Ocean Navigator - July August 2021

Schooner mentor passes

Benjamin B. Whitcomb III, known fondly as Benji, died after a long illness on April 23, 2021. He was 72 years old. Benji came up through the ranks in the early days of the schooner Harvey Gamage, becoming skipper of…

Notable New Titles

High Latitude Sailing, Self-Sufficient Sailing Techniques for Cold Waters and Winter Seasons By Jon Amtrup and Bob Shepton Hardcover, 198 pages, $35 Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London Written by two extremely experienced ocean voyagers, High Latitude Sailing provides exactly…

Respecting Paradise

Author’s note: I first started to write this story at the request of one of my Marquesan friends who hoped to make the cruising community more aware of the issues I outline here. But I want to make it…

Stay Connected

Now that many of us have learned the joys and perils of working from home (WFH) and the always-connected 24/7 life, you may have decided it is time to get away from it all and sail over the horizon.…

A satcom snapshot

In the past 20 years satellite communications has grown from a novelty item for voyagers to something more like standard equipment for the voyaging boat. Between fixed terminal satcom options and handheld…

Transpac Race Prep

Editor’s note: In July of 2019, after 10 days on the race course, the Andrews 70 sloop Trader crossed the finish line in Hawaii to complete the 2019 Transpac Race. Trader’s race wasn’t a winning effort according to the…

Yankee sails on

The Johnsons — Irving and Exy — weren’t your average American married couple. The Johnsons completed seven circumnavigations beginning in the 1930s, all aboard boats named Yankee, with…