Ocean Voyaging

Tri capsizes

Steve Ravussin, sailing the Orange trimaran in the Route du Rhum race, survived a wild capsize in 35 knots of wind and short, steep seas 600 miles northwest of the Azores. Ravussin was able to set off his 406 EPIRB…

An American in France

As a sailing enthusiast, I was lucky to get to see the start of the 2006 Route du Rhum, the top European solo ocean race with many famous French and English sailors entered in the race and only one American…

Kip Stone sailing downwind on Day 5

On Day 5 of the Route Du Rhum, Kip Stone on Artforms, currently leading in Monohull Class 2, reflects on his weather strategy so far: "Early yesterday, I gybed away from my competitors in order to accelerate the effects of…

Tough passage to Vanuatu paradise

There are some people who maintain that they have no regrets and that, given the opportunity, they would not change a single thing if they could do it all over again. I am not one of those people. I have…

Yachts and cruisers

When you hear the word, yacht, doesn’t it conjure up size? Glamour? Megayachts or the royal yacht Britannia? Personally I don’t attribute the term to my Peterson 44, preferring sailing vessel or cruising boat. The Aussies, however, have it mixed…

Power gadgets and older voyagers

In a ‘round the world sailing rally a few years ago, three things surprised me about the boats: First, the large size boats operated solely by a man and woman. Second, the wide range of complex equipment including creature comforts…

Kip Stone race prep

 Kip Stone of Freeport, Maine is in France this week preparing for the October 29 start of the Route du Rhum, an 86 boat race from France to Guadeloupe. Kip took a few questions from Ocean Navigator prior to the…

Mastery and independence

Living onboard for extended voyages by small boat is not the most comfortable way to live or travel. There is a real element of risk ranging from the unnerving tedium of being becalmed to the panic of storms and unfriendly…

Solo racers battered

The sailors in the Velux 5 Oceans Race have been battling high winds and big seas for the past day or so. The singlehanded, two-stop around the world race started on Sunday, Oct. 22. Mike Golding, a British around the…

Up with the yards! USC goes to sea

  On October 19, a crew of USC students will sacrifice long showers, pizza, and the weekend’s parties to embark on a four-day voyage to Santa Catalina Island on the twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson. Each student is…

Solo, around the world - two stops

  While the non-stop Vendee Globe race has become the premier solo around the world race, an older solo around the world race with multiple stops is still around and is slated to start on Oct. 22 in Bilbao, Spain.…

Internet for liveaboards

Internet access for a liveaboard can be a hassle when moving from marina to marina. Web access via a monthly cell phone plan is one option but an expensive one. My choice has been free or inexpensive Internet cafés or…

Santa Claus in the South Pacific

After the difficult journey from Port Vila to Erromanga in the Vanuatu Islands, we spent Monday afternoon relaxing on the boat. Our monopoly of the Dillons Bay anchorage came to an end in the evening, when a boat from New…

Off the coast of Spain

Greetings All: It is 1215, Med time, Wednesday, October 4, 2004. CT II is enroute to Gibraltar. Our current position is N37-15, W001-14 or about 57 nm NE of Cabo de Gata, Spain. (Pam & Fernando: remember Cabo de Gata?)…

Dangerous encounters

The casualties section of the next issue of Professional Mariner (the sister publication of Ocean Navigator) will include two stories about conflicts between commercial vessels and recreational boats. By far the most serious of the two involved the collision on…

Running Fix

Welcome to the Ocean Navigator blog. We welcome your comments and submissions (to blogeditor@oceannavigator.com) and hope to have a lot of fun with this. We are calling it Running Fix and hope you will update its position on a daily…

Show samples

  As usual, a variety of interesting products and services on display at this year’s Annapolis Boat Show. A small sample: Card reader PC charts: Fugawi electronic charts (www.fugawi.com) was showing off its new ability to read Navionics Gold+ electronic…

Emergency drinking water, no pumping

Using osmosis rather than the more familiar reverse osmosis process, a company called SeaPack (www.sea-pack.com) will introduce a new emergency drinking water product at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, Oct. 4 to the 8, that requires no pumping. You reportedly just…

It's the breakdowns, stupid!

Here in Cartagena we all hang out on the dock/bar of Club Nautico in the evenings. The other night, after a few cold Costenas, the talk turned to why some cruisers stop cruising. You know, the ones who seemingly have…

Consulting Time II en route

From Doug Diehl Greetings All: It is 1430 Med time, Saturday, 30 Sept 2006. Consulting Time II and crew are just off the southeast corner of Mallorca enroute to Palma from Porto Colom, Mallorca. We arrived in Porto Colom about…

Sailboat and bulker collision on Long Island Sound

The next issue of Professional Mariner will include coverage of the fatal collision in late September involving a 600-foot-long bulk carrier and a 92-foot sailboat on Long Island Sound. Visibility was good at the time. A New York pilot was…

Killer ferry?

In August I had a confrontation with a Casco Bay Lines ferry here in Portland, Maine. At the time, we had been under sail when we discovered that our dinghy’s centerboard cover had come off, filling it with seawater. So,…

ON readers learn celestial nav from A to Z

  Over the last year or so I’ve made two eastbound Atlantic crossings with Ocean Navigator readers as the instructor for the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship’s Celestial Navigation Seminar at Sea. We sail aboard the largest sailing vessel in…

Consulting Time II

Consulting Time II is a Morris 48 owned and skippered by Doug Diehl. CTII reached Croatia in late May 06 and is homeward bound via the Canaries and the Carribbean. Doug's post follows: Greetings all: I am happy to report…