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Using a jocky pole By Grant Headifen, Nauticed/Sail-World, 7:35 AM Fri 1 Jul 2011
There are many reasons why a cruising boat would want to go faster than usual - to beat a storm at sea or to get somewhere before dark. How well does your boat do on a beam or a broad reach? If the answer is 'not very well', then there's a way of using spinnaker to make your boat perform better - using it like a gennaker. But that's where the problem can arise, solved by the jockey pole. ...[more]


Lightning - myth and reality By Commanders' Weather Corporation, 7:21 AM Sun 19 Jun 2011
Lightning strikes fear into the heart of even the most experienced cruising sailor, fisher or boater with much written about how to protect your boat and you when threatened. However, over the years myths have grown about lightning which have become wide-spread, and here Commanders' Weather Corporation dispels some of them: ...[more]


Ten Tips to prepare for a lightning strike on a sailing boat By BoatUS Seaworthy Magazine, , 11:04 AM Mon 30 May 2011
Lightning strikes can bring fear to the heart of even the most experienced of sailors. While a storm at sea may bring difficult conditions from wind and sea state, the experienced sailor has a range of techniques for avoiding disaster. However, lightning is another story. BoatUS' Seaworthy Magazine has these tips: ...[more]


The Ten Golden Watchkeeping Rules By Captain John Jamieson, 8:30 PM Wed 25 May 2011
How good are you at keeping watch? What makes a valuable underway watchstander? Are you wondering why you weren't invited back after that last passage? Here Captain John Jamieson gives ten golden rules about how to be the best watch keeper and a good friend to your crew mates (even if there is only one) Check your own skills against this list: ...[more]


Sailing instructor suspended after sail training venture goes wrong By Sail-World Cruising, 8:45 AM Sun 8 May 2011
A red-faced sailing instructor said he 'totally understood' being suspended after leading four very experienced laser dinghy sailors close to some of the most treacherous waters off the southern coastline of England, the Portland Tidal Race, which can run at eight knots during spring tides. ...[more]


Boating skills simulator - and all free By BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World, , 11:23 AM Tue 3 May 2011
Simulators are a great way of skill building before the real thing, and BoatUS Foundation's new Boating simulator can give you hours of fun while you are learning skills without pain. The best thing is, it's all free, you don't have to be a member of BoatUS, and you don't have to even be in the USA! Granted there's no sailing, but the skills you'll practice are all highly valuable to any skipper. ...[more]


Online then Sailing Holiday - the newest way to learn to sail By Lee Mylchreest, 4:03 PM Sun 6 Mar 2011
One way to learn to sail is to turn up regularly at the local sailing school. Another is to turn up at the local yacht club every sailing day and hope a yacht is missing crew. But if neither method is practical for you, there's another way, growing in popularity. It's the 'Online and then take a sailing holiday' way - time efficiency combined with exotic holidaying in a fabulous sailing location. ...[more]


Learn or upgrade sailing skills with a holiday in Greece By Ozgur Tore/Sail-World, 9:09 AM Fri 18 Feb 2011
So you want to learn to sail or maybe improve your sailing skills? Why do it at home? Why not do it in an exotic sailing location and enjoy a fabulous holiday at the same time? Got a non-sailing partner? They will have a fabulous time too - and it's all happening in Greece. ...[more]


Cruising skill seminars for New Zealand sailors By John Martin/Sail-World Cruising, , 12:18 PM Fri 11 Feb 2011
If you're anywhere near Auckland in New Zealand and want to upgrade your cruising skills, the Island Cruising Association has two great cruising preparation seminars coming up in the near future. Sailing your boat is just one of the many skills needed for successful passage-making, and these seminars cover everything that a sailing school doesn't! ...[more]


Voyaging with Velella: Dragging anchor in crowded La Cruz By Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association, 9:27 AM Fri 11 Feb 2011
The American Sailing Association's Meghan Cleary, her partner Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics, currently sailing the west coast of Mexico. An unattended yacht dragging in the anchorage can ruin your whole day, particularly if it's heading for you! ...[more]


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