From the deck

From the deck

Neoprene sailing smock

By Nick Woolven | 30 July 2018

This Henri Lloyd sailing smock is more than 40 years old – and still completely waterproof (it is pre-Goretex). I have had this smock since I was 13 and I’m now 54 yrs old. With a wool shirt and possibly a jumper this is still great kit for staying warm without too much bulk. The…

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satay meal

Easy Satay – suitable for the boat, or an easy night at home

By Nick Woolven | 9 February 2018
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The ethics and practicalities of anti-foul

By Marie Davies | 1 February 2018

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…

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Super Blue Blood Moon – Once in a Blue Moon

By Marie Davies | 29 January 2018

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…

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Plastics on board

By Marie Davies | 25 January 2018

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…

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How does a keel and rudder affect handling and performance?

By Marie Davies | 21 January 2018

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…

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AIS- tension between sea safety and commercial confidentiality

By Marie Davies | 17 January 2018

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…

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Top 5 Christmas Gift ideas for sailors

By Simon Wilson | 6 December 2017

With our London-based RYA Theory courses finishing this weekend and Christmas only a few weeks away its time to look at some gift ideas for sailors of all levels. 1 . Waterproof Bag A waterproof bag will keep you and all your gear nice and dry even on the wettest of boats as well as ensuring…

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Over reliance on electronic charts

By Simon Wilson | 29 November 2017

We asked Simon Wilson, Equinox Sailing’s Chief Instructor if there are any pit falls in using electronic charts for passage planning. For many sailors sailing in familiar waters, they are aware of any navigation risks and possible major dangers they face while sailing in those areas.  For sailors who sail in the same waters on…

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History of the Shipping forecast

By Simon Wilson | 22 November 2017

The UK shipping forecast has been issued uninterrupted since 1867. After 150 years it still provides a vital role for those at sea, providing gale warnings and sea area forecasts four times a day. But how did it all start? On the 25th/26th October 1859 the British Isles was shaken by a severe storm in…

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