Offshore Sailing News

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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
Interview with Dr. Stanley Paris

Interview with Dr. Stanley Paris

Dr. Paris on Kiwi Spirit aims to break the solo nonstop circumnavigation record set by Dodge Morgan on American Promise

Web Exclusives 2013

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
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
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