Sailing In The Fog – What You Need To Know And Do

Ben Eriksen Carey Words 1 Comment

Sound Signals and VHF Protocol in the Fog Our recent 3 day Morse Alpha sail training expedition in beautiful Maine offered a wide variety of sailing conditions. We saw gusts to 30 knots the first day out, thick fog the second, and light winds the third. The perfect course… a little bit of everything, couldn’t have planned it better myself. We had fun tucking in …

Are ASA and US Sailing Courses Really Worth It?

Teresa Carey Words 31 Comments

UPDATE!!  Several people asked two great questions: Q: What is a “sailing resume?” Q: If you don’t offer a certification, do your courses offer something to verify the experience and skills gained? I answered YOUR questions at the bottom! Thanks for asking! Ben and I have over 25 years of combined sail training experience. I began teaching sailing professionally at …

The Value of Stuff

Teresa Carey Words 11 Comments

What is the value of stuff? When Ben and I flew to Panama to pick up our new boat, we carefully selected each item we would bring with us. Because we were flying we were limited by size and weight. Each tool, article of clothing, pot and pan was carefully chosen from all our belongings. Each bag was weighed, stuff …

Singlehanding

Teresa Carey Words 13 Comments

One of the criteria that Ben and I had for boat shopping, was that the new vessel had to be big enough to take passengers aboard yet still small enough so that we can solo sail. Ben and I both solo sailed our pocket cruisers side-by-side for several years. When I compare that experience to all the other sailing I’ve …

Safety Checklists

Teresa Carey Words 12 Comments

The best response to the high number of recent vessel abandonments is to first recognize that accidents CAN happen to experienced sailors and then ask, “What can I learn from this?”  While this is a big issue, today I want to focus in on regular inspections and routine checks which often get neglected when everything is going along smoothly. A …