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Good primer on sailing to Bermuda

Good primer on sailing to Bermuda

A filmmaker and voyager produces an informative video on a classic offshore passage

Record fleet for World Cruising Club's Spring rallies

Record fleet for World Cruising Club's Spring rallies

Two fleets of sailors ready to depart for the USA and Europe

The masts return every every spring

The masts return every every spring

A masthead view of the early season task of re-rigging the boat

Falling back on an emergency water maker

Falling back on an emergency water maker

When their main desalinator broke, these Volvo Ocean Race sailors broke out the emergency unit

Locking in the oars

Locking in the oars

Ocean sailor and ON contributor devises his own sturdy oarlock design

Freshly minted celestial navigators

Freshly minted celestial navigators

It's wall-to-wall parallel rules as a batch of celestial navigators learn the classic approach for the Marion Bermuda Race

Low power radio challenge

Low power radio challenge

Sure you can reef down in a gale, but do you have the skills to build this simple radio?

New race to Alaska

New race to Alaska

The R2AK race is 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan for sailors, rowers and paddlers

Foleys receive CCA Far Horizons Award

Foleys receive CCA Far Horizons Award

ON contributors Jim and Jean Foley recognized for more than 100,000 miles of voyaging

Non-stop circumnavigation by sextant

Non-stop circumnavigation by sextant

Solo sailor Donna Lange plans a non-stop circumnavigation using only celestial navigation and SSB radio

The refit that nearly changed everything

The refit that nearly changed everything

ON reader tells about his boat rebuild that kept right on going

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

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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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Sticks and stones ... but words can never hurt me?

Sticks and stones ... but words can never hurt me?

Everyone has heard the old saying, but in fact words can — if not properly understood — lead to unfortunate consequences on the water.

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.

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MORE »Navigation & Communication

Assumed position

Every now and then I receive a call from some soul who wants to learn celestial navigation. I don't usually teach the practice, but the theory is essential to understanding how it all works. Once we begin a course of instruction, I expect they will stay the course until they “get it.” This could be an arduous process both for teacher and student for any number of reasons.

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.

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.