Ocean Navigator - July-August 2019

A cultural and visual spectacle

For those in search of fair winds, an umbrella-laden beverage and an increased sense of adventure, Cuba provides. U.S.-Cuba relations easing in December of 2014 provided an opportunity for voyagers to sail the island. One year later, we arrived to our charter in the southern Cuba port of Cienfuegos to begin a 600-nm voyage to Havana.

Step-by-step sight reduction

Here is the entire sight reduction sequence broken down into steps. You can use this as a guide should you get stuck on a step and need to know what to do next.

Customized weather

Employing the services of an expert meteorologist is not just the preserve of the record-chasing ocean sailor or professional crew.

The digital age: barometers vs. barographs

When I crossed the Pacific Ocean on my Peterson 44, Oddly Enough, I wrote about local weather, the kind experienced in our exclusive part of the ocean where available forecasts covered too wide an area to be useful, and there’s no one else to observe and interpret changes.

Beginner’s luck

In 1974, I got the sailing bug and purchased a 25-foot Ericson sailboat.

Lost in translation

I have a Dutch sailing friend who I’ve overheard making phone calls in her native tongue to her family back home.

Suggested ship’s papers

To collect and assemble the necessary paperwork, we provide to our clients an alphabetical list comprised of the most common documents they are likely to have or will need to have aboard.

Ship’s papers

Most of the more experienced power voyagers I work with have a system and a plan to look after just about every aspect involved in the management of their boats.

Study notes GPS interference

A recent study released by a nonprofit think tank called C4ADS details Russian spoofing and jamming of GPS signals that resulted in erroneous position fixes, sometimes by many miles.

SailGP boats show a turn of speed

In an exercise that couldn’t be further from the world of the heavily laden voyaging boat, a fleet of cats sailed recently in San Francisco Bay as part of SailGP’s multiday racing series with professional teams representing six nations.

Prediction says fewer hurricanes

Andrea, Barry and Chantal are just three of the names to be given to Atlantic hurricanes this year by NOAA, which in April released the full list of names that will be used in 2019.

Final Golden Globe competitor sails on

While most of the sailors participating in the 2018 Golden Globe around-the-world solo race long ago either retired from the competition or crossed the finish line, there is a single racer still on the North Atlantic and headed toward the finish at Les Sables d’Olonne in France.