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A five day sailing cruise of the Solent, UK

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Welcome to our virtual Solent sailing cruise – a five day sail in the south of England from Bosham Quay in Chichester Harbour at the east end of the Solent to Lymington in the west. On our five day sailing cruise of the Solent we will be sailing more than 65 nautical miles, from Bosham Quay in West Sussex to Lymington Yacht Haven in Hampshire. We will go via the Nab...

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Light characteristics – how do navigators identify lights at night?

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How do navigators identify the different types of light around our coasts at night and what are their characteristics? Navigating at night is made possible through an assortment of navigation aids, both ancient and modern. Lights are arguably the most important of these. Therefore, navigators need to be able identify the different types of light and what they...

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Sector lights, directional lights, leading lights – how do they differ?

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Sector lights, directional lights and leading lights guide vessels safely through hazardous waters or narrow channels at night. These lights are used when approaching or leaving harbours and are marked on charts and in nautical almanacs. How do they differ from one another? A typical sector light has three arcs of light coloured red, white and green. In order to...

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Avoiding collisions at sea – how to stay safe on the water

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Boats have many blind spots, including the headsails of sailing boats. Always keep a lookout, stay safe and remember that whatever their size or type, all boats have a responsibility to avoid collisions with others at sea. If you are heading out on the water for the first time after many months, it would be wise to remind yourself about some of the collision rules,...

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The give-way hierarchy at sea – who gives way to whom?

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Whatever their size or type, all skippers have a responsibility to avoid collisions with other boats at sea.  It is important for all boat skippers to know the give-way hierarchy at sea to help avoid accidents. But how similar are the rules of the road on land and at sea? On land, road users have signs to show them the way and warn them of hazards they are...

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