Boating Safety - How to Sail in Current with "Course to Steer"

Visit http://www.skippertips.com for more boating safety and sailing tips. How can you sail in current and know you are sailing a course to keep you on your intended track? Here's one simple calculation every sailing skipper should know. Watch this sailing skills video to find out more! Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Visit http://www.skippertips.com for more boating safety and sailing tips. How can you sail in current and know you are sailing a course to keep you on your intended track? Here's one simple calculation every sailing skipper should know. Watch this sailing skills video to find out more! Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Michael Roy
Michael Roy - 6 years ago
I like these tips more and more. Captain John would do great voice overs for any profession.
john jamieson
john jamieson - 8 years ago
Thanks for the comments. This is but one factor that a skipper can use and is based on known tidal or ocean current. This can change over periods longer than an hour as the tidal current cycle changes or the area of ocean current changes in strength or direction. And, of course, you will always deal with leeway--a separate factor altogether--on all courses except those well off the wind. Steering errors and yawing (on downwind courses) add to the mix. In the US Coast Guard, we taught the collective of all factors to be "current". It's a good idea to always steer several degrees upwind of the intended destination.
captainandthelady
captainandthelady - 8 years ago
Thumbs up and saved. Thanks for posting.
Powerelectronicsguy L
Powerelectronicsguy L - 8 years ago
Excellent exercise. Surely somebody must have a smartphone app or a simple programmable calculator sequence that will input the desired track, current track/velocity, do the vector math, and quickly display the course to steer data faster than using a map, pencil, straightedge, and dividers... I think some high end chartplotters will also do this.
Henry Cagle
Henry Cagle - 8 years ago
Don't make it complicated. Thats why they have g.p.s. now a days. ( it think he is talking about short distances. not complicated maneuvers . Or you would go crazy., on exact coordinates. Sounds good on paper but when out at sail your conditions of wind angle have allot to do with it too so your speed maybe be better than the "shortest distance". (understand)?
NaveganteBOG
NaveganteBOG - 8 years ago
Most excellent tip! Thanks for sharing.
Henry Cagle
Henry Cagle - 8 years ago
i totally agree for a short distance(s) like a day sail distance(s)….
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 8 years ago
+NaveganteBOG Thanks for the comment.

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