Weather

Emergency dive gear

Taking a deep breath, I pushed hard off the bottom of the hull and dove down the eight feet to the prop, where the current was such that I had to grip the rudder in one hand to stay in…

Learn by doing

Early November found us in Beaufort, N.C., preparing to head south to the U.S. Virgin Islands. We hoped the offshore passage to St. Thomas would take about 10 days. We were aboard Echo, a 32-foot Marc Louis Rifflart-designed catamaran. By…

Bermuda's origins

n Atlantic, where it forms the southwestern end of the Bermuda Rise. Charts also show a number of siblings to Bermuda; seamounts, or submerged volcanoes that never broke the surface. Two of these seamounts lay just to the southwest of…

Florida delivery ends in Havana

Heavy weather in the Gulf of Mexico this past November resulted in an unexpected trip to Cuba for three sailors making a passage from Miami to the Florida panhandle. Robert Mashburn of Arkansas asked two friends to join him aboard…

Weather

The term "weather window" is frequently used in connection with ocean voyages. It's that period eagerly awaited by voyagers when conditions are right to leave harbor and begin a passage, whether it's a short hop or an ocean crossing.