Sailing Links

Pages on the Web come and go with the speed of an offshore freighter that appears on the horizon just when you pop down below for another cup from the coffee pot. Please accept my apologies for broken links.

And you can help keep a lookout: report broken links to webmaster@alberg30.org. Be aware that this is not intended to be an exhaustive page. Rather it's a small and selective set of links that I think are appropriate. The search engines work well enough for casting a wider net. Or, check out Mark Rosenstein's sailing page, which was the list before the rise of search engines.

If you'd like to add further links, please add them to the Flotsam Links page.

Cruising information

Online discussions

  • Of course, check out the Alberg 30 Mailing Lists for email discussions.
  • The On-Line Yacht Club (OLYC) also known as the Sailing Forum on Compuserve, was a great cyber yacht club before the web was a glimmer in Tim Berners-Lee's eye. Due to neglect by Compuserve's management and the subsequent takeover by AOL, it's suffered a serious decline in size. But it is still a great place to learn truths as well as swap a few tales. You can visit the forum from the web.
  • Another place to be is rec.boats and associated newsgroups, rec.boats.cruising and rec.boats.racing. Usenet newsgroups have a long and noble tradition, but you need to ignore the flamers to enjoy the discussion. You can search the newsgroups for messages mentioning the Alberg 30.
  • The Navigation Foundation is a very worthwhile organization dedicated to encouraging traditional navigation techniques. Take a look and see what you think. If you join, the dues are tax-deductible. And you can get discounts on charts and other publications.
  • SpinSheet is a Chesapeake area magazine that said of the Alberg 30 web site: It'll leave you wondering "Why doesn't our class do this?"
  • If you're interested in Weather Fax or other digital radio communication, then Marius Rensen is the guy to contact. This is a good source.
  • Digital Tradition has the words and sometimes the music to sea chanteys and folk songs.

My related lists:

Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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