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Sail Trim Secrets - Short-Tacking in Tight Spaces Sail Trim Secrets - Short-Tacking in Tight Spaces
August 1, 2015 ~ We were sailing in an advanced class where everything was under sail. For the next two days, that engine remained in "cold iron" status. We were under mainsail and jib and would need to tack our way out of a narrow slipway with the wind dead ahead! Here's how we did it... keep reading

How to Tie Sailing's Top "Need to Know" Knot! How to Tie Sailing's Top "Need to Know" Knot!
July 30, 2015 ~ What sailing knot rises to the top when you need to remove a jammed turn from a sheet winch, lash a coil or fender to a rail or lifeline, or attach a safety line to hold you in place when you need to go aloft? Watch this sailing skills video to learn how to tie this super knot in ten seconds or less! keep reading

Protect Your Sailboat Hull with This Sentinel Protect Your Sailboat Hull with This Sentinel
July 28, 2015 ~ Imagine that you need to tie up alongside a pier with barnacle encrusted pilings. Or lie next to a stone or concrete seawall. What little-known secret tool will protect your hull better than fenders for worry-free cruising or sailing? keep reading

Tap into Sailing's FREE "Live" Cruising Guides! Tap into Sailing's FREE "Live" Cruising Guides!
July 25, 2015 ~ What sailing guide can provide more up-to-the-minute, accurate information than a cruising guide, nautical or electronic chart? These FREE sailing resources are right in front of you! Follow these sailing tips when day sailing, racing or cruising to make sailing safer and easier keep reading

How to Make a Reach-to-Reach Tack Under Control How to Make a Reach-to-Reach Tack Under Control
July 23, 2015 ~ If you need to hold your position under sail while your crew preps the boat for docking or anchoring, reaching tacks may be the perfect choice. But you'll need to know the secret of "falls control" to make this maneuver work smooth and easy. Follow these sailing tips to success! keep reading

Saltwater Sailing Adventures in California! Saltwater Sailing Adventures in California!
July 21, 2013 ~ Ever dream of sailing to an offshore island just 30 miles off the coast? Here's one member that fulfilled that dream, along with many others. Skipper Bud Gates shares his story that includes a scary passage beneath a bridge and dragging at anchor! keep reading

How to "Project" Your Sailboat Into the Future! How to "Project" Your Sailboat Into the Future!
July 18, 2015 ~ Imagine sailing near the coast with shoals up ahead. Your GPS shows that you are well to the left of your intended sailing track. How can you "project" your sailboat into the future to locate dangers in your path? Follow these easy steps to success! keep reading

Sail Through a Pass with the Secret of Slack Duration Sail Through a Pass with the Secret of Slack Duration
July 16, 2015 ~ You need to sail through a narrow pass that has a reputation for dangerous tide rips. What steps can you take to make this sailing challenge safer and easier? Use this little-known navigation technique to keep your sailing crew and small sailboat safe and sound, wherever you choose to sail or cruise! keep reading

How to Sail Faster in Shifting Sailing Winds How to Sail Faster in Shifting Sailing Winds
July 14, 2015 ~ Hoist your sails and you will encounter winds that change direction and speed. If we need to sail to a windward destination, shifty winds like these will affect our tacking strategy. Follow these sailing tips to sail faster on a close-hauled course! keep reading

Seven Cruising Tips for Cost-Conscious Sailors Seven Cruising Tips for Cost-Conscious Sailors
July 11, 2015 ~ Want to save money ashore after you drop the hook? Now, some sailors have lots of expendable doubloons for shore-side eats and treats. But budget-minded folks can enjoy the same cuisine for a fraction of the cost. Follow these seven sailing secrets! keep reading

Sail Through a Current Swept Pass with "Slack Windows" Sail Through a Current Swept Pass with "Slack Windows"
July 9, 2015 ~ Imagine sailing toward a narrow shoal infested pass, notorious for vicious current tidal rips. You need to punch through before nightfall to avoid an oncoming gale. What sailing navigation strategy could you use to make this tough sailing challenge easier? keep reading

Top 10 Cruising Seamanship "Best Practice" Resolutions Top 10 Cruising Seamanship "Best Practice" Resolutions
July 7, 2015 ~ What ten sailing seamanship resolutions will make sailing safer? Two of the world's top cruising veterans from Ireland share their secret sailing tips today. Follow their advice to help keep your small sailboat and sailing crew safe 'n sound wherever you choose to sail or cruise! keep reading

Avoid Sailing Near "Trip-Line" Vessels! Avoid Sailing Near "Trip-Line" Vessels!
July 4, 2015 ~ Sail inside inland waters, along the coast, or offshore and you can bet you will sight tugs and their tows. These work horses ply the world's waters day and night. And they can present danger to other vessels. Follow these three vital sailing tips to keep your small sailboat and sailing crew safe and sound on the waters of the world keep reading

Emergency Docking Tips - Bare Poles Anchor Approach Emergency Docking Tips - Bare Poles Anchor Approach
July 2, 2015 ~ How can you sail up to a pier under bare poles with the wind astern under complete control--without using lines to stop you alongside? Here's what one world famous cruising couple recommend. Prepare your small sailboat with this little-known defensive docking maneuver today! keep reading