Yacht Radar: How to find your way in any weather

2 weeks 1 day ago

YM instructor Rachael Sprot steps aboard to help. This month, Sophia Lagus and crew want to learn how to use their yacht radar for pilotage and navigation

If you can see a ship's waterline it's 3 miles away or less. At a modest 18 knots, it will reach you in 10 minutes. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

To the uninitiated, radar can seem like a dark art. The splurge of blobs would look more at home in …Continue reading »

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Rachael Sprot

Saving fuel when under engine for greater efficiency

4 weeks 1 day ago

Slower isn’t necessarily more efficient when motoring. Christopher Smith explains why

Increasing engine power can help you cruise at your sweet spot if you are fighting headwinds. Credit: Andrew Duke/Alamy Stock Photo

Slower isn’t necessarily more efficient when motoring. Christopher Smith explains why

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Katy Stickland

Offshore sailing skills: All you need to know

1 month ago

What does it really take to step up from coastal cruising to offshore sailing? Rachael Sprot talks to crews about essential offshore skills

Small yachts rely heavily on sail power alone, making for a fulfilling or potentially frustrating experience. Credit: JK Maxi

Will Bruton finds out what coastal cruisers should consider before taking their small yacht on an offshore adventure

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Rachael Sprot

Should you set off with no electrics?

1 month ago

With no electrics, would you sail towards a tidal headland in poor visibility? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

Would you risk sailing towards a tidal headland in poor visibility with no working engine or electrics? Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

With no electrics, would you sail towards a tidal headland in poor visibility? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

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James Stevens

Dismasted in a tidal race. What would you do?

1 month 1 week ago

What steps would you take if your yacht dismasted in a tidal race? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

If your rig failed while rounding a headland with a tidal race, would you try and salvage it or cut it free? Credit: Lester McCarthy

What steps would you take if your yacht dismasted in a tidal race? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

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James Stevens

Marine protected areas: how the rules benefit sailors

1 month 2 weeks ago

Should sailors welcome or be worried by the expanding network of marine protected areas? asks Elaine Bunting

Wildlife encounters are a delight for many sailors, who are well-placed to be advocates for the natural world. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Should sailors welcome or be worried by the expanding network of marine protected areas? asks Elaine Bunting

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Elaine Bunting

Antarctic sailing: cruising amongst the ice with an electric drive

1 month 3 weeks ago

Manuel Pardi and crew travel to Antarctica and back without fossil fuels on a 28ft steel-hulled yacht – a poignant trip that honoured the voyage and life of history-making Argentine Hernán Alvarez Forn

Using only electric propulsion, Manuel Pardi looks for an anchorage in Port Foster, Deception Island. Credit: Manuel Pardi

Manuel Pardi and crew travel to Antarctica and back without fossil fuels on a 28ft steel-hulled yacht – a poignant trip that honoured the voyage and life of history-making Argentine Hernán Alvarez Forn

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Katy Stickland

Boat checklist: 27 checks for the start of the season

2 months 1 week ago

Prepare properly for getting back afloat, and you and your boat will be ready for a trouble-free season, Rubicon 3 Adventure’s John Manners shares his boat checklist

A good waggle should reveal if the prop, shaft or P-bracket are all tight and secure. Credit: Rubicon 3 Adventure

Prepare properly for getting back afloat, and you and your boat will be ready for a trouble-free season, says Rubicon 3 Adventure’s John Manners

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Katy Stickland

Do I choose port or starboard tack?

2 months 2 weeks ago

There is a strong tidal stream. Would you set off on a port or starboard tack? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

With a tidal stream of 4 knots, would you set off on port or starboard tack from the Needles to Cherbourg? Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

There is a strong tidal stream. Would you set off on a port or starboard tack? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

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James Stevens

Course to steer: how to calculate it in your head

2 months 3 weeks ago

Knowing mental arithmetic shortcuts can make calculating your course to steer quick and simple, says Peter Strike

Crossing any tidal stretch of water will warrant making altering course to account for stream, but how much? Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Knowing mental arithmetic shortcuts can make calculating your course to steer quick and simple, says Peter Strike

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Katy Stickland

Battery gas: A close shave for one sailing couple

2 months 3 weeks ago

Concerned about a ‘hessian-like’ smell, Pat Buckley-Jones and his wife Ruth discovered battery gas was escaping from their overcharged device

The problem was compounded by the fact that Alandia had been left unattended for nine months due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Credit: Pat Buckley-Jones

Concerned about a ‘hessian-like’ smell, Pat Buckley-Jones and his wife Ruth discovered battery gas was escaping from their overcharged device

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Katy Stickland

What are the rules to wear a blue ensign?

3 months 1 week ago

Do you know the rules for wearing a blue ensign? Do you know who is entitled to wear a privileged ensign? What happens when a yacht with a privileged ensign visits a foreign port?

Do you know the rules for wearing a blue ensign? Credit: Eleni Mac Synodinos/Alamy Stock Photo

Do you know the rules for wearing a blue ensign? Do you know who is entitled to wear a privileged ensign? What happens when a yacht with a privileged ensign visits a foreign port?

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James Stevens

Dismasted offshore: how one man got his boat home

3 months 2 weeks ago

When Jock Hamilton’s 33ft Wauquiez Gladiateur dismasted offshore, 500 miles from land, he created a jury rig using a Laser dinghy mast, sails and oars, before sailing 1,500 miles home

Jock arriving home in Tighnabruaich after sailing 1,500 miles under jury rig. Credit: Jock Hamilton

When Jock Hamilton’s 33ft Wauquiez Gladiateur dismasted offshore, 500 miles from land, he created a jury rig using a Laser dinghy mast, sails and oars, before sailing 1,500 miles home

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Katy Stickland
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