What exactly is Mean Sea Level and how was this calculated? On a recent trip to Cornwall I stumbled across the rather derelict looking Newlyn Tidal Observatory, the home to Mean Sea Level which is the starting point for levelling in the UK. The Mean Sea Level Datum is the point at which all heightsContinue reading “Mean Sea Level – A visit to the Newlyn Tidal Observatory”
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How to calculate an Estimated Position
In this post I go through a step by step guide on how to calculate your vessels position by working up an EP on your chart.
How to set up a Tidal Curve
Any sailor exploring tidal waters should be aware of the immense power the tide can have. In this blog I go through how to set up your tidal curve on board and my top tips for using one.
How to clean the log on board your vessel – Video Tutorial
The log – a key navigational tool for all sailors alike. Sitting just proud of the hull through a skin fitting it is common for these paddle wheels to get fouled and require some cleaning. Take a look at this blog post to see a step by step guide:
The Environmental Impact on the water due to COVID-19
With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and lock down extended until at least the 7 May 2020, I wanted to shed some light on the more positive changes I have noticed during this time. In particular how clean and clear the water now is in a time when leisure sailing has temporarily ceased.
BBC Radio Solent – H2O Podcast – Sailing in the Coronavirus Lockdown
Have a listen to the moment myself and my Chief Instructor Lou from Nomad Sailing had the chance to talk to BBC Radio Solent about the impact of COVID-19 on the Sailing Industry. Last week Lou and I were lucky enough to be contacted by BBC Radio Solent looking for content for their weekly H2OContinue reading “BBC Radio Solent – H2O Podcast – Sailing in the Coronavirus Lockdown”
Whats inside my life raft? Where should I keep it on board? What should I pack in my grab bag?
A shout out to the unsung hero’s of Marina Staff
In these unprecedented times we find ourselves coming together even more as a nation to thank those who are dealing with increased and immense pressure whilst undertaking their day to day work. From NHS workers, Waste Collectors, Carers and many more I thought it prudent and necessary to thank the marina staff still working hardContinue reading “A shout out to the unsung hero’s of Marina Staff”
Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, gale force 8 expected later. Changes to the much loved BBC Radio 4 Shipping Forecast amidst COVID-19 pandemic
The Handy Billy – What is one? What can it be used for and how do I make one?
In this post I look at a piece of equipment known by sailors around the world as a ‘Handy Billy’. What exactly is one? And what use does it have on board? As skippers, we all have items on our boats or in our nav bags that we wouldn’t leave port without. A wire coatContinue reading “The Handy Billy – What is one? What can it be used for and how do I make one?”