Sailing at night

I was out last night sailing, we were 4 in a old wooden sailing boat. The sea was calm, and we sailed until after 11 o’clock at night. It was not too dark, and we used a flashlight reflected on the sail so others could see us, but there were few out on the Baltic last night.

I learned how when sailing one does not turn to the right or left, one turns in the direction of the wind or against the wind. Moving the rudder is tricky because our minds are programed to think in left and right not otherwise. We have to read the sails and the water, and when we lose the wind, no worries it will return again soon 🙂

2 Replies to “Sailing at night”

  1. Sounds as though the Baltic is a bit less regulated than the Solent then! If you take such a relaxed approach there you are likely to be run over by a cross channel ferry. See the SOLAS regulations for how to do it properly.

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