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New race to Alaska

New race to Alaska

The R2AK race is 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan for sailors, rowers and paddlers

Foleys receive CCA Far Horizons Award

Foleys receive CCA Far Horizons Award

ON contributors Jim and Jean Foley recognized for more than 100,000 miles of voyaging

Non-stop circumnavigation by sextant

Non-stop circumnavigation by sextant

Solo sailor Donna Lange plans a non-stop circumnavigation using only celestial navigation and SSB radio

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The Achilles’ heel of hydraulic steering systems

The Achilles’ heel of hydraulic steering systems

Any steering system is just that — a system. Each part has to work with all the others for the whole system to work.

Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

In a recent issue of Ocean Navigator we ran an article by Michelle Elvy and Behan Gifford on the challenges faced by voyagers in getting their life rafts properly inspected and repacked when they are outside of North America.

Dockside safety

Dockside safety

Most of the time when we get back to the dock we feel pretty safe. We are safely tied up and shore is within just a few feet so how could there be any danger?

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The foundations of good seamanship

The foundations of good seamanship

In the 18th and 19th centuries, sailors who lived long, unscathed lives were thought to be blessed with luck. With good historical accuracy, Patrick O’Brian in his Aubrey/Maturin series of books has his characters follow his hero — the lucky Jack Aubrey — from ship to ship, partly because Jack seems to be imbued with this quality. Sailors today are not so superstitious; they know that good seamanship is often the source of much good luck.

Strategies for navigating around coral

Strategies for navigating around coral

It probably goes without saying that navigating around coral in areas without perfect charts and without good sunlight is a risky proposition.

Internet access for voyagers

Internet access for voyagers

For better or worse, we live in a connected world. When we set off voyaging, our access to connectivity changes. How much it changes depends on where we’re going, what kind of access we want, and how much we’re willing to pay — measured both in cash and in energy consumption — to get it.

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Freezing spray

Freezing spray

For those who live in the northeastern U.S. or southeastern Canada, an unusually active stretch of severe winter weather began in late January 2015 and is ongoing in the middle of February at this writing.

Changing seasons

Columbus Day weekend has now passed in the U.S. at the time of this writing, and there are certainly signs on the weather maps of the North Atlantic and North Pacific of the more active weather patterns characteristic of the colder season beginning to show up.

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

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Marine high-frequency single sideband uses, Part 1

Bluewater sailors need to consider HF-SSB as a serious option for their long-range communications.

Maritime technology vs. safety

The modern yacht has more in common with the fictitious Starship Enterprise then it has with seagoing vessels of just a decade ago. This is due to the rapid and complete proliferation of computerized electronics and their networking together to provide unparalleled monitoring, control, and informational display systems.

Your iPad as a musical instrument

Your iPad as a musical instrument

Believe it or not, a transoceanic sailboat and an interplanetary manned spacecraft on its way to Mars share two important factors in common: limited space, and extreme isolation.

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Events & Seminars

Offshore Emergency Medicine

2015.04.10

Offshore Emergency Medicine Coral Gables, FL April 10 - 12, 2015 Portland, ME May 29 - 31, 2015 Portland, ME - This popular 3 day seminar offers...

Introduction to Celestial Navigation

2015.04.11

April 11-12, 2015: A hands-on, fast-paced introductory course covering theory and practice plus navigation basics and dead reckoning. Sextant use...

North U Seminar

North U Seminar

2015.04.11

Racing Tactics with Geoff Moore