Variation and deviation

You’re off sailing. You’ve plotted your course on the chart, so isn’t it now just a case of reading it off and asking the...

Passage planning

Before you set sail for your next destination, it’s recommended you create a plan for your passage. As with any trip, a bit of...

Sail Trim Guide

Sail trimming is the delicate art of adjusting the sails to help your boat perform to the best of its ability in current wind...

Helming Techniques

The first few times I took the helm, it reminded me of when I learnt to drive. Sat behind the wheel of a car...

Clouds Demystified

How do clouds form? How can we tell one cloud from another? What might they be telling us about the type of weather to...

Dealing With A Squall

A sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet. The warning signs of an imminent squall are usually...

We’ve Lost Our Steering!

The story of Dove II (below) got us thinking about what we would do if our steering failed, resulting in either the helm doing...

Navigation: Paper, Pads and Plotters

Knowing where you are and how to get to where you need to be is a quintessential skill. Marine navigation used to require you...

Direction: A Word With Many Meanings

On our way back around the Scilly Isles (03:00, in the dark, no moon, the watch all a bit sleepy) we had a rather...

Weather Helm Cause And Remedy

What is weather helm? Wikipedia gives a nice definition: Weather helm is the tendency of sailing vessels to turn towards the source of wind, creating an unbalanced...