Offshore Sailing News

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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
Sailors rescued, boat abandoned

Sailors rescued, boat abandoned

Three sailors were rescued 28 miles east of the St. Johns River in Florida after their 30-foot sailing vessel, Second Wind, was disabled and sustained sail damage.

May/June 2013
A fog of regulation

A fog of regulation

You’ve finally crossed the border into Florida after more than 700 statute miles of Intracoastal Waterway cruising and your mind begins to wander to thoughts of that upcoming Gulf Stream crossing to the Bahamas.

May/June 2013
Disaster averted

Disaster averted

The return passage after the Newport Bermuda Race is often a pleasant cruise.

March/April 2013
Coast Guard investigates tall ship tragedy

Coast Guard investigates tall ship tragedy

January/February 2013
Entries set for Global Ocean Race

Entries set for Global Ocean Race

Web Exclusives 2012
The lonely cliffs of St. Kilda

The lonely cliffs of St. Kilda

After retiring from my Northern Ireland medical practice at the age of 60, I devoted myself to ocean voyaging. Aboard Progress, my 34-foot wooden hull sloop of 1950’s vintage, I explored on both sides of the North Atlantic. One of my fondest memories, however, is a relatively modest four-day cruise to the islands of St. Kilda far to the west of Scotland.

November/December 2012
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