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Category: Articles

Expectation and reality: the crew list for the sailing race season

For some of us, sailing is a hobby. For others it’s a passion and for some others – I raise my hand and confess – a true obsession! Well, I have been sailing for decades and I think I can say that no sport activity…

Sail care: some tips to preserve your sails’ life

As we know, maintaining our boats is not an easy job. We sailors know very well that sail rigging requires special care to avoid that damage or wear may negatively affect our sailing efficiency and our finances.   An efficient set of sails can make…

A second chance: vintage yacht restoration

As an architect, I have carried out the restauration of numerous old buildings with all associated technical, artistic, cultural and general approach problems. I have studied and extensively discussed about the right attitude to adopt when taking care of an old architectural entity refurbishment. In…

Everybody is on the same boat: why sailors and motor boaters hate each other (and why they shouldn’t)

“A sailor is born, not made. And by “sailor” is meant, not the average inefficient and hopeless creature who is found to-day in the forecastles of deepwater ships, but the man who will take a fabric compounded of wood and iron and rope and canvas…

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,…