Ocean Yachtmaster

Many of you will have seen my posts relating to the Ocean Yachtmaster course I am doing. Coastguard Boating Education is the NZ equivalent to the British RYA courses. I have already done many of their courses and found them really useful and interesting. About five years ago I purchased the Ocean Yachtmaster home study…

All About Anodes…

I remember my lovely Nana used to say to me “You learn something every day.” Well – here is your something for today! That is unless you know everything there is to know about anodes already? And if you don’t even know what an anode is, well – today is your lucky day! You are…

Great Circle Sailing

What is a Great Circle I hear you ask!? Well I didn’t know much about them either UNTIL NOW! So if you are excited to learn new things about circles and sailing, then please dear reader – carry on and be enlightened! A Great Circle is a circle whose plain intersects with the centre of…

The Magnetic Compass

The Ocean Yachtmaster syllabus requires that you know a few things about compasses – how they work and how to use one. The Earth’s Magnetic Field Imagine that inside the earth is a powerful bar magnet. This lies with its blue end toward North and its red end towards South. It’s axis is not exactly…

Sailing Qualifications

I love learning new things, especially about sailing and boating. Whilst there is no legal requirement in New Zealand for sailors to have a licence or official qualification, the rest of the world does. So I figure that while I am shore based I should learn as much as I can and get as many…