Showing posts with label Nautical Knowledge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nautical Knowledge. Show all posts

Shoreline Aerial Images for Planning a Sailing Trip

Have you ever wondered what the shoreline looks like of a place you wish to sail to? Imagery makes it so easy to sail to your destination online, before your boat leaves the dock. Easy to use, and fun, shoreline aerial images and photos can help you plan your sailing trip.

For example, if you're wanting to sail over to a shoreline in Washington State, you can take a look at where you're going from the aerial shoreline images on the Washington State Dept of Ecology. To give you an idea of what it looks like, here's an image. Happy sailing!

Port Townsend, WA.

Rigging the Main Sail Tutorial

Time to hit the summer winds, water and currents for sailing! If you're at the beginner level for sailing, be sure you know how to rig your main sail, before you go! If you're not sure how, this 2 minute sailing school tutorial for rigging the main sail will show you. Happy sailing!



Hitch Knot - What Sailing Knot to Know

This is the second in our series for "What Sailing Knot to Know", featuring the "Hitch Knot". For the first knot in the series, be sure to also read about the bowline knot.

There are numerous variations of a hitch knot, including the single hitch, half hitch, clove hitch, and more. To study the many variations of the hitch knot, sail on over to Realknots.

Sailing Schools for Sailing Lessons

If you are planning to learn how to sail and prefer to attend a sailing school, there are many good ones to choose from. We'll be adding more to our list of sailing schools later, but for now this will get you started, depending on the geographical area in which you live. In that I'm in Washington State, I'll begin there!

Keep in mind that it may be more economical to have a friend or relative join you to take sailing lessons from a school since some provide a price break for educating more than one student at a time. So grab a friend before you register for lessons at a sailing school. Happy sailing!

Washington State Sailing Schools, 
Sailing Lessons and High School Sailing:

Gig Harbor Sailing School
Offers sailing school lessons, and is also a sailing club. Gig Harbor, WA

The Sailing Foundation
Even if you're not near the Redmond area, be sure to sail over to The Sailing Foundation. Their site has a long list of sailing schools in Washington State as well as in Oregon. The Sailing Foundation also provides High School Sailing. Redmond, WA

NOTE: Be sure to also visit Johns Nautical List of sailing schools listed below, for additional sailing schools in Washington State.

Sailing Schools in Other States, and Countries

Johns Nautical List
Sail on over to John's list to discover a long list of boating and sailing schools in various states within the USA, as well as some located in other Countries. While on his site, I lost count of how many schools he has listed! I was too lazy to count them all, but it appears he has well over 70 listed, so it's well worth your time to visit his site. Thanks John, you made my work here much easier - lol.

Wind Surfing Course

If you would like to learn wind surfing, you can either go at it alone, get some assistance from a friend wind surfing with you, or in this case learn how to wind surf by video and online.

The US Sailing site has some awesome instructional information for wind surfing and sailing, along with videos. Now is the time to educate yourself about wind surfing so you'll be ready to make a go at it once Summer comes around.

What Sailing Knot to Know - Bowline

First in our series of "What Sailing Knots to Know" is the "Bowline". The bowline knot, aka as the "loop knot" is considered to be the favorite for a yachtsman! It is essential for sailing and was first identified when found on an ancient Egyptian ship during an excavation.

Watching this animation of the bowline knot shows how easy it is to make a bowline knot. Special thanks to Apparent-Wind at the link above for providing the bowline knot image shown here. Be sure to click above to watch their animation of the bowline knot!

One reason the knot is a favorite is because it won't jam, and it's also easy to undue the knot if there is knot not a load on it. Although it generally is considered to be a reliable knot, please note that under some conditions it may not always hold.

We hope you enjoyed the first in our series of "What Sailing Knot to Know" and learned how to do a bowline knot.

Sea Kayaking for Sailors

Every sailor loves another opportunity for seafaring adventures, but it doesn't always have to involve a ship or boat with sails. Sea kayaking is a popular sport in the ever-vast waters of the Puget Sound, which is very close to my home.

Kayaks also make a great source of transportation to reach your buoyed sailboat, or to take you to remote areas in lakes or seas that your sailing vessel may not be able to reach. When selecting your kayak, be sure to choose a style that is a good match to the type of kayaking you will be enjoying.

There are several basic types to choose from: Inflatable or rigid construction. If one were asked what type they would prefer you would probably get a variety of answers, and for a variety of reasons, but for me I would prefer a rigid type of kayak. I was surprised to learn that the rigid molded type of kayaks have only been around since 1984.

There are numerous types of rigid style kayaks. Jackson kayaks is a great resource to consider when selecting a kayak for extreme sports, pleasure, and even for choosing a kayak for your little sailors! They had every kayak addict in mind when they designed their boats. In 2007 they redesigned many of their kayaks, making them more stable, quicker, and easier to use. Their "Jackson Star" model shown below, is designed for those who crave kayak wave-surfing!

The Jackson Kayaks come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and price ranges to choose from, providing every type of kayak-lover an ultimate choice without sacrificing safety. In fact, when it comes to choosing one for your kids it may be of interest to you to learn that several of their models for children were designed for Eric Jackson's own children to learn in, so you can be assured they are constructed with safety in mind!

The sooner you get your children comfortable around the water, the more likely they'll become little sailors just like their dad. Kayaking is a great way to boost your little sailors confidence out on the water, and in a very safe manner.

Come About Sailing Maneuver

Here's a quick and easy beginner lesson for the maneuver known as "coming about". This lesson will surely fire up your young sailor at heart as it's an easy one for them to learn. The lesson is only a few minutes in length so it makes for a great mini sailing lesson for the day! Once you get out into the water it will of course take longer than just a few minutes, but you get the drift (pun intended) with what I mean. Enjoy your trip!

Sailing from the Crows Nest

"Ahoy Captain! There's land ahead!" may be something you would hear coming from a crows nest. Now before you think this is for the birds, I'll refresh your memory in case you've forgotten what the platform way up high in the mainmast of a ship is, which served as a lookout tower for the need to look for land or enemy ships.

In the very early days the crows nest was sometimes made from a barrel or a basket. Have you ever wondered where they came up with the name crows nest?

The crow was an essential part of the early sailors' navigation equipment. These land-lubbing fowl were carried on board to help the navigator determine where the closest land lay when the weather prevented sighting the shore visually. In cases of poor visibility, a crow was released and the navigator plotted a course that corresponded with the bird's because it invariably headed straight toward land, "as the crow flies".

The crow's cage was situated high in the main mast where the look-out stood his watch. Often, he shared this lofty perch with a crow or two since the crows' cages were kept there: hence the "crow's nest."

As quoted by Wikipedia regarding the ships crow's nest, you now officially know where the term crows nest originated. Have fun as you go sailing from the crows nest! You might want to take a bungee cord to strap yourself in!

My Ship Came In!

LOL! Just kidding, but I thought it would make an interesting topic to ponder for the day. What exactly does it mean to you when you hear the term, "My ship came in"? Generally speaking in our society it refers to someone with a recent financial gain or windfall, new job or career etc.

Now to a pirate it could mean the next ship they would claim as their own plunder had just come ashore. What does it mean to you when you hear the old saying, "My ship came in!", or does it really mean anything at all to you?

The Mayflower

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It's difficult to imagine the hardship and trials endured by all who sailed the high seas in the Mayflower. As hundreds of years have gone by still today we are amazed by the Mayflowers journey.

Great Nautical Quotes

"Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made."
Robert N. Rose