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ON Nav Museum Revealed

ON Nav Museum Revealed

An astounding collection of navigational items expertly curated and displayed

Drag device deployment video

Drag device deployment video

Fiorentino Para-Anchor video shows a yacht captain deploying and recovering a parachute sea anchor, series drogue and a Shark drogue

Shipwreck explorer Paul Allen dies

Shipwreck explorer Paul Allen dies

The tech billionaire and mega yacht owner also helped discover historic shipwrecks

New Guide on Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

New Guide on Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

The latest in DAN Boater's Travel Health and Safety series focuses on dangerous sea creatures

Video on catching errors when replacing a head stay

Video on catching errors when replacing a head stay

Patrick Childress shows how several mistakes were caught in time while replacing the head stay inside his Profurl unit

New global map projection

New global map projection

Three cartographers devise a new way to show the true sizes and shapes of global landmassess

Voyaging tips from the Indian Ocean

Voyaging tips from the Indian Ocean

Patrick Childress on adjusting Monitor self-steering, changing jib car positions and troubleshooting fuel filters

Abandoned sailboat found still afloat

Abandoned sailboat found still afloat

Coast Guard cutter crew stumbled upon the adrift vessel a month after it was abandoned

From Arctic to Southern Ocean and back

From Arctic to Southern Ocean and back

Solo skipper will sail both Arctic and Antarctic waters in planned 34,000-mile passage

Signal K Version 1.0 released

Signal K Version 1.0 released

The standard for transferring marine data reaches an important milestone

A bit of luck puts solo racer over the top

A bit of luck puts solo racer over the top

Sailor and rower Mark Slats did all he could to participate in the 2018 Golden Globe Race

Shackleton's boat voyage remembered

Shackleton's boat voyage remembered

On April 24, 1916, 102 years ago, the 22-foot James Caird began its historic crossing of Drake Passage

Create your own charts

Create your own charts

NOAA online custom chart tool lets you set the chart parameters

SSCA forces withdrawal of Florida anchoring law

SSCA forces withdrawal of Florida anchoring law

Seven Seas Cruising Association helps lead the charge against proposed law banning overnight stays

The Furious Fifties

The Furious Fifties

Volvo Race drones provide a peek at Southern Ocean conditions

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A voyaging sailboat recovered

On June 17, 2018, aboard our Omega 45, Kelaerin, just 150 miles from completing a circumnavigation that had gone over 17 years, a storm overtook us.

A dismasting and a Southern Ocean encounter

When the Golden Globe Race stared at Les Sables d’Olonne in France on July 1, the competition consisted of 17 sailors.

Light air makes for challenging Newport Bermuda Race

Calm conditions during much of the 51st Newport Bermuda Race led to some challenging tactical sailing, according to race organizers.

Protest overshadows new Sydney-Hobart records

Wild Oats XI set a new course record in the 73rd running of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, knocking nearly five hours off the previous mark. But the skipper and crew aboard the supermaxi barely had time to celebrate the win.

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.

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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 "Medicane"

A "Medicane"

The title of this newsletter sounds a bit like a medical device or a healthcare plan, but it actually refers to a weather system that can form in the Mediterranean Sea and cause strong winds, heavy rains and very rough seas.

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 »Navigation & Communication

Celestial navigation series, part three

Celestial navigation series, part three

In this installment, we’ll discuss the navigational astronomy of the sun, the celestial sphere, the coordinate system used on the celestial sphere and also the navigational triangle.

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.