Offshore Sailing

Chasing Joshua

Joshua Slocum, the Boston man who was first to sail around the world alone, observed how good people are to travelers who are without a friend. David Dunn, a teacher from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, has discovered this…

Modern Cruising Under Sail

Modern Cruising Under Sail by Don DoddsPerhaps the most critical lesson Don Dodds tries to make clear in his new book is the importance of educated decision-making when operating voyaging craft. Accepting what the pundits declare as proper and necessary…

A celestial opportunity

A CELESTIAL OPPORTUNITY still exists for participants in the 1997 Marion-Bermuda Race. Although race sponsors have changed the rules to allow use of electronic position finders such as GPS, they are still offering a 3% "celestial bonus" for participants agreeing…

Fast ferries and deadly waves

High-speed ferries are an increasingly common sight along heavily trafficked routes on both sides of the Atlantic. Their high speeds caused an uproar here in North America, but recent events in England suggest that additional troubles may lie ahead. According…

Sail Away: Stories of Escaping to Sea

What’s the deal with the sea? It draws us to it like a giant magnet, swallows us in its vast expanse, and does what it wants with us. It changes us physically and spiritually. And it has done this for…

Rigorous sea trials

Before being commissioned, this 47-foot motor lifeboat,recently built for the Canadian Coast Guard for search-and-rescue operations on the West Coast, needed to undergo a test rollover. The boat passed the test, according to Bob Clark of Metal Craft Marine of…

A revolution in routing

In simplistic terms, the winning combination in ocean racing has always been speed, strategy and disaster avoidance. Boat speed - typically achieved through incremental gear refinement and superior crew work - is particularly critical in short-course and medium-distance racing. By…

Continued growth for ocean rallies

The 10th running of the Caribbean 1500 Rally will depart Newport, R.I., October 31 for its annual voyage south to the Caribbean Sea. Every year between 60 to 70 boats gather in Newport for the 10- to 12-day passage. "Voyaging…

Extreme cat loses bow in sea trials

Tests on the hull of Pete Goss's giant catamaran Team Philips, which was slated to enter the first running of the no-limits round-the-world race, The Race, apparently revealed why a section of the vessel's bow snapped off just two weeks…

Inflatable PFDs for emergencies

Certain Type I lifejackets, until recently available only as large horse-collar-like units built of closed-cell foam, are now being offered in the inflatable variety - approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Fruitland, Idaho-based company Sporting Lives, which produces the…

New book details exploits of women pirates

Sara Lorimer's new book, "Booty, Girl Pirates on the High Seas," is an engaging -- and humorous -- study of some of history's most notorious female ocean brigands. It is illustrated by Susan Synarski, whose splashy, cartoon-like figures add an…

New Books: Motorboat Elecrical and Electronics Manual

From Ocean Navigator #127 January/February 2003 Most electrical and maintenance guides available today cater to the sailboat owner, a person obsessed with minimizing the draw of various electrical and electronic gear. The owner of the powerboat, however, is less concerned…

Schooner reunion in Gloucester

Veterans of several seamanship training programs will havethe chance to sail again on their alma mater vessels at this year's Gloucester, Mass., Schooner Race. The schooners Harvey Gamage, Ocean Star, and Spirit of Massachusetts are among the entrants in the…

Plimsoll Award winners to be presented

Ocean Navigator's sister publication, Professional Mariner, a trade journal for mariners who make a living on the sea and in the U.S. inland waterways, honors professionals in the maritime industry each year for their outstanding service. The editors of Professional…

Seven Seas presents 24th voyager's 'gam'

The Seven Seas Cruising Association, a non-exclusive organization of wayward sailors, is gathering in Melbourne, Fla., in November for its 24th annual "gam." On Nov. 12 to 14, an expected 1,500 sailors will gather for a series of lectures and…