I was taken by the simplicity of how Geoffrey Prout describes rigs in his “Brown’s Pocket-Book for Yachtsmen” that I have been very kindly leant a copy of. To share it with you (and the wonderful hand drawn diagram to explain the main types of rig) I have included what he says below. ‘Fore-and-aft-rigged vessels […]
I was recently loaned a copy of a wonderful book in the form of a reprint from 1943…. It’s a fascinating historical document that shows both areas of significant change on the water and aspects of sailing that haven’t altered at all. A quick search online shows the first edition to have been published in […]
Go Southerly… One of the services offered through Change of Tack is the delightful ‘task’ of helping clients find their ideal next boat. During the winter of 2017/2018, there has been a search for a suitable lifting keel sailing boat that was more than capable of dealing with European waters – particularly as the final […]
Have you ever reached for the starter key and had that mildly terrifying thought at the back of your mind…. ‘Is it going to start? … Please start!’? I guess it has happened to most of us at some point, particularly when on a boat that we may not be sure about, and certainly when […]
Prevention is, as in other aspects of seamanship, better than cure.
It is with relief that the news of a yacht that found herself in difficulties off the Lizard (Cornwall’s most southerly headland) last Thursday was rescued by the RNLI’s Lizard Tamar Class Lifeboat ‘Rose’ in 4m swell and near gale force winds. It is understood that the yacht rescued (the 33ft Golden Morn) had developed engine […]