Here is something pretty cool that we found. It’s Rick Moore’s drone tour of the Road Town Harbour in the BVI
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International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea FREE Sailng Course
You’re out there all the time. You look under the sail and you see this scenario above. You’ve got to know what to do instantly. If you make the wrong decision, you could cause a collision with serious damage, injury or death. And it would be your fault because you didn’t take the time to learn and know the rules. I feel like I can give you a hard time here, because the course is absolutely FREE. We made it FREE because the rules are that important. I’ve seen and I bet you’ve seen too many bozos out there.
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Another Maneuvering technique for your bag of tricks.
This is a great trick we learned in the Bahamas last week when doing our ICC license with Mark Thompson from Yachting Education. Mark has been instructing students for 30 years and has an enormous bag of tricks to teach. This one was cool. South of the dock was a shallow area and so we could not drive up to the dock in a normal fashion. Instead we “ferryed” the boat across the wind.
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This is just the one of the many tricks we have put into our Maneuvering and Docking a Sailboat Under Power Course.
Here is an excellent question from a student with our answer. It is in regards to entering Master of the vessel time into his NauticEd online sailing logbook.
My name is Ben , and I am a NauticEd Member. I am quite fond of the program and think it is a wonderful tool for new sailors like me.
I do have one suggestion regarding the NauticEd Logbook however. Currently, you can only enter experience as master of the vessel or as crew. In my situation, I often find myself standing solo watches while sailing; while not master of the vessel, I am acting in a greater capacity than simple crew. I would suggest that you add a “watchstander” option for your logbook system so that sailors like me who aren’t often the final authority on board, but are acting in that capacity for 4 hours or more.
Thanks for your time, and keep up the good work.
Ben thanks for your excellent suggestion. I get what you are saying – there is a level of responsibility in Watchleader.
We’d have to think about how to incorporate this level of granularity into our online sailing logbook. In regards to the capacity of crew however it is worth still a full day so long as there is sufficient master time to match. e.g. if you have 10 days as master then you can earn all 10 crew days (if logged) towards level promotion. The only time crew days don’t really count is when there is a gross imbalance.
When working with charter companies they were very insistent on master of the vessel time and how important that was. We did put some provisions in there for instructor supervised time to short cut to level 1.
We’ll keep thinking as we always work to improve the whole concept. We also allow students to use seamanship discretion when deciding who was master of the vessel. e.g. when a student goes out with a friend and asks the friend that he needs master time – he can ask his friend “can he be designated today as master?” That kind of thing counts I believe and is valuable time.
Here is a question from a Student who posted it on Disqus. I felt it was important enough to post out here for public. Displaying correct lights on boats is important.
Could you please provide more of an explanation for the following:
Although ‘steaming light’ is used extensively, this does not have a definition within the IRPCS [International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea], the correct definition being a masthead light.
If the tri-colour light can replace the stern and red/green pulpit light on a sailboat how can it be unacceptable to use the tri-colour light with mast head light? If you are under power you of course need your steaming light/ mast head light illuminated. So if you don’t have pulpit or stern lights aboard as you are using a tri colour light how can you do this?
Agreed – lights can be confusing at the onset. In this particular topic, sailors tend to get confused because they think a mast is only on a sailboat. But, a mast head light is also used (and defined for use) on power boats. Take a look at this image shown in the rules. It shows a power driven vessel longer than 50 meters using two mast head lights.
A large Power vessel displaying two mast head lights.
Here is the definition of a mast head light in the rules:
(a) “Masthead light” means a white light placed over the fore and aft centerline of the vessel showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 225 degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on either side of the vessel.
Note also that is does not say the light must be at the top of the mast.
For sailboats, a tricolored light is a light described by rule 25(b) in USCG Nav Rules. It is at or near the top of the mast and is for sailing vessels less than 20 meters in length. It is an optional alternative to having the lights down on the hull or pulpits. It faces a white light to the aft 135 degrees plus red from directly forward around to port 112.5 degrees and a green light directly forward and around to starboard 112.5 degrees. This makes up 360 degrees and meets the requirement for a sailboat sailing. When the sailboat turns on it’s engines it must also in addition to the white, red and green above, display a white light 225 degrees facing forward. You can name this light what ever you like but it must exist. These white “mast head” lights are also defined by the distance they must be seen by – it does not mean they have to be at the top of the mast. On power vessels they are typically at the top of the mast because that is what the mast is for.
