Safety & Seamanship

Because cruisers often sail shorthanded, each member of the crew should be competent reefing, setting and dousing the headsail and mainsail. Casual near-shore racing is a fun way to develop on-deck agility, muscle memory, and task-based reactions.

Seamanship in a New Era

Pinning down a Cruising 101 curriculum for the lifetime sailor.

Good seamanship is the cornerstone of safety at sea, and its best allies are a seaworthy vessel and an able crew.

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Last Chance Line

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Safety Harness Chest Strap

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Sailing Harness Leg Loops

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Rethinking MOB Prevention

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Coast Guard Seeks LED Input

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