Ocean Navigator - October 2010

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.

West Marine Boat Raffle Winner

West Marine Boat Raffle The winner of the Annapolis Boat Shows' boat raffle was recently announced with the winner taking possession of a new West Marine 310 RIB, CE Smith Trailer and Mercury 9.9HP four-stroke outboard motor. Jim Rodrock, of…

Find twilight stars sans almanac

Greg Rudzinski has a great blog post on his S/V Nightcap blog about how to set the Rude  (or 2102-D) star finder without the need for an almanac (click on the image below for a larger version): Set the 2102-D…

Wind and current

Last time I talked about the meteorological effects on tides, and by extension, tidal currents. This time, I thought I would focus on a different aspect of this interaction, and talk about how wind and current affect the sea state.…

Fastest time through Northwest Passage

A New Zealand sailor, Graeme Kendall, has just set a record for the fastest sail through the Northwest Passage from Canada to Alaska. Kendall, aboard his 12.5 metre yacht, Astral Express,  started at Lancaster Sound on August 27th & exited…

Mini boats to race across Atlantic

If you happen to be out on the North Atlantic in November, don’t be surprised if you see a unmanned mini-sailboat slide by downwind. The Portland, Maine, educational group The Compass Project, which teaches social, academic and job skills to…

Ocean race canceled by typhoon

The arrival of Super Typhoon Megi has forced the organizers of the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race to cancel the race for the rest of this year. The race was orginally scheduled to start on October 20th. After category 5…

Six new Globalstar satellites launched

Riding a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Bakonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, six second-generation Globalstar satellites were successfully placed in orbit today. According to Globalstar, initial tests show the units are operating properly.  This launch of new spacecraft should help Globalstar…

A Successful Powerboat Show in Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland.  The simultaneous starting of a couple hundred engines and sounding of boat horns marked the close of the 39th annual United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis Sunday evening.  A weekend of glorious weather followed the first day of…

Velux Five Oceans Race starts

The Velux 5 Oceans race, a solo race that once was called the BOC Challenge and has been run since 1982 started in France on Sunday. At the time of this post, Tuesday afternoon Oct. 19, American Brad Van Liew…

Contributing editor Chuck Husick passes

Long time Ocean Navigator contributing editor and all-around marine expert Chuck Husick died Monday, September 13, following several months of poor health. Chuck was not only one of the most knowledgeable writers on marine science and technology, but he was…

Annapolis boat show expands

Facing a growing demand for exhibitor space, the owners of the United States Sailboat Show have added an island of floating docks to this year’s venue to accommodate additional visitors. The show operators have also added an additional 10,000 square…

Invasive species harvested by divers

A hundred or so divers gathered on Sept. 11 for the 1st Annual Florida Lionfish Derby Series at Coconuts Restaurant in Key Largo, Fla.The cash prize fishing derby is the first of three planned lionfish derbies in the Keys and…

North Sea debris presents a hazard

North Sea yachtsmen are warned to be on the lookout for wooden debris after about 60 tons of wooden planks fell overboard from the Norwegian cargo ship, Sally, about 55 nautical miles east of Lowestoft in the U.K. in very…

Extreme Sailing Series 2011

The Extreme Sailing Series, one of four circuits with the International Sailing Federation Special Event Status, now includes the Extreme 40-class catamarans. The Extreme Sailing Series is committed to the class as its main act until at least January 2013.…

Some tricks of the trade

One of the most vexing problems facing the neophyte celestial navigator is estimating the height of a celestial body. There are many catch-as-catch-can methods for pre-setting the sextant, so that especially at twilights, when there is little time, the celestial…

More on clearing into Indonesia

Sailing on our Montevideo 43, Bahati, we are now in Bali and thought we would provide an update to our recent story on the clearance situation in Indonesia (A clearance paper chase, issue #188).We tried to clear-in at Nongsa Point…

SSCA Melbourne Gam

The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) plans to hold its 35th Annual Melbourne Gam from November 12 to 14 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, Fla. The event will include seminars on diesel care and troubleshooting, boat insurance,…

40th anniversary of Chay Blyth's voyage

This coming Monday, 18 October, will be the 40th anniversary of Sir Chay Blyth's non-stop solo upwind circumnavigation. Blyth sailed against the prevailing winds and currents aboard his 59ft ketch British Steel. Blyth began his voyage from Southampton, England, on…

Giroire only American in Route du Rhum

There's no better indication of how French and European sailors dominate many of the big singlehanded ocean races then the sailors signed up for the Route du Rhum Race. Scheduled to depart St. Malo in France and finish at Pointe-à-Pitre,…

Orbcomm AIS satellite

AIS is heading into space. Orbcomm and OHB System AG will launch two satellites that will be able to pick up AIS signals. AIS from space is well on the way.From the press release: ORBCOMM and OHB System AG have…