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Baltic 42 in the Erie Canal – Scraping By!

Baltic 42 in the Erie Canal – Scraping By!

This spring I was fortunate to spend some time with Erin and Marie on their Baltic 42. We had a great sail from Rhode Island to New York city where I jumped-off and Erin and Marie carried on up the Erie canal to Lake Erie. One of the concerns was the 2m keel and...
Heart Attack in Paradise

Heart Attack in Paradise

Jim Garvin is the kind of student Sailing Instructors really enjoy – he’s teachable, he gets along with everyone and he’s along for the experience more-so than the certificate.  Jim Garvin is low maintenance.  So low maintenance in fact, that when he had a heart...
Becoming an RYA Instructor: the nitty gritty.

Becoming an RYA Instructor: the nitty gritty.

Topmast gets a few enquiries from Sail Canada and ASA instructors who want to become RYA instructors. Because of the difference between the schemes there is no easy cross-over.  Find out how below. This is the process:1. Become an RYA Yachtmaster with commercial...
Obeying The Buoys

Obeying The Buoys

No one possesses the literary skills to make the subject of buoyage interesting – no one. Buoys, their markings and light attributes are a dry subject and a necessary evil in maritime training schemes. Still, getting them wrong can have very real repercussions....

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