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Nigel's flying dinghy

Nigel's flying dinghy

During a cruise to Ireland an inflatable goes airborne

House hearing discusses backup for GPS

House hearing discusses backup for GPS

Years after the shutdown of loran, proposals still out there to bring it back

16th Annual NARC departs Newport in November

16th Annual NARC departs Newport in November

The 16th Annual NARC departs Newport this November. The free rally offers a variety of amenities and opportunities for voyagers heading south

Record Numbers for 90th Fastnet Race

Record Numbers for 90th Fastnet Race

A record number of boats will feature in the 90th Royal Ocean Fastnet Race

Report predicts fewer August hurricanes

Report predicts fewer August hurricanes

A recent report by Colorado State University predicts a below average number of hurricanes for August 2015

Chinese sailor will challenge Arctic Ocean Record

Chinese sailor will challenge Arctic Ocean Record

China's premier sailor will challenge an Arctic sailing record

Solo Pacific sailors rely on wind self-steering

Solo Pacific sailors rely on wind self-steering

Two different solo Pacfic crossers used wind vane self-steering to lighten their load

Blue Moon shows up the sun

Blue Moon shows up the sun

Panoramic photos of the moon reveal something about the sun's annual change in rising and setting

Coast Guard celebrates 225 years

Coast Guard celebrates 225 years

On this date President Washington authorized the creation of the United States Coast Guard

Unusual occurrence In the desert

Unusual occurrence In the desert

East of So Cal, you don't have to venture far before you reach what is perhaps the driest yacht club in the U.S. Gin and tonics notwithstanding.

A definitive look at Japanese boatbuilding

A definitive look at Japanese boatbuilding

Boatbuilder and author Douglas Brooks examines small craft construction traditions in Japan

Tall Ships return to Portland, Maine

Tall Ships return to Portland, Maine

Sail training vessels return to Maine for first time in 15 years

Wireless monitoring of the boat frig

Wireless monitoring of the boat frig

New Bluetooth transducer and idevice app make keeping on eye on your frig easier

Washington state changes boat taxes

Washington state changes boat taxes

New lower taxes, especially for larger boats, make Washington more favorable for marine tourism

Celestial navigators get practiced

Celestial navigators get practiced

Recent Ocean Navigator celestial nav students report in on their offshore efforts

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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.

Cuba-bound sailors take note

Thinking about sailing to Cuba? A recent thaw in U.S./Cuban relations may have made it easier for American sailors to visit Cuba, but obstacles still remain.

Breaking through

A Northwest Passage trip is a near-run thing until fate lends a hand

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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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A historic Atlantic hurricane season?

A historic Atlantic hurricane season?

In the last newsletter, I wrote about the upcoming hurricane season and the potential effects of a developing El Nino pattern in the Pacific. Now we are further along in the hurricane season here in the first half of August, and strengthening El Nino conditions are present across most of the equatorial Pacific.

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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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.

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.