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“We have one very powerful principle. It is concentrated in one word: competence.”

Basic Sailing Terms for the New Sailor

Nautical language has a long and storied history, with many basic sailing terms that can completely confuse the newcomer.
September 23, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
what is apparent wind - two sails - one luffing and one full

What is apparent wind?

Both the speed and angle of apparent wind can vary depending on your velocity, which has important implications for sailing. What is apparent wind?
September 5, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
How to use a VHF Radio

Sailing Basics: How to use a VHF Radio

Your VHF radio is your best way to communicate with other boats on the water, with marinas, and with the coast guard, if necessary. Learning to use it, however, is a little like learning a new language.
August 6, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
How to tie to a mooring ball

How to Pick Up a Mooring Ball

The principle is simple - motor downwind past your selected mooring buoy and back up to it. Run a line from the forward cleat outside the stanchions...
June 8, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Top ten safe boating tips - wearing a lifevest

Top Ten Safe Boating Tips

Top 10 safe boating tips in recognition of safe boating awareness week this June. Learn how to be safe on the water.
May 22, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Crew on a sailboat

Crewing on a Sailing Vacation

8 people confined in 40 sq m for a week? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Well, not after you read this article. Crewing and skippering tips and ground rules.
May 20, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Anchoring with Side Waves

Anchoring with side waves

Here is a trick on how to turn your anchored boat to fave the waves instead of facing the wind. It gives you a much smoother experience while anchoring with side waves.
May 7, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Sailing Instructor Marc Hughston Santana Sailing

Meet Sailing Instructor Capt. Marc Hughston

Meet top sailing instructor Capt. Marc Hughston. Sailing instructors are often the most highly experienced sailors in the industry, but they all start somewhere! Gain insight into sailing from those who do it most...
April 28, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Mediterranean Sailing License Example

Do I need a sailing license to sail around the world if I own my own boat?

The sailing license that you typically hear about is for yacht chartering only and only in certain areas of the world like the Mediterranean, Seychelles, and a few others. Learn more here....
April 1, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Close Hauled sailboat

Navigation Practice Exercise

Here is a simple navigation practice exercise to practice sailing (navigating) to a waypoint. The exercise is for you to plan to sailing upwind and to a waypoint with 2 tacks.
March 10, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Maneuvering a Sailboat out of a tight slip example

Maneuvering a Sailboat out of a Tight Slip

Maneuvering a Sailboat out of a tight slip does not need to be stressful or embarrassing. Learn how to use your spring line in challenging crosswinds.
February 17, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Maneuvering Backward

Leaving a Mooring Ball in a Tidal Current

One of our students, Tom, asked the below question after he…
July 26, 2021/by Grant Headifen
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“As the wind, so the sails.” To learn more, try out NauticEd’s Free Basic Sail Trim Course, or go in depth with our Skipper Course or Sail Trim Clinic.

Basic Sailing Terms for the New Sailor

Nautical language has a long and storied history, with many basic sailing terms that can completely confuse the newcomer.
September 23, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
what is apparent wind - two sails - one luffing and one full

What is apparent wind?

Both the speed and angle of apparent wind can vary depending on your velocity, which has important implications for sailing. What is apparent wind?
September 5, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn

How to rig a temporary Barber Hauler on a Catamaran

Following on from last week's excellent post by SVN Magazine…
March 14, 2020/by Grant Headifen
Barber Hauler Guide

The Barber Hauler User Guide

The barber hauler owes its name to the Barber brothers, who introduced it for the first time in the 1950s to move the jib clew laterally and inwards to close the jib-mainsail channel and get a tighter angle on the wind. Over the years it has undergone a remarkable development....
March 7, 2020/by Grant Headifen

Spinnaker Sailing Course

The NauticEd Sail Trim course now includes how to hoist, fly, and douse a spinnaker. Here is an animation embedded into the course so that you can learn the names of the components associated with a spinnaker.
January 11, 2018/by Grant Headifen

Sailboat speed versus sailing angle

I nabbed this image off Pinterest via (https://hobiecat16.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/points-of-sail-vs-boat-speed/).…
September 27, 2017/by Grant Headifen

How does heeling angle create airfoil shape?

