Saturday, September 30, 2006

New Health and Safety Articles

Health and Safety are issues that every sailor is concerned about - or at least, should be. Personally, I am not a big friend of over-emphasizing the dangers of sailing over the fun of it, because I view sailing as a very safe sport compared to many others.

Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the risks involved with sailing and how to act in case of a health and safety issue. The new articles aim to provide information about acoustic and visual distress signals, an introduction to Modern Yacht Piracy and High-risk areas of them, First Aid for Conscious and Unconscious Victims, a guide to seasickness and its treatment, a checklist for a Yachting First Aid Kit, a guide to horrible cruise diseases and health risks and a general introduction to Health and Safety for sailors.

It was quite a bit of work to put all these things together, so I hope that you will find it useful and I'm looking forward to getting some feedback here on the BLOG!

Smooth sailing,

Chris

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New Articles Up: Learn about Tides and the ColRegs

Since I have neglected the "sailing information" section in the last couple of weeks, I felt that it was getting time to write some new articles for it. I always intended to create a section on SailingAhead.com that would specifically target beginners and sailors that are looking for concise, basic information.

Now I uploaded two new articles and hope you will find them useful: One is giving an introduction to tides and tidal currents. I was trained as a sailor on the Mediterranean myself and so rembemer very well the first time I sailed on the Atlantic Ocean where the tidal range is much higher than in the Med. Since then, I think that beginners should really know the basics about tides and hope that my article will help to improve the understanding of ebbing and flooding water masses.

The second article deals with the ColRegs and the art of avoiding collisions at sea. This set of rules are issued by the International Maritime Organization and aim to regulate traffic at sea.

Oh, and actually there's a third new article online for about a week: an introduction to how to start racing a sailboat; this one is a bit preliminary, since I planned to write a series on basic sailing techniques first, but well, there it is.

I hope you enjoy the new articles - if so or if you think you know how to improve them / spotted mistakes, please leave a comment here on the blog! Every input is most appreciated!

Smooth sailing,

Chris

Monday, September 25, 2006

SailingAhead goes Blog!

The new blog of my sailing website http://www.sailingahead.com goes online! The website will still provide you with lots of solid information about sailing and all related topics, I intend to post current affairs and news here on the blog.

In addition, I will post what's new on Sailingahead.com to allow you to keep up-dated about new articles or changes on the website. Finally, I hope that the blog will allow a higher degree of interactivity - here you can post comments, suggestions or criticism.

Sailingahead.com has grown to about 100 unique visitors a day - I hope to get some feedback from the community here soon! 'Til then: smooth sailing,

Chris