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The Colgate Sailing Blog

August 14, 2015
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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.

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 roller furling system, the jib is hoisted in a groove, but when not in use is furled around the headstay, rather than lowered.

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 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.