A busy anchorage at Oznor, Greece. Anchoring here requires thought about how much anchor chain you put out

When it comes to putting out anchor chain, most of us follow a basic ratio rule of thumb, but we should be taking wind and tide into account, argues Christopher…

A yacht entering Ramsgate Harbour

Mark Browse investigates why tidal times vary depending 
on the data source you consult, and which you should trust

Yacht mooring on a river inbetween piles

James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - how to moor between two piles in tricky conditions

We may think we understand the sea, but it’s not until you get in it that you realise how volatile an element water is, says Libby Purves

Yachtmaster lessons learned

As we witness the closest approach of the moon to earth in decades, Jonty Pearce wonders whether it could explain some strange behaviour...

This photo is a rather exaggerated case of wind-against-tide. The water’s easy to read because you’d expect things to be rough and they were. In lesser situations you can still…