Ocean Navigator - September-October 2017

Storm decimates OSTAR and TwoSTAR Fleet

Regaled by the blaring of air horns and cheers, Italian sailor Andrea Mura, on his flag-bedecked Open 50 Class race boat Vento di Sardegna, swept into Newport Harbor on Thursday, June 15.

Bradish wins Marion Bermuda Race

Armed with traditional navigation equipment and a working knowledge of the celestial bodies, G.J. Bradish and three crew took top honors in the 2017 running of the Marion Bermuda Race aboard the 32.5-foot Selkie.

Fitzgerald collision under investigation

Seven American sailors died after a loaded containership slammed into the destroyer USS Fitzgerald in open waters off Japan, and investigators from three countries are trying to determine how it happened.

Remotely piloted tug

For ocean voyagers, the probability of encountering a commercial vessel with no one on board appears to be increasing.

Cruisers to get technical

For cruisers who want to become better attuned to the technical aspects of their boat, Brewer Yacht Yards’ Cowesett Marina in Warwick, R.I., will be hosting a Cruisers’ Workshop led by Steve D’Antonio and assisted by Ralph Naranjo on Oct. 20-21, 2017.

Boat recycling master

Captain Jim Harkins is a Portland, Maine, native who runs Captain Jim’s Marine Salvage & Nautical Antiquities. It’s an unorthodox company that heats its warehouse with salvaged boat fuel, but then Jim is an unorthodox man, working 15-hour days, seven days a week, and calling that his “retirement.”

Iridium to join global safety system

It’s safe to say that most voyagers dream of tropical sailing. Yet the changing Arctic has made Greenland, the Northwest Passage and other northern destinations more cruiser-friendly and will likely draw more voyagers northward.

Alarming considerations

Every morning, I awaken to Hawaiian music that provides me with a smooth transition from deep sleep to facing the day. This sure is more pleasant than the shrill alarm that used to scare me awake and have my heart pumping.

A visit to the life raft factory

Recently while cruising in Norway, I had the opportunity to visit one of the Viking company’s manufacturing and R&D facilities located in Straume on Norway’s southwest coast.

Broken anchor snubber

I’ve anchored in Cuttyhunk Harbor, Mass., hundreds of times over many different seasons. I like to joke that I just drop my hook in one of my old holes and I know all will be well no matter what.

Recurring weather patterns

We are currently in New Zealand aboard our Tayana 37 cutter Anna. We pay close attention to the weather and have observed some interesting patterns.

Exploring Borneo

Large sails and diesel fuel pushed our Valiant 40, Brick House, northward from Indonesia along the western coast of Borneo.

Between the folds

Jon Leavitt lifted the life raft onto the workshop floor and opened its fiberglass case. He quickly found water where it didn’t belong.

Stats from a life raft station

Chase Leavitt & Co. is one of the few companies in Maine certified to service lifeboats, and they complete about 650 services a year.

Easy-to-make fender covers

Fenders, as most sailors know, act as bumpers to keep your boat off the dock and prevent its hull from being scratched or chafed by whatever protrudes from the dock, like cement or wood pilings.