“The art of sailing, maneuvering, and preserving a ship or a boat in all positions and under all reasonable circumstances.”
In his classic, "The Annapolis Book of Seamanship," CCA Member John Rousmaniere fleshes out the definition of seamanship quoted above with five major points.
- Be safety-minded
- Be forehanded and resilient
- Employ basic equipment
- Organize, delegate, think, and inspect
- Act responsibly to your fellow mariners
The articles and resources linked from this page explore and expand these points and explore the topic of Seamanship as a foundational mindset for any competent sailor. The articles are categorized as "The Art" (principles or "What you should do") and "The Practice" (personal stories of seamanship in action or "What I did")