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Great Lakes Voice (GLV), is an independent news network with a mission to foster peace and democracy in the Africa Great Lakes Region. TGreat Lakes Voice, is owned and registered under The Voice LTD. with the offices in Kigali, opposite Kigali Institute of Education. It is our vision that traveling is the best way to enrich one's soul and therefore promote peace and prosperity; and there is no better way to travel than by yachting. Yachting can easily turn into a passion, but there’s so much to it than just getting on a fancy boat to cruise. We love to inform our users about different aspects and trends of that sport, and we wouldn’t be far off in claiming that we also provide yachting-related information and education to anyone who’s interested. In that sense, we have prepared this short article with an intent to introduce you to the wonderful world of yachting. So, without much further ado, let’s dive in (pun intended) into this enchanted journey!

The Many Faces of Sailing

So, you might be asking yourself – what is yachting? Shortly put, yachting refers to the use of recreational boats and ships called yachts for sporting purposes. Yachts are different from working ships mainly by their leisure purpose. Both terms originate from the Dutch word jacht "hunt". With sailboats, it's called sailing, and with motorboats, it's called powerboating.

A yacht was originally defined as a light fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates around the Low Countries. Yachts A fancy modern yachtdiffer from working ships mainly by their leisure purpose, and it was not until the rise of the steamboat that sailing vessels came to be perceived as luxury vessels.

Of course, even yachting isn’t without its dangers. Sailors know that when the wind blows against the tide the sea becomes choppy or even violent. They may sometimes be perplexed by the degree of violence because the water is usually flowing quite slowly in comparison to the wind speed. Small boats that are running downwind threaten to broach wildly.

Smooth sailing aboard a new yacht depends on many factors coming together at the right time. Of course, nobody can organize the weather, but when it comes to organizing your yacht’s captain and crew – with guidance and a good strategy, a yacht owner can find the right match for both his boat and personality.

However, you might be surprised at what is the most dangerous maritime danger. It’s fire. Fire is without doubt the most deadly disaster that can be encountered. A capsize or knockdown is dangerous, but its effects can be mitigated. Dismasting is a drama that doesn’t always turn into a crisis. A hole in the hull is an incident that might be managed with bilge pumps. However, blazing flames and smoke can utterly destroy a vessel – that is why yachting crew is always on the lookout.

On the bright side, many people enjoy sport known as ‘yacht racing.’ Yacht racing is a form of sport involving yachts. It is composed of multiple yachts, in direct competition, racing around a course marked by buoys or other fixed navigational devices or racing longer distances across open water. It can involve a series of races when buoy racing or multiple legs when point-to-point racing.

Is Yachting For You?

As we mentioned before, yachting isn't for everyone – it is an expensive sport to practice. However, with a little bit of saving and, who knows, maybe if you have a winning hand if you play biggest jackpots, even you can have the opportunity to sail the wide open seas in search for adventure. Remember – even if it's for the affluent, it doesn't mean you can't have it. Work hard for it – it's well worth it.

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