As we approach the UK's winter, it's worth noting that Clipper Yachts are not heated! Some will have a small oil-filled heater & dehumidifier which is aimed, largely, at trying to keep the crew area and sail bags (in the same place on a Clipper 68 training yacht) as dry as possible when alongside and between courses.
However, overnight and when at sea, Winter on a Clipper Training Yacht is cold. When there are lots of people below, it can also get wet, with lots of warm breath and a cold deck making for a chilly rainforest in some conditions.
The best way to plan for this is to invest in a specialist marine sleeping bag. Ocean Sleepwear do one which is Goretex ™ lined and has dual fleece interiors. These are great bags, but not cheap. The basic mummy-shaped bag comes in at over £250 and the square 'Volvo' bag is over £300. Our pre-used classified ads also have Ocean Bags from time to time.
An alternative to this has been sourced by me and is available online for about £50. It's the Mountain Warehouse Sutherland sleeping bag.
We did a quick review of the Sutherland Bag here. And the Ocean Bag here.
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The Sutherland Sleeping Bag is perfect for fishing trips into the wild. Designed in durable ripstop polyester fabric, it is fleece lined for better insulation and extra warmth when out camping on cold winter evenings.
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In this video we talk you through how to calculate tidal heights and times at secondary ports, step by step.
In this vlog, we go right back to basics and talk about the different parts of the sail.
We are now offering online Zoom tutorials for those looking to improve their sailing skillset. We can cover any topic, either on a Q&A stream or a topic-specific tutorial.
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Magnetic North varies from True North in many parts of the world. This is largely due to the 'make-up' of the local geography. For example, high levels of granite can make for significant variation.
Whatever the variation, this will change year-on-year. This change in variation is noted on the compass rose on your paper chart. Here, we talk you through how to calculate variation for any given year, using this information.
His name is Alex Laline, known by those in the know as 'L'Oreal'.
If you've been lucky enough to have sailed with Alex over the years, you might be interested in following his latest challenge.
But let's hear it from Alex, direct.
We are finally in 2021, a year we’re all hoping things will get better and a year which we all want to start dreaming and living again. It hasn’t been easy for anyone for the last year and projects, jobs and life have been abruptly interrupted and changed for many.
If you'd like to support Alex, click here for more information.
Knowing how and why it's important to keep a ship's log is important. This video talks you through the log of a Clipper Race yacht.
This is a video recording of our first monthly webinar broadcast on our Fierce Turtle Facebook page. We hold a webinar on the last Saturday of each month.
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Mark Burkes is a former Clipper Race Skipper, Round the World Crew, Clipper Training Skipper & jobbing RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Ocean). He has over 200,000 miles logged.
Mark also writes professionally both online and offline and has written for Yachting World.
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