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Newport-Bermuda 2016 results

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

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

From river to coast via iPad

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

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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

New ON video series

New ON video series

The Voyaging Tips video series kicks off with a look at propane and how to use it safely

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The first point of Aries

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.

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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Tropical cyclone season underway

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.

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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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.

AIS versus radar

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?

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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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