Ocean Navigator - September 2015

Transatlantic Race 2015

Line honors for the 2015 Transatlantic Race go to Bryon Ehrhart aboard Lucky, which crossed the finish line at The Lizard off the south coast of England after eight days, 22 hours, five minutes and three seconds at sea on a 2,800-mile eastbound crossing of the North Atlantic, sailed mostly in strong winds.

Wind farm off Block Island

Voyagers sailing past Block Island’s south shore will soon catch the sight of construction of one of the first offshore wind farms in the U.S.

New imagery allows tour of WWII shipwrecks

A recent expedition to survey historic World War II shipwrecks has produced stunning imagery of sunken warships HMAS Sydney II and the German raider Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia.

Getting ready for an offshore race

After months of preparation, skippers and their crews from all across the East Coast set sail on Friday, June 19, to begin the 2015 Marion to Bermuda race.

Maine boatyard developments

Morris Yachts of Trenton, Maine, announced that it is opening a new service yard in Southern Maine’s Casco Bay.

Transpac 2015

The 2015 Transpac Honolulu Race got underway on July 13, 2015. This year the 2,558-nm race from Point Fermin, Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii, boasts a fleet of 61 boats: 57 monohulls in eight divisions and four multihull yachts.

Garmin sponsors Clipper Race Team

For a second time, global technology company Garmin will be a team sponsor for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a 40,000-mile long contest between 12 teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

Water Power! — Short Stories

If you are looking for a collection of fast-moving short stories, 20 to be exact, Robert Beringer’s recently published e-book collection of water-themed tales fits the bill.

Added offshore safety via HF DSC

Most voyagers are familiar with digital selective calling (DSC) on their VHF radios, but many may not be aware that DSC is available on high-frequency (HF) marine SSB as well.

In charge

The battery bank on your trawler is the foundation for your ship’s electrical system and is equally important at rest or under way.

Sardine harbor

To the editor: On the NOAA chart it looked fine, albeit a little small: an almost square dredged anchorage just north of Plymouth, Mass., that services the Pilgrim-founded hamlet of Duxbury. Sailing a tight serpentine path up the sprawling sand…

The St. Barts breakaway

To the editor: So here we are sitting on board our catamaran Indigo, all alone in our own private anchorage in Puerto Ferro on the south side of Isla de Vieques. It’s a barren island off the southeast end of…

Timer helps keep the boat afloat

To the editor: Jeff Merrill’s recent article on the care and feeding of onboard freshwater systems (“Wanderer’s water,” September 2014) was most excellent. His comments about connecting directly to shore water were particularly pertinent to those who find a range…

Box cars in the Gulf Stream

We had a perfect plan for returning WildHorse, our Valiant 42 cutter, to her home port in Watch Hill, R.I., after a winter in the Florida Keys.

Should I stay or should I go?

In Tonga with an idyllic season of Pacific cruising behind us, we were watching for a weather window to make the 1,100-mile trip to New Zealand.

Online weather resources

Navigators are blessed with numerous helpful online weather sites. Here is a sampling: National Data Buoy Center: (www.ndbc.noaa.gov/) You’ve just got to bookmark some of the offshore buoys and lights near where you do your boating. I routinely monitor what…

Pre-passage rigging checks

Prior to any major passage, I devote a couple of days to checking out the systems aboard Nine of Cups, our Liberty 458 cutter.