Sailing Books

If like me, you can’t yet be out there actually sailing around the world right now, there are plenty of books to help with your sailing plans and assist to build up your sailing knowledge or are just great armchair adventure sailing books to read while curled up somewhere warm and dry. Books are heavy…

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…