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Category: Sailboats

(Reg)tiquette: regatta etiquette before, during, after.

Last weekend, after months of inactivity, I started racing again at the Genoa Sailing Week. It did not go well, and, to be honest, I want to archive the experience without too many comments. The only positive side is that I saw again old friends…

Flight and sailing: Vendée Globe, America’s cup and surroundings

August 22nd 1851 the Royal Yacht Squadron organized what nowadays we would call “a club race” on a route that winds around the Isle of Wight. Fourteen local boats and a New York Yacht Club boat participated. At stake was a silver pitcher (quite ugly…

Into the blue with a green thumb: growing a garden on boat

With a limited space and obvious pitfalls due to salt, wind and movement, many of us would give up right away the idea of growing your own vegetables on boat. It could be possible: I have had a chat with some hardened navigators who are…

When you say out of hand: Point Nemo myth and reality of the remotest point of the globe

If the news of the Vendée Globe at some point got us caught up, a few months ago, we have learned that in that moment the competing yachts were sailing to transit the point on the earth globe closer to the orbiting space station than…

Women on board: why this article should be useless

Before writing this article I had a look online. I always do, just to check what has already been written about a certain topic and avoid talking again and again about something that has already been thoroughly discussed. I must confess that after reading for…

Memories of nautical chart table

You used to use me to track the route On all boats beyond a certain size (even quite reduced actually) is proudly displayed a furniture element that, until not so long ago, was a real cult piece. It was a sort of secular temple that…

Pets on board: some tips

Whether it is a spilled litter, pet passports or dogs overboard, sailing with our cat or dog can be a  challenge. At the same time, since pets are often an integral part of our families, leaving them at home just isn’t an option for many…

Rigging: checking and replacement

Today, we will be addressing a very important and delicate topic: we are talking about a real art, that of rigging, which consists, basically, in the discipline that studies, designs and produces the necessary equipment to arm a sailboat, sustaining the mast and making it…

The thousand possibilities of solar energy

From the shower to the lights, how the Sun makes us save energy Those who love long sailing navigations and spending nights in roadstead, know that the first problem to face and solve regards the electric power saving, which is crucial for the proper functioning…

Boat schooling: at school around the 7 seas

One of the consequences of this ongoing pandemic is the encounter-clash of millions of families, at all latitudes, with the home learning. Mysterious object and still little explored, home schooling could be destined to stay between us (maybe in flashes) for a while longer. In…

A boat toolbox: minor repairs at dock and at sea

Does it happen to you that when you are in a hurry, the light turns invariably red? Or, when you are waiting for a bus for ages, then three of them come at the same time? Or, when you are trying to catch a key…

Charter: legislation and implementation

If you are one of this blog’s readers, is highly probable that you like sailing, and it is even more probable that you think a sailing holiday is the one that best suits you, is in tune with your spirit and regenerates your body. For…