Watch the Stars

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Watch the Stars

One of the more valuable tips offered in a youth sailing course (or one from which any novice sailor can benefit) is how to maneuver around other boats that may be in your way. At night, use a star above a boat in the distance to see if that boat is moving (and how fast). If the boat remains consistently in one spot under the star you've chosen as a marker, chances are it's anchored or moving slowly, so you'll need to plan accordingly to move around it in time.

   

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