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Cruising Helmsman

Cruising Helmsman

November 2020

Cruising Helmsman is devoted exclusively to all types of cruising under sail. We focus on cruising destinations and how to get the most out of them, provide expert advice for the practical sailor and have a range of real-life accounts from seasoned cruisers and their on-board experiences.

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17 min

IN May 2018 the Adams 40 steel cutter Goanna experienced three consecutive nights of gale force winds in the eastern approaches to Bass Strait and got severely knocked down on the third night. This is the story of that voyage. We are a husband and wife crew of live-aboard yachties and sometime voyagers. Hardship and danger have never been on our agenda. This undertaking would be our sixth sail across Bass Strait. Previous trips in that region had ranged from a genoa-all-the-way sunny ride, to a battle into winds reaching gale force strength. On Thursday 17 May 2018 Goanna departed Triabunna in eastern Tasmania bound for New South Wales. Our attempt at sailing off the mooring under mainsail and jib did not go so well, a flukey wind shift as soon as…

4 min
pitch pivot: three centres of motion

Great debate rages in naval architecture about where a boat pivots when pitching. This is because there are three forces acting, each with its own point of action. Gravity The centre of gravity is probably the easiest point to imagine. It is the point through which the weight of the boat acts. Every object has a centre of gravity and mostly you can find it very easily: take a pencil or pen and try to balance it across a finger so that it does not fall off. The point you are supporting it at when it is balanced is directly under the centre of gravity. The principle is the same for a boat; imagine taking the boat out of the water and chocking it up on just one narrow block of timber (don’t try…

8 min
purple hearts for cruising duty

THE Purple Heart is well known as a US military decoration, awarded to the unfortunates who are wounded in the pursuit of duty. Having been around for quite a while I believe maybe it is time this distinction was extended to the cruising fraternity who have suffered in the pursuit of their duty. Rather than taking a bullet, a piece of shrapnel or any of the thousand other ways to damage weak human flesh, cruisers are more frequently damaged in the pocket or the pride. If the ‘Purple Heart of Cruising’ medal was ever struck and awarded, I and many others would have a chestful and correspondingly low self esteem. There are many ways to earn this distinction, it is limited only by one’s capacity for personal folly, lack of preperation and…

4 min
buck’s fizz

IT was yet another UK corporate day in June on Dark Horse, the Ocean 60 Lloyds Bank Sailing Club yacht. One of several that month that helped pay to keep the old girl afloat. This day, not unsurprisingly, our guests were mostly merchant bankers, brokers, etcetera from the city. After an early start from the big smoke, they had joined the four of us just before nine o’clock at Camper and Nicholson’s marina in Gosport. We welcomed them onto the ’Horse’, then gave them a quick breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Our route was, as usual, totally predictable: all sixteen of us on the boat having been booked into the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes for lunch at 1:30pm. It could not have been a better day for the trip,…

17 min
from zero to yachtmaster hero

IF you did not grow up on a boat and sailing is not in your blood from birth, learning to sail can seem like a daunting endeavour; the prospect of it almost inconceivable. This is not helped by the elitist views of some sailors and the general derision experienced by newcomers for their failings due to inexperience. Anyone would think that these sailors began as seasoned professionals and never suffered the shortcomings of learning. It was not too long ago that I was embarking on this steep learning curve. Having completed a ‘Keelboat helm and crew’ course, my instructor recommended that I crew on a boat for the summer saturday racing season on the Swan River to gain some experience. Jumping straight on the Royal Perth Yacht Club’s website, I got in touch…