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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

Transatlantic racers save rig

Transatlantic racers save rig

Amhas, a class 40 race boat, is knocked out the Transatlantic Race 2015 but quick work saves rig

Gales sweep Transatlantic Race 2015

Gales sweep Transatlantic Race 2015

Gales and strong winds have taken their toll as the bulk of the fleet reaches the halfway point

All that teaching pays off

All that teaching pays off

Years of instructing sailors in celestial may have helped Andy Howe navigate to an overall win in the Marion Bermuda Race

Winning the Marion Bermuda Race

Winning the Marion Bermuda Race

How the Alden Mistral 36 Ti won the Marion Bermuda Race

New tracking service

New tracking service

Ocens SnapTrack offers a way for family and friends to track voyagers' passages

Ice cream in tow

Ice cream in tow

An ice cream maker that lets the boat do all the work

Schooner Columbia heads north

Schooner Columbia heads north

The newly-built steel incarnation of Columbia will summer in New England and Nova Scotia

Bermuda representative to miss Marion Race

Bermuda representative to miss Marion Race

After brisk repairs following hurricane damage, last minute engine problems bar Bermuda entry from participating in race

Distinctive voyaging landmarks

Distinctive voyaging landmarks

Cat sea trials produce great shot of the unique and aptly named Table Mountain

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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

Oliver Hazard Perry gets haulout

Full-rigged ship receives final prep work below the waterline

Coast Guard assumes ice reporting duties

Twenty-five years of wind vane steering

Many sailors who make short-handed, offshore passages — we have a two-person crew — love the notion of electric-energy-free wind vane self-steering.

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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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El Nino and the 2015 hurricane season

El Nino and the 2015 hurricane season

It’s June, and the hurricane seasons of the central and eastern Pacific and the Atlantic have officially begun.

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.