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Preparing for heavy sailing weather before it arrives! By John Jamieson/Sail-World Cruising, 8:57 PM Sat 15 Dec 2012
Safety and preparation go hand-in-hand for heavy weather. Crew, topsides, and below decks need to be readied if you suspect a blow in the offing. Even if it never develops, you will have the peace-of-mind that you, your crew and small sailboat are well prepared for what may come your way. ...[more]

Ocean Cruising preparation - the London Boat Show By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:37 AM Fri 14 Dec 2012
It's aimed at those starting their cruising in Europe, but if you can make it to London in January, and if ever you wanted to step off the coastal cliff and go ocean sailing, the place to be to learn comprehensively is at the London Boat Show in January. ...[more]

What's the minimum your sailing partner should know? By Des Ryan, , 3:17 PM Mon 19 Nov 2012
Some years ago a sailor took his non-sailing girlfriend cruising out into the Pacific Ocean from San Diego for the day. After a pleasant few hours they turned for home. Unexpectedly, in mild weather, he fell overboard. The girlfriend knew so little about the boat that she froze and didn't call for help until the boat washed up on a beach. The sailor was never seen again.. ...[more]

Last minute reminder: Cruising to Hobart with the CYCA By John Keelty/ Sail-World Cruising, 8:47 AM Sun 4 Nov 2012
Another great seminar evening in Sydney to build your cruising skills. 'A Pilot Guide to Cruising to Hobart' is the subject for the information evening at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA)next Tuesday on 6th November for all boat owners and crew who cruise the east coast and Tasmania, including those planning to join the Hobart 2013 Rendezvous cruise in January and February. ...[more]

Calling West Australians - now's your chance to discover sailing! By Sail-World Cruising, , 11:52 AM Sat 27 Oct 2012
Many Australian clubs are moving to build their club memberships and introduce new sailors to the joys of travelling by the wind, and Royal Perth Yacht Club is no different. Their next 'Discover Sailing Day' is on the 4th November, so there's still time tell you friends whom you KNOW would love sailing, to free up their day and be there! ...[more]

Lightning at sea: Myth and Reality By Des Ryan, , 10:08 AM Mon 22 Oct 2012
Lightning strikes, like collisions with whales or floating containers, cannot be planned against if you are already at sea, and thunderstorms are among the most violent forces of nature. Here Des Ryan separates fact from fiction. ...[more]

Cruising Preparation Seminars: Mackay, Brisbane, Newcastle, Hobart + By Nancy Knudsen, 10:38 AM Sat 20 Oct 2012
New Zealand's most successful cruising operation, the Island Cruising Association, has arrived in Australia in the form of its Western Pacific Rally, providing a unique opportunity for Aussie cruising sailors to build on their skills, with a just-announced series of cruising preparation seminars in Mackay, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Hobart. ...[more]

Sailing Navigation Secrets - How to Pass Through a 'Flashing Gate' By John Jamieson, Florida , 4:09 AM Sat 20 Oct 2012
Imagine that you need to enter an unfamiliar channel just after sunset. You have an injured crew aboard and must get him or her to a medical facility as soon as possible. You proceed with caution from buoy to buoy. Up ahead you see a row of blinking yellow lights strung across the channel from bank to bank. There are no other alternative channels, and deadly shoals surround you on both sides. ...[more]

How to predict combination afternoon breezes By John Jamieson, , 4:04 PM Wed 10 Oct 2012
How can you predict the effects of a sea breeze when combined with a coastal wind? Will this mean sail reefing this afternoon or a wind light enough to fly a spinnaker? Learn how to forecast coastal wind effect with these sailing secrets from John Jamieson (Captain John): ...[more]

Seven annual sailing season inspections to save you money! By John Jamieson, 1:40 AM Fri 21 Sep 2012
Did you know that you can save hundreds of dollars on your cruising sailboat by doing seven things once a year? Would you like to have more money for the cruising kitty or for the repair coffers? If you choose cruising, these once-a-year tips are for you. ...[more]

