Ocean Navigator - May-June 2018

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.

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.

Multiple containers fall from ship

At least 76 shipping containers fell from a Maersk cargo ship underway off the Outer Banks in early March, adding to the debris problem in the world’s oceans.

Antenna challenges

Whether it be VHF, HF SSB or satcom, radio communications is impossible without an antenna.

Thoughts on bilge management

The recent article by Jeff Merrill on bilge maintenance was well written and provided some excellent details and suggestions.

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.

All backed up?

Most voyagers depend on an array of digital assets, from the basics like email, the Internet and assorted important documents, to more nautical essentials like charts, weather information and cruising guides.

Fitting a new SSB antenna

A couple of years ago, good friends from Islesboro, Maine, lost their rig overboard on their 40-foot sailboat off St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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.

May/June Issue 248: La Amistad

La Amistad — ironically the Spanish word for friendship — was anything but that to the captured slaves forced onto the vessel in 1839.