Crewing skills

Essential Knots: Sheet bend

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Essential Knots: Sheet bend Use: Joining two ropes together. A sheet bend is particularly useful for joining two ropes of different thicknesses together and is very secure. Step 1. Make a bight in the end of one rope (the thicker one if the two are different thicknesses). Step 2. Pass the other rope through the bight… Step 3 .…then around and under, leaving both...

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Essential Knots: Clove hitch

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Essential Knots: Clove hitch Use: Tying a rope to posts, bollards, rings or a guardrail. Step 1. Make a turn around the object and lay the working end diagonally back over the standing part. Step 2. Pass the working end round the object and back through the loop. Step 3. Pull tight   Tip: Learn how to tie and adjust a fender using a clove hitch – this is a job for...

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Essential Knots: Round turn and two half hitches

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Essential Knots: Round turn and two half hitches Use: Tying a rope to a pole or a ring. Step 1. Pass the end around the object. Step 2. Make a second turn. Step 3. Take the working end over the standing part, tuck it between the two parts to make the first hitch. Step 4. Repeat the previous step to make a second hitch. Pull tight. Tip: Practice tying a rope to a...

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Seasickness – how can you prevent it?

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Seasickness is a common problem at sea and affects both seasoned sailors and novices. What are the causes and symptoms of seasickness? How can you prevent seasickness and what medications can you take? It can take time to acclimatise to a boat moving around beneath you when you are at sea. This is especially so in rough weather, where there is usually a lot of...

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Gybing a sailing boat

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Gybing is the sailing manoeuvre used to change a boat’s direction through a following wind. As with the tacking manoeuvre, gybing a sailing boat calls for the crew to work together as a team and is one of the first sailing skills to learn. When a boat is sailing downwind, with the wind blowing from behind the yacht, it may need to alter course so that the...

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Tacking a sailing boat

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Tacking is the sailing manoeuvre used to change a boat’s direction through an oncoming wind. Tacking a sailing boat calls for the crew to work as a co-ordinated team and is one of the first sailing skills to learn. When a sailing boat is heading in the direction that the wind is coming from, it has to sail a zig-zag course in order for the sails to work. This...

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