September/October 2018

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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.

Nordhavn delivers first 100-footer

Nordhavn has delivered its first-ever 100-foot yacht.

All-female team wins Race to Alaska

For the first time in the competition’s four-year history, an all-female team has won the Race to Alaska.

Halfway Rock Light Station

When writing about lighthouses, it’s almost impossible to avoid lapsing into nostalgia or busting out in Faulkner quotes about the past not being dead or Masefield’s lonely sea and the sky.

Volvo Ocean Racers gather data on plastic pollution

Team Turn the Tide on Plastic finished last in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race, but its crew collected key scientific data during the grueling contest that provides a first-ever look at the scope of the ocean plastic pollution problem.

Coast Guard data show fewer boating fatalities in 2017

Fewer people were hurt or killed while boating last year, according to Coast Guard data, which shows drowning remains by far the most common cause of deaths among boaters.

Forecasters predicting no letup for 2018 hurricane season

After an extremely busy 2017 hurricane season, which caused billions of dollars in damage and hundreds of deaths, forecasters agree the upcoming season will likely pack plenty of punch.

Cruisers’ Workshop in Pacific NW

Frequent Ocean Navigator contributors Steve D’Antonio and Ralph Naranjo will be putting on a weekend workshop in Bellingham, Wash., for cruisers who want to learn more about a variety of technical skills that will prove invaluable while voyaging.

An expert look at marine electronics

Voyagers depend on marine electronics more than ever.

AIS-based weather data may aid voyagers

There are two sides to the marine weather data equation: one is gathering data, and the other is disseminating that data to users.

Understanding overcurrent protection

The engine faltered, and with that a cloud of dense, white smoke erupted from under the small runabout’s dashboard, enveloping the cockpit and its occupants … I vividly recall my first encounter with overcurrent protection, or more accurately the lack thereof.

Going back in time to race around the world

Last year, we aborted our Pacific crossing, just two days in.

No turning back

In our seven years of cruising, we have always been moving forward.

A canal transit

Sailing the Caribbean coast of Panama from Bocas del Toro to Colon was routine for John and Lucy Knape.

Innovations in safety

It’s safe to say that sailors dwell on safety equipment like they do fridges and bottom paint — not so much powerboaters, as I learned from my fellow judges at the 2018 Miami Boat Show NMMA Innovation Awards.

Simple maintenance keeps PFDs dependable

When you absolutely need it, there are few things as valuable as a personal floatation device.

High-latitude weather routing

Weather routing experts are a fairly exclusive bunch. It’s a profession that requires not only deep meteorological knowledge but also a knack for translating weather data into useable info for vessels at sea.

Celestial navigation series, part two

In this installment, we’ll discuss how to make our own chart for plotting our celestial navigation data at sea, and we’ll review dead reckoning, plotting, current vectors and compensating for current.

Speed/time/distance sample problems

Correcting from compass to true and back again

September/October Issue 250: The sinking of RMS Atlantic

It was considered just a regular passage, from Liverpool to New York City.

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