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Wrist watch survives Clipper Race

Wrist watch survives Clipper Race

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

Cuba insurance coverage

Cuba insurance coverage

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

"Talking Trash"

"Talking Trash"

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

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Five ways to preserve fish without refrigeration

Five ways to preserve fish without refrigeration

If you’ve ever attempted to eat fish three meals a day, you can appreciate the importance of preservation methods.

Voyaging tips videos - Inspecting Roller Furling

Voyaging tips videos - Inspecting Roller Furling

A video primer on how to check your roller furling gear before a passage

Voyaging tips videos - Fender Boards

Voyaging tips videos - Fender Boards

A look how to set up and use fender boards for better protecting your hull in an unfamiliar port

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Solstice

Solstice

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’.

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.

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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.

Uncertainty in tropical cyclone forecasts

Uncertainty in tropical cyclone forecasts

In the last newsletter, I wrote about the possibility of the Atlantic hurricane season having below-normal activity due to El Nino. Now that we are approaching the end of the season, we can look back and see that while the season will likely end up below normal by several measures, it has been a bit more active than was anticipated a couple of months ago.

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.

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Wireless remote VHF-AIS radios

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.

Practical, affordable radar

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.

Emergency VHF hand-held radios

Emergency VHF hand-held radios

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

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Time to update your charts?

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?

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!

Cool stuff for a cool season

Cool stuff for a cool season

OK — I just dated myself with that title, but "cool" is the only appropriate word, in my opinion, for this potpourri of charting goodness.

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