Cruising Skills

Wide Open Throttle test

A few years ago, I was carrying out a sea trial aboard a single screw trawler that a client of mine was considering for purchase. Part of the process involves running the vessel at full or wide-open throttle, what…

Bite Worse than the Bark

It was wee o’clock in the morning when we heard the first thump. It’s a seemingly universal passage rule that bad things always choose to happen in the middle of the night. Other such rules include “you’ll have spares…

Timing the tides

Navigation is fundamentally about discovering the rules that govern nature. Unlocking these secrets is one of the most gratifying aspects of sailing; from observing the physics of weather to revealing our position relative to the celestial bodies. Another one…

North to Nome

With the changes in the Arctic, the Northwest Passage (NWP) is becoming an increasingly attractive trip to adventurous voyagers. In April 2020, I got a chance at making this famous journey when Matt Thomas, the owner of the 60-foot…

Rudiger Celestial Nav Award Winner and ON Special Offer

Posted August 21, 2021 Ocean Navigator Subscription August 20, 2021 - Honolulu, Hawaii - After careful review of the materials submitted to support his application, a review panel from the Transpacific Yacht Club have determined that Jesse Osborn wins the Mark S. Rudiger Celestial Navigation Trophy for the recently…

Arrivals in Honolulu

https://youtu.be/0bAI3bhyZro   A collection of arrivals into Hawaii enjoying the action and the thrill of completing the Transpac Race. Some great video of hard-charging Transpac boats.

All in for the 2021 TRANSPAC

July 28, 2021 - Honolulu, Hawaii - With the finish today just before sunrise of Tim Jones' Olson 40 Live Wire, all entered yachts are accounted for in this 51st edition of the Transpac. Cal 40 Nalu V skippered by Mark Ashmore with wife Kathleen, Chris Tadlock and navigator Hugh…