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Race around Cape Horn

Race around Cape Horn

French Volvo Race winner Lionel Pean announces big boat race to Southern Ocean

Morgan sails with whales

Morgan sails with whales

Charles W. Morgan seeks out whales on Stellwagen Bank, but without harpoons

Arctic voyager escapes

Arctic voyager escapes

Sailboat attempting Northwest Passage is freed from ice north of Alaska by Coast Guard icebreaker

First step for Iridium GMDSS status

First step for Iridium GMDSS status

The International Maritime Organization is now evaluating Iridium satcom as an IMO-certified GMDSS partner

Higher ethanol levels questioned

Higher ethanol levels questioned

The Boat U.S. membership organization questions increasing ethanol levels in gasoline

Hope for older race boats?

Hope for older race boats?

Actaea, a modified 1971 Bermuda 40, takes the Newport Bermuda cruising division

The only celestial race trophy

The only celestial race trophy

The Marion Bermuda Race stills offers a celestial trophy and will help you learn celestial nav

Even more GPS accuracy?

Even more GPS accuracy?

Improvements to civilian GPS signals will make GPS more reliable and precise

Paddling to raise awareness

Paddling to raise awareness

Deb Walters will attempt a solo kayaking expedition from Maine to Guatemala

Multislip dock vs moorings

Multislip dock vs moorings

New docking system can replace multiple anchors with one mooring for several boats

More on polar bear defense

More on polar bear defense

Recent Northwest Passage voyager offers some advice on protection against the big bears

Thermal imaging for corrosion detection

Thermal imaging for corrosion detection

Using a thermal camera to check beneath the skin

Missing airliner sighted by voyager?

Missing airliner sighted by voyager?

Sailor claims to have seen a burning airplane on night watch that may have been Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370

Ready for launch

Ready for launch

This speed machine is ready for some "Major Tom to ground control" action

The Titanic of the Mississippi

The Titanic of the Mississippi

Documentary film effort seeks to highlight biggest maritime disaster in U.S. history

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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.

Archive »Ocean Racing News

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

MORE »Marine Weather

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

Seeing global winds

Seeing global winds

You’ve heard of working for peanuts, but how about for pickled herring? Software developer Cameron Beccario, who devised a fascinating and informative global weather visualization website called “earth”, has been offered pickled herring and salmon from an Alaskan commercial fisherman, a confessed big fan of “earth.”

Playing the weather to New Zealand

Playing the weather to New Zealand

Easing the passage between the major islands and New Zealand

MORE »Navigation & Communication

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.

Getting the message

Getting the message

Voyagers venturing beyond the reach of cellular transmissions used to have only two communications tools at their disposal: HF SSB radio and satellite phones.