Tips From The Text “Tides and Currents”

By: Books

Sailing Tips Come From Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, the Official Manual for the ASA Bareboat Cruising Course. (ASA 104) Tides are the vertical movement of water caused by the gravitational fields of the sun and the moon acting on bodies of water. Tidal Currents are the result of water moving between high and low tides. Depending on where you sail your experience with tides and currents will vary. Sailors in San Francisco Bay regularly sail with a fast-moving current that dictates even the most mundane of sail plans. Have you ever seen the tide in the Bay of Fundy?

Voyaging with Velella: Sailing Backwards. No Joke.

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Sailboats

Continuing the Voyaging with Velella series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, her fiance Prescott, and their kitten Nessie have just finished a 6-month cruise in Mexico and are now sailing the Pacific Northwest. When we picked up Velella in Victoria after 6 months of cruising in Mexico, we quickly remembered how to deal with cooler-weather sailing. We pulled out our heavy wool blankets, a tray to catch water from our wet rainboots, full-fingered sailing gloves and high-collared foulies, tea and oatmeal. We also just as quickly were re-introduced to the challenges of sailing in waters with strong currents—and in …