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Sailing the Kiel Canal

The Nord-Ostsee Kanal (NOK, or Kiel Canal) links the German Bight (or to be more precise, the river Elbe) to the Baltic Sea. The NOK channel is over a hundred years old, and has been updated a few times during the past century, in order to accommodate increasingly larger vessels. Originally, the channel ran through …

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Spinnaker or Gennaker?

Light-weather sails For our Catalina C36 yacht, we’ve been comparing the characteristics of various types of light-weather sails. A number of types are available for light-weather conditions, for example: halfwinder tradewind sail gennaker spinnaker Our goal was to select a sail that best suited our needs. But what are the characteristics of these sails? Halfwinder …

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