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Steering system roundup

Steering system roundup

Which type of steering system does your boat use?

Rescue from a different angle

Rescue from a different angle

Commercial vessel assistance is often a key element in offshore rescue operations

Northwest Passage race

Northwest Passage race

A new sailboat race is planned for Arctic waters in 2017

A salty song helps morale

A salty song helps morale

Challenged by a storm in the South Pacific, a voyaging crew boosts their spirits with a sea chantey

Donald Crowhurst story set for dramatic film

Donald Crowhurst story set for dramatic film

Colin Firth slated to play troubled single hander who perished in the first solo around the world race

Skip Novak wins CCA award

Skip Novak wins CCA award

Famed Antarctic sailor is named for the 2014 Cruising Club of America's Blue Water Medal

Last mile mishap

Last mile mishap

An Atlantic crossing is almost complete when a cruising cat runs afoul of something in the water

A celebrity star

A celebrity star

A famous guide star is used to name a new electronic barograph from Starpath

Sailing "guru" at Chicago Strictly Sail

Sailing "guru" at Chicago Strictly Sail

Nigel Calder will present three multi-hour seminars on boat handling and maintenance at McCormick Place

A taste of Tonga

A taste of Tonga

Liveaboard voyagers Livia and Carol provide their video impressions of Tonga in the South Pacific

Second record attempt scrubbed

Second record attempt scrubbed

Dr. Stanley Paris has a mainsail problem and throws in the towel on solo circumnavigation

Sans jack stands or cradle

Sans jack stands or cradle

Voyagers make use of a Fiji keel pit for waiting out the cyclone season in the South Pacific

Video of high speed grounding

Video of high speed grounding

Volvo Ocean Race boat Vestas Wind's navigational mishap in the Indian Ocean as seen from on board camera

Bitcoins for boats

Bitcoins for boats

Big Florida yacht broker announces it will accept payment in Bitcoins

No doubt a voyager

No doubt a voyager

One look and there's no mistake this boat is fitted out for offshore passages

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MORE »Offshore Sailing

Breaking through

A Northwest Passage trip is a near-run thing until fate lends a hand

Oliver Hazard Perry gets haulout

Full-rigged ship receives final prep work below the waterline

Coast Guard assumes ice reporting duties

Twenty-five years of wind vane steering

Many sailors who make short-handed, offshore passages — we have a two-person crew — love the notion of electric-energy-free wind vane self-steering.

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.

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Clipper Race fleet in the Thames

Clipper Race fleet in the Thames

After 40,000 miles on the ocean, The Clipper Race fleet has returned home in London

Pacific Cup - Cruising Division starts

Pacific Cup - Cruising Division starts

Clipper Race update - SF to Panama

Clipper Race update - SF to Panama

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MORE »Marine Weather

Freezing spray

Freezing spray

For those who live in the northeastern U.S. or southeastern Canada, an unusually active stretch of severe winter weather began in late January 2015 and is ongoing in the middle of February at this writing.

Changing seasons

Columbus Day weekend has now passed in the U.S. at the time of this writing, and there are certainly signs on the weather maps of the North Atlantic and North Pacific of the more active weather patterns characteristic of the colder season beginning to show up.

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

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The foundations of good seamanship

The foundations of good seamanship

In the 18th and 19th centuries, sailors who lived long, unscathed lives were thought to be blessed with luck. With good historical accuracy, Patrick O’Brian in his Aubrey/Maturin series of books has his characters follow his hero — the lucky Jack Aubrey — from ship to ship, partly because Jack seems to be imbued with this quality. Sailors today are not so superstitious; they know that good seamanship is often the source of much good luck.

Strategies for navigating around coral

Strategies for navigating around coral

It probably goes without saying that navigating around coral in areas without perfect charts and without good sunlight is a risky proposition.

Internet access for voyagers

Internet access for voyagers

For better or worse, we live in a connected world. When we set off voyaging, our access to connectivity changes. How much it changes depends on where we’re going, what kind of access we want, and how much we’re willing to pay — measured both in cash and in energy consumption — to get it.