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The ethics and practicalities of anti-foul

This week we have been using the better weather to move forward the exterior winter tasks on our Sigma 38, Rho. Foremost amongst these has been the painting of the hull with anti-foul paint, designed to prevent/lessen the growth of weeds, barnacles, worms and other life on the hull, keel and rudder. Even with the […]

Super Blue Blood Moon – Once in a Blue Moon

Check the moon in this evening’s clear skies (29 January 2018) because the forecast for the rest of the week is for cloud cover. The 31 January 2018 will see the coincidence of three special types of moon: Blue moon – The second full moon in a month (the last was 2 January 2018). Super […]

Plastics on board

We have all been shocked by the BBC’s Planet Earth II footage of seabirds and turtles struggling with plastic in our seas and oceans. Ellen McArthur’s campaign after her experiences of the Pacific ocean gyre was launched more than 5 years ago, and yet the problem seems to be getting worse. The experts have told […]

How does a keel and rudder affect handling and performance?

A lot of energy is spent on fine-tuning and upgrading equipment above the water line but did you know how the keel and rudder critically affects the handling and performance of a boat? The type of sailing that you are interested in will always influence the type of keel and rudder which will be more […]

AIS- tension between sea safety and commercial confidentiality

Over the last week we have all been reading about the Sanchi, the Iranian Oil Tanker now on the bottom of the East China Sea. 32 lives have been lost and there is a substantial environmental impact of the 1m barrels of crude condensate spilt or burnt. Yesterday we read in the FT that the […]

The next mid-week drink and think workshop: Thursday 1st November

The next Equinox Sailing mid-week drink and think will be held on: Thursday 1st November 19.00 We will be using the first floor function room at The Bishops Finger, 9-10 Smithfield, London, EC1A 9JR. We have decided to drop the £5 charge for coming along, which feels much friendlier. After an interesting discussion about the […]

Sailors- mid-week drink, share and think

You are welcome to come and join us… We’ve had a interesting summer of both heavy and light weather. Before we dig out our thermals for the winter we are organising a fortnightly mid-week meet-up to share our experiences, prepare for the winter racing and plan for next year. We intend to cover a number […]

Cowes Week Day 2 round-up

Cowes Week 2012 Round up of day 2, Sunday 12th August Simon Wilson Skipper After what can only be described as an interesting day on Saturday, we awoke to the promise of lighter winds. After a team talk we decided that we wouldn’t take things nice and steady, so after a respectable start in clean […]

Cowes Week 2012: Friday 10th August- Skipper update

Cowes Week 2012 Friday 10th August 22.00 Simon Wilson Skipper Well the weather Gods are being very generous. With a forecast of 2-3 knots of wind we slipped mooring this morning not knowing what to expect. Thankfully the forecast was accurate, so with 6-7 knots we managed to get sailing and started some tackling drills. […]

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