May/June 2013

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All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship

A Storm Too Soon – A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredible Rescue

A Call to Arms

Chinese sailor aims for record books

Cruising Club of America awards

Commodore Daniel P. Dyer III presented the Cruising Club of America’s 2012 Richard S. Nye Trophy, Blue Water Medal, and Far Horizons Award at its annual Awards Dinner on March 1 at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

Iridium to launch next-gen satellites

Iridium Communications is preparing to launch a new satellite network starting in 2015 that the company claims will provide clearer voice calls and faster downloads on vessels.

Sunstone found at last?

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.

Kiteboarder and Paralympic medalist win awards

U.S. Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year winners were honored at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco in February.

Through-hull gate keeper

Though some voyagers have been known to sail in boats with one or none at all, most cruising boats have several through-hull fittings.

Sizing a crane for dinghy handling

Their dinghy exploration of the coral reefs over, it was time to get the dinghy back on board. The cable was hooked up to the lifting harness and the dinghy began to rise out of the water.

Shooting island passes on a solar tide

I used an understanding of solar tides to help navigate the passes of two atolls in the Society Islands.

Simple speed calculation

As an shipboard engineer and sailor, I enjoyed reading Michael Robertson’s article about balancing his speed and fuel consumption to determine the range of his Fuji 40.

That sinking feeling

Boating is all about staying on top of the water as you move from point A to point B. But gravity will not be denied here: all things will find their way to the lowest point. And if not properly attended to, boats will find their way to the bottom.

Sleepless in Suva

Last season we spent a few days in the busy harbor of Suva, the capital city of Fiji on board our 45-foot Liberty cutter, Nine of Cups.

Lessons in lightning

A voyaging boat can expect one lifetime lightning hit, but the chance increases dramatically in hot, humid places, like the Intertropical Convergence Zone or Florida’s lightning alley, where as much as 20 percent of boats suffer some lightning damage every year.

Frontal anatomy

When discussing weather and weather forecasts, the term “front” is used frequently. And, sometimes misused.

Earlier danger season in the Gulf Stream?

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.

Testing and equalizing batteries

In a typical cruising boat, life is hard for the batteries. They are often discharged to 50 percent or less of full charge and rarely, if ever, fully recharged.

May/June 2013 Issue 210: Airborne

William F. Buckley’s enduring book, Airborne, ostensibly concerns the passage he and his cronies, including his son Christopher, made in 1975 from Miami to Spain via Bermuda and the Azores aboard Buckley’s boat Cyrano.

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