Here is a sailing vessel under sail only with a tricolored light
Tri-colored lights on a sailboat
On a sailboat less than 50 meters in length, a mast head light (white under power light) can by just “up the mast” anywhere. It’s not part of the tri color. It is white and faces forward 225 degrees and is to be used when the sailboat is under power. You also might be confusing the term mast head light with the two all around red and green lights at the top of the mast. These are not mast head lights. They can be used in addition to the hull or pulpit mounted red green and white. The rules prevent a top of the mast tricolored light AND the two all around red and green at the top of the mast. This would create confusion and may be your source of confusion. i.e it is unacceptable to use the tricolored and two all around red and green lights. Again the mast head is white 225 deg forward facing to be used under power only.
Here is a vessel with the two all around red and green lights.
The Vessel sailing “on starboard” is utilizing the optional two all around red and green lights.
Here are the rules as stated: Rule 25 – Sailing Vessels Underway and Vessels Under Oars
(a) A sailing vessel underway shall exhibit:
(ii) a stern light
(b) In a sailing vessel of less than 20 meters in length, the lights prescribed in Rule 25(a) may be combined in one lantern carried at or near the top of the mast where it can best be seen. [note this is the tricolored light]
(c) A sailing vessel underway may, in addition to the lights prescribed in Rule 25(a), exhibit at or near the top of the mast, where they can best be seen, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower green, but these lights shall not be exhibited in conjunction with the combined lantern permitted by Rule 25(b).
International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea FREE Sailing Course
We also have a Paper Book that you should order and keep on your boat for reference.
The book is a stand alone excellent explanation of the Rules of the Nautical road and is a good and quick easy read. It has additional really cool features. Through out the book you will see QR Codes. When you scan any QR code with your mobile device, the book element comes alive and shows you animations and videos.
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This is the continuing NauticEd Staff and friends Thailand Sailing trip with The Moorings on a Catamaran 4600.
Last night we slept anchored up next to the beautiful Rai Leh beach which was an excellent stop.
Our Anchorage at Rai Leh beach
This morning we set sail (actually motored because there was no wind) south in search of a good snorkeling spot on the way to Ko Phi Phi.
Note that I am taking these chart pics off the Navionics Asia App which we used exclusively through out the trip. We did not use the onboard Chart Plotter. The iPad app is so much friendlier.
South From Rai Leh Beach to Ko Phi Phi
First stop was Ko Dam Khwang. On the way is Koh Dam Hok with its unique chicken head rock
Ko Dam Hok Chicken Head rock
We stopped on the north side where other tourists were also snorkeling. Actually compared to our next stop at Ko Mai Phai it wasn’t that great just to be honest. A few of us got nailed by jelly fish and the tide stream was flowing pretty hard so we elected to move on in search of the perfect snorkeling spot. But we did have some fun in the dinghy. Notice the expert foot steering whilst I held the GoPro.
Fun snorkeling with the dinghy
But just before we left Koh Dam Khwang we went off the back of the boat with a few pieces of bread. Awesome colored fish were everywhere.
Fish at Ko Dam Khwang
Next stop was Ko Mai Phai where the ultimate reward was awaiting us. We anchored in the sand so as not to damage the reef and swam to the reef. The snorkeling was spectacular with Sea Anemones complete with Clown fish and clams, fish
Ko Mai Phai Snorkeling Was Awesome
The snorkeling was spectacular with Sea Anemones complete with Clown fish, clams and tons of fish.
Posted Day 3 of our sailing trip to Thailand at http://www.nauticed.org/sailing-blog/sailing-in-thailand-day-3/
Back on the boat and the wind started to build. Wow – yah finally. Hoist up the John B’s sails (Beach Boys)!
We set sail on a close haul for Ko Phi Phi but we were enjoying the sailing so much we purposefully overshot the island by 5 miles just for fun. We tacked over and did a nice reach onto the southern bay of Ko Phi Phi. We motored right up to the water dock in about the position marked. Water tank fill up was 1500 bhat (kinda expensive $us40) but it was well worth it. The girls were starting to complain (not really).
Ko Phi Phi
Ko Phi Phi is a very alive town with tons of tourists (tons). But with that goes lots of good thai food and lots of night life.
Returning back to the yacht, again we experienced the large tides. We had left the dinghy high and dry on the beach with the fore thought to tie it carefully to the rock wall. When we returned later it was happily floating in 2 feet of water. Thanks to our handy tide app we knew at all times what was happening tide wise.
We had to anchor out quite a way because of all the yachts in the bay. 15 meters would mean a little over 3 scope on the all chain anchor. I checked our pocketGRIB wind App and saw no wind coming over night so anchoring deep wasn’t a concern and by now we were pretty confident that the Bruce anchor was holding very well in mud.
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Over the next two months Yachting Education have 3 offshore Sailing opportunities between Bahamas, Ft Lauderdale & Annapolis.
