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Improving NOAA's weather eye

Improving NOAA's weather eye

The latest GOES weather satellite carries the best sensor suite yet

Twenty feet of trouble

Twenty feet of trouble

A voyaging boat struggles to free itself of a major offshore propeller snag

Fins and foils of Vendee Globe race boats

Fins and foils of Vendee Globe race boats

A look at the boats of the 2016 Vendee Globe solo non-stop world race

Oliver Hazard Perry achieves certification milestone

Oliver Hazard Perry achieves certification milestone

The 200-foot full-rigged sailing school ship has been okayed for offshore voyages by the USCG

USCG suspends search for missing Chinese sailor

USCG suspends search for missing Chinese sailor

Guo Chuan, attempting to break the solo trans-Pacific record, is missing from his 97-foot trimaran and search efforts have been curtailed

Chinese sailor vying for Pacific record

Chinese sailor vying for Pacific record

Guo Chuan is attempting to break the solo trans-Pacific elapsed time mark set by Maserati in 2015

2016 Chuck Husick Award Nominees

2016 Chuck Husick Award Nominees

Our judges' 2016 nominees for the best in marine technology for the voyager

Educational Cuba voyage running on solar-powered boat

Educational Cuba voyage running on solar-powered boat

The Vittoria Energy Expedition will depart Washington on Oct. 30

The riddle of sand and current

The riddle of sand and current

According to Hasko Scheidt of NV Charts, the sand lies where the currents decide

Deadline for Fla. anchoring survey is Oct. 9

Deadline for Fla. anchoring survey is Oct. 9

The survey is designed to help guide the state’s future mooring regulations

Science instruction powered by the wind

Science instruction powered by the wind

Students learn about oceanography and climate change on a 72-foot schooner

Houses passes eloran bill

Houses passes eloran bill

The unanimous vote to authorize a new land-based backup system to GPS means eloran may become a reality

Sea Scouts rescued from capsized catamaran

Sea Scouts rescued from capsized catamaran

Life jackets for everyone on board is the baseline for safety

Wrist watch survives Clipper Race

Wrist watch survives Clipper Race

Watch attached to mast of a Clipper Race boat still working after 41,000 miles

Cuba insurance coverage

Cuba insurance coverage

One marine insurance company is actively offering coverage for boats heading to Cuba

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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Solstice

Solstice

According to my well-thumbed and trusty 2016 Nautical Almanac, the declination of the sun was at its northernmost point at 1400 hours on June 20 when it climbed to 23° 26.1’, and it stayed there — as if resting on a rock after a long climb, catching its breath admiring the view — until June 21, when between 0700 and 0800 it roused itself, shook off the cobwebs and moved south 0.1’.

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.