A student asked this question "How does heeling angle create…
April 6, 2017/by Grant Headifen

Sailing Vector Game

Learn Sailboat Giveway Rules and Cure Boredom at the Same Time.
Here…
December 13, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Who Gives Way, Adrift Powerboat or Sailboat under power?

If you like this post, please LIKE it on facebook. Thanks - it…
April 29, 2016/by Grant Headifen

How to gybe a sailboat single handed

I do this all the time, but I was out with a friend the other…
November 13, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Forereaching animation: How to sail in big waves

This post was inspired by the conversation I had with a student…
October 19, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Waves and Forereaching

Here is a great question from a student with our answer below.

QUESTION:
Hey…
October 7, 2015/by Grant Headifen
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Maneuvering under power (“Sorry for what I said while docking…”) is often dreaded by sailors! But we make it easy with the Maneuvering Under Power Clinic, also included in our Skipper Bundle of courses.

Maneuvering a Sailboat out of a tight slip example

Maneuvering a Sailboat out of a Tight Slip

Maneuvering a Sailboat out of a tight slip does not need to be stressful or embarrassing. Learn how to use your spring line in challenging crosswinds.
February 17, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Maneuvering Backward

Leaving a Mooring Ball in a Tidal Current

One of our students, Tom, asked the below question after he…
July 26, 2021/by Grant Headifen

What is a right-hand screw propeller or left-hand screw propeller?

The terms right-hand screw and left-hand screw are defined as…
March 24, 2020/by Grant Headifen

Mooring, Anchoring, and Docking

This tidbit tip of mooring, anchoring,  and docking information…
March 22, 2020/by Grant Headifen

How to Spring into a Tight Space on a Dock

Maneuvering your gorgeous sailboat under power in the marina…
January 27, 2017/by Grant Headifen

Who Gives Way, Adrift Powerboat or Sailboat under power?

If you like this post, please LIKE it on facebook. Thanks - it…
April 29, 2016/by Grant Headifen

How to Turn Your Sailboat in a Tight Marina

Turning your boat in a tight marina can be intimidating if you…
August 26, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Angular Momentum When Backing into a Slip

Backing into a slip is indeed an art form. But once you learn…
August 24, 2015/by Grant Headifen

High Wind Docking Maneuvers

How to back your sailboat into a slip with a high cross wind…
August 22, 2015/by Grant Headifen

How to ferry your boat into the dock

Ya gotta love this one. LIKE it on facebook please to spread…
May 17, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Docking a Sailboat Requires a Plan

Here’s a couple of good docking stories and also see below…
February 23, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Maneuvering a Catamaran

If you like this post, please LIKE it and g+1 it - thanks it…
August 6, 2014/by Grant Headifen
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Anchors aweigh! Learn more with NauticEd’s Anchoring a Sailboat Clinic, also included in the Bareboat Charter Master Bundle.

How to tie to a mooring ball

How to Pick Up a Mooring Ball

The principle is simple - motor downwind past your selected mooring buoy and back up to it. Run a line from the forward cleat outside the stanchions...
June 8, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Anchoring with Side Waves

Anchoring with side waves

Here is a trick on how to turn your anchored boat to fave the waves instead of facing the wind. It gives you a much smoother experience while anchoring with side waves.
May 7, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Maneuvering Backward

Leaving a Mooring Ball in a Tidal Current

One of our students, Tom, asked the below question after he…
July 26, 2021/by Grant Headifen
Jeanneau Anchored

Anchoring: How much rope or chain should I let out?

Anchoring and getting how much chain and rope right to let out is such an important topic that we thought we'd make this excerpt available for free in open space. Please enjoy how we dive into science and mathematics in these techniques.
October 28, 2020/by Grant Headifen

Mooring, Anchoring, and Docking

This tidbit tip of mooring, anchoring,  and docking information…
March 22, 2020/by Grant Headifen

Anchoring a Sailboat Tip 2

This is a follow on article on request of one of our students…
February 21, 2019/by Grant Headifen

Anchoring a Sailboat Tip

How to Pick the Right Spot to Anchor
The NauticEd Anchoring…
February 8, 2019/by Grant Headifen

Types of Anchors

Went for a walk along the dock the other day and took a few pics…
July 3, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Monitoring your Anchor Set

After the anchor has set and adequate rode has been paid out,…
April 7, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Anchoring a Sailboat When Chartering

Anchoring an unfamiliar boat
If you like this post - please…
June 17, 2014/by Grant Headifen

How to do a Mediterranean Mooring

 Mediterranean Mooring
The Med Mooring now becomes simple and…
July 17, 2013/by Grant Headifen

Anchoring and going to the potty HTML5 animations

Anchoring and going to the head animations

With the introduction…
July 19, 2012/by Grant Headifen
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“The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.” Which is why we offer many best-in-class nav courses including Coastal Navigation and Electronic Navigation.

How to use a VHF Radio

Sailing Basics: How to use a VHF Radio

Your VHF radio is your best way to communicate with other boats on the water, with marinas, and with the coast guard, if necessary. Learning to use it, however, is a little like learning a new language.
August 6, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
Close Hauled sailboat

Navigation Practice Exercise

Here is a simple navigation practice exercise to practice sailing (navigating) to a waypoint. The exercise is for you to plan to sailing upwind and to a waypoint with 2 tacks.
March 10, 2022/by Grant Headifen

NauticEd talks to hot new sailing app savvy navvy

Talk about NauticEd disrupting the Sailing Education industry,…
May 3, 2019/by Grant Headifen

Navigation: Rate and Direction (Set and Drift) exercises

Here are some Navigation rate and drift with leeway exercises…
April 10, 2019/by Grant Headifen

Tide Calculation Pop Quiz

Here's is a quick few tidal problems for you to solve
You're…
March 22, 2019/by Grant Headifen

How do Polar Plots Work on a Sailboat?

This is an excerpt from the NauticEd Electronic Navigation Course.…
February 7, 2018/by Grant Headifen

Lines of Position

Lines of Position - Problem
You take the following bearings…
November 26, 2017/by Grant Headifen

GPS Tracking for Sailboats and Float Plan Filing

TrackLinkTM is the GPS Tracking App for Sailboats
LATEST UPDATE:…
July 5, 2017/by Grant Headifen

IALA-A and IALA-B Navigation Marks and Atons

BOOK MARK THIS PAGE

Getting confused about Lateral Navigation…
March 28, 2017/by Grant Headifen

Navigation: Distance off a point method or double the angle

Each of our course pages has a nano-forum (called SeaTalks) attached…
January 13, 2017/by Grant Headifen

Sailing Virgins in the BVI joins NauticEd

NauticEd Finds Sailing Virgins Sailing School
Only ten years…
December 9, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Set and Drift or Direction and Rate Problem

Just for practice - solve the following problem on the Long Island…
December 6, 2016/by Grant Headifen
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“The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid and avoids the storm he cannot weather.” To achieve both, take NauticEd’s Weather and Storm Tactics Clinics

what is apparent wind - two sails - one luffing and one full

What is apparent wind?

Both the speed and angle of apparent wind can vary depending on your velocity, which has important implications for sailing. What is apparent wind?
September 5, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn

Predicting the Wind and Weather

NauticEd International Sailing Education forms a strategic partnership…
December 18, 2020/by Grant Headifen

All about Inflatable Life Vests

Inflatable PFD's
Chances are that you will be switching over…
April 6, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Forereaching animation: How to sail in big waves

This post was inspired by the conversation I had with a student…
October 19, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Waves and Forereaching

Here is a great question from a student with our answer below.

QUESTION:
Hey…
October 7, 2015/by Grant Headifen

High Wind Docking Maneuvers

How to back your sailboat into a slip with a high cross wind…
August 22, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Sailing in High Winds

High Wind Sailing
If you like this post - please "LIKE" it and…
April 18, 2014/by Grant Headifen

How to Effectively use a Wind Meter on a Sailboat

Using a Wind Meter - get your head out of the boat
If you like…
February 24, 2014/by Grant Headifen

How to Handle Wind Gusts and Rounding Up

Rounding up is so - so - so dangerous. Last weekend we were out…
February 17, 2014/by Grant Headifen

Man Overboard

Man Overboard Stories
Man Overboard is one of those things we…
May 30, 2013/by Grant Headifen

How to cure seasickness naturally

On our most recent yacht charter to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand,…
March 10, 2013/by Grant Headifen
My Sea Monster

Sea Monster Story: Katabatic Wind

Well actually not so terrifying and not REALLY a sea monster BUT ... We spent about 20 minutes starring at the effect of katabatic winds blasting down the valleys and exploding into the water.
February 1, 2013/by Grant Headifen
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“Verification is the perfect proof of competence.” Certifications and Resumes are simply good ways of knowing a sailor’s qualified and can actually do what they say they can do. Learn more about Certification & Licensing.

