Category Archives: Skipper’s Tip

Skipper’s Tip – Light Air Sail Trim

When I go sailing the San Francisco Bay in the light winter winds, I get so excited because I get to make adjustment to the sails and improve the boat’s speed. I have always liked to tinker with the sails … Continue reading

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Backing Into a Slip – Where do You Stand?

By Captain Craig Walker Let’s talk about backing a boat into a slip. But, before we do, why would we want to? The most compelling reasons for backing a boat into a slip are 1) backing in might mean an … Continue reading

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Skipper’s Tip – Own a Chart!

Submitted by Tradewinds Instructor Tony Johnson Become familiar with your local waters by owning your own chart, along with chart #1, and studying it in unhurried leisure at home. You will soon become familiar with how charts represent aids to … Continue reading

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Skipper’s Tip – Know Your Tide Book

By Tony Johnson Learn to use the current mini-charts in the back of your tide book to plan your day. They display the behavior of the currents in the Bay for every hour of the tidal cycle. The instructions on … Continue reading

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Skipper’s Tip – VHF

With approximately 59 VHF marine channels available to us there is often confusion as to what channels are to be used.  Hopefully this tip will clear some of the fog. If the vessel has a VHF marine radio we are … Continue reading

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Flake Your Main – The Right Time and Place

Ask three sailors for the proper time and place to flake a main, and you are liable to get a confusing array of answers.  Even sailing instructors vary on the process and timing, however, basically there are two options.  1) flake … Continue reading

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Control Your Jib Sheets

Summer is here!  Our typical summer wind patterns are filling in, with their associated positive and negative sides.  To the positive, the sailing has been phenomenal!  If you haven’t gotten out on the water, GO! Here is a big negative.  … Continue reading

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Docking & Communication

I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to observe a skipper trying to dock a 30 to 35 foot sailboat. I say trying because it took 4 missed approaches before number 5 finally worked, and even that one … Continue reading

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Prop Walk – by Bill Yawn

PROP WALK Recently while reading a book on advanced docking techniques it was observed that the explanation of prop walk was described as the same effect of a rotor tiller moving across the ground.  In other words the blades on … Continue reading

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Skipper’s Tip – SHIPS!

We’ve all watched as they slink slowly and silently across the bay.  Some of them are a few hundred feet long and others over 1,000 feet and for the most part small boaters stay out of the way.  Some never … Continue reading

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