Moving My Family onto a Sailboat During COVID!

Ferry Crossing Between The UK and Spain

When we planned our motorhome tour to Europe, our only fixed points were a Ferry from Portsmouth to St-Malo in France and a return Ferry a few weeks later from Bilbao in Spain. We travelled with P & O on the old Pride of Bilbao and this particular ship and route was withdrawn by P & O in September 2010. This our experience of the ferry crossing between the UK and Spain.

How to Find Latitude and Longitude on a Nautical Chart

Any GPS receiver will find Latitude and Longitude along your sailing routes at any moment. But as a skipper, have you plotted this information onto a nautical chart to check your position? Boost your sailing navigation skills to the next level with this vital sailing skill!

RYA Courses – It Can Be a Family Thing

Committing to sailing courses may give all your family members numerous years of satisfaction. When you finish doing RYA courses, you’ll be able to become your family’s day skipper. And your loved ones can work together working as a team, and travel the waters.

Sailing Safety Equipment – Emergency Locator Beacons, an Introduction

As more people spend time on leisure activities the number of people sailing is also increasing. For those looking to set sail on boats larger than the smallest dinghy the use of a location device which can alert the authorities and send your location in case of an emergency is not only useful but could be the difference between life and death.

Learn to Sail for Newbies – Can You “See” the Sailing Wind?

If you are anything like me, when you first learn to sail, it can be a bit confusing to “see” or visualize just where the wind comes from. You might learn how to use sail telltales–short pieces of yarn or ribbon that attach to the leading edge of a sail. But there’s a much better way that will make you a better, more independent sailor. And you will be much more in tune with the wind and waves.

Cowes Regatta and Waverley Park Campsite

In this article the author visits Cowes Regatta on The Isle of Wight. Whilst there she stayed in her motorhome at Waverley Park campsite. Cowes Regatta is part of what is known as ‘Cowes Week’ in early August each year.

How to Reef a Main Sail in Five Easy Steps!

Did you know that you can get your boat to sail better and faster when you reef the main sail? You might think that reefing sails was just for sailing in heavy winds. But often, your boat will sail smoother, faster, and easier with this simple, easy-to-use technique. Here are five fast steps to put this super sailing technique into play on your sailboat today!

Learn to Sail for Newbies – Running Before the Wind in Seven Simple Steps

If you want to learn to sail like a pro, you will want to spend a lot of time running before the wind–which means you have the wind blowing over the stern of the boat. This can be sailing’s most relaxing point of sail. But it also requires a lot of good concentration by the person steering the boat. Follow these seven simple sailing tips.

Summer Is the Best Time for a Bahamas Yacht Charter

Don’t wait for the snow to fall to consider a Bahamas yacht charter. Summer is the perfect time of year to go on a vacation in the Bahamas.

Sailboat Hardware

Most developments in marine hardware design and manufacture are driven by the needs of racing yachts, so the optimum performance hardware design for winches, for example, is one which will never compromise the strength of the winches to save weight. Advanced materials and traditional materials are all used, bronze winches, and aluminium winches. Chromed bronze or stainless steel winches will outlast aluminium, but for most sailors, with cleaning and greasing, the aluminium winches will last a lifetime.

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