Last year was filled with voyages small and large, and we picked up lots of new skills along the way. This year, we resolve not to repeat our rookie sailing mistakes of 2019 and sail even bigger and better. Here, we’ve compiled our ten biggest reminders for 2020. May they guide you toward new horizons and less sunburns. 

  1. Don’t forget to keep a fuel log: Gas gauges on a boat can’t always be trusted, and in many cases, a meticulously kept fuel log might be a more accurate record of how much longer you can sail before you need a top-off. 
  2. Don’t forget to research your destination’s weather conditions: While the weather might be pleasant at the marina where you start off, things might look completely differently where you’re headed. Check a trusted weather site before taking off and prepare for the worst-case scenario. 
  3. Don’t toss garbage into the sea: This one should be a no-brainer but it goes without saying that we’ll only be able to enjoy the seas for as long as we take care of it. 
  4. Don’t get distracted by your scenery: Look, we know the mountains and the glittering waves are what you booked a boat holiday for, but don’t forget to actually sail while on board! 
  5. Don’t assume that windy conditions are good for sailing: Around 15 knots might make for the perfect sailing conditions, but never underestimate how a few extra knots can kick your trip into stressful conditions. 
  6. Don’t forget to dress for sailing conditions: This means no jeans, light-colored clothing, and weather-proofed everything as much as possible. 
  7. Don’t forget to drink water: When you’re surrounded by water, it’s easy to forget that you should probably be drinking lots of it when you’re on board, too. A good rule of thumb is to aim for about 0.3L for every 15 minutes that you’re outside.
  8. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen: Sunshine is a double-edged sword. To make sure you can enjoy it without causing damage to your skin, wear a minimum of SPF 30 while out on the sun, and remember to re-apply regularly.
  9. Don’t wear jewelry on a boat: Whether it’s through a dangling sail, or an intense splash of water, your valuables are bound to get either damaged or lost on a boat ride. Keep them at home or in a safe place inside. 
  10. Don’t wear dark-soled shoes: They’ll leave scuff marks and ruin the paint surface of the boat. To prevent damage, wear white or non-marking shoes. 

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