competition and close racing, where success is characterized by consistency, precision and teamwork. ... [more]  

The Flying Dutchman, regarded as one of the finest and fastest one-design dinghy classes ever designed, will return to Sydney Harbour en masse when the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron conducts the Australian and World championships, starting next week. ... [more]  

The International Moth Class isn't exactly a new sailing class, yet the learning curve would have to be one of the steepest out there. Moths have been on foils for almost 10 years, yet besides talking to fellow moth sailors, there isn't a lot of information out there to help you master the skills and techniques needed to fly ... [more]  

America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Australia’s premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman. ... [more]  

An initiative by the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) led to collaboration with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and ultimately the creation of a new superyacht handicapping rule - the ORC SuperYacht Rule (ORCsy). ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ocean sailors are daft; why else would you think it a good idea to take a modern ocean racing yacht around the world on her own bottom to compete in lots and lots of races, some thousands of miles long? ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The island is off the NSW south coast, 155 nautical miles south of Sydney’s South Head and about 6 nm south-east of Narooma. Its lighthouse, built of granite quarried on the island, began operating in 1881. The island is a protected nature reserve. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hundreds of Australian sailors spend their lives trying to win the Tattersall’s Cup; year after year they declare in Hobart that this was their last Rolex Sydney Hobart - definitely - for sure. But 12 months later you spot them again at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, tinkering with their pride and joy and nervously eying off Boxing Day ... [more]  

America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ... [more]  

Antigua Sailing Week 2015 by Antigua Sailing Week
If you haven't been to Antigua Sailing Week for some years Antigua Sailing Week have a quick overview for you of what has changed and what makes it worth the journey along with information on bareboat and race charters, multihulls and challenges for 2015. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race: The three-man team on Sérénade was the final yacht to complete the inaugural race. Having spent over 18 days at sea, the crew were understandably tired but Denis Villotte, Alain Houchard and Pit Porta were smiling from ear to ear in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. A large welcoming party had gathered to greet them. ... [more]  

2017 J/80 World Championships: The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) has an active J/80 fleet and attracts many more of the class to its summer series of regattas run annually from May through to September, in addition to match racing J/80s in the annual Grade 2 Match Cup. ... [more]  

Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Sydney sailing sports photographer, Beth Morley was on Sydney Harbour, capturing images of the Friday night racing, when a luxury launch caught fire nearby. I was out photographing the Ransa Sailing yacht race this evening when I saw smoke coming from the back of a large cruise boat around the back of Sow and Pigs (reef) area towards Middle Head. ... [more]  

Clipper Race skipper to receive prestigious US award
OK Dinghy Worlds - Preview 2: Overindulgence in sailing fun
America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault
Sydney Hobart Race - Crew prepares for a game of 'Snakes and Ladders'
WPA Race Season - Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge preview
Comanche in the Solas Big Boat Challenge - Images by Andrea Francolini
Sunbrella Fabrics supports US Olympic and Paralympic Sailors
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Mauritius as Vestas Wind salvage begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Martinez leaves Mapfre for Leg 3 to China
Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson back on the atoll to retrieve Vestas Wind
America's Cup: Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director again
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Clipper Race to enter 12-strong fleet
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 16 show
Pogo 40, Bingo completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Safety Requirements published
Int'l 14 World Championships - Defending champion expects tight racing
WWA Wake Park World Series - Daniel Grant and Aaron Gunn make history
US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Highlights video from Port Philip
Bart’s Bash raises huge total for international sailing charity   
Optim'X (FRA) completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014   
Perpetual Loyal unveils 1120 square metre A2 for Rolex Sydney Hobart   
ISAF SWC Melbourne – Girls’ Day Out *Feature   
Website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna is launched   
Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas   
Clipper Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to mentor young South African   
IFDS Worlds 2014 New Video Memories - Halifax is just a click away!   
McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2015 - Must see, seriously fun event   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature   
Successful St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up at Kim Sha Beach   
US Sailing releases Rio 2016 Olympic Trials System   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Oldies return   
Volvo Ocean Race sets up independent inquiry into Vestas Wind disaster   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel: sweet victory   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Apollo 7 touch down   
2014 OK Dinghy Worlds Preview one - Last but not least   
Melges 24 Christmas Sprint Series - Christmas comes early for Red Mist   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 8 - Superb podium finish for Realteam   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT