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Who gives way animation for navigation rules

Who Gives Way Port versus Starboard?

December 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

Navigation: Rate and Direction (Set and Drift) exercises

Here are some Navigation rate and drift with leeway exercises…
April 10, 2019/by Grant Headifen
Fictitious Chart for tides and rule of twelves

Tide Calculation Pop Quiz

Tide Calculation Pop Quiz - here's are a quick few tidal problems for you to solve.
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

Take this fun test and if you like it, - please like us over…
November 16, 2015/by Grant Headifen
Flooding tide from 0.6 m to 4.4 m tide curve.

How to use a Tide Curve problem

Build on your knowledge of tide curves and learn how to advance your skills in properly using them to your advantage.
February 2, 2015/by Grant Headifen
Tide Curve

Can you solve this tidal problem?

In this sailing exercise, you'll be given a tidal problem. See if you have what it takes to solve it, or if you need a little more practice.
January 15, 2015/by Grant Headifen

Anchors aweigh! Learn more with NauticEd’s Anchoring a Sailboat Clinic, also included in the Bareboat Charter Master Bundle.

Anchoring with Lines Ashore – Mediterranean Style

Master anchoring with lines ashore - essential for boat owners and on charter boats, especially the Mediterranean.
November 30, 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
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
Bahamas Docking

Mooring, Anchoring, and Docking

Before you leave/approach a dock, pick up a mooring ball, or drop anchor, you must know what the wind and current will be doing to your boat.
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…
July 17, 2013/by Grant Headifen
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Learn Lateral and Cardinal marks and navigational rules in Virtual Reality

Learn Lateral Marks in Virtual Reality

Learn Lateral Marks in virtual reality. Grant gives an example of the lateral marks combined with Cardinal Marks in VR.
January 27, 2023/by Grant Headifen

How to Raise or Unfurl Sails

Learn how to raise or unfurl sails in this brief glimpse into one of our introductory sailing courses.
January 12, 2023/by Trisha Evelyn
Most important Sailing Knots

Most Important Sailing Knots

These 8 sailing knots are the first ones you should master as you learn how to sail. Practice these (and then a couple of extras) to continue your online sailing education journey.
December 21, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
Who gives way animation for navigation rules

Who Gives Way Port versus Starboard?

December 1, 2022/by Grant Headifen

Anchoring with Lines Ashore – Mediterranean Style

Master anchoring with lines ashore - essential for boat owners and on charter boats, especially the Mediterranean.
November 30, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
Polar Plot

How do Polar Plots Work on a Sailboat?

The polar plot on a sailboat shows the speed the sailboat goes at a specific angle to the wind at a specific wind speed. Read this article to understand how they work and how to read a polar plot.
November 23, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Chicken Gybe

The Chicken Gybe (Jibe)

Sometimes in sailing it’s smart to stay safe and not take the dare. The safe maneuver is called the chicken gybe (jibe).
November 18, 2022/by Grant Headifen
NauticEd Sail Twist Basics

What is Sail Twist and how to use it

Managing sail twist can increase the performance, speed, and control of the sails. What is Sail Twist and how to use it...
October 18, 2022/by D Henderson
stopper Knot

A Stopper Knot in Time Saves…

For a beginner or advanced sailor, a properly tied stopper knot will always keep your line accessible and in its proper place.
October 5, 2022/by Grant Headifen
World's First Virtual Reality Sailing Course - NauticEd and MarineVerse

NauticEd and MarineVerse Launch World’s First Virtual Reality Sailing Course

The virtual reality sailing training is expected to revolutionize sailing education by better preparing and entertaining sailors.
October 5, 2022/by D Henderson
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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.

How to Raise or Unfurl Sails

Learn how to raise or unfurl sails in this brief glimpse into one of our introductory sailing courses.
January 12, 2023/by Trisha Evelyn
Most important Sailing Knots

Most Important Sailing Knots

These 8 sailing knots are the first ones you should master as you learn how to sail. Practice these (and then a couple of extras) to continue your online sailing education journey.
December 21, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
Chicken Gybe

The Chicken Gybe (Jibe)

Sometimes in sailing it’s smart to stay safe and not take the dare. The safe maneuver is called the chicken gybe (jibe).
November 18, 2022/by Grant Headifen
NauticEd Sail Twist Basics

What is Sail Twist and how to use it

Managing sail twist can increase the performance, speed, and control of the sails. What is Sail Twist and how to use it...
October 18, 2022/by D Henderson
stopper Knot

A Stopper Knot in Time Saves…

For a beginner or advanced sailor, a properly tied stopper knot will always keep your line accessible and in its proper place.
October 5, 2022/by Grant Headifen

Virtual Reality Relaxed Training (because real sailing can be scary)

Sailing doesn’t need to be scary. It’s simply a skill that you can master. Not just learn. Master. Sure, you need to take some courses and practice, but every single concept you learn, every single time you practice, you are building a depth of knowledge that slowly chips away at fear. Plus, now you can practice with a virtual reality sailing course!
October 4, 2022/by Trisha Evelyn
NauticEd Virtual Reality Sailing Lessons - Self Mastery

Virtual Reality Sailing Training

NauticEd Creates Partnership to Launch VR Sailing Training. Learn more about NauticEd's Virtual Reality Sailing Training.
September 25, 2022/by Grant Headifen

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
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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
Propeller Spiral

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

What is a right hand screw propeller or left hand screw propeller?
March 24, 2020/by Grant Headifen
Bahamas Docking

Mooring, Anchoring, and Docking

Before you leave/approach a dock, pick up a mooring ball, or drop anchor, you must know what the wind and current will be doing to your boat.
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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Remember that “The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators” and “The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid and avoids the storm he cannot weather” – which is why we offer many best-in-class courses including Coastal Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Weather and Storm Tactics.

Learn Lateral and Cardinal marks and navigational rules in Virtual Reality

Learn Lateral Marks in Virtual Reality

Learn Lateral Marks in virtual reality. Grant gives an example of the lateral marks combined with Cardinal Marks in VR.
January 27, 2023/by Grant Headifen
Who gives way animation for navigation rules

Who Gives Way Port versus Starboard?

December 1, 2022/by Grant Headifen
Polar Plot

How do Polar Plots Work on a Sailboat?

The polar plot on a sailboat shows the speed the sailboat goes at a specific angle to the wind at a specific wind speed. Read this article to understand how they work and how to read a polar plot.
November 23, 2022/by Grant Headifen
My Sea Monster

Sea Monster Story: Katabatic Winds

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.
September 26, 2022/by Grant Headifen
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
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

Predicting the Wind and Weather

NauticEd International Sailing Education forms a strategic partnership…
December 18, 2020/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
Fictitious Chart for tides and rule of twelves

Tide Calculation Pop Quiz

Tide Calculation Pop Quiz - here's are a quick few tidal problems for you to solve.
March 22, 2019/by Grant Headifen

Lines of Position

Lines of Position - Problem
You take the following bearings…
November 26, 2017/by Grant Headifen
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Last updated on February 2nd, 2023