We are happy to bring you another edition of our At Home Sail Training Newsletter! With the lockdown now extended for a further 4 weeks we hope that this brings you closer to the water and ready to get back into sailing when restrictions are lifted.
In this edition find below something for everybody including a colouring in competition for the kids, a challenging new knot to learn, life jacket servicing information and even a movie night suggestion!
We are now well in to the Olympics with some great results coming out for Australia! Scroll down to view how we are placing.
Tackers Word Search
Put your sailing knowledge to the test as you search for some of the familiar sailing words you use when on and around the water!
Maritime Colouring Competition
Enter the Maritime Masterpiece Colouring Competition and put your creative skills to the test! Six lucky winners will receive children's lifejackets and a Danny the Dolphin Activity Book!
Entries close at 11:59 pm on 6 August 2021 AEST
The Competition is open to individuals who at the time of entry are aged 12 or under and are ordinarily residents of New South Wales.
Have you ever created a Monkey’s Fist? While this knot doesn’t have much relevant use for us as sailors, it is a fun challenge! The Monkey’s Fist is mainly used as a weight on the end of a heaving line (for throwing) and it also makes a great decorative feature!
Don’t forget to always practice your everyday knots like your figure-of-eight (stopper knot), reef knot (tie two pieces of rope together), and bowline (for tying to an object).
Don't have anything planned this Friday night?
Why not enjoy a family movie night from the comfort of your own home!
Heat up the popcorn, gather the blankets and settle in for an inspiring documentary Maiden that follows Tracy Edwards as she leads the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race, a gruelling yachting competition that covers 33,000 miles and lasts nine months.
View the trailer below.
Try your hand at some Virtual Sailing! Here are some great apps for developing your sailing knowledge, all while having fun!
Both Apps can be downloaded on the Apple or Google Play App Stores
Race intense regattas in real time against sailors from all around the world! Your fleet of inshore yachts includes ultra-fast foiling catamarans, dinghies or
2Sail Sailing Simulator
2Sail is a sailing training game designed to help you build your sailing skills, suitable for dinghies and yachts.
A Personal Flotation Device (PFD), known as a ‘lifejacket’, is the most important item of personal safety equipment for boating. Ensuring that your lifejacket is serviceable will not only mean you are complying with local maritime laws, but also keeping you safe should you find yourself in the water. We have some tips for inspecting and servicing your lifejacket(s):
A buoyancy aid is constructed with foam to assist you to stay afloat. This type of lifejacket is recommended if you are able to swim, and taking part in small boat sailing or water sports. Many people will be surprised to know that you must regularly inspect a foam lifejacket, for its serviceability, even though they do not have moving parts or internal CO2 canisters.
1. Do a visual inspection of the material, zippers, webbing and buckles for damage and wear.
2. Check the foam construction for any signs of ‘compression’. Any deterioration of the foam inside your buoyancy aid will affect the level of buoyancy it provides.
3. Remember to gently rinse your buoyancy aid after use. Do not use any harsh chemicals as this can damage the material.
If the foam has compressed, or any other materials are worn out or damaged, it is time to replace your lifejacket.
Regular care is required for inflatable lifejackets. If you have your own inflatable lifejacket, you should refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for annual servicing requirements (self-service or by service centre). Remember, it is the law to keep your lifejacket in service as well as wearing it!
Click here to view steps for servicing an inflatable lifejacket.