Up-tide or down?

There’s little more embarrassing than coming into a hammerhead berth down-tide by mistake. Most of us know the feeling. Everything looks fine until you suddenly realise the boat doesn’t want to stop and you are running out of berth very rapidly. By Sod’s Law you’ll…

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Going down with the tide

It’ll soon be the season of equinoctial gales. If you keep the company of old-fashioned longshoremen and you’re having tea in their shed near high water when it’s blowing stink, one of them is almost bound to say, ‘Don’t worry, lads. The wind’ll go down…

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