Few things are nicer than spending a couple nights at sea, anchored in wonderful places, with nothing but the seagulls and fish around.

A few thoughts on the benefits of practising some outdoors physical activity and how to go about it step by step.

The latest news from France are not good. We're facing another month of lockdown and we're basically subjected to medical communism where everybody, even the young and healthy, is forced to stay home like in a dystopian nightmare...

Don't you love how everybody wants to make the world better, or even build it back better, after they try hard to break it ? Well this is my take on the subject...

A few laid back thoughts on the outrage culture as a sign of the growing intolerance in today's society. You're welcome to share your take on the subject in the comments below.

Big Tech censorship and manipulation is getting ridiculous. But their power has a weak spot: you ! I'm discussing the obvious solution to this problem.

I'm sharing my limited experience with renewable power sources on a sailboat. Comments are welcome.

If you wonder what is the procedure for hoisting the sails, this uncut video shows how I do it. Since the wind was strong that day, I took a reef in the mainsail from the start.

A wonderful Sunday afternoon on the slopes, taking advantage of the fair weather, adapting to and reflecting on the changes of our lives.

In this beautiful December morning I had nothing better to do on the boat, so I'm discussing how to avoid drowning in the waves of propaganda and escape the programming of the mass media. Let me know what you think in the comments.

The barber hauler is a simple line attached to the jib clew or the jib sheet, which serves to pull the clew in a certain direction with the purpose of improving the jib position and shape. On my boat I use a barber hauler when sailing downwind to pull the clew down and out, and this helps me achieve a better jib shape, with less twist and more power.

Try this simple trick when mooring in a crowded place. It will show you know what you are doing, you have good manners and you're considerate to your neighbors.

December brought a partial lift on the sailing restrictions in France, so I took my boat out for a spin. Although it's not the prettiest weather, it still feels great to be back out on the open water.

I'm showing three ways to tie two ropes together, end to end: the sheet bend, the fisherman's knot and the zeppelin knot. It's good to know them, because there are many situations when you need to tie two ropes together, on or off the boat.

A short October day-sail around the island of Planier, a tiny island located 10 nm southwest of Marseille. It's my last sail before the second french lock-down... I'm hearing sailing is now forbidden, as it is too healthy and too much fun.

This is a very nice knot, that I often use when tying my dinghy to a pole or ring on the dock. It can also be used whenever you need to untie something in a hurry, like for instance to move fenders around the boat.

Checking the weather is probably the most important thing you can do before going out sailing. In this video I'm showing the two programs I use for weather forecasting: Meteo Consult Marine on the mobile phone and Xygrib on the laptop. Both are free and have pretty accurate weather information for several days.

This is the second part of my sail to Spain across the Golfe du Lion - the return. I'm discussing the pros of offshore sailing, the use of the autopilot in tracking or wind vane mode, I'm showing an example of AIS usefulness and also another beautiful sunset. I tried filming nighttime sailing, but my camera is not sensitive enough to see anything, so we'll have to skip that part ;-)

The AIS (automatic identification system) is a very important safety system to have on board. By showing you what the other boats around you are doing, it helps prevent collisions. This video discusses the AIS ans shows how to get the AIS data on the chart plotter screen.

A recent nonstop solo sail from Marseille, France to Roses, Spain, across the Golfe du Lion. The feeling of sailing away towards the horizon, just me and my boat, is hard to describe, but I can assure you there's nothing else I'd rather do...

A short discussion about VMG (velocity made good) and how to get faster to your destination.

I had a strange problem with the navigation systems on my ship. One morning I discovered the boat heading as reported by the course computer was way off the real heading and the autopilot was erratic. After resetting and recalibrating all the electronics aboard to no effect, I dug deeper and found a surprising culprit...

Heaving to is a way to stop the sailboat in the middle of the sea, in a stable position. It's a good skill to have, because it can stabilize the boat in rough weather, with less risk of being rolled over by the waves. But heaving to is also handy just to take a break, perform some tasks or even eat. This video shows how to heave to a modern cruiser with a narrow keel. Of course, this is just an example of what works for my boat. Every boat needs a different combination of sails and rudder position to heave to, so practice is essential to find the best way. Do not wait for a storm to try heaving to, practice it in good weather first.

Sailing in the fog can be quite disorienting and the risk of collisions is increased. My strategy to deal with the fog is based on awareness, visibility and the use of electronic systems like AIS and GPS to keep track of the ship's position, surroundings and nearby boats.

It's easy to remember the collision avoidance rules by remembering 4 words: maneuverability, sail, starboard and leeward. As explained in this video, these will help you decide who has the right of way when two ships are on a collision course.


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