RYA Certificates to be Reinstated in Spain
International Certificates of Competence (ICC) and several of its course completion certificates and other Certificates of Competence remain valid for skippering Spanish flagged boats.
The OCC Charitable Trust is Fully Operational
The general purposes of the OCC Charitable Trust are to advance sail training, seamanship, cruising, and navigation to improve safety at sea.
B&G® Returns For another Race Around the World with The Ocean Race
including the upcoming inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe that begins May 29 in Lorient, France.
Marine Education for Young and Old
Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth calls for a strengthening of our maritime identity, increased awareness of the value, opportunities and societal benefit of our oceans, as well as improving engagement with the ocean.
Lightning Never Strikes Twice This is a commonly used “truism”, that in our personal experience, is anything but true.
Biodiesel, Water, and the Diesel Bug
As we all now will need to use white (tax paid) diesel in our boats, slowly diluting the variously coloured fuel we still have in our tanks, it is worth our while to take a look at what it is we will be purchasing.
The Future of Sailing - In most parts of the world, people lament the decline in enthusiasm for sailing. And yes, we do see so very, very many boats that never seem to leave the harbor. We have heard many tales of youth sailing programs that have serious rates of attrition from one year to another. What can one do about this?
There's something curious about sailing and being on the water. It's not always that just any music will do. Sometimes you have to hear that soothing rhythm that reflects a soul borne on the water. A selection of our favorited with additions from our readers.
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by (us!) Capt. Alex Blackwell & Capt. Daria Blackwell
Unless you are far offshore, at some point or another you are going to need to park your boat. Just like knowing how to stop your car before you start is perhaps the most important part of driving, we feel that anchoring is perhaps the most important skill you can and should acquire in boating. 226 pages, 182 Illustrations
Happy Hooking is a very readable book loaded with valuable information on anchoring tackle, anchoring technique, tying up and rafting, anchoring etiquette, as well as the occasional anecdote - simply stated a must have!
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Nautical and other classic books
White Seahorse Publishing Announces the Launch of its nautical and Irish interest Classics imprint.
New: Facing Fear, by Lisa Blair
Lisa Blair was the first woman to solo circumnavigate Antarctica. Her goal was to do so nonstop and unassisted, but that was not to be. A dismasting forced her to jury rig a mast and stop in South Africa for repairs.
Ocean Sailingby Paul Heiney - Hardcover and Kindle - Book Review Ocean Sailing paints a picture of what crossing oceans is really about, told through the experiences those who have already ventured across the world's oceans themselves.
The Summer Isles A Voyage of the Imagination, By Philip Marsden - Hardcover and Kindle
Eloquently spoken, full of lore balanced with fact, honest about both trepidation and joy, inquisitive about the history of places and people, it was a beautiful journey alongside the author visiting some of the most magical places on earth: in the West of Ireland and Scotland.
The Rise and Fall of the Tides
There are few things more valuable to know about when selecting an anchorage in many parts of the world, especially if you are a sailor with a deep draft vessel, than the tides and currents.
This section is devoted to things you can do yourself to maintain or upgrade your boat, saving yourself money, and often aggravation.
Interested in the west of Ireland: Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way By Daria Blackwell and Alex Blackwell - A Word of Welcome to Europe’s Most Precious Gem: The Wild West of the Emerald Isle
For the adventurous at heart, the wanderer, trailblazer, or artist, the west of Ireland is the place to go, see, and experience life. Bring some time and stay a while, you will never regret it – guaranteed. Whether by land or by sea, visiting Wild Atlantic Way along the coastline of the west of Ireland will reconnect you with nature and with your inner self.
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Coastal Boating provides the best all around experience for boaters who would like a local resource guide that also covers local news, including race results, and seamanship skills. It is not intended to prepare people for the great offshore experience: there are plenty of resources out there for that. It is for all of the rest of us who may dream about a big adventure yet find ourselves perfectly content, if not driven, to experience the waters in our own territory to the fullest.
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