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New app for Maine Island Trail Association

New app for Maine Island Trail Association

MITA launches a new app for coastal voyagers exploring Maine

The stock exchange and the loran demo

The stock exchange and the loran demo

Homeland Security demonstrates the value of enhanced loran to the New York Stock Exchange

Anchoring in the Arctic

Anchoring in the Arctic

Get a sense of setting a hook in the windswept Arctic in this video from Ellen and Seth Leonard, sponsored by Mantus Anchor

Experienced voyagers make re-power choice

Experienced voyagers make re-power choice

The Neals voyage and teach thousands of miles a year, what did they choose for a new engine?

Massey Leonard wins CCA Literary Prize

Massey Leonard wins CCA Literary Prize

Frequent ON contributor wins the Cruising Club of America's 2015 Charles Vilas prize

Group targets myths around boat fire extinguishers

Group targets myths around boat fire extinguishers

Boat U.S. with some tips on marine fire extinguishers

Clean screens?

Clean screens?

Touch screens on smartphones and tablets can naturally lead to some greasy residue

Weather service to stop shouting

Weather service to stop shouting

NWS will no longer distribute weather forecasts in all upper case format

1500s Portuguese ship wreck explored

1500s Portuguese ship wreck explored

Early 16th century ship in Vasco de Gama's Portuguese fleet to India is excavated in Oman

New digital Coast Pilot

New digital Coast Pilot

Digital Coast Pilot has interactive features

Boat U.S. urges veto for new law

Boat U.S. urges veto for new law

Measure bans overnight anchoring in three wealthy waterfront communities in South Florida

Clipper Race clarifies boarding incident

Clipper Race clarifies boarding incident

Crew of the Clipper race boat LMAX Exchange did all it could following sad discovery of deceased sailor

Celestial nav: Shooting or sighting?

Celestial nav: Shooting or sighting?

A navigation professor urges us to stick to the heart of the matter

GPS constellation marches on

GPS constellation marches on

Final GPS IIF satellite joins the party

Delivery leads to OCC Rambler Medal

Delivery leads to OCC Rambler Medal

Doug Theobalds and Peter McCrea to receive award for event-filled delivery from Bermuda to Newport

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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.

Transpac 2015

The 2015 Transpac Honolulu Race got underway on July 13, 2015. This year the 2,558-nm race from Point Fermin, Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii, boasts a fleet of 61 boats: 57 monohulls in eight divisions and four multihull yachts.

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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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An update: Useful public weather websites

An update: Useful public weather websites

When I first began writing these newsletters in 2007, in one of the first issues I wrote about the availability of weather data for mariners on the Internet.

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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The first point of Aries

The first point of Aries

Ah, spring! The peepers peep. The woodpeckers peck. The daffodils dazzle and the redwings are back in town, while on the celestial sphere — the region that we celestial navigators think about — the sun has moved from south of the celestial equator to the north on a day referred to as the vernal equinox.

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.