Offshore Sailing News

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Oliver Hazard Perry gets haulout

Oliver Hazard Perry gets haulout

Full-rigged ship receives final prep work below the waterline

Web Exclusives 2014
Breaking through

Breaking through

A Northwest Passage trip is a near-run thing until fate lends a hand

July/August 2014
Coast Guard assumes ice reporting duties

Coast Guard assumes ice reporting duties

May/June 2014
Twenty-five years of wind vane steering

Twenty-five years of wind vane steering

Many sailors who make short-handed, offshore passages — we have a two-person crew — love the notion of electric-energy-free wind vane self-steering.

May/June 2014
Building by the book

Building by the book

To Capt. Richard Bailey, it looked like a scene from the movie “Brazil” — partially assembled bulkheads bursting with tubes, wires, ducts and hydraulic hoses, “things just hanging randomly from walls.” But it’s all part of the plan for the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry, rising from a Rhode Island shipyard and scheduled to set sail this summer as the largest civilian training vessel in North America.

March/April 2014

Northwest Passage closes early

Environment Canada reports that after decades of warming, the Northwest Passage is experiencing 60 percent more Arctic sea ice this year than at the same time last year.

November/December 2013
Wind vanes refined

Wind vanes refined

If you think wind vane self-steering rigs are on their way out, think again.

November/December 2013
An ocean ill-defined

An ocean ill-defined

In 2006, I was in the kitchen when I learned from an NPR broadcast that the International Astronomical Union redefined “planet” and that Pluto no longer qualified. I’d reached my late 30s secure in my understanding of three fundamental geographic certainties I learned in school: nine planets, seven continents, four oceans. Now Pluto was no longer one of the planets in our solar system. I took a deep breath and resolved to move on: eight planets, seven continents, four oceans — got it.

September 2013
Info and entertainment at sea

Info and entertainment at sea

Long bluewater passages can be daunting, for seasoned hands as well as for sailors venturing into their first major offshore adventure.

July/August 2013

Staying clear of piracy

Voyagers looking west from Australia at an Indian Ocean crossing can choose to go under Africa or over it: either around the Cape of Good Hope, or through the Red Sea and Mediterranean.

July/August 2013
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