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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

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Sunday, 12 April 2009

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Thursday, 2 April 2009

Learning How to Sail

Basic Rules and Regulations of Sailing…. By Clive Peterson

Sailing on the seas or racing on water can be thrilling. Nevertheless, you should observe and follow specific rules and regulations to ensure safety of all at sea. Fundamental rules of sailing include:

• International Maritime Organization has devised specific rules like International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). These rules apply to all shipping vessels irrespective of their size and type.
• International Association of Lighthouse Authorities or IALA has set standards for lights, lateral marks, buoyage, signals, and rules for safe navigation.
• Safety of Life at Sea or SOLAS specifies essential safety equipment and procedures to be adopted in emergencies. These rules are specifically in accordance to the size and sailing range of boats. All boat owners and operators should adhere to all such safety regulations.
• International Sailing Federation has prescribed specific rules racing vessels should adhere to in a race. These are general rules and are exclusive of rules as set by the organization running the event and any other national governing body. If during the course of your race, you encounter a non-racing boat, you should follow regulations as set by International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. Normally, ordinary sailing boats or fleet do not come in the way of a racing boat. Similarly, sailing boats should give way to diver’s boats and fishing vessels.
• All racing boats should primarily adhere to all rules as specified by International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) after sunset. Thereafter, they should also follow Racing Rules of Sailing.

Sailing Rules and Instructions

The basic rules to be followed while sailing or racing on seas are those set by International Regulations for Avoiding Collisions at Sea.

• Always, maintain a safe speed of your boat so that it is easy to maintain control of your vessel.
• Keep a proper lookout for sight and hearing to prevent any possible collisions. Make use of your common sense if faced with a dangerous collision situation.
• While overtaking another vessel, you should stay away from the path of the vessel and thereby try to overtake. Rather, you should never come into the path of a sailing vessel.
• If two sailboats are approaching each other with wind on different sides of the boat, sailboat with port tack should give way to boat with starboard tack. Port tack means having wind on your port side. Your port side refers to left-hand side of your boat if you are facing the front.
• If two boats are on the verge of collision and all safety measures have failed, basic sailing rules indicate if other boat is on your starboard side, you should give way to that boat. Starboard side refers to right-hand side of your boat if facing the front.
• If two boats are approaching each other with wind on the same side of each, windward boat should give way to leeward boat. Windward side refers to boat sailing in direction of the wind while leeward side refers to boat sailing against direction of the wind.
• If during sailing, you come across a boat that has restricted maneuverability or is not under command, you should give way to that boat and allow it to pass.
• When passing through a narrow channel, you should sail as close to the outer edge as possible.
• Normal sailing instructions indicate that sailing vessels should not come into the path of large vessels or ferryboats. These boats find it difficult to change direction abruptly and could require substantial time in doing so. Therefore, noncommercial powerboats normally give way to sailing vessels.
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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

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Learn How to Sail - Sailing With a Spinnaker

Learn How to Sail - Sailing with a Spinnaker
A spinnaker is a large sail that replaces the Genoa in light winds, it has its own technique when spinnaker handling and it must be emphasized at this stage, that there is no substitute for practice or development to flying a spinnaker.
A spinnaker is probably one of the more difficult sails to hoist, being in light winds and a large sail area it can have a tendency to twist and tangle around the forestay if not hoisted correctly.

Firstly the spinnaker should be packed into its sailing bag in the correct manner. The port, starboard and halyard connection eyes should be tide off to the sail bag top after packing the spinnaker into the sail bag, and in preparation of connecting the port, starboard sheets and the spinnaker halyard.

Equipment and rigging a spinnaker.
There are many different makes of equipment from which to choose when equipping a new boat. Choose the most suitable for your boat that will take the appropriate loads and size of spinnaker.

You will require a spinnaker pole that is the correct length and diameter for your boat, it will have an up & down haul mid connection eyes, the end connections should be snap-on stainless steel piston type with quick release trip lines.

