Offshore Sailing

Trashy Transpac

There was not one competitor in this year’s Transpac race who was not affected by trash and debris floating in the North Pacific gyre.

Transatlantic Race 2015

Line honors for the 2015 Transatlantic Race go to Bryon Ehrhart aboard Lucky, which crossed the finish line at The Lizard off the south coast of England after eight days, 22 hours, five minutes and three seconds at sea on a 2,800-mile eastbound crossing of the North Atlantic, sailed mostly in strong winds.

Getting ready for an offshore race

After months of preparation, skippers and their crews from all across the East Coast set sail on Friday, June 19, to begin the 2015 Marion to Bermuda race.

Transpac 2015

The 2015 Transpac Honolulu Race got underway on July 13, 2015. This year the 2,558-nm race from Point Fermin, Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii, boasts a fleet of 61 boats: 57 monohulls in eight divisions and four multihull yachts.

Cuba-bound sailors take note

Thinking about sailing to Cuba? A recent thaw in U.S./Cuban relations may have made it easier for American sailors to visit Cuba, but obstacles still remain.

Bronenosec Crowned 2014 Gazprom Swan 60 World Champion

Press Release: The 2014 edition of the Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship saw Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec (RUS) take the title for the second time.  Sailing with a mix of Russian and Italian crew members the victory was particularly sweet having…

Pacific Cup - Cruising Division starts

The first division of the 2014 Pacific Cup began their voyage on July 6 from San Francisco to Hawaii in the first ever Cruising division for this event. This 2,070-mile race across the Pacific Ocean is an event that can…

Breaking through

A Northwest Passage trip is a near-run thing until fate lends a hand

Coast Guard assumes ice reporting duties

On Jan. 28 the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol (IIP) assumed the responsibility for issuing daily iceberg warnings from the Canadian Ice Service. The U.S. and Canada will continue their partnership of iceberg reconnaissance in the North Atlantic through…

Clipper Race update - SF to Panama

From the press release: Temperatures have continued to build in the PSP LOGISTICS PANAMA 100 CUP and as the barometer rises, the race stakes are approaching boiling point. less than 10 miles now separates the top half of the leaderboard,…

WaterTribe Everglades Challenge

One of the more demanding boating events this winter is the 10-year-old WaterTribe Everglades Challenge in March. The event is an expedition-style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats. It follows the SW coast of Florida from Fort Desoto…

Building by the book

To Capt. Richard Bailey, it looked like a scene from the movie “Brazil” — partially assembled bulkheads bursting with tubes, wires, ducts and hydraulic hoses, “things just hanging randomly from walls.” But it’s all part of the plan for the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry, rising from a Rhode Island shipyard and scheduled to set sail this summer as the largest civilian training vessel in North America.

Oracle to recycle USA-71

Oracle Team USA, winner of the 2013 America’s Cup, collaborating with the Boeing Co. to recycle 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber from the race boat USA-71, originally built for the 2003 America’s Cup.

Northwest Passage closes early

Environment Canada reports that after decades of warming, the Northwest Passage is experiencing 60 percent more Arctic sea ice this year than at the same time last year.

Wind vanes refined

If you think wind vane self-steering rigs are on their way out, think again.

An ocean ill-defined

In 2006, I was in the kitchen when I learned from an NPR broadcast that the International Astronomical Union redefined “planet” and that Pluto no longer qualified. I’d reached my late 30s secure in my understanding of three fundamental geographic certainties I learned in school: nine planets, seven continents, four oceans. Now Pluto was no longer one of the planets in our solar system. I took a deep breath and resolved to move on: eight planets, seven continents, four oceans — got it.