Sailing tips

Knowledge and expert advice for our sailors.

Trip Report (TR)

Great Escape sailors are required to file a trip report with Russell Radio (VHF Channel 63) when they depart and close off their trip report at the end of the day when they are safely anchored or have returned to the Great Escape Base. 

Basics of sail trim

Fundamental guidelines to trim “change” the sails to reflect the boat’s angle to the wind (point of sail). What to look for with your “tell tales” and how to get back to ideal trim.

What to wear

You don’t need fancy gear to go sailing. Comfortable clothes you can move in and layers to cater for changing conditions work best. A good jacket and waterproof trousers are also useful to protect from wind and rain.

Weather for sailors

Weather, tides and currents are important to sailors. You need to be aware of forecast conditions and to be able […]