Ocean Navigator - November-December 2019

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.

Rule changes in Race to Alaska

The 2020 edition of the Race to Alaska (R2AK) will feature a major course change in addition to updated rules, organizers announced on Sept. 6.

Boating accidents, deaths fell in 2018

There were fewer boating accidents and fewer fatalities among recreational boaters in 2018, according to Coast Guard data that showed the vast majority of serious incidents involved powerboats.

Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World

Talk about good timing: Just as British author Peter Moore was putting the finishing touches on his biography of HMS Endeavour and its multifarious 18th-century voyages, marine archaeologists in Rhode Island pinpointed its final resting place near Newport, where in 1778 it had been scuttled by the British to prevent the French fleet from attacking.

Sailing America

In a magazine like Ocean Navigator, the photos play as big a part as the words, from the front cover all the way through.

Enabling your boat to talk

A concerned seller who could not attend the survey and sea trial of his trawler called me, his voice laden with concern: “Jeff, I keep getting text messages that the bilge pump is going off. Are you guys sinking?”

It all comes out in the wash

We’re back in the U.K., enjoying the reunions with family and friends that our brief sojourns from our “proper” life at sea aboard our Crossbow 42, Adamastor, allow us.

Worst gear breakdowns

This is the second part of 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.

Benefits of a pilothouse boat

Thanks to an early introduction to the books of Eric Hiscock, the primary item on my bucket list has always been circumnavigating in my own boat at least once.