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Asymmetrical spinnaker thoughts from an offshore voyager

Asymmetrical spinnaker thoughts from an offshore voyager

A look at some of the pros and cons of an asymmetrical spinnaker on a Valiant 42

How Harken became Harken

How Harken became Harken

The story of Olaf and Peter Harken's ball-bearing block and how it conquered sailing

Impressive circumnavigation remembered

Impressive circumnavigation remembered

Marvin Creamer's 1982 around the world voyage was a navigational wonder

Voyaging tips videos - Inspecting Rigging

Voyaging tips videos - Inspecting Rigging

A video guide to checking your rigging for possible problems

Skylark to Alderney

Skylark to Alderney

Enjoy this stylish video of a European passage from the Netherlands to the British Channel Islands

More on PredictWind, 2015 Husick Award winner

More on PredictWind, 2015 Husick Award winner

A look at the web-based weather forecasting and routing service chosen by our judges

Voyaging tips videos - Shore Cord Adapters

Voyaging tips videos - Shore Cord Adapters

Dealing with your boat's shore power adapter

2015 Chuck Husick Award Nominees & Winner

2015 Chuck Husick Award Nominees & Winner

The master list of nominated products for the 2015 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award and the final winner as determined by our panel of judges

Solo sailor goes for non-stop record

Solo sailor goes for non-stop record

On board his Akilaria RC2 Class 40 sailboat Gryphon Solo 2, Joe Harris aims for 137-day world record

Cold water test

Cold water test

Voyagers Seth and Ellen Leonard test a desalinator in cold Alaska waters

Voyaging tips videos - Organizing lines

Voyaging tips videos - Organizing lines

Some ideas for organizing lines on board

Digital Yacht's Signal K campaign

Digital Yacht's Signal K campaign

The UK marine electronics company is using Kickstarter to fund its iKommunicate interface box

A light that clips on tight

A light that clips on tight

Mantus Anchors lets you throw some light where you want with its handy new lamp

Cruisers have Cuba on their minds

Cruisers have Cuba on their minds

SSCA's big Melbourne Gam in November will focus on sailing in Cuban waters

Handy Cuba chart books released

Handy Cuba chart books released

NV Charts has complete Cuba coverage for U.S. voyagers ready to make the trip

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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 active December in the Pacific

An active December in the Pacific

As this newsletter is being written, we are not quite halfway through the month of December 2015 — but even so, we can already describe the weather pattern over the North Pacific as very active.

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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Navigating with a celestial computer

Navigating with a celestial computer

The reality cannot be avoided: In order to learn anything new and get better at it, effort must be applied.

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.