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Sail changes

Sail changes

Cruising sails continue to move toward wider use of materials and build techniques

The Pacific Cup start is staggering

The Pacific Cup start is staggering

Starting different classes on successive days helps make for a great finish

Sailing Hall announces 2016 inductees

Sailing Hall announces 2016 inductees

National Sailing Hall of Fame will induct new members in October

Volvo Ocean Race route released

Volvo Ocean Race route released

The 2017-18 race will make 11 city stops

New rescue system

New rescue system

McMurdo launches info website on benefits of MEOSAR system

Voyagers weigh in on sail fabric

Voyagers weigh in on sail fabric

CCA medal winners Jim and Jean Foley comment on choosing a voyaging sail cloth

Newport-Bermuda 2016 results

Newport-Bermuda 2016 results

The Governor of Bermuda smiled through more than 100 photos as prize were awarded in Hamilton

Focusing on young ocean racers

Focusing on young ocean racers

Bringing young crew aboard Newport-Bermuda racer High Noon an example of growing the sport

From river to coast via iPad

From river to coast via iPad

A kayak journey from the Adirondacks and down the length of the Maine coast

Comanche breaks race record

Comanche breaks race record

Big race boat carves up Newport-Bermuda Race finishing time

MMSI instrumental in Chesapeake Bay rescue

MMSI instrumental in Chesapeake Bay rescue

Another example of why its important to register your VHF-DSC radio

Women’s Sailing Conference focuses on the technical

Women’s Sailing Conference focuses on the technical

More than 100 women attend day long conference that explored technical issues

Sailors for the Sea celebrates World Oceans Day

Sailors for the Sea celebrates World Oceans Day

Sailing conservation group to hold two events in Newport, R.I. on Wednesday, June 8

Sea Fever on John Masefield's birthday

Sea Fever on John Masefield's birthday

Remembering the poet's classic poem

Getting in on a boat

Getting in on a boat

Boat partnerships make sense for sailors who want a piece of ownership

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Francois Gabart wins Transat bakerly

French sailor Francois Gabart has won the Transat bakerly, finishing the solo race from Plymouth, England, to New York City in eight days, eight hours, 54 minutes and 39 seconds.

Dorade completes historic campaign

The 1930-built wooden yawl Dorade has completed a four-year campaign to repeat all of the major ocean races the classic yacht won in the 1930s, finishing up on the podium at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, where Dorade took second in IRC Class 4 and seventh overall out of 356 boats.

Trashy Transpac

There was not one competitor in this year’s Transpac race who was not affected by trash and debris floating in the North Pacific gyre.

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.

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.

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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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Tropical cyclone season underway

Tropical cyclone season underway

The start of the Atlantic hurricane season was June 1, and in the eastern Pacific the season began on May 15.

Uncertainty in tropical cyclone forecasts

Uncertainty in tropical cyclone forecasts

In the last newsletter, I wrote about the possibility of the Atlantic hurricane season having below-normal activity due to El Nino. Now that we are approaching the end of the season, we can look back and see that while the season will likely end up below normal by several measures, it has been a bit more active than was anticipated a couple of months ago.

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.

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Solstice

Solstice

According to my well-thumbed and trusty 2016 Nautical Almanac, the declination of the sun was at its northernmost point at 1400 hours on June 20 when it climbed to 23° 26.1’, and it stayed there — as if resting on a rock after a long climb, catching its breath admiring the view — until June 21, when between 0700 and 0800 it roused itself, shook off the cobwebs and moved south 0.1’.

Using the Rude Star Finder

Using the Rude Star Finder

Everything is easy once you practice. This is certainly true of what seems to be the complicated subject of precalculating available stars for a morning or evening twilight star sight.

A maritime mystery

A maritime mystery

Any discussions concerning the mysteries of the sea and sailing ships will usually include, at least amongst knowledgeable mariners, passing mention of the disappearance of Mary Celeste.