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.
Check the Little Things Before Setting Sail Here is an old proverb that seems so appropriate to sailing:
Sailing trivia is a great way to get your non-sailing friends interested in sailing. It’s also fun to challenge experienced sailors when you’re relaxing on deck or enjoying a beer at the club. There are books around that list tons of sailing trivia facts, and while you are learning to sail, cruise or race at
As the velocity of the wind increases or decreases, you need to adjust the draft of your sails for the best efficiency. For instance, you set sail in a 10-knot wind and the shape of your sails looks good. Soon the wind increases to 20 knots and now you are overpowered.
Sailing Miles Out at Sea Requires Special Safety Considerations! Sailing in the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race, when an unforecast storm with 85 knots demolished the fleet and caused 15 deaths, a number of safety factors relating to personnel came into focus for me.
Convenience, ease of operation and safety make roller-furling headsails popular with cruising sailors. Most cruising sailboats use roller-furling headsails. In this roller furling system, the jib is hoisted in a groove, but when not in use is furled around the headstay, rather than lowered.