Ocean Navigator - May-June 2018

Ocean Star dismasting

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria blasted through the British Virgin Islands in September 2017, they damaged or destroyed a fleet of vessels.

Rolling down the fickle trades

On my way out of the door to join my two shipmates in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, for a trans-Atlantic passage, I ripped out the November page of the North Atlantic Pilot Chart.

Six steps to satcom

Satellite telephone airtime pricing has dropped considerably since Inmarsat launched the first communication satellites more than 30 years ago.

Atlantic HF radio net formed

Seven Seas Cruising Association and Marine Weather Center have announced the formation of a new high-frequency radio net specifically designed to assist trans-Atlantic cruisers.

Common-sense navigation

When I learned to sail in San Diego, the running joke was that every year someone coming home from the Catalina islands would set their autopilot for a waypoint inside the harbor, and then run into Point Loma while they slept.