Snowbird Migrations

The leaves turn color and drop. The Canada Geese head south. The warm allure of the tropics beckons. But getting there may or may not be so alluring.  (published October 2013) The days are getting shorter. The cooler air foretells of a shift, not only in the weather, but also

READ MORE...

Wicked Bad News!

Hurricanes aren't as entertaining in real life as they may appear on TV  (published September 2013) The warm September morning started out peacefully enough. As dawn approached, seawater was lapping up over the normally-dry parts of the low lying coastal land.  Later in the morning, as everyone went on about

READ MORE...

It’s Time for Your Watch

There are as many ways to parse time as there are readers of this article, but there is more to a watch schedule than time  (published august 2013) Lia Ditton and I were a couple of days into another delivery, this passage double handing a 48-foot catamaran from Antigua to

READ MORE...

The Fickle Finger of Fate

Lightning, electrical failure, computer crashes all happen on a whim of the gods. Safety and lives may hang in the balance and navigation's basics can tilt the odds in your favor  (published July 2013) She was a tired but still-fast sloop out of the Med. Charging along through the trade

READ MORE...

Free Online Weather Tools

The difference between success and failure in racing or cruising is often determined by the thoroughness of the preparation-often by just getting the weather right  (published June 2013) It’s almost time to start your cruising rally, and some time ago, you noticed that getting hammered by unexpected cold fronts wasn’t

READ MORE...

Weather Routing Software

The good, the bad and the ugly truth of it all  (published May 2013) As night settles on the deck of the boat, a glow emanates from the nav station. It used to be red to protect the night vision of the deck watch. For years, it has increasingly become

READ MORE...

From Here to There, And Home Again

With or without electricity, as a navigator your job is to find your way safely to port. At times, your best friend may be your compass. Treat it as such.  (published April 2013) Lia Ditton and I were delivering a boat from Antigua to Norfolk, Virginia. A week out of

READ MORE...

Flares in the Night

While racing to Bermuda, the glow of a flare arced across the sky. Now what?  (published March 2013) Serious cruising has many faces. One skipper might choose to meander over the horizon on extended passages, while another might be more inclined towards gunkholing near the shallows to quietly have lunch

READ MORE...

Idle Musings on Potential Disasters

Having a few tricks up your sleeve might help more than merely greeting the problem with a puzzled look  (published February 2013) Problems can happen as a result of a variety of precipitating events. What caused all of the electronics instruments to go out as we crossed the North Atlantic?

READ MORE...

The Second to Worst Case Scenario

EPIRBs continue to provide a unique measure of safety to our activities offshore. Here is the story behind what happens if and when you're ever required to push that button.  (published January 2013) The winds had been steadily building for several days as Great American approached within 350 miles of

READ MORE...