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Apparent Wind

One of the most important things to learn to sail well is good wind awareness. It’s one of the basics, and something you can never stop perfecting. However, direction and speed is not all there is to learn about wind.

Laser 2 Rigging Guide

The Laser 2 is a two person dinghy, which comes in various different configurations, some with trapeze, some with spinnakers, some with both. There are a range of names for them, from Regatta, Fun, and Fun New Wave amongst others. With an ideal crew weight between 120-170kg, it's an ideal boat for mixed crews and younger sailors.

Sailing Syllabus and Courses

Here at Caution Water we've got various articles on sailing - but up until now we've not presented them in any kind of structured format. The RYA has a very clearly defined structure of how to learn to sail, and how each skill fits into your progression through the learning process. We don't have articles for everything, but the missing ones will be following along shortly if required.

Seamanship - Towing

Towing, in sailing terms, can mean one of two things. Either you are towing someone (in which case you will usually be in a powerboat doing the rescue) or you are being towed. We’ll talk about both.

Seamanship - Reefing Afloat

Sailing is a pastime that depends on the elements, which are sometimes hard to predict, and don’t always play by the rules. From when you rig up, to setting sail, to a few hours later, the weather and wind in particular can completely change, and you need to be able to adapt to changing situations.

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Downloads! - Check out our Downloads section for Printable Rigging Guides and Posters!

17/8/2012 - New boat - Laser 4000!

It's been too long! Life has gotten in the way, with a wedding imminent. In three weeks time, the Caution Water staff are tying the knot, yet I've still found time to buy a new boat... Read More.

18/8/2010 - The Merlins' first serious outing

We've been a little busy of late, with non sailing things unfortunately (still hoping to get on with the race series soon and some more printable rigging guides), but I thought it overdue to give an update on the Merlin Rocket. Read More.

20/4/2010 - A Tale of Two Rudders

I mentioned in an earlier post that the rudder for our Merlin Rocket was too long, or our lake too shallow, one of the two. The length of the rudder is the easier of the two to fix without expensive dredging equipment that the council wouldn't appreciate, so thats the direction I headed in. Read More.

Hot In The Forums

Seamanship Towing Article by SailorTom - 3/30/2010 4:12:29 AM

Tippy boats by RichardH - 10/6/2009 6:08:42 PM

Sailing Clubs by Elliott - 9/9/2009 1:37:26 PM

Coming Soon

- Spinnakers - Symmetric and asymmetric spinnaker articles will be hitting the site soon! Find out how to rig, hoist, fly and drop both types of spinnaker.

- Racing tactics - More racing tactics will be here soon, with starting signals the first over the line.

- Ratio Systems - Get the lowdown on how to crank up the power without having to build more muscle.

Latest Reviews

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- Topper Xenon - hi, bought xenon last year, looked at vision, omega, bahia, couldn't find a vision, omega too big(sailed in one, glad didn't buy one) bahia too new, never even thought of xenon, chat to owner read the odd review, have xenon now.<br/><br/>so far, big and plastic, very little maintenance, just sail cover and forget till next time, lovely and simple to rig, not too many control lines, the gnav is brillant and a lovely high boom. metal hoop(main sheet blocks on) a solid point to grab and pull your self in plus a nice back rest, when little wind. <br/><br/>topper say its good for 4 adults, we had 2 adults and a child, think that was enough.<br/><br/><br/><br/>boat has zip on main sail to reef, really easy, could you do it on the water, ( we'll try) - jeremy carr

- 420 - I have started sailing a 420 right after finishing my RYA level 2 and found it a fantastic boat for learning essential club racing skills - I am now sailing it with spinnaker and trapeze in local club races. While it is forgiving enough and confidence inspiring for less experienced sailors, it is also a rather fast boat once you gain more experience. - L S

- Topper Taz - This is a great little boat. My children are tiny 11 and 13 year olds and complete beginners. By the end of 2 days tuition they can take it out together or on their own in quite strong winds - the sail reefs if it is too windy. They can right it even after turning turtle (the dagger board fell out because they didn't have the elastic on properly but they managed to sort it out!), it self bales they climb back on and off they go. My son is only 4 stone and he can right it alone! They rig it, launch it and pull it up the hill back to its place all without help. Oh and it looks cute and seems to go pretty fast too! - sarah

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