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Nav tools found at wreck site

Nav tools found at wreck site

Instruments discovered in the Gulf of Mexico establish connection to 19th century sailors

PS 61 nears completion

PS 61 nears completion

Bob Perry-designed Pacific Seacraft 61 takes shape in North Carolina

Major El Nino event brewing?

Major El Nino event brewing?

Researchers are looking at the data to determine if a big El Nino event will occur this year

Lunar eclipse viewing

Lunar eclipse viewing

Watch for a total lunar eclipse in the evening/early morning of April 14/15 with good viewing in North America

GLONASS satnav outage

GLONASS satnav outage

A data upload error caused the Russian satellite navigation system to become highly inaccurate

Heads up info for every sailor?

Heads up info for every sailor?

A virtual display of performance and nav information

Expanded chart printer lineup

Expanded chart printer lineup

NOAA has added more outlets for its print-on demand chart products

Grey Power in the Route de Rhum

Grey Power in the Route de Rhum

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will solo race transatlantic in November

Through the Panama Canal

Through the Panama Canal

Video shows process of yacht Active Transport going through the famous path between the seas

Making new sailors

Making new sailors

Video shows how Sail Newport gets people on the water and sailing

Reducing shrink-wrap's impact

Reducing shrink-wrap's impact

National provider Dr. Shrink has program to collect and recycle boat shrink wrap

Skimming over Tuamotus lagoons

Skimming over Tuamotus lagoons

Voyagers' video shows some great South Pacific kiteboarding

One of the largest carbon infusions

One of the largest carbon infusions

100-foot hull mould needs plenty of resin

Sextants in the Clipper Race

Sextants in the Clipper Race

Switzerland crew members take advantage of a chance to learn celestial at sea

Lost containers and danger

Lost containers and danger

Shipping containers lost overboard might be a hazard depending on their cargo

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MORE »Offshore Sailing

Building by the book

To Capt. Richard Bailey, it looked like a scene from the movie “Brazil” — partially assembled bulkheads bursting with tubes, wires, ducts and hydraulic hoses, “things just hanging randomly from walls.” But it’s all part of the plan for the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry, rising from a Rhode Island shipyard and scheduled to set sail this summer as the largest civilian training vessel in North America.

Northwest Passage closes early

Environment Canada reports that after decades of warming, the Northwest Passage is experiencing 60 percent more Arctic sea ice this year than at the same time last year.

Wind vanes refined

If you think wind vane self-steering rigs are on their way out, think again.

An ocean ill-defined

In 2006, I was in the kitchen when I learned from an NPR broadcast that the International Astronomical Union redefined “planet” and that Pluto no longer qualified. I’d reached my late 30s secure in my understanding of three fundamental geographic certainties I learned in school: nine planets, seven continents, four oceans. Now Pluto was no longer one of the planets in our solar system. I took a deep breath and resolved to move on: eight planets, seven continents, four oceans — got it.

Info and entertainment at sea

Long bluewater passages can be daunting, for seasoned hands as well as for sailors venturing into their first major offshore adventure.

Archive »Ocean Racing News

Shockwave Wins RORC Caribbean 600

Shockwave Wins RORC Caribbean 600

George Sakellaris' RP72, Shockwave, wins best yacht overall

Tragic start for Cape Town to Rio race

Tragic start for Cape Town to Rio race

Nine out of 36 yachts setting out for the start of the Cape2Rio race were forced to return to Cape Town, South Africa due to extreme heavy weather.

Oracle to recycle USA-71

Oracle to recycle USA-71

Oracle Team USA, winner of the 2013 America’s Cup, collaborating with the Boeing Co. to recycle 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber from the race boat USA-71, originally built for the 2003 America’s Cup.

MORE »Marine Weather

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

Seeing global winds

Seeing global winds

You’ve heard of working for peanuts, but how about for pickled herring? Software developer Cameron Beccario, who devised a fascinating and informative global weather visualization website called “earth”, has been offered pickled herring and salmon from an Alaskan commercial fisherman, a confessed big fan of “earth.”

Playing the weather to New Zealand

Playing the weather to New Zealand

Easing the passage between the major islands and New Zealand

MORE »Navigation & Communication

Internet access for voyagers

Internet access for voyagers

For better or worse, we live in a connected world. When we set off voyaging, our access to connectivity changes. How much it changes depends on where we’re going, what kind of access we want, and how much we’re willing to pay — measured both in cash and in energy consumption — to get it.

Getting the message

Getting the message

Voyagers venturing beyond the reach of cellular transmissions used to have only two communications tools at their disposal: HF SSB radio and satellite phones.

Marine networking evolution

Marine networking evolution

It was a heady atmosphere during the 1957 New York Boat Show. The buzzwords were “automotive styling” for boats: prominent space age fins, curved windshields, and chrome. Meanwhile a Raytheon 1700 radar cost just $2,195. What proved the most important development of all, however, was that a group of marine electronics dealers desiring a unified voice formed the National Marine Electronics Association.