Why Are Orcas Attacking Sailboats? Killer Whale vs. Sailing Vessels

Photo of Killer Whale Attacking the Stern Rudder of a Sailboat

Ten killer whale attacks over the past 12 months. That’s more than a series of accidents – orcas are attacking sailboats near Portugal and Spain. But why are killer whales attacking and sinking sailboats? Video: Researchers debate why orcas are attacking and sinking boats Speaker 2I’d say this is some pretty extraordinary orca behavior. These … Read more

Top Tips for Offshore Sailing Safety

Top Tips for Offshore Cruising Safety - Sailboat Life

Yes, your sailboat must be seaworthy, but maybe more important than that is understanding these tips for offshore sailing safety. These are the offshore sailing skills – the seamanship – that can keep your crew safe while sailing offshore. Safety When Sailing Offshore When you decide to leave the shipping lanes, the coastlines, and common … Read more

What is the Crash Stop on a Sailboat MOB?

Quick Stop MOB Maneuver

The crash stop, or quick stop, is a man overboard tactic for sailboats, and it could very well save your crew’s life! Typically people are taught various MOB (man overboard) maneuvers in sailing schools. The most popular in some schools is the figure eight. However, this MOB maneuver is slow and takes the sailboat away … Read more

A little about Sailboat Life

Sailboat Life - Online Magazine and Cruisers Community

Sailboat Life is an online magazine for modern liveaboards, sailboat cruisers, and family sailors. From offshore passages, to island hopping, to marina life, and extended sailboat voyaging, we hope to share timely stories filled with actionable ideas and tactics to help you enjoy the Sailboat Life! This is our first post, and many more to … Read more