University of the Sea: The Fast Track Yachtmaster Course For more details of Yachtmaster fast track courses follow this link: www.onestopsailing.co.uk/rya-sailing-courses/rya-cruising-courses/rya-fast-track-yachtmaster-course/ 10/15 years ago the Yachtmaster fast track courses started to immerge, but too much criticism. People boasted that you couldn’t teach seamanship in such a short period of time and that the courses were far…

We found this really helpful article from the sailing legend Dee Caffaris website (http://www.deecaffari.co.uk/en/did_you_know-edition_07.html)   First, we need to look at the distinction between the port tack and the starboard tack. If the wind is coming from anywhere on the left side, the boat is on port tack. Likewise if the wind is coming from…

If you’re off on a sailing course and want to get ahead by learning some basic boat parts then read the pictogram below:   [image url=””]http://www.onestopsailing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PartsoftheBoat.jpg[/image] Bow – Front of the boat (pointy end) Stern/Aft/Transom – Back of the boat (blunt end) Hull – the actual body of the boat Keel – The big bit of lead handing centrally…

Below are a few key words that will help you sound like a salty sea dog!   Abeam Off the beam or on the side of the boat   Aft Towards the stern of the boat; to move aft is to move back   Aladdin cleat A cleat that attaches to the backstay over the…