Going Alongside (Docking)—12 More Tips and Tricks

Now we have covered the fundamental theory of going alongside in current, as well as digging into the details of turning around in tight spaces and backing in, let's finish this off with some tips that will make close-quarters manoeuvring in current easier, most of which are applicable to all docking situations:

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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