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Navigating to Mars

Navigating to Mars

Crossing oceans is easier with GPS atomic clocks, now NASA to launch atomic clock to help spacecraft navigate

Coast Guard rescues voyagers off New Jersey

Coast Guard rescues voyagers off New Jersey

USCG Dolphin helo hoisted sailors to safety from capsized boat 65 miles east of Atlantic City

Haul out in South Africa video

Haul out in South Africa video

Another informative video from voyagers Patrick and Rebecca Childress on preparations for hauling a boat

Circumnavigator shows value of antifouling on prop

Circumnavigator shows value of antifouling on prop

Keeping the prop free of growth is more a concern for power voyagers, but long range sailors want a clean wheel too

System detects electrical failure before it happens

System detects electrical failure before it happens

Non intrusive system monitors electrical devices and can detect incipient failure

Celestial author interview

Celestial author interview

ON nav problem writer David Berson talks about his new celestial navigation book

Greenland Huskies on vacation

Greenland Huskies on vacation

During the short summer, these work dogs live a life of ease

Captain charged in offshore incident

Captain charged in offshore incident

Crew member was lost overboard in October 2015 incident en route to USVI

New 55-foot cold-molded sloop

New 55-foot cold-molded sloop

Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine has just turned the Botin Partners-designed hull

ON Nav Museum Revealed

ON Nav Museum Revealed

An astounding collection of navigational items expertly curated and displayed

Drag device deployment video

Drag device deployment video

Fiorentino Para-Anchor video shows a yacht captain deploying and recovering a parachute sea anchor, series drogue and a Shark drogue

Shipwreck explorer Paul Allen dies

Shipwreck explorer Paul Allen dies

The tech billionaire and mega yacht owner also helped discover historic shipwrecks

New Guide on Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

New Guide on Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

The latest in DAN Boater's Travel Health and Safety series focuses on dangerous sea creatures

Video on catching errors when replacing a head stay

Video on catching errors when replacing a head stay

Patrick Childress shows how several mistakes were caught in time while replacing the head stay inside his Profurl unit

New global map projection

New global map projection

Three cartographers devise a new way to show the true sizes and shapes of global landmassess

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Cruising Club of America announces yachting honors

Renowned navigator Stan Honey, young skippers Ellen and Seth Leonard, and a family of four who completed an 11-year circumnavigation have earned Cruising Club of America’s major awards for 2018.

Golden Globe Race lives up to billing

Solo nonstop circumnavigation is among the most challenging feats in sailing.

Route du Rhum IMOCA-class leader oversleeps, finishes third

Comfortably ahead in the Route du Rhum race, British sailor Alex Thomson paused for a short rest while approaching Guadeloupe.

A voyaging sailboat recovered

On June 17, 2018, aboard our Omega 45, Kelaerin, just 150 miles from completing a circumnavigation that had gone over 17 years, a storm overtook us.

A dismasting and a Southern Ocean encounter

When the Golden Globe Race stared at Les Sables d’Olonne in France on July 1, the competition consisted of 17 sailors.

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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

Southern Indian Ocean hurricanes

Southern Indian Ocean hurricanes

At this time of year, tropical storms and hurricanes are not high in the consciousness of those of us in the Northern Hemisphere as the hurricane season has not yet begun.

Odds and ends

Odds and ends

As we finish up 2018, I thought I would use this newsletter to talk briefly about a couple of topics rather than go into more detail about one topic.

A "Medicane"

A "Medicane"

The title of this newsletter sounds a bit like a medical device or a healthcare plan, but it actually refers to a weather system that can form in the Mediterranean Sea and cause strong winds, heavy rains and very rough seas.

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The wandering magnetic pole

The wandering magnetic pole

The Earth’s Magnetic North Pole, where the lines of magnetic force enter the Earth perpendicular to the globe’s surface, is actually a wandering location.

Celestial navigation series, part six

Celestial navigation series, part six

In this installment, we’ll cover time, time zones and the Nautical Almanac.

Celestial navigation series, part 5

Celestial navigation series, part 5

In this installment, we’ll cover sextants and sight taking, and the corrections you’ll need to apply to your sight.