From the deck

From the deck

Wind Awareness

By Simon Wilson | 9 November 2017

Wind awareness is a very important skill to learn, essential when it comes to sailing a boat safely and efficiently. Knowing where the wind is coming from will allow you to plan your passage more effectively. Knowing the wind direction enables you to trim your sails to decrease your passage time and in some cases…

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Boat Daily Engine Checks

By Simon Wilson | 1 November 2017

Although an engine on most sailing boats is considered an auxiliary form of propulsion, it is essential for convenience and safety, for example to enable a boat to get from outside a harbour safely into a berth or to aid in recovery of a person overboard. Although most charter and sailing school boats are used…

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Common types of yachts

By Simon Wilson | 25 October 2017

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a twin-masted schooner and a gaff-rigged sloop? Equinox Sailing has put together a guide to the different types of yachts and some of their characteristics. Hulls There are three main types, based on the number of hulls the yacht has, a monohull which has one, a…

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Preparing your boat for sea

By Simon Wilson | 18 October 2017

Ensuring your boat and crew are prepared for sea is an important job as a skipper. A certain amount of preparation can be done before you step on the boat, but inevitably there are aspects of the preparation which can only be carried out once on board and together with the crew. For inexperienced skippers…

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Recommended safety equipment for cruising

By Simon Wilson | 11 October 2017

The safety equipment required on board a commercial vessel, such as our Sigma 38 ‘Rho’, is outlined by the MCA. The equipment is checked on an annual basis and essential safety equipment such as life jackets and life rafts are required to be serviced and certified as suitable for use by registered service centres. A…

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Yacht Safety Brief

By Simon Wilson | 3 October 2017

Safety is paramount when sailing, but it’s very easy to overload new or inexperienced crew with too much information.  As a skipper It’s important to gauge the depth of safety brief for the type of trip, the experience of the crew and your and the crew’s prior knowledge of the boat.  It is your responsibility…

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How do Tides Work?

By Simon Wilson | 27 September 2017

Understanding how tides work is essential if you plan on sailing in tidal areas.  As the depth of water changes throughout the day, sometimes ports and harbours may not be accessible as they are too shallow, or sailing to a particular destination may be more difficult as the flow of tide is going in the…

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Weather and how it affects us

By Simon Wilson | 19 September 2017

Over the last couple of weeks extreme weather has hit the West coast of America. The UK has experienced a number of storms, which, although they have been destructive, have not been of the magnitude of the hurricane Irma. Although the incidents of extreme weather have increased in the UK over the last few years,…

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Changes to VHF MSI Channels 

By Simon Wilson | 5 September 2017

As of 10.00 on 6th September 2017 the VHF channels HM Coastguard use to broadcast (MSI Maritime Safety Information) information are changing. What does this mean for sailors? In short it means that medical advice and weather forecasts will be broadcast on VHF Channels 62,63 and 64 rather than 23, 84 and 86.  Channel 10…

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ROLEX Fastnet race report 2017

By Simon Wilson | 23 August 2017

Our 2017 race season was in essence a build up to the ROLEX Fastnet race. The crew had trained hard on Rho and were more than ready for the challenge ahead. Our qualifying races and training weekends have been a mixture of very light winds with a few days of very strong winds. Our last…

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