How hull shape affects comfort at sea

6 days 8 hours ago

Understanding how your hull shape responds to waves will keep you and your crew safe and comfortable in a blow, says Julian Wolfram

Understanding how your hull shape responds to waves will keep you and your crew safe and comfortable. Credit: Richard Langdon

Understanding how your hull shape responds to waves will keep you and your crew safe and comfortable in a blow, says Julian Wolfram

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Katy Stickland

Downwind secrets of ocean sailors

1 week 1 day ago

How do you choose which sails to set or what course to steer, and can you stop the boat rolling? Toby Heppell talked to sailors preparing for the ARC to find out what works best for sailing downwind

The ARC fleet sets off from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria en route to St Lucia. Credit: James Mitchell/WCC

How do you choose which sails to set or what course to steer, and can you stop the boat rolling? Toby Heppell talked to sailors preparing for the ARC to find out what works best for sailing downwind

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Toby Heppell

Surviving a Force 11 storm with a series drogue

2 weeks 6 days ago

Small cruising boats are not fast enough to sail away from bad weather. Tony Curphey shares how a series drogue was vital while sailing the Southern Ocean in a Nicholson 32

When the windvane steering can no longer cope with the seastate, it is time to deploy the drogue. Credit: Tony Curphey

Small cruising boats are not fast enough to sail away from bad weather. Tony Curphey shares how a series drogue was vital while sailing the Southern Ocean in a Nicholson 32

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Sailing in waves: top tips to keep you safe at speed

1 month 1 week ago

Sailing in waves can be difficult, we find out about the best rough weather tactics to keep you sailing for speed, comfort, safety and enjoyment

Sailing in waves can make for a jarring, juddering experience and long, uncomfortable passages and at worst, a dangerous, boat-rolling …Continue reading »

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Toby Heppell

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston shares his cruising wisdom

1 month 2 weeks ago

The sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston shares his top tips for making the most of time on the water

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston aboard
Suhaili at the 50th anniversary Golden Globe Race celebrations in
waters near Falmouth, June 14, 2018. Credit: Getty Images

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: The sailing legend shares his top tips for making the most of time on the water

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Laura Hodgetts

‘Dead ahead were the bows of an unlit freighter’

1 month 3 weeks ago

Paul Dale has a harrowing near-miss with an unlit freighter at night while on a 110-mile voyage from Trinidad to the Grenadines

Paul Dale's 41ft Dufour sloop Alexa sailing hard on the wind. Credit: Paul Dale

Paul Dale has a harrowing near-miss with an unlit freighter at night while on a 110-mile voyage from Trinidad to the Grenadines

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Laura Hodgetts

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers: Ocean crossing lessons

1 month 3 weeks ago

From sail plans to nav software, rig failure and SSB, there's plenty you can learn from the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, as Ali Wood discovers

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sees sailors cross the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to St Lucia. Credit: WCC/James Mitchell

From sail plans to nav software, rig failure and SSB, there's plenty you can learn from the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, as Ali Wood discovers

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Alison Wood

What is the best course for a fast passage?

1 month 4 weeks ago

What is the best course for the fastest passage across the Channel? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

Will lee-bowing the tide help you get to your destination quicker? Credit: Kate After

What is the best course for the fastest passage across the Channel? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

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Tips and hints for passing your Yachtmaster Practical

2 months ago

Having brushed up on their theory, racing turned cruising sailors Liz Rushall and her husband Mark now put it into practice during their Yachtmaster Practical

The humble fender and bucket, used to simulate a man overboard, is surprisingly effective in revealing things about your boat handling, leadership and decision-making skills. Credit: David Harding

Having brushed up on their theory, racing turned cruising sailors Liz Rushall and her husband Mark now put it into practice during their Yachtmaster Practical assessment

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Tips and hints for passing your Yachtmaster theory

2 months ago

Racing turned cruising sailors Liz Rushall and her husband Mark go back to school to brush up on their Yachtmaster theory

Although accomplished sailors, Liz and Mark found their rusty knowledge was hampering their cruising enjoyment. The Yachtmaster theory course revealed a number of areas in need of a refresher. Credit: David Harding

Racing turned cruising sailors Liz Rushall and her husband Mark go back to school to brush up on their Yachtmaster theory

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Get ready for your yacht charter holiday

2 months 1 week ago

Getting to grips with a few skills and checking your boat carefully will give you a more enjoyable yacht charter holiday, says Toby Heppell

Getting to grips with a few skills and checking you boat before leaving will make you charter less stressful. Credit: Alamy

Getting to grips with a few skills and checking your boat carefully will give you a more enjoyable yacht charter holiday, says Toby Heppell

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Toby Heppell

Migrants at sea: the dos and don’ts of helping those in distress

2 months 1 week ago

How can you help those in distress without endangering your vessel or breaking the law? Elaine Bunting investigates

Interactions between yachts and migrants have become more common in the Med and other part of Europe. Credit: Alamy

How can you help those in distress without endangering your vessel or breaking the law? Elaine Bunting investigates

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Should you abandon ship or not?

2 months 4 weeks ago

You've discovered water ingress on board after hitting an object in the water. Should you abandon ship or not? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

Would you know
what to do if there
was sudden water
ingress onboard? Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

You've discovered water ingress on board after hitting an object in the water. Should you abandon ship or not? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

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Boat photos: how to take an amazing shot of your yacht

3 months ago

Getting a decent boat photo or a shot of action on board can be tricky. Yachting Monthly photographer Richard Langdon shares his pro tips

Using a long lens to bring an interesting background into the shot will help when taking amazing boat photos. Credit: Richard Langdon

Getting a decent boat photo or a shot of action on board can be tricky. Yachting Monthly photographer Richard Langdon shares his pro tips

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Sail trim in light airs: 7 tips to keep you sailing

3 months 1 week ago

John Parker, owner of the OneSails GBR (East) loft shares his top tips on sail trim to make the most of sailing in light airs

Minimal helm movements and judicious avoidance of waves or powerboat wash will help keep the way on. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

John Parker, owner of the OneSails GBR (East) loft shares his top tips on sail trim to make the most of sailing in light airs

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How to sail your boat in a summer breeze

3 months 1 week ago

Some boats are better in a breeze than others, but a better understanding of your boat can keep you sailing for longer, says Julian Wolfram

Should you point up more, or ease off and go for speed? The answer will depend on your particular boat and the conditions on the day. Credit: Graham Snook

Some boats are better in breezes than others, but a better understanding of your boat can keep you sailing for longer, says Julian Wolfram

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Can tide height affect an object’s visibility from a yacht?

3 months 2 weeks ago

Can the height of the tide affect when you see objects at sea? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

As you approach Bishop Rock lighthouse, will you see it earlier at low water or high water? Credit: Alamy

Can the height of the tide affect when you see objects at sea? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

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