Archive of: Voyaging Letters

Title Issue
A sailboat electric-energy system

A sailboat electric-energy system

January/February 2014
The outside route

The outside route

It was about mid-day when I asked the dockmaster in Jersey City what she had been hearing about weather for the next few days.

January/February 2014
The avian pleasures of voyaging

The avian pleasures of voyaging

Voyaging under sail has many pleasures, but a major reward is experiencing the beauty of the natural world.

November/December 2013
Teaching sun, stars and sextant in the age of GPS

Teaching sun, stars and sextant in the age of GPS

A little more than a century ago, Joseph Conrad sat for his mate and master’s tickets in the British merchant service.

November/December 2013
Boatyard blues

Boatyard blues

Haul outs are de rigueur for big displacement boaters; the old fun machine must be pulled out regularly for a scrape and a fresh coat of ablative bottom paint.

November/December 2013
Mainsail decisions

Mainsail decisions

A sailmaker gave us some advice one time when asked how we should care for our mainsail: “Sail hard. Put it away wet. And come see me in a year.”

October 2013
Voyager weighs in on tourist development for Yap

Voyager weighs in on tourist development for Yap

October 2013
Young ocean racer hooked on sailing

Young ocean racer hooked on sailing

Although my dad, Rick Higgins, had sailed in the previous two Marion Bermuda Races, participating in the race myself was the last thing I pictured doing. Then, I had a sudden change of heart.

September 2013

More on the free surface effect

September 2013
Franklin’s Gulf Stream charts saved America

Franklin’s Gulf Stream charts saved America

To the editor: With the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, it became abundantly clear that a huge military advantage would belong to the side that knew how to faster navigate the Atlantic.

September 2013
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