March/April 2014

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Ocean Navigator

Tragic start for Cape Town to Rio race

Nine out of 36 yachts setting out for the start of the Cape2Rio race were forced to return to Cape Town, South Africa due to extreme heavy weather.

Second non-stop solo circumnavigation attempt

On Sept. 2, 2013, Canadian sailor Glenn Wakefield departed his native Victoria, B.C., on his second attempt at a solo non-stop circumnavigation, westward against the prevailing winds of the Roaring Forties.

Kiwi Spirit abandons circumnavigation

Simple, seaworthy offshore cruiser

Canadian online book publisher, author, and offshore cruising/liveaboard sailor John Harries has been developing the concept of a simple, rugged and affordable offshore cruiser.

Program promotes Puget Sound pumpouts

Following the successful summer launch of their waterborne outreach campaign, Washington Sea Grant’s “Pumpout Paddlers” are back on the water.

2013 Ocean Cruising Club Awards

Bigger SpeedDream

WaterTribe Everglades Challenge

Hawaiki Rising

Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale

Seeing global winds

You’ve heard of working for peanuts, but how about for pickled herring? Software developer Cameron Beccario, who devised a fascinating and informative global weather visualization website called “earth”, has been offered pickled herring and salmon from an Alaskan commercial fisherman, a confessed big fan of “earth.”

Voyaging diesels in the Caribbean

How many of us have taken for granted that all diesel fuels are the same and that all diesel mechanics know what they are doing? Diesel engines are amazingly tolerant of abuse. But life isn’t that simple when you are sailing the seven seas and the Caribbean is no exception.

Discovering a voyaging classic

Nightly green fireworks

The one that got away

An ocean of its own

Lessons learned from the Southwest Pacific

Playing the weather to New Zealand

Easing the passage between the major islands and New Zealand

Strategies for both directions

Winds against the grain

Ocean voyagers are interested in the winds along their routes for obvious reasons, whether voyaging under sail or under power. Gathering information about expected wind speeds and direction for a voyage is a key component of the decision making process that will determine the exact route of the voyage, the timing of the departure, and whether intermediate stops are made and how long their duration may be.

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.

Basic coastal nav with triangles and dividers

Knowing some traditional navigation skills not only adds to voyaging safety, but gives a wonderful feeling of satisfaction and self-reliance in an era of powerful technology.

March/April 2014 Issue 216: Coal fire aboard British Isles

The winter of 1905 was a particularly harsh one for square-rigged ships sailing west from Europe ‘round Cape Horn. Claude Woollard, master mariner, writes in his book The Last of the Cape Horners, that “out of one hundred and thirty vessels which sailed from European ports to round Cape Horn, only fifty-two appeared to have reached their destination without mishap.

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