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Up your sailing skills with these articles: sailing at night, anchoring under sail, navigation and more.

Sailing knots – the ones you need to know

If you’ve ever found yourself fumbling over a basic sailing knot in the early season, you’re not alone. As the saying goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and it’s not unusual to be rusty after a landlocked winter (Floridians have no excuses). Fortunately, once a knot is committed to muscle memory, it …

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Hydrofoil boats for the rest of us

  Watching foiling boats fly around the America’s Cup race course, is enough to quicken any sailor’s pulse. But unless you’ve got a spare few million kicking around, most hydrofoil boats are still very much out of the average boater’s budget. There are however a few ways to experience the magic of foiling without racing …

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Offshore sailing schools – choosing the right one for you

OFFSHORE SAILING CLASSES – A FAST TRACK TO GETTING BLUEWATER CRUISING EXPERIENCE Considering the time and cost to outfit a bluewater boat, an offshore sailing class is the quickest and cheapest ways to get offshore sailing experience. This is Part II in a series of articles on getting offshore sailing experience from guest blogger TJ of Savvy …

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3 survival at sea stories and what you can learn from them

Harris Norman (35) is a survivalist blogger from San Jose. Today he shares 3 survival at sea stories and what you can learn from them.   Getting lost at sea is a worst-case scenario, there’s no doubt about that. There are so many factors that could end your life at any time – storms, dehydration, …

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Sailing at night: tactics and tips

Sailing at night: tactics and tips As an early-to-bed person, I find a night passage offers special and sublime opportunities for stargazing, precious alone time, and quiet contemplation. However, I’ve also found myself wet, cold, and not-so-quietly contemplating the lights of a ship bearing down on us. Does that tanker see us? Fortunately, after 3,000 …

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Paper or Plastic – a millennial’s perspective on the great chart debate

  Frankly, I’m tired of some older dock hounds telling me I’m irresponsible or crazy for not having a complete set of paper charts on board.  It’s important that people go to sea feeling comfortable and confident and if you need paper charts to feel that way, then by all means take them.  This article …

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