When it comes to bluewater sailing, having a reliable sail furler is essential. Furling systems allow sailors to quickly and easily reef or unfurl sails as needed, even in adverse weather conditions. In this article, let us explore the different types of sail furling systems commonly found on bluewater sailboats and the factors to consider[Read More]
Live Aboard Cruiser 101
A live aboard cruiser is a person who lives on a sailboat, typically a blue water sailing cruiser, as their primary residence. This lifestyle is often referred to as “liveaboard cruising.” A person who chooses to live aboard a sailing cruiser is often someone who has a deep love of the sea. They also have[Read More]
Am I Too Old For Sailing?
One of the most popular questions we get asked is, Am I too old for sailing? With our decade of sailing experience behind us, we’ve met sailors of all ages. One of the first couples we met were in their 80’s. That was eight years ago and they’re still going strong. Sailing has no boundaries –[Read More]
How Do I Get Sailing Experience?
One of the biggest questions we get asked is, ‘How do I get sailing experience?’ Aside from joining a sailing club, offering to crew for boat owners, or chartering a vacation boat for a week, you can join Simon on Britican. Why Britican? With Simon you can learn not just to sail but how to[Read More]
Learn to Sail – Tacking
Guests join Britican to learn a wide variety of skills and gain real-life cruiser experience. Learn to sail – tacking is one of the fundamental basics that we teach, practice, and improve on. Tacking is turning the boat while allowing the sails to move from one side to the other. Tacking is done while the[Read More]
Sailing Experience in Open Ocean
Over the years we’ve grown to offer more than week-long sailing cruiser lifesetyle experiences. In addition to providing guests with a Caribbean island-hopping daily sailing and boat life opportunity, we also offer sailing experience in open ocean. Many of our open ocean long passage guests use this as the final test. This test allows them[Read More]
The Reality of Long Passage Sailing
After a weather window opened, Captain Simon and five crew left Hampton, Virginia, and sailed to Bermuda. The reality of long passage sailing isn’t champagne and sunsets! The voyage took four days and started off with rough seas. Four of the crew were seasick but eventually recovered. Some were shocked at the size of the[Read More]
Pre Sailing Passage Preparation Video
Before heading out into the open ocean we do a variety of tasks to prepare ourselves and Britican. In this pre sailing passage preparation video, you’ll discover what we did prior to sailing from Hampton, Virginia across the Atlantic Ocean, to Bermuda. The voyage to Bermuda is estimated to take around 100 hours and around[Read More]
The Missing Link – How to Finally Live the Sailing Dream!
What experiences would be ideal to have before heading out sailing on your own/as a couple? What do you have to know, to live the sailing dream, prior to untying the lines? How can you ensure you’re prepared to be a sailing cruiser? Ultimately, what do you have to do to live the sailing dream[Read More]
Open Ocean Sailing Passage
What’s it like to experience an open ocean sailing passage? The preparation and first couple of days of sailing are hard work but after that, it’s usually easy-going, relaxing, and non-eventful. Our longest open sailing passage was from Gran Canaria, off the west side of Africa, to St Lucian in the Caribbean. Crossing the Atlantic[Read More]