Ocean Navigator - July-August 2015 August 1, 2015 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Cuba-bound sailors take noteThinking 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. An emergency watermakerVolvo Ocean Race boats are all at the cutting edge of sailing technology, right up to what the crew eat and drink.Numbers up for Marion Bermuda RaceThe 2015 Marion Bermuda Race starts on June 19, 2015 in Marion, Mass. Currently 51 yachts are entered in the race. Oliver Hazard Perry hosts 12,000For the first time since the dedication ceremony in 2013, the general public had the opportunity to tour the Ocean State’s official sailing education vessel, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Ida Lewis Distance RaceFor more than a decade, grand prix sailors and racing/cruising enthusiasts have sailed to Newport, R.I., to compete in the Ida Lewis Distance Race and on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, the tradition will continue with another year of “just-right” overnight racing planned for the waters of Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound. Racing the Northwest PassageDuring the last four years scientists have seen new lows for Arctic sea ice, both for its seasonal winter peak in 2015 and its summer minimum in 2012. Brewer Yacht Yards 2015 RendezvousBrewer Yacht Yards is organizing Brewer members to join in a series of East Coast gatherings this summer. Voyager tracking with a social connectionJust as people like to stay connected when ashore, voyagers increasingly want that capability as well, whether at sea or in far-off destinations. A tale of two listsRemember when you used to read those magazine articles about voyaging off into the sunset to get away from it all? Misadventures of voyagers learning to fishIt’s an unspoken rule, almost a seafaring law, that those who are live-aboard, long-term, worldwide cruisers can catch the freshest, finest fish that the oceans have to offer. A visit to the next “Big Ditch” in NicaraguaIn December 2014 a centuries-old plan to dig a 173-mile trench from the Caribbean to the Pacific, connecting Central America’s largest lake in between, began in earnest. An unplanned swimEric’s story: Debbie and I had been bashing our way east from George Town, Bahamas, for several days, heading to Turks and Caicos. With 30 to 40 knots of wind right on the nose, of course, and 8- to 10-foot seas, we were taking a fierce pounding in Indigo, our 46-foot Leopard catamaran. Voyaging sail careSail care is an important part of overall seamanship, whether you race or cruise. Relentless wear and tearBefore we left San Francisco on Active Transport, our Tayana 37 pilothouse cutter, we made quite a few decisions that were based both on prior experience and what we were able to learn from other voyagers. Ultra compact sight reductionRecently, Hanno Ix, a retired engineer and a member of the online NavList navigation forum (www.fer3.com/arc/), presented a challenge to the forum for the development of a manageable means of sight reduction without the use of logs, slide rules or calculators and, if possible, also eliminating special rules and ambiguities. Extend your cruising ageAfter 16 years of cruising full time and some 55,000 miles under the keel, we certainly do not have the strength and stamina that we started out with in 1997. July/August Issue 227: The Titanic disaster foreshadowedBy 1841 the packet lines from New York City to Liverpool were already well established; companies with the now-famous names of Black Ball and the Swallowtail Lines regularly operated a schedule of ships carrying both cargo and passengers back and forth across the Atlantic since the early part of the century.