Thursday, March 23, 2017
Sailing Tip of the Month
When I first started sailing our new to us boat on the bay...way back in 2000, I was very concerned about determining whether or not I was on a collision course with another boat. It's a busy bay out there and without proper knowledge, it can get scary. Then a friend, Geoff, gave me one of the best sailing tips ever. It's called the Nicholls Effect (named after him!). When you see a boat coming your way, look at the land behind the boat. If it is not moving. you are on a collision course. If the land is disappearing behind the bow, the boat will pass in front of you. How cool is that? If you are on the ocean, a hand bearing compass will show you the same. Or you could use a stanchion to determine movement or not. Try it next time you go out. This has saved me a lot of gray hair. I believe the proper name is ranging. Yes?