Author: Tim Queeney

Omega blocks

Upper atmosphere winds, blowing across the earth from west to east at speeds from 50 to 150 knots, help create and influence surface weather. Viewed from above Earth, these winds move along paths resembling ocean waves in profile. Named for…

Survitec launches virtual museum

The Survitec company, a manufacturer of survival and safety products, has launched a "virtual museum." The museum is a joint effort of the company along with the Museum of Godalming, located in Surrey, England. The museum showcases inventions and patents that…

The Ocean Race postpones next start

The Ocean Race, a crewed race around the world that has held two other names and sponsors since its inception (Whitbread Round the World Race, Volvo Ocean Race), has announced that the 14th running of the race originally scheduled to start in October 2021 will be pushed back one year to October 2022.

Coping with COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sailing organizations around the country to adapt to social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home policies.

Container incident off Hawaii

In a case that is sure to add to the lore of containers that have been lost overboard becoming hazards to navigation, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident that occurred off Hawaii’s Big Island on June 22.

Beneteau closing South Carolina plant

French boatbuilder Groupe Beneteau, which has built boats in the U.S. since 1986, will close its Marion, S.C., plant in September and shift production to its facilities in France.

Patrick Childress

Sailor, circumnavigator, delivery captain, writer, video personality, husband and frequent Ocean Navigator contributor Patrick Childress died June 8, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa, after contracting the COVID-19 disease.

Brion Toss

Noted yacht rigger and author Brion Toss died from cancer on June 6, 2020. He was 69.

Radar advances

Marine electronics companies continue to make impressive technical strides in a variety of areas.

In memoriam: Harry Anderson

2014 National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee and lifelong sailor Henry Hill Anderson Jr. died on May 11, 2020, in Mystic, Conn.

Atlantic hurricane season

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and the predictions by various research groups vary, but the general consensus is that this 2020 season will be above average in the number of named storms and in hurricane-level storms.

Offshore adventure company goes virtual

The sailing adventure travel company 59° North normally sails more than 10,000 miles a season, offering offshore passage experiences from the Arctic to the Caribbean aboard 48- and 59-foot Swans.

Problems in the emergency beacon network

When voyagers purchase and register an EPIRB, they have a reasonable expectation that should they activate the beacon, the Sarsat system will swing into gear and rescue them.

Voyagers in need

Live-aboard sailors and regular ON contributors battle COVID-19 in Cape Town

Tropical grounding

After the cold of winter, northern sailors may be thinking about the wonders of a warm, tropical destination like Hawaii and some beautiful summer sailing.