Sailing News

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

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

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

What does RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory teach you?

This course is the highest RYA endorsed theory course you can take and will draw from and test all the theory you have been taught during your learning journey. However, that means it can be quite challenging to grasp what the course covers given its wide scope. That’s why this blog aims to help and Read more

What Is The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical?

What is the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical? This week’s blog tells you everything you need to know and answers any questions you may have. In a previous blog, we discussed RYA Yachtmaster Theory and how it builds upon your established Day Skipper Theory knowledge. The same idea applies to the topic of this week’s blog. It Read more

Everything You Need To Know About RYA Yachtmaster Theory

In last weeks blog we broke down RYA Day Skipper Practical and how it fits in to your learning progression. RYA Yachtmaster Theory is the next step in that journey and on its completion you opens up RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course as well as several other interesting optional courses you could take. This blog Read more

RYA Day Skipper Practical. What Does It Teach You?

In a previous blog, we discussed what the first steps are when you want to learn to sail. It pointed towards RYA Competent Crew & RYA Day Skipper Theory being the perfect starting place for a beginner just setting off on their sailing adventure. So you’ve completed both beginner courses. What’s next? The answer is Read more

Circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight

Time for a circumnavigation Of The Isle of Wight Having previously planned weekends in the Solent based around neaps and springs, this blog is based on a trip roughly mid-way between springs and neaps. The idea is that someone with a berth up the River Hamble arrives at their home berth on Friday afternoon and Read more