The most important person on the boat.
This is a story about how I took an accidental swim in April, when sea temperature doesn’t go over 15°C. I wanted to moor the yacht. Everything was going great until I realized that my engine has stopped working and that the neighbouring lines were unexpectedly too tight. Fortunately, only my pride was damaged.
If you are not confident with your sailing skills or you did your sailing exam recently, it is recommended to hire a local professional to teach you about local waters and regulations in ports and marinas. In such situation it would be very useful if you consider your skipper as a tutor on your sailing trip and try to do as many maneuvers as possible on your own.
When you charter a yacht, your charter agency will also offer you a skipper. He is the most skillfull person onboard, and guests should always listen to them and respect their decisions. Sometimes, however, certain issues arise between the guests and the skipper. Read the post to learn about such situations.