Category Archives: Sailing Story

The Helm Buddy take to the sea

We recently installed a Helm Buddy on a 21ft Snapdragon, which is moored on the Isle of Wight. Once the installation was completed, we took her out for a test sail out in the sea. We also took some pictures of the installation and a video of the test sail. Here they all are, edited […]

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Steersman appears Blog

The Steersman is featured the ‘The Armchair Sailor’ blog. Here’s the link: The Steersman, Self Steering Gear for Yachts – Guest Post by Rob Chicken

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Twitter conversation

A recent conversation I had on Twitter Conrad: Thanks for the follow Rob! Why does the Steersman trump an autopilot? Steersman: Because it doesn’t drain the batteries. It uses the wind pressure in the foresail to steer the boat. Conrad: How much control have you got over it? Or is it the kind of system […]

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Naomi James – First Woman to complete a circumnavigation

Naomi James was the first woman to circumnavigate the world single handed. She set off on 27th September 1977 and finished on 8th June 1978. Her boat was designed by Van de Stadt, 53ft long, and 13ft beam. The voyage was not without its mishaps, in the Southern Ocean the lower shroud fell down exposing […]

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Sailing through the Williwaws

Ever heard of the Williwaws? Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single handed around the world mentions them in his book when describing sailing through the Straits of Magellan at the South end of South America. This is the passage sailors take when travelling from east to west in order to avoid the longer […]

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