Top ten safe boating tips - wearing a lifevest

Top Ten Safe Boating Tips

Top 10 safe boating tips in recognition of safe boating awareness week this June. Learn how to be safe on the water.
May 22, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Mediterranean Sailing License Example

Do I need a sailing license to sail around the world if I own my own boat?

The sailing license that you typically hear about is for yacht chartering only and only in certain areas of the world like the Mediterranean, Seychelles, and a few others. Learn more here....
April 1, 2022/by Grant Headifen

Catamaran Qualification and Training

We get this call almost every day - "I've been sailing a monohull…
February 3, 2021/by Grant Headifen
NauticEd Certification Competency Explained

Sailing Certificate Standards

NauticEd has been operating as a premier sailing training body…
January 26, 2021/by Grant Headifen

On The Water Training Standards

At NauticEd, we treat the word COMPETENCE very seriously. We…
November 25, 2020/by Grant Headifen

Nineteen ways to get sailing experience if you don’t own a boat

Often we have people call and say they can't charter a yacht…
January 21, 2019/by Grant Headifen
sailing resume

What is a boating or sailing resume?

To charter a yacht on a sailing vacation (or a powerboat on a boating vacation) you absolutely must have a boating or sailing resume. A sailing or boating resume is the same as a job resume – it summarizes, in a very concise format, all of your accomplishments.
January 2, 2019/by Grant Headifen

What is The Biggest Lie in Sailing?

For years now, we have known about the biggest lie in sailing.…
December 4, 2018/by Grant Headifen

Charter Companies: How the NauticEd Sailing Certification Ranks Work

This is a brief for Yacht Charter Companies on How the NauticEd…
August 7, 2018/by Grant Headifen
Mediterranean Sailing License Example

How to gain your SLC Mediterranean Sailing License

You now must have a Sailing License for chartering a sailboat in the Mediterranean. No matter how much experience you have and no matter who you are, you have to have a license. Why?
May 21, 2018/by Grant Headifen

Sailing License for the Mediterranean

PRESS RELEASE:
This past week, NauticEd's SLC license was approved…
April 5, 2018/by Grant Headifen

Sailing Training Vacations

Learning to Sail - Improving Your Sailing Skills - Building Mileage:…
January 26, 2018/by Grant Headifen
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“Life [sailing] is not a final. It’s daily pop quizzes.” Each of our sailing courses includes quizzes and tests that you can retake as many times as you’d like.

Close Hauled sailboat

Navigation Practice Exercise

Here is a simple navigation practice exercise to practice sailing (navigating) to a waypoint. The exercise is for you to plan to sailing upwind and to a waypoint with 2 tacks.
March 10, 2022/by Grant Headifen

Navigation: Rate and Direction (Set and Drift) exercises

Here are some Navigation rate and drift with leeway exercises…
April 10, 2019/by Grant Headifen

Tide Calculation Pop Quiz

Here's is a quick few tidal problems for you to solve
You're…
March 22, 2019/by Grant Headifen

Spinnaker Sailing Course

The NauticEd Sail Trim course now includes how to hoist, fly, and douse a spinnaker. Here is an animation embedded into the course so that you can learn the names of the components associated with a spinnaker.
January 11, 2018/by Grant Headifen

Sailing Vector Game

Learn Sailboat Giveway Rules and Cure Boredom at the Same Time.
Here…
December 13, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Set and Drift or Direction and Rate Problem

Just for practice - solve the following problem on the Long Island…
December 6, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Test Question: How to Determine Speed and COG

Try to answer this coastal navigation question:

At 1035 your…
January 22, 2016/by Grant Headifen

Snap Test: How well do you know the rules

If you like this fun test - please like us over there ---->
Thanks…
November 16, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Snap Test: Who gives way?

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Here's a fun little test.
Know the Official…
May 18, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Another tide problem to solve

If you like this problem please like it on facebook and g+1.…
February 2, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Can you solve this tidal problem?

If you like exercises like this we will post more - like it on…
January 15, 2015/by Grant Headifen
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