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2017 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

2017 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

Scanstrut's waterproof USB socket wins the Husick Marine Technology Award

Ten times around

Ten times around

After ten circumnavigations, voyager Jon Sanders has garnered legendary status

Life at sea

Life at sea

From a head wound that required stitches to the camaraderie of shipmates, an account of a passage

2017 Husick Award nominees

2017 Husick Award nominees

This year's Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award product nominees range from innovative software to hardware solutions

63,000 boats damaged or destroyed

63,000 boats damaged or destroyed

Boat US says Hurricanes Harvey and Irma damaged or wrecked roughly $655 million worth of watercraft

Shorten the lives of GPS satellites?

Shorten the lives of GPS satellites?

The Air Force is reportedly investigating the prospect of making GPS satellites less robust

Oliver Hazard Perry harbor mishap

Oliver Hazard Perry harbor mishap

A loss of engine power and a stiff breeze combine for a brief but exciting incident

An electronic chart wrinkle

An electronic chart wrinkle

Nav expert David Burch describes how electronic chart programs sometimes deviate on small details

Voyagers could encounter unmanned work boats soon

Voyagers could encounter unmanned work boats soon

A Boston-based company is offering the first autonomous vessel control system

Clipper Race skipper injured

Clipper Race skipper injured

Greenings captain severely injures thumb during sailhandling

The return of working sail?

The return of working sail?

German firm acquires partner to build sail-assisted commercial vessel

A sailing book of many parts

A sailing book of many parts

Charlie Doane's new work is a satisfying compendium for the offshore sailor

Sailboat crew saves capsize victims

Sailboat crew saves capsize victims

Skipper Marty Van Breems and crew pull nine victims from water near Cape Cod Canal

Saildrones are redefining the collection of ocean data

Saildrones are redefining the collection of ocean data

New record for Marblehead - Halifax race

New record for Marblehead - Halifax race

Prospector beats record by two hours

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American sailor sets US record

American sailor Rich Wilson finished 13th in the Vendee Globe, the solo round-the-world race that lived up to its grueling reputation.

UFOs a challenge to Vendee Globe racers

The Vendee Globe is known as a “race of attrition,” and the 2016-17 contest has proven no different.

Record fast sign-up for Fastnet Race

Sign-ups for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race, set a new record with 340 boats signing up in just four minutes and 24 seconds.

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.

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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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Changes in marine weather information

Changes in marine weather information

For those who rely on NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center products for their ocean voyaging pursuits — whether through their website, via FTPmail, via HF weatherfax or from other means — you have likely noticed several changes in the past year or so.

Lightning over the ocean

Lightning over the ocean

Thunder and lightning while underway at sea can be rather unnerving and can also present some significant risks.

Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

As I write this in August of 2016, the Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A couple of news stories from the first couple of days of the events noted that the weather was a factor in some events on the beach and on the water.

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More than zoom levels

More than zoom levels

Aboard our Dufour ketch Terrapin, we use Navionics on our Raymarine chartplotter and also have two Android tablets with the Navionics app as well as OpenCPN with Google Earth charts.

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.