Singapore Sailing Federation: Sail in the City By Sail-World Cruising, , 5:19 PM Mon 17 Sep 2012
While the archipelagos of South East Asia have a rich history of sailing for transport and fishing, modern leisure sailing has been slow to take off. The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) is now doing something about that, by offering sailing in the middle of Singapore's thriving business district. ...[more]

Classic Asymmetric Sail Mistakes - And How to Avoid Them By Wiley Nautical/Sail-World, , 5:15 PM Sat 15 Sep 2012
Using asymmetric sails is not only for racing sailors. Cruising sailors on long journeys with good conditions and the wind behind are often tempted to use a gennaker. And getting the MPS wrapped around the hull is not a good incident at any time. In this article from the book Asymmetric Sailing Andy Rice shows how avoid some of the classic mistakes when sailing with a gennaker. ...[more]

Loving your dinghy - Tips in dinghy dexterity By Nancy Knudsen, , 12:22 PM Thu 26 Jul 2012
When going sailing, for a day or a year, it's easy to pay all your attention to getting your boat and sailing skills right and forget to consider the pitfalls of dinghy ownership. A dinghy is your vital connection between boat and shore, and it is wise to consider the issues. ...[more]

Flotilla Sailing Holiday increases the sailing skills By ASA/Sail-World Cruising, 10:22 AM Wed 25 Jul 2012
Wanting to have a holiday and build your sailing skills as well? There's nothing like a flotilla sailing holiday to fill the bill, or, for more intensive instruction, a Sailing Week in a single port. ...[more]

Boat Docking Classic event attracts the champions By Sail-World Cruising, , 5:19 PM Mon 23 Jul 2012
How are your boat docking skills? Whether you have a sailing or power boat, getting safely into the dock is a serious undertaking. A mistake that you make on the ocean is rarely witnessed by anyone, but coming into the dock can sometimes be the most nerveous event of the day, potentially boat-damaging, and made more nerve-racking if there are crowds watching on. ...[more]

Jackstays and Jacklines: The options for the cruising sailor By Sail-World Cruising, , 4:06 PM Fri 20 Jul 2012
How should Jackstays or Jacklines be used on a yacht most effectively? Should they be taut and act as a ‘third leg’ to steady a person moving along deck while holding their tether tightly in hand? Or should the Jackline and tether be there to catch a person should they fall? What should they be made of? ...[more]

Ambition to be a serious boat builder? Here's your chance By Sail-World Cruising, , 5:43 AM Fri 6 Jul 2012
Love sailing, love your boat, love to be a serious boat builder? Here's your opportunity find out more about one of the world's finest boat building schools, located in Rhode Island (no it doesn't matter if you're not an American citizen.) If you are interested in learning more about the IYRS’s full-time Certificate and Continuing Education programs, go for a tour of the facility. ...[more]

Long Distance Sailing Seminar, 18th August, London By Cruising Association, , 6:06 AM Tue 3 Jul 2012
If you are thinking of undertaking a long distance voyage any time soon and are within reach of London by 18th August, this is a seminar you won't want to miss. The Cruising Associations (CA) Blue Water Section, is organising a Long Distance Sailing Seminar to be held at the CA headquarters in London’s Limehouse Basin on 18 August 2012 ...[more]

RYA and marinas: Berthing without embarrassment By Sail-World Cruising/RYA, , 7:17 AM Sun 6 May 2012
I've heard it said that sailing across an ocean is sometimes not as nerve racking as getting into a difficult berth without embarrassment. Just the fact that other boat owners are watching nervously is enough to put you off, not to mention the other marina wanderers who have nothing else to do but watch the berthing skills of the latest arrival. So one UK marina, with the RYA, has taken action ...[more]

Keep the romance in sailing with 10 common sense tips By John Jamieson (and anonymous delivery skipper), , 12:30 PM Mon 16 Apr 2012
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 ...[more]

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