PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • People and Food: Offshore Banana Pancakes
    by Melissa Sands on January 17, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    How to Need a morale-boosting breakfast for your crew? Try this! Even in rough sailing weather this simple pancake recipe, with bananas and chocolate chips, provided a much needed lift of our spirits. […]

  • How to sail ALL winter
    by Yachting Monthly on January 17, 2019 at 8:29 am

    25 tips for keeping your boat prepped, your crew warm, and adventures flowing over winterThere is every reason to continue cruising over winter25 tips for keeping your boat prepped, your crew warm, and adventures flowing over winter The post How to sail ALL winter appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Adding a Holding Tank Vent
    by Steve D'Antonio on January 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    How to If a stinky holding tank is plaguing your time on the water, try adding a little air. Adding a holding tank vent can stop odors before they start. […]

  • Golden Globe Race: ‘The boat wiped out and my race was over’
    by Katy Stickland on January 9, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    In what was to be the last race of his offshore career, Philippe Péché's inaugural Golden Globe attempt was thwarted by storms and steerage issuesPhilippe Péché made a very strong start to the Golden Globe Race. Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGRIn what was to be the last race of his offshore career, Philippe Péché's inaugural Golden Globe attempt was thwarted by storms and steerage issues The post Golden Globe Race: ‘The boat wiped out and my race was over’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Safety at Sea: Giving up Offshore Voyaging
    by John Rousmaniere on January 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    How to After six decades of sailing, a veteran voyager comes to the realization that the most prudent thing to do is to leave the blue water sailing to the next generation. Voyager and safety at sea expert John Rousmaniere discusses why he's stepping back from the type of sailing he loves most. […]

  • Safety at Sea: Preparing for Emergencies
    by Alvah Simon on January 7, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    How to By considering all the things that can go wrong at sea — and devising solid strategies to address them — we can be prepared for nearly every contingency. An experienced voyager runs through the most common emergencies at sea and how to prepare your boat and crew. […]

  • Do I set off – or not?
    by Katy Stickland on January 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, with increasing headwinds forecast is it best to leave now or wait for a better forecast?Grismby Dock, were these yachts are moored, is 100 miles away, possibly to windward. Credit: Alamy Stock PhotoJames Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, with increasing headwinds forecast is it best to leave now or wait for a better forecast? The post Do I set off – or not? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Canning Aboard
    by Heather Francis on January 2, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    How to What do you do when you find yourself with an abundance of mangoes (or other produce) aboard? Canning is an easy way to add tasty treats to the larder that are ready for the long haul. How to can jams, pickles and chutneys in the galley. […]

  • Safety at Sea: Crew Overboard Gear
    by Jen Brett on January 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    How to When seconds count, having the right gear at the right time — and knowing how to use it — can help get a lost shipmate back on board. Cruising World editors take to the water to try out life jackets and rescue equipment. […]

  • Safety at Sea: Dismasted on the Atlantic
    by Joanna Hutchinson on January 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    How to After losing the rig on their classic yawl, this couple devises a jury rig and makes it safely to the Azores. A failed chainplate during a squall in the middle of the Atlantic leads to the loss of a classic wooden yawl's rig. […]

  • Video: Trailer sailing made easy
    by Theo Stocker on December 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Moving your yacht by road seems counter-intuitive, but it gives you the freedom of coastal cruising wherever you want, whenever you want it, as Matt Newland of Swallow Yachts tells Theo StockerPhoto: Graham SnookNot even Alex Thompson aboard his Hugo Boss rocket ship can sail to windward at 60 miles an hour. As …Continue reading » The post Video: Trailer sailing made easy appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • To continue on a cross-Channel trip or not?
    by Katy Stickland on December 29, 2018 at 11:03 am

    James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - should the skipper continue his passage to France with inexperienced, seasick crew or divert to Poole?There is favourable tidal stream west to Poole from the Needles. Credit: Alamy Stock PhotoJames Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - should the skipper continue his passage to France with inexperienced, seasick crew or divert to Poole? The post To continue on a cross-Channel trip or not? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Prepping your Sailboat for Winter
    by Ellen Massey Leonard on December 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    How to Thorough winterizing keeps your boat in good condition so it'll be ready to sail in the spring. The author preps her boat for winter in Alaska by protecting against wind-induced risks, caring for the engine, keeping the batteries happy and preventing boat funk. […]

  • People and Food: Homemade Irish Cream Recipe
    by Jen Brett on November 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    How to Look no further for a simple, tasty and galley-friendly holiday liqueur. A recipe for homemade Irish cream […]

  • Bird Deterrents for Sailboats
    by Roger Hughes on November 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    How to Frustrated by the mess left behind on his boat's deck by the daily avian assault, this sailor tried out a range of products to keep birds away. This do-it-yourselfer tried a range of products to keep birds away from his boat. […]

  • ‘We hit a 
lobster pot on 
a lee shore’
    by Katy Stickland on October 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Steve Bowen finds himself in a serious tangle 
with a lobster pot in UK watersUnder sail before hitting a pot and getting in a serious tangleSteve Bowen finds himself in a serious tangle 
with a lobster pot in UK waters The post ‘We hit a 
lobster pot on 
a lee shore’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Windvane steering: why it makes sense for coastal cruising
    by Will Bruton on October 15, 2018 at 8:23 am

    No electricity needed, built for gale-force conditions and currently experiencing 
something of a renaissance amongst 
cruisers; windvane self-steering makes sense for coastal cruisers as much as 
offshore voyagers. Will Bruton took 
an in depth look at the options 
and how they work.No electricity needed and built for gale-force conditions; windvane self-steering makes sense for coastal cruisers as much as 
offshore voyagers. The post Windvane steering: why it makes sense for coastal cruising appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • What you 
really need to sail offshore
    by Will Bruton on October 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Will Bruton finds out what coastal cruisers should consider before taking their small yacht on an offshore adventureSmall yachts rely heavily on sail power alone, making for a fulfilling or potentially frustrating experience. Credit: JK MaxiWill Bruton finds out what coastal cruisers should consider before taking their small yacht on an offshore adventure The post What you 
really need to sail offshore appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • A tricky mooring
    by Will Bruton on October 1, 2018 at 11:45 am

    James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - how to moor between two piles in tricky conditionsPile moorings are all about preparing lines in advance that can be easily adjustedJames Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - how to moor between two piles in tricky conditions The post A tricky mooring appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • ‘What I learned from a dismasting in Antarctica’
    by Will Bruton on September 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Veteran polar sailor and mountaineer Bob Shepton reflects on losing his rig while sailing with a crew of school leavers in the Drake PassageBob and his crew managed to recover much of the mast and riggingVeteran polar sailor and mountaineer Bob Shepton reflects on losing his rig while sailing with a crew of school leavers in the Drake Passage The post ‘What I learned from a dismasting in Antarctica’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]