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All the latest news from the world of sailing and stories from experienced sailors.

Treasure Island was one of my favourite works of fiction when I was a child. Admittedly my first exposure to the tale was via the Muppets movie adaptation. However, once I did read the Robert Louis Stevenson book it inspired a fascination with sailing and pirates that followed me to adulthood. This is why Black Read more

The adventure continues but the weather does not play ball

Read the latest missive from Challanger 1 as they have to change their destination – As the sun rose over the white cliffs of Yorkshire to reveal a crisp, clear blue sky, a well-rested and hungry set of sailors awoke to fill the galley. With a wide selection of cereal on offer, we set about Read more

Adventure to Norway sailing on a Challenger Yacht

Sailing to Norway – Day 1 Kindred Spirits Sailing to Norway – So the day we have all been looking forward to has finally arrived.  We each arrive bright eyed on the quay to meet our fellow sailors and the professional crew.  Warm greetings and cups of tea later we are thoroughly briefed, attired and Read more

The Real Ships Of Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean

This blog is going to look at some of the real ships of Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean. Filming out at sea as always been a tricky task. From the natural movement of the sea to uncontrollable weather conditions. It’s no wonder so many classic sailing movies were filmed in water tanks on Hollywood backlots. Read more

RYA VHF Radio course teaches you an important skill

Why VHF Radio is an important skill? First Class Sailing’s VHF Radio course teaches you important skill that not only protects your safety but is also a legal requirement. In rules set out by the government a minimum of one person onboard a yacht must have a VHF Radio license. If you ever find yourself Read more

First Aid at Sea & What To Do When Things Do Go Wrong?

You never want things to go wrong, and in reality it is unlikely they will. But with a lot of skills when it comes to sailing, for your own personal safety and that of your crew, it is better to have them and not have to use them. This blog will be looking at First Read more

Solent Sailing on Saturday 24th September 2022

Looking for something to do? How About Solent Sailing on 24th 2022? Are you looking for something different to do on your next sail? How about Solent Sailing on Saturday 24th September 2022? Then Clive Loughlin is here to help with his latest article for Sailing today. Clive is an instructor  for First Class Sailing Read more

Celestial Navigation is an ancient sailing skill you need to know

For hundreds of years before the advent of GPS sailors navigated the ocean using only a sextant and heavenly bodies. From Polynesians to Phoenicians. Viking raiders of the 5th Century to pillaging Pirates of the 18th. All used forms of Celestial Navigation. Recently we’ve discovered Vikings even manage to reach the shores of North American Read more

Why is heavy weather sailing an important skill?

Sailing in heavy and bad weather is a vital skill to have on you sailing toolbelt. If you’ve never done it before it can be a challenging and daunting experience. Knowing what to do when faced with high winds and big seas gives you the skills and confidence to sail safely. This blog will answer Read more

How Do Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Certificate Of Competence Differ?

Over the last few blog posts I’ve been walking through the RYA course progression. Some courses offer a different experience in your learning journey, in what you learn and how you taught it.  With some focused on helping you gain experience and miles rather than teaching you. This blog focuses on one of these courses. Read more