Ocean Navigator - July-August 2020

Atlantic hurricane season

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and the predictions by various research groups vary, but the general consensus is that this 2020 season will be above average in the number of named storms and in hurricane-level storms.

Stuck in the U.S. Virgin Islands

“You couldn’t have picked a better time to be living on your sailboat” seems to be the sentiment of many of our friends as they see pictures of us snorkeling the clear waters off St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazing trades

This is the fourth and final installment in a multipart series, “The toughest passages of 50,000 miles,” a look at the most difficult aspects of circumnavigators Ellen and Seth Leonard’s various ocean voyages. In this last piece, Ellen changes the focus.


The first and most difficult job in precalculating what celestial bodies will be available and where they will be is to determine the time of twilight.