Sailing websites that I love

Women and Cruising – a whole wealth of information on their resources page which I will have lots of fun going through: http://www.womenandcruising.com/resources.htm Noonsite – heaps of information about cruising destinations: http://www.noonsite.com/ Predict Wind – fantastic wind forecasting tool: http://www.predictwind.com/ The Boat Galley – great tips on all things boat galley related: http://theboatgalley.com/ Island Cruising Association – islandcruising.co.nz There…

Annual Budget

As I think of things I am going to add them in to here to make up a budget of what we are likely to spend while we are sailing. I have some friends in Asia at the moment and they have also been through the Pacific. They seem to manage to get by on…

RCD & CE

RCD means Recreational Craft Directive. This is a legal requirement for yachts to have certain safety aspects built in to its design. Yachts are given a CE plate which is fixed in the hull and it contains information about the builder, design, maximum number of people permitted and the category of its design: A. OCEAN:…

Radio Licence

I have got my Restricted Radio Telephone Operators Certificate – now called an MROC I believe (maritime Restricted Operators Certificate). But we will also need to get a call sign for the yacht, and some countries require a ships radio licence as well, although Coastguard say on their website that: In most cases a standard…

Flags & Signalling

I love flags, when yachts are flying them it looks like a real celebration going on. I fly mine at every suitable opportunity! Flags have a lot of history in the yachting world – mainly for being a way of sending messages to one another before the days of VHF and mobile phones. These days…