March/April 2015

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Ocean Navigator

Hinckley Bermuda 50 nears completion

It’s been a decade since the Hinckley Company launched its first new sailboat, the DS 42.

New youth trophy for Marion to Bermuda Race

Organizers of this year’s Marion to Bermuda Race have announced a new prize: the Offshore Youth Challenge Trophy.

Maine and NH’s foghorns to change in 2015

The iconic Maine lighthouse foghorn will no longer be activated by fog when new equipment is installed this year.

Second record attempt scrubbed

Dr. Stanley Paris’s second attempt to break Dodge Morgan’s solo, nonstop circumnavigation record ended on Christmas Eve when the mainsail on his 63-foot sloop Kiwi Spirit experienced panel separation.

Drug-resistant bacteria found off Rio Olympic site

A drug-resistant “super bacteria” has been discovered in the waters where 2016 Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic sailing events are scheduled.

First images of historic San Francisco shipwreck

NOAA recently released 3-D sonar maps and images of a passenger ship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history.

Wild Rose wins 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

Wild Rose, Roger Hickman’s Farr 43, was the overall corrected time winner of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

High Latitude Sailing: How to Sail the Cold Waters of the World

High Latitude Sailing is a handy overview of what it takes to sail to the most remote, icy, cruising destinations in the world — Antarctica and the Arctic.

The barograph perfected

In the age of weather GRIB files delivered by satphone, there can be something reassuring about the polished presence of a brass barometer by the nav station.

Night running

Nighttime voyaging in the pilothouse of a trawler gives you a front-row seat to another world.

Florida anchoring restrictions

Imagine for a moment that you’ve just sailed from Savannah down the coast into Mayport, Fla., and the ICW.

Negotiating a brash ice barrier

During our 2014 completion of the Northwest Passage on board my 50-foot gaff-rigged yawl, Empiricus, my fiancé Samantha Merritt and I encountered a large band of high concentration ice.

More tricky passages

In the September 2013 issue of Ocean Navigator (#212) I wrote about two of our four trickiest passages during our five-year circumnavigation: 1) up and down the Strait of Malacca, and 2) along the “Wild Coast” of South Africa. The other two, in and out of New England, and in and out of New Zealand, I’ll discuss here.

Getting the message aboard Astarte

Times have changed from sending a message in a bottle and hoping someone finds it.

Communications aboard Nine of Cups

In the 15 years since we have been cruising, we have seen some vastly significant improvements in communications, both at sea and in port.

Keeping in touch on Traversay III

The days are long past when sailors disappeared from the grid on leaving shore and reappeared with their first sight of land.

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March/April 2015 Issue 224: Blue water coaster

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