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The Colgate Sailing Blog

December 9, 2015
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Rules of the Road When Sailboat Meets Sailboat There are only three basic possibilities, and three basic sailing rules of the road to follow, when your sailboat approaches another sailboat. Rule 1: When you are on the same tack as the other boat, the leeward boat has the right-of-way.  Rule 2: When you are on

December 3, 2015
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The Stephen Gray Family recently won and completed a Live Aboard Cruising Course at Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina in Ft. Myers Beach, FL. Hear about their experience in this interview by Cruising World Editor-At-Large Elaine Lembo.

November 13, 2015
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Lulls and Puffs As you sail along you may suddenly feel a dramatic drop in wind strength. You have sailed into a lull, and the apparent wind has gone forward and decreased because your boat speed is now a greater factor than the wind speed, until the boat slows down.

October 15, 2015
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Rudderless Drill Reprinted from “Fundamentals of Sailing, Cruising, & Racing” by Steve Colgate; published by W.W. Norton & Co. Another drill one hopes never to have to use is sailing without a rudder. Though you may sail 20 years without losing your rudder at sea, it could happen your first time out.

September 28, 2015
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Grounding Tips for Sailors A slight miscalculation can lead to sudden stops. Use these tips for a speedy recovery back to safe water. As with any aspect of sailing, a little forethought can prevent a grounding. When sailing near a shallow windward shore, always keep one eye on the depth sounder.