Short sailing tip with big sailing lesson and slight humor

Posted by Director of Education on August 29, 2011 under Crew, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

This is a real story with some details left out to protect the not so innocent. But it serves as a great sailing lesson to all of us and could save your boat from sinking. Read on!

A sinking boat taking down another

A sinking boat taking down another


It was a regular weekend yacht club regatta – that turned out to be not so regular. One of the J22’s collided with another boat. The hole that was created was big enough to cause the boat to start taking on water. The club bought over their committee boat to tow the sinking sailboat back to the club house. The sailboat, instead of using a dock line for towing, gave the tow boat the anchor rode chain. Both boats cleated the chain part of the anchor rode to their boats and began the tow. The towed sailboat began taking on more and more water until it began to slowly slip under. Neither of the captains could untie the chain due to the tension and certainly did not have a set of bolt cutters onboard. The weight of the sailboat pulled the tow boat stern under the water and down they both went.

The ultimate irony was that upon diving the wreckage, the sailboat actually was sitting on top of the tow boat.

A few lessons to be heeded:

(1) Don’t tow a sinking boat

(2) Never use the chain

(3) In all circumstances make sure there is a knife readily available on both boats

(4) Don’t have a collision in the first place.

These kinds of tips are loaded through out the NauticEd Skipper Sailing Course. Just one tip like the above could save your boat, save a life, or spare  some serious embarrassment.

Take the NauticEd Skipper Sailing Course today! And now, as of today, the Skipper Sailing Course is available in a PDF downloadable format.

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Cool iPhone App

Posted by Grant Headifen on January 12, 2010 under Coastal Navigation, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

Along with NauticEd’s iphone app to help sailors keep their logbook current, we’ve discovered a new iphone app which helps sailors identify boats at night from their lights they exhibit. It serves as an excellent and handy vessel light identification chart for sailing at night.

Identify boats at night

Identify boats at night

The aqualights iphone app is very simple to use. It is in a one page presentation where you just click on the arrangement of vessel lights that you see at the top of the application and Aqua lights presents to you a visual arrangement from which you can select the best fit.

I see this as an excellent tool to use and have with you while sailing at night. No more diving down below to get out the light lookup tables and killing your night vision at the same time. Just pull out your iphone and tap.

NauticEd is not affiliated with Aqua lights. We just find it as a useful application. Visit their website at or see them on the itunes app store when you search for aqualights. Keep an eye on them as they are also coming out with one for sounds.