James Stevens

James Stevens

James Stevens, author of the Yachtmaster Handbook, spent 10 of his 23 years at the RYA as chief examiner.

Would you offer a tow to another yacht in calm conditions?

In calm conditions, would you offer a tow to a broken down yacht? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

A yacht anchored in a bay by a headland

You have a tired crew and you plan to anchor for the night. Will the headland provide enough shelter? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

With a tidal stream of 4 knots, would you set off on port or starboard tack from the Needles to Cherbourg? Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

There is a strong tidal stream. Would you set off on a port or starboard tack? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship

A blue ensign being worn by a yacht

Do you know the rules for wearing a blue ensign? Do you know who is entitled to wear a privileged ensign? What happens when a yacht with a privileged ensign…

Could you get a 56ft yacht into a tight berth with no working bow thruster? Credit: UKSA

How would you get a 56ft yacht into a tight berth with no working bow thruster and on a flood tide? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship