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Check-list: creation of a life-saving instrument

Perhaps not everyone knows that there is an almost direct relationship between an aircraft take-off and coronary bypass surgery. A relationship that has become evident when the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Programme has developed an initiative to improve surgery safety worldwide. The airline industry…

Sailing with skeleton crew: some tips

Recently, a combination of factors created a real explosion of the practice of sailing in pairs or in small families that sail on boats of some importance. This factors are mostly three: first of all there is the Covid-19 pandemic, which has lead – personal…

Clothes do not (always) make the sailor

Boating clothes are not a matter of style, nor of brands (not always, at least), nor trends. Dressing to face sea, sun and wind (and on-board manoeuvres) is a matter of safety that some people do not know and many forget. First, wearing the right…

Sail care: chapter two

Still on the topic of sail care. Not a case I used the word “care” instead of “maintenance”: what I tried to do in the first chapter and will do here again, is trying to widening the view speaking a little more broadly on how…

Safety first: lessons from the aviation industry

Safety and wellness both of the crew and the boat are the primary responsibilities of each commander, with no exception. You can bet that every skipper will confirm that. Yet, it is almost impossible to find an investigation report in case of marine casualty that…

For each other: choosing the boat that (really) suits us

In every keen sailor’s heart there is, without doubts, the dream of buying their own boat. There’s no denying that, being ship owner of their “own beauty”, taking care and customizing her personally, and being able to dispose of it whenever and as you wish,…

Change of course: sailing as a metaphor of life

A common mistake when thinking about sailing is to believe the boat to be a confined space we have to embark on, one in contact with the others. Hence all the fears linked to coexistence and all the urban legends (actually, marine) on the furious…

Good boating practices: “Sailing”

Now here is part three of this excursus through Good Boating Practices. After pondering on how to develop a sustainable behaviour when moored in a marina and how to implement green boat maintenance, it is now time to set sail showing an eco-sailing approach. As…

Office on board: smart working sailing

The year 2020 brought – among other things – a novelty that has brutally entered the life of many of us, and that is destined to stay with us for a little while longer: remote working. This new modality is involving millions of people around…

Joys and sorrows of sailing

Sailing is a combination of joys and sorrows: for both aspects there is plenty of choice! We all have plenty of pictures piled in a drawer or stored in our computer as mementos of some magic sailing moments, but, certainly the same cannot be said…

Cartography: can we do without paper charts?

If we do an excursus on the most recent sailing yacht layouts, we can notice that, gradually, the dimensions, the chart table’s importance and functionality have changed significantly. Particularly, we can notice how the table’s dimensions drastically reduced and its functionality has changed clearly in…

From bimini to shrouds: solar panels can be installed (almost) everywhere

Energy autonomy on board is the goal of every ship owner. A target that can be achieved through many different technological approaches. One of these, however, has become the indisputable preferred choice  for cost-efficiency and zero environmental impact: solar energy. Thanks to the rapid progress…