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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

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Turning a boat in its own length

Turning a boat in its own length

One of the useful things we’ve learned while voyaging is a technique called torque turns.

Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

In a recent issue of Ocean Navigator we ran an article by Michelle Elvy and Behan Gifford on the challenges faced by voyagers in getting their life rafts properly inspected and repacked when they are outside of North America.

Dockside safety

Dockside safety

Most of the time when we get back to the dock we feel pretty safe. We are safely tied up and shore is within just a few feet so how could there be any danger?

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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.

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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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Marine high-frequency single sideband radio, Part II

In my last Web Exclusive, we talked in general about the many uses of Marine HF-SSB radio and we will now get specific about one of the premiere transceivers available to the yachtsman and recreational boaters, the ICOM IC-M802.

Marine high-frequency single sideband uses, Part 1

Bluewater sailors need to consider HF-SSB as a serious option for their long-range communications.

Maritime technology vs. safety

The modern yacht has more in common with the fictitious Starship Enterprise then it has with seagoing vessels of just a decade ago. This is due to the rapid and complete proliferation of computerized electronics and their networking together to provide unparalleled monitoring, control, and informational display systems.

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Events & Seminars

Race to Mackinac

Race to Mackinac

2015.07.11

About the Race: In 107 years since 1898, sailors have gathered in Chicago to begin the 333-mile sailing race to Mackinac Island, Mich. The...

Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge

Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge

2015.07.17

Since 1993 SCREWPILE has been a rac­ers’ favorite regatta. It is held every July, in the mid­dle of the sum­mer, and at...

Christmas Cove Regatta 2015

2015.07.25

The Date is Set for the 2015 CCIA Regatta. There will be three Fleets racing , Christmas Cove 21s, the Herreshoff 12.5s, and the Viking Fleet which...

SSCA Downeast Gam

2015.08.01

Cruisers heading to Maine this summer should mark their calendars for a very special 25th annual SSCA Downeast Gam at Dick and Kathy de...