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Category: Articles

Quarreling on board: Why should it be impossible?

But true travellers leave to leave and that’s it: light, balloon-like hearts that only chance moves eternally, always say “Let’s go”, and they don’t know why. Their wishes have the shapes of the clouds”. (Charles Baudelaire) The pleasure of sailing: turning the bow out of…

Seasickness: sail or motor, remedies don’t change

The feeling of seasickness has to do with the inner ear, where the organs responsible for balance and equilibrium, sight and proprioception (perception of movement and special orientation) are located. These organs become overstimulated due to the rocking motion of a ship or a boat…

New propulsion systems: future is behind the corner

To start with, let’s reply to a basic question and get rid of any hypocrisy: is sailing an ecological practice? If we are satisfied with dwelling in illusions and good intentions, then we’ll say <<of course it is, I sail without a drop of fuel,…

Sailboat building, lifecycle and disposal

Gentlemen, the time has come at last! I have gone to sea! Well, maybe “gone to sea” is a little too much, as I just sailed a friend of mine’s boat -a Lombard still in lockdown- moored at the port of Genoa from dock to…

Good boating practices: “In a marina”

Part one Let’s just get this straight: this won’t be a handbook, nor a soap opera, nor, above all, a yachtsman’s decalogue of good manners. None of that! This trilogy is, much more humbly, a reflection on good practices for sailing i.e. some cues to…

Boat licence courses

Those approaching the world of boating, and of sailing in particular, have soon to face the highly-varied and debated world of boat licences. Why? Simple: after the first experiences at sea, after the first courses or the first sailings as guests of friends, the next,…

The complete racer’s equipment

What to bring and what to leave when facing an offshore race. I’d bet the two most frequent thoughts in the heads of sail-enthusiasts in this period are: “First of all let’s hope the health emergency is soon over” and – immediately after that –…

E-sailing again … and more

TRAINING FROM LOCKDOWN TO TAKE-OFF Recently we have talked about online training in this time of the virus and the issue is giving rise to quite animated debates. There are some who consider it only as a temporary solution and some, who, on the contrary,…

SUV OR COUPÉ: Cruising on a catamaran or a monohull

Imagine you have to rent a car for a travel holiday. Imagine you are planning your journey along highways, coastal roads or hairpin turns or across towns. Maybe the first question that should be asked is: ”What kind of  car do I need?” Of course,…

The atlantic crossing by ARC

Ocean sailing is the dream of many yachtspeople. But to successfully perform this adventure it is highly necessary to be prepared, especially those who are setting about to cross the Pillars of Hercules for the first time. The annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ARC or…

I stay in port: Sailing at the time of the virus

We are all in the same boat….. or better: we can’t stay in the same boat unless a safe distance is maintained….No, that’s not true: we can’t stay in the same boat and that’s all! Guys, we can beat about the bush trying to find…

Sailing a regatta: how to manage watch and rest periods and food-stocks

Who, when it comes to boat crossing, does not immediately think about a refreshing rest in a natural harbour, a nap during the day’s hottest hours, refreshing dips, aperitifs and barbecues at sunset? Doesn’t everybody? Of course they do. Because sharing pleasant moments of close…