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FlexiSail - The Ownership Experience, Without Buying

Meet a Member – Len and Alison Snelling – FlexiSail Yacht Owner

By Richard Pierpoint | December 13th, 2016

Meet a Member – Our members are what make FlexiSail such a success – but who are they? Len and Alison Snelling – FlexiSail Yacht Owner Len and Alison were long-term members of FlexiSail and had immensely enjoyed their time sailing on Songbird, but the urge to own their own boat had never gone away. Following Len’s retirement, they…

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Meet a Member – Francesca Kotecha – A complete beginner when she started….

By Richard Pierpoint | December 13th, 2016

Meet a Member – Our members are what make FlexiSail such a success – but who are they? Francesca Kotecha – A complete beginner when she started….. Francesca had only just started dinghy sailing with no experience of yachts when she joined FlexiSail at the 2008 London Boat Show. Despite her lack of experience, she was hooked on the…

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Tea Break Talk – Rules of the Road

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Tea Break Talk – Rules of the Road Just as we have the Highway Code to stipulate the rules for driving a car on our roads, we have The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea to educate vessels on the rules of the nautical road. One of the first things you might notice when you look at the…

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Tea Break Talk – Navigation in a Nutshell

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Tea Break Talk – Navigation in a Nutshell There are many things to think about before you head out on the water in command of your own boat for the very first time. We have previously discussed theory and practical training courses, but one course you will need to do before you take to the high seas is your…

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Tea Break Talk – Radio Etiquette

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Tea Break Talk – Radio Etiquette There are many things to think about before you head out on the water in command of your own boat for the very first time. We have previously discussed theory and practical training courses, but one course you will need to do before you take to the high seas is your VHF Radio Licence….

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Tea Break Talk – Tides

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Tea Break Talk – Tides Unless you are going to do all your sailing in either the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, it is extremely important that you get to grips with and really understand tides. You always want to know that you have enough water beneath your keel! What causes tides? Tides exist solely because of the moon and…

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Tea Break Talk – Weather Systems

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Tea Break Talk – Weather Systems Weather is probably the single most important factor to consider when planning a trip on the water – it will affect virtually every aspect of your journey, even down to whether you go or not! Therefore, understanding weather is very important. Weather is a highly complex, not to mention fickle, phenomenon. We have…

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Really Useful Sailing Tips – Onboard Wellbeing

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Really Useful Sailing Tips – Onboard Wellbeing Often much of the effort of preparation for a voyage is put into the passage planning and boat preparation with the well being of the crew taking a back seat. The few tips below will help to ensure that everyone gets off the boat as happy and excited about sailing as when they…

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Really Useful Sailing Tips – Helmsmanship

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Really Useful Sailing Tips – Helmsmanship Keeping the boat on the right course and under control is the Helmsman’s job. A few pointers follow as to how to be a good helmsman. Tip 1  – Helmsman communication
 The helmsman has the feel and performance of the yacht in his hands. The ‘helm’ can often feel if a yacht is…

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Really Useful Sailing Tips – Crew Work

By Richard Pierpoint | December 7th, 2016

Really Useful Sailing Tips – Crew Work Crew co-ordination and harmonious team work is imperative to successful and enjoyable sailing. Tip 1 – Crew training
 Make sure each crew member is assigned a task and is ready and prepared in position in the right part of the yacht before each manoeuvre. Talk through each manoeuvre before it happens to…

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