Here are the some brief details;
1. May 18-23 Marsh Harbor to Ft Lauderdale via “Atlantis”
On board Sunday night 17th for sunset cocktails and am departure. Voyage will head south from Abaco Isands, overnight ocean passage to Eleuthera and a visit to Spanish Wells. Nassau & Atlantis on Paradise Island for a round or two at the casino or a visit to the waterpark & aquarium are must sees. Berry islands on our port heading to Bimini to clear customs & immigration then our second overnight passage will have us crossing the Gulf stream and arriving in Ft Lauderdale early afternoon on Friday 22nd. $2250 per person ( max 5 students )
2. May 25 to June 1st
Depart Marsh Harbour to Annapolis MD USA. Eight (8) Day Ocean sailing delivery opportunity. Bring your sense of adventure, sea legs and fishing gear as we head north to USA. We will be at sea for at least 4 days so for those considering a life of cruising, this is a GREAT way to safely taste the ocean life. $2500 per person ( max 5 students )
3. June 6-14
Depart Ft Lauderdale to Annapolis MD. Nine (9) days onboard combining Offshore passages along Florida, Georgia & Carolina coasts before traversing the ICW from Beaufort NC to Hampton VA then up the Chesapeake to Annapolis MD. A fabulous diversity of navigational challenges, port entry planning and scenic beauty….oh and bring your fishing tackle!
$2500 per person ( max 5 students )
A single berth premium is available upon request
Voyage lengths will vary however students looking for offshore blue water sailing experience will benefit from these unique mile-building voyages. Students will have the potential to gain NauticEd & RYA coastal skipper certifications, including ICC endorsement.
All passages are under supervision of RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Yachting Education Principal instructor Mark Thompson.
Trip includes all meals, snacks and soft beverages, shared accommodations, linens, towels, safety equipment and course materials. Students will be required to participate in all aspects of the day to day running of the yacht, including meal preparation, navigation, stand day and night watches, and be suitably experienced and qualified to undertake such a voyage.
This will not be suitable for beginner sailors or sailors not familiar with or able to undertake offshore conditions. Dates, vessel and voyage particulars are subject to change.
This is Day 2 of our Sailing trip with the Moorings in Thailand.
What a great evening that was last night – anchored up completely remotely next to Ko Ku Du Yai with the delicious dinner of shrimp from the local fishermen. Here are our crew boys peeling the shrimp.
Peeling the Shrimp last night
Here is today’s charted itinerary
Sailing in Thailand -Day 2 Itinerary
In the morning, we headed south weaving through the spectacular islands.
Spectacular Islands of Thailand
First stop was Ko Phak Bia for a snorkelling stop and where I snapped this great shot of a typical longtail boat used extensively by the Thai for fishing, lugging tourists and anything on the water. The boat has a car engine mounted on a balance with a direct-drive long (long) drive shaft coming out the back. You can see the saltwater cooling lines out the back into the water. To steer, the driver pushes down on his balance handle lifting the spinning proper out of the water, he then swivels the entire engine and drive shaft and places the proper back in the water. The sight of a spinning proper waving through the air makes you want to stay very clear away. This type of boat is used extensively throughout Asia. The efficiency lies in the ease of maintenance. Car engines are relatively cheap and easy to mount. I imagine the Mercury dealership has a difficult time penetrating the market.
Thai Long Tail boat
Then further south down to the very impressive (2nd) Ko Hong. At high to mid tide, this hong is filled with water and you can dinghy in and have a delightful swim inside the impressive hong approximately 300 m in diameter. We had to anchor outside the hong in fairly deep 20 meters of water with a falling tide. The boat had 50 meters of chain so we let it all out. The winds were extremely light and so I felt safe with a 3 to 1 scope. Would have preferred 4 to 1 with all chain.
Three of the female crew abandoned us and headed off on the kayak into the hong.
Paddling into the Hong
Then we headed off in the dinghy. This is the entrance.
Ko Hong entrance
And this is inside.
Inside Ko Hong
We moved on to the famous Rai Leh Beach which is renown strangely enough for rock climbing. But also the Thai version of food trucks. Below, all the boats park up on the beach and serve up delicious Thai food albeit, I did notice a few hamburgers scattered in the menus. A pleasant walk from the beach cuts you past the peninsula headland taking you the other side to a long row of very nice resorts and restaurants. This place is a good stop.
This photo of Phra Nang Beach is courtesy of TripAdvisor
We anchored in 2 meters of water at low tide being careful to let out enough chain to accommodate the 5 meters of depth sometime in the night. The cliff behind our anchoring point was incredibly impressive with 10meter long stalactites.
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Course to Steer Calculation
Given the last Rate and Direction problem, now calculate the CTS (Course to Steer) to go to the safe water mark RW “NH” and the TTD (Time to Destionation)?
