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SoftBank Team Japan Names Harken an Official Supplier

Sixth Generation Hodgdon Family Member Appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing

Garmin® completes acquisition of Iiyonet, Inc.


Harken Introduces the FlatWinder™ Powered Block for Mainsheet Traveler  Control

Nordhavn owner readies for solo crossing

Camden Classic Cup

Practical, affordable radar

Common sense tells us we need to be peripherally aware of what is occurring on the water around us, whether we are hugging the shore or undertaking a major offshore passage.

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Prominent California boatyard to change hands

Bay Ship & Yacht will purchase Svendsen's Boat Works in Alameda

Lightning over the ocean

Thunder and lightning while underway at sea can be rather unnerving and can also present some significant risks.

Europe's version of GPS reaches operational milestone

The Galileo satellite navigation system has reached "Initial Services" stage with 18 satellites in orbit

2016 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

Furuno's new Doppler radar wins the Husick Marine Technology Award

Improving NOAA's weather eye

The latest GOES weather satellite carries the best sensor suite yet

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Vittoria Energy Expedition will depart Washington on Oct. 30

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

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

Science instruction powered by the wind

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

Houses passes eloran bill

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

Hand-held satellite communications

Satellite technology in telephone communications has evolved into an option that is virtually de rigueur on the contemporary cruising yacht.

Sea Scouts rescued from capsized catamaran

Life jackets for everyone on board is the baseline for safety

Wrist watch survives Clipper Race

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

Cuba insurance coverage

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

"Talking Trash"

New video from Sailors for the Sea highlights ocean pollution and how to help stop it

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.

Nine differential GPS sites closed

The Coast Guard closes nine marine radiobeacon-based DGPS stations

Ship piracy hits 21 year low

Latest report from the International Maritime Bureau says piracy against commercial vessels has decreased worldwide

Schooner grounds during regatta

The 79-foot schooner gets stuck in Somes Sound during Maine's Windjammer Regatta

Pacific Cup final results

Class and special trophy winners from 2016 Pacific Cup

Charts and weather

There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to receiving weather today.

Sail changes

Cruising sails continue to move toward wider use of materials and build techniques

The Pacific Cup start is staggering

Starting different classes on successive days helps make for a great finish

Wireless remote VHF-AIS radios

Maintaining access to an AIS receiver while moving about on a large yacht has become a lot easier with the latest wave of wireless remote AIS receivers.

Sailing Hall announces 2016 inductees

National Sailing Hall of Fame will induct new members in October

Volvo Ocean Race route released

The 2017-18 race will make 11 city stops


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’.

New rescue system

McMurdo launches info website on benefits of MEOSAR system

Voyagers weigh in on sail fabric

CCA medal winners Jim and Jean Foley comment on choosing a voyaging sail cloth

Newport-Bermuda 2016 results

The Governor of Bermuda smiled through more than 100 photos as prize were awarded in Hamilton

Focusing on young ocean racers

Bringing young crew aboard Newport-Bermuda racer High Noon an example of growing the sport

From river to coast via iPad

A kayak journey from the Adirondacks and down the length of the Maine coast

Comanche breaks race record

Big race boat carves up Newport-Bermuda Race finishing time

MMSI instrumental in Chesapeake Bay rescue

Another example of why its important to register your VHF-DSC radio

Tropical cyclone season underway

The start of the Atlantic hurricane season was June 1, and in the eastern Pacific the season began on May 15.

Women’s Sailing Conference focuses on the technical

More than 100 women attend day long conference that explored technical issues

Sailors for the Sea celebrates World Oceans Day

Sailing conservation group to hold two events in Newport, R.I. on Wednesday, June 8

Sea Fever on John Masefield's birthday

Remembering the poet's classic poem

Time to update your charts?

Of course chart printers and digital charting companies want you to keep purchasing new charts. Who wouldn’t want the latest charts?

Getting in on a boat

Boat partnerships make sense for sailors who want a piece of ownership

New app for Maine Island Trail Association

MITA launches a new app for coastal voyagers exploring Maine

The stock exchange and the loran demo

Homeland Security demonstrates the value of enhanced loran to the New York Stock Exchange

Anchoring in the Arctic

Get a sense of setting a hook in the windswept Arctic in this video from Ellen and Seth Leonard, sponsored by Mantus Anchor

Experienced voyagers make re-power choice

The Neals voyage and teach thousands of miles a year, what did they choose for a new engine?

Massey Leonard wins CCA Literary Prize

Frequent ON contributor wins the Cruising Club of America's 2015 Charles Vilas prize

iGrib weather app

An update: Useful public weather websites

When I first began writing these newsletters in 2007, in one of the first issues I wrote about the availability of weather data for mariners on the Internet.

Group targets myths around boat fire extinguishers

Boat U.S. with some tips on marine fire extinguishers

Clean screens?

Touch screens on smartphones and tablets can naturally lead to some greasy residue

Weather service to stop shouting

NWS will no longer distribute weather forecasts in all upper case format

The first point of Aries

Ah, spring! The peepers peep. The woodpeckers peck. The daffodils dazzle and the redwings are back in town, while on the celestial sphere — the region that we celestial navigators think about — the sun has moved from south of the celestial equator to the north on a day referred to as the vernal equinox.

Boat U.S. urges veto for new law

Measure bans overnight anchoring in three wealthy waterfront communities in South Florida

Emergency VHF hand-held radios

Losing your floating castle is the worst fear you can face as an offshore sailor.

Clipper Race clarifies boarding incident

Crew of the Clipper race boat LMAX Exchange did all it could following sad discovery of deceased sailor

Celestial nav: Shooting or sighting?

A navigation professor urges us to stick to the heart of the matter

GPS constellation marches on

Final GPS IIF satellite joins the party

Another big ship gets in trouble

Once again a large ship encountered difficulties due to weather in February of 2016, and this was a major news story.

Delivery leads to OCC Rambler Medal

Doug Theobalds and Peter McCrea to receive award for event-filled delivery from Bermuda to Newport

Asymmetrical spinnaker thoughts from an offshore voyager

A look at some of the pros and cons of an asymmetrical spinnaker on a Valiant 42

How Harken became Harken

The story of Olaf and Peter Harken's ball-bearing block and how it conquered sailing

Impressive circumnavigation remembered

Marvin Creamer's 1982 around the world voyage was a navigational wonder

Charting electrics

Electronics are wonderful as long as the electrons keep flowing, but they are useless once the power ends — and it always does eventually!

Voyaging tips videos - Inspecting Rigging

A video guide to checking your rigging for possible problems

AIS versus radar

The current overlap of radar and automatic identification system (AIS) technology leaves sailors on small oceangoing craft in a quandary: Which is the more sensible system in terms of initial cash outlay, amperage use and overall service in ensuring safety and security?

Skylark to Alderney

Enjoy this stylish video of a European passage from the Netherlands to the British Channel Islands

Press release

Lyman-Morse to build SWYD's next classic

Weems & Plath's SOS DISTRESS LIGHT selected as a “2016 Top Product”

Seldén mast and Elvstrom FatFurl

Hodgdon Yachts repair work completed on 154 foot Asolare

FLIR Introduces the FLIR Ocean Scout TK

New SOS Distress Light - Electronic Flare

Raymarine's Quantum Wireless CHIRP Radar

Beneteau Launches New Oceanis 41.1

All New Tartan 3600

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