Ocean Navigator - May-June 2016

Anchoring issues front and center in Florida

The Florida Legislature is again considering a controversial bill that would ban overnight anchoring near several wealthy oceanfront communities, a move that could affect voyagers.

Convoy to set sail for Cuba

Nine boats, both power and sail, carrying 29 people will sail from the Florida Keys to Havana, Cuba, in April for a two-week excursion aimed at showcasing the island nation and improving Spanish-language proficiency.

Deceased sailor encounter clarified

When the story broke worldwide on March 1 of the discovery of a deceased German sailor by Philippine fishermen, accompanied by a grisly picture of the mummified body, some observers raised questions about a race boat in the Clipper Race having found the vessel a month earlier off Guam and then continuing on with the race.

Noble Chase

A chartered sportfisherman founders off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Racer injured in challenging conditions

The appeal of the Clipper Race for many of its participants is the chance to race a big boat in challenging conditions of wind, wave and weather all the way around the globe.

Four legs to Cuba

Factors that can keep cruisers in port include mariners’ health and weather.

Tracking cyclones

Voyagers deciding on a cyclone avoidance strategy in the South Pacific need to make some decisions.

Useful tools

A number of sight reduction software programs are available for free on the Internet. See www.celnav.de and www.navigation-spreadsheets.com. A Google search for “navigation calculators” will bring up many more. OpenCPN, a popular chartplotter software for Linux, Mac OS X and…