The Colgate Sailing Blog

July 18, 2015
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Convenience, ease of operation and safety make roller-furling headsails popular with cruising sailors. Most cruising sailboats use roller-furling headsails. In this system, the jib is hoisted in a groove, but when not in use is furled around the headstay, rather than lowered. To furl the sail you simply pull on a line that leads from

June 24, 2015
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Using the Wind: Other Options for Depowering You might be out there alone or with inexperienced crew. Or you might be sailing a boat that doesn’t have sails you can reef. In this case you can ease your mainsail to avoid excessive heeling, or you can take down your main and sail under jib alone.

June 15, 2015
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More can be gained or lost in one healthy wind shift that can usually be made up by any amount of boat speed or superior sailing. But beginning racing skippers are often so concerned about whether their boat is sailing faster than the one next to them that they neglect to consider the effect of

June 2, 2015
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Exercises for Sailing One of the wonderful things about sailing is how forgiving it is. You can participate at any exertion level: casual cruiser or hot racer. But during a course, you will do more drills and maneuvers in a short period of time than you would during a normal sailing outing. Chances are, you’ll

May 22, 2015
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How To Overcome Seasickness Whether it’s you or someone you know, seasickness can be a paralyzing problem on board. Here are some tips on how to keep the problem from effecting your time on the water. Remedies for Overcoming Seasickness In order to ensure a greater percentage of your crew on deck at crucial times,