September 2015

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Transatlantic Race 2015

Line honors for the 2015 Transatlantic Race go to Bryon Ehrhart aboard Lucky, which crossed the finish line at The Lizard off the south coast of England after eight days, 22 hours, five minutes and three seconds at sea on a 2,800-mile eastbound crossing of the North Atlantic, sailed mostly in strong winds.

Wind farm off Block Island

Voyagers sailing past Block Island’s south shore will soon catch the sight of construction of one of the first offshore wind farms in the U.S.

New imagery allows tour of WWII shipwrecks

A recent expedition to survey historic World War II shipwrecks has produced stunning imagery of sunken warships HMAS Sydney II and the German raider Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia.

Getting ready for an offshore race

After months of preparation, skippers and their crews from all across the East Coast set sail on Friday, June 19, to begin the 2015 Marion to Bermuda race.

Maine boatyard developments

Morris Yachts of Trenton, Maine, announced that it is opening a new service yard in Southern Maine’s Casco Bay.

Discovery Yachts offers a smaller package

U.K.-based Discovery Yachts, known for its Discovery 55, is now offering the popular cruising yacht in a smaller package.

Transpac 2015

The 2015 Transpac Honolulu Race got underway on July 13, 2015. This year the 2,558-nm race from Point Fermin, Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii, boasts a fleet of 61 boats: 57 monohulls in eight divisions and four multihull yachts.

Garmin sponsors Clipper Race Team

For a second time, global technology company Garmin will be a team sponsor for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a 40,000-mile long contest between 12 teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

Celestial Navigation: 
A Complete Home Study Course (Second Edition)

David Burch, founder of Starpath Navigation School in Seattle, should be a well-known name in the community of celestial navigators.

Water Power! — Short Stories

If you are looking for a collection of fast-moving short stories, 20 to be exact, Robert Beringer’s recently published e-book collection of water-themed tales fits the bill.

Added offshore safety via HF DSC

Most voyagers are familiar with digital selective calling (DSC) on their VHF radios, but many may not be aware that DSC is available on high-frequency (HF) marine SSB as well.

In charge

The battery bank on your trawler is the foundation for your ship’s electrical system and is equally important at rest or under way.

Sardine harbor

The St. Barts breakaway

Timer helps keep the boat afloat

Box cars in the Gulf Stream

We had a perfect plan for returning WildHorse, our Valiant 42 cutter, to her home port in Watch Hill, R.I., after a winter in the Florida Keys.

Weather data from an unexpected quarter

It looked like a delightful, fair-weather voyage to Newport, R.I., as eight boats departed from Bermuda on Tuesday, May 19.

Satellite tracker and communicator

There was a time when being at sea meant you were totally out of touch with the rest of civilization. Not any more.

Should I stay or should I go?

In Tonga with an idyllic season of Pacific cruising behind us, we were watching for a weather window to make the 1,100-mile trip to New Zealand.

Online weather resources

Pre-passage rigging checks

Prior to any major passage, I devote a couple of days to checking out the systems aboard Nine of Cups, our Liberty 458 cutter.

September Issue 228: Aboard Sagres

It was a busy time at the Hamburg, Germany, shipyard of Blohm & Voss in the 1930s.

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