Answer is posted below. BUT please give it a go first to test your current knowledge.and post your answer to our
Here is the Answer plot (no cheating – give it a go first) (no really) (oh come on really – give it a go first)
CTS and TTD plot
In this answer plot we used 1/2 hour for the time frame. Thus with current flowing at 1.8 knots in 1/2 hour the distance the current will push you off course is 0.9 nm at 17 deg T. Your speed is 5 knots through the water so in 1/2 hour you would travel 2.5 nm.
In the answer plot I have done it two ways. Both work equally as well. First I drew the desired track from the eFix through the buoy RW “NH”. The first vector I plotted was from the eFix to Point A using the current vector (0.9 nm at 17 deg T). Then from Point A, I scribed a 2.5 nm arc to cross the desired track. This gives me position C. I drew a line from Point A to Point C. This gives me what is called a water track. Designated by 1 arrow (mnemonic “water has one”). I measured this direction which is 118 deg T. This is the CTS (Course to Steer). It means if your boat heading is 118 T then your ground track will be from the eFix position towards point C AND towards the Buoy RW “NH” since it lies on the same line.
The distance from the eFix Position to Point C is 2.5 nm. Since you will travel at 5 knots this will take you 30 minutes. NOTE: it is just by pure coincidence that this is the same speed as the boat through the water in this case. i.e. the way you find the boat speed over ground is to measure the distance from the eFix to point C and divide by the time. In this case it just so happened that the distance from eFix to Point C is the same distance as Point A to Point C. You can imagine it would be totally different if the current direction was 30 deg T instead of 17 deg T.
NOTE: also I have solved the problem using the vectors in a different manner. First I scribed an arc 2.5 nm out from the eFix Position. Then I brought in the current vector so that the end was touching the desired track line and moved it until the start touched the scribed arc. This result satisfies the condition that the boat must move 2.5 nm whilst the current brings the boat back to the desired track. The start of the current vector creates Point B. Then I drew a line from eFix to B to create the water track. The water track is the heading of the boat. The heading is (and must be) exactly the same as before at 118 deg T.
This second method, just to me, seems to make more sense of a vector triangle because I can see the boat starting from the eFix and heading out at 118 and getting dragged back to the desired track line. Maybe it’s just me. In any case the triangles are exactly the same. I believe however, that using the first triangle method may be more accurate in real live plotting because you draw the lines from exact points. In the second method, you’re moving that current line to satisfy the two conditions. My brain however, thinks the first method looks weird. i.e. the current drags you all the way out and you have to crawl back. In either case this is not reality. In reality, your boat just follows the desired track. If your mind can handle the first method do it that way.
Next part of the problem is to calculate TTD – the time it takes to get to the buoy.
That’s easy – the distance is 3.2 nm. At 5 knots this will take 0.64 hours = 38.4 minutes.
Now could you solve this problem if the was ALSO 10 degrees of leeway with the wind out of the North?
Permission for a rant? (if you know me, I break out in rants every now and then. It’s a collection of thoughts and I tell you its a rant so as not to offend – ie don’t read this if you’re sensitive)
This problem should be second nature to you. In reality, you’re probably not solving these problems everyday whilst sailing and it’s why some people think they can get away without knowing this stuff. However, this is fundamental to sailing and I think it is irresponsible (strong word – I said it was a rant) to not be able to lay out the method to solve this problem. Laying out the method means you grasp the concept which is the most important to understanding and keeping you out of trouble.
Example: Last year whilst sailing from St. Lucia south to St. Vincent we saw a sailboat way to the west almost on the horizon about half way across. He had left St Lucia and held a compass heading towards St. Vincent. In the meantime, we calculated a CTS and sailed in a straight line over ground to St. Vincent. His path was a complete arc which took him miles off course. Our path was the shortest distance between two points ( a straight line). I’d call this guy a crappy sailor – I know this because of another rant that I wrote about the same guy when it comes to a crossing and give way situation later on as we approached our bay on St. Vincent [see that blog article and story].
Don’t be a crappy sailor – sail with knowledge. It might seem like a selfish rant to get you to buy more courses – maybe or maybe it is and an attempt to reduce the number of crappy sailors out there. NauticEd courses are ridiculously amazing value and after taking at least our Bareboat Charter Master Bundle of courses, I guarantee you will not be on Neptune’s naughty list.
Personally, I’m impressed with the European community and requiring the ICC for all sailors. The ICC requires the above type knowledge. When you’re sailing in Croatia, Greece, France etc, on a Bareboat Charter, you’re nervous enough. You don’t want all the other charter skippers having limited sailing knowledge. If you know they all have the ICC, you’re going to be a lot more comfortable in a crossing situation.
NauticEd has taken it a step further by not only providing the ICC but offering the Bareboat Charter Master bundle of courses. These courses really ready you for a proper safe Bareboat Chartering Experience.
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