The spinnaker pole will connect to the mast by clipping one piston end of the spinnaker pole onto the fixed eye on the mast. The up haul and down haul system should then be connected to the mid pole eyes. The other end of the spinnaker pole will be clipped to either the port or starboard sheets whichever is on the windward side of your point of sail, it should not be connected to the clew of the spinnaker. The object of the pole is to help the wind flow into the sail area and maintain the shape of the spinnaker.

The up haul and down haul system will be fully adjustable and controlled from the cockpit. The down haul will be taking the entire load from the spinnaker and should be rigged accordingly. The up haul will hold the pole in a horizontal position when set.

The port & starboard sheets will be connected to the spinnaker and then run back to the stern of the boat and round a suitable roller cleats and returned to the spinnaker winches, therefore being controlled from the cockpit of the boat.

The spinnaker halyard should have a swivel connection to the spinnaker head; this will help the spinnaker in adjusting itself when being hoisted.
You are now ready to hoist the spinnaker, steer the boat with a favourable windward intake into the spinnaker. You will need one crew at the spinnaker bag to assist the emptying of the sail and free any tangling that might happen thus, shaking it free.

The main spinnaker halyard should be hoisted as quickly as possible but keeping one eye on the spinnakers wind filling progress and adjusting the port and starboard sheets as required. The spinnaker pole can be finally adjusted when the spinnaker is fully hoisted with the up and down haul winches.

When you come to dropping the spinnaker sail it should be undertaken as follows;

Use the port or starboard sheet that is on the leeward side of the sail i.e. the opposite side to the spinnaker poles position. On the command of the skipper the spinnaker halyard will be released and dropped under control, at the same time a crew member will pull in the sail using the port or starboard sheet chosen and trying not to get the spinnaker sail in the water!. The spinnaker sail could then be packed back into its sail bag correctly ready for re-hoisting at a future time.
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Great Sailing!
Clive Peterson

Learning How to Sail - Sailing in Warm Climates

Arriving in Pula marina is some spectacular sight having the back drop of the marina looking onto one of the Worlds largest Colosseum. We were on a week's sailing holiday setting off from Pula, Croatia.

Eight of us had chartered two Yachts, a 50 foot Dufour, and a 40 foot Elan, having loaded all our bags, checked safety equipment, water, fuel, closed all the sea cocks, we were off.

Our first port of call was a one hour motor away, as the wind had dropped, called Medulin, a small marina with plenty of moorings available. This time of the year is just slightly out of season so we can hopefully expect the marina's having berths available, unlike we were told around July, August. So we had picked the right time of the year.We had hired a skipper, Nemod, for one of the boats as some of the crew were doing some sail training and he would act as a guide to local knowledge. This was his home port and he guided us to the marina bar where he new everybody and introduced us to the local vino Grappa, i am not sure what we had for dinner that night!

The next morning we set sail for Mali Losin, had a great 6/7 hour sail, winds 3/4 and fantastic sunshine all the way, both Yachts sailing well, but as you would expect the 50 foot Dufour leading the way.

Having moored up and had our first tipple we decided to have a look at the new scenery and find a nice place for dinner. Croatia is a great place to explore having beautiful little square's with bar's and restaurants. We chose a nice fish restaurant, but found the fish to be very nice, but quite expensive.

All the marina in Croatia have you stern moor your yacht, which means, due to the jetty changes of height, you have to place a plank to safely get from your yacht to the jetty. This is fine in daylight, but not good at night after a night out!

The next ports of call we visited were, Silba, Rab, and Nerzine, the last night we had a night at anchor off Premantura, before returning back to Pula.

I would seriously recommend Croatia for a great sailing holiday, we had constant winds 4/5 generally, sailing 6 to 8 hour every day and with the added sunshine, great. The marinas are good but sometimes can be a bit pricey, the food and wine are excellent, but i would keep clear of the Grappa!

Chartering a yachts in warm climates is a great way to learn to sail. I would say nearly all the main yacht chartering companies offer flotilla learning to sail packages where you would sail with other yachts and a qualified skipper. Learning to sail as you discover some great ports of call, i would recommend it.

Happy Sailing in Croatia.

Clive Peterson
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