Ocean Navigator - September-October 2018 October 1, 2018 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Light air makes for challenging Newport Bermuda RaceCalm conditions during much of the 51st Newport Bermuda Race led to some challenging tactical sailing, according to race organizers. Nordhavn delivers first 100-footerNordhavn has delivered its first-ever 100-foot yacht. All-female team wins Race to AlaskaFor the first time in the competition’s four-year history, an all-female team has won the Race to Alaska. Halfway Rock Light StationWhen writing about lighthouses, it’s almost impossible to avoid lapsing into nostalgia or busting out in Faulkner quotes about the past not being dead or Masefield’s lonely sea and the sky. Volvo Ocean Racers gather data on plastic pollutionTeam Turn the Tide on Plastic finished last in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race, but its crew collected key scientific data during the grueling contest that provides a first-ever look at the scope of the ocean plastic pollution problem.Coast Guard data show fewer boating fatalities in 2017Fewer people were hurt or killed while boating last year, according to Coast Guard data, which shows drowning remains by far the most common cause of deaths among boaters. Forecasters predicting no letup for 2018 hurricane seasonAfter an extremely busy 2017 hurricane season, which caused billions of dollars in damage and hundreds of deaths, forecasters agree the upcoming season will likely pack plenty of punch. Cruisers’ Workshop in Pacific NWFrequent Ocean Navigator contributors Steve D’Antonio and Ralph Naranjo will be putting on a weekend workshop in Bellingham, Wash., for cruisers who want to learn more about a variety of technical skills that will prove invaluable while voyaging. An expert look at marine electronicsVoyagers depend on marine electronics more than ever. AIS-based weather data may aid voyagersThere are two sides to the marine weather data equation: one is gathering data, and the other is disseminating that data to users. Understanding overcurrent protectionThe engine faltered, and with that a cloud of dense, white smoke erupted from under the small runabout’s dashboard, enveloping the cockpit and its occupants … I vividly recall my first encounter with overcurrent protection, or more accurately the lack thereof. Going back in time to race around the worldLast year, we aborted our Pacific crossing, just two days in. No turning backIn our seven years of cruising, we have always been moving forward. A canal transitSailing the Caribbean coast of Panama from Bocas del Toro to Colon was routine for John and Lucy Knape. Innovations in safetyIt’s safe to say that sailors dwell on safety equipment like they do fridges and bottom paint — not so much powerboaters, as I learned from my fellow judges at the 2018 Miami Boat Show NMMA Innovation Awards. Simple maintenance keeps PFDs dependableWhen you absolutely need it, there are few things as valuable as a personal floatation device. High-latitude weather routingWeather routing experts are a fairly exclusive bunch. It’s a profession that requires not only deep meteorological knowledge but also a knack for translating weather data into useable info for vessels at sea. Celestial navigation series, part twoIn this installment, we’ll discuss how to make our own chart for plotting our celestial navigation data at sea, and we’ll review dead reckoning, plotting, current vectors and compensating for current.Speed/time/distance sample problems Problems 1. If you are traveling a distance of 10 miles and need to get to your destination within 2 hours, how fast would you need to go? 2. If you have been sailing at 6 knots for…Correcting from compass to true and back again Problems 1. Deviation is 8° W on a heading of 090°. A) What would be the magnetic course if you steered 090° by your compass? B) If variation was 12° E, what would be the true course? 2.… September/October Issue 250: The sinking of RMS AtlanticIt was considered just a regular passage, from Liverpool to New York City.