As Fickle as the Weather

One thing is certain-it's going to change  (published February 2012) It’s a common axiom in many parts of the world—if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes and it’ll change. For sailors, that can be good or bad news. Sorting the good from the bad before the fact

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Ocean Dead Reckoning

If we were guaranteed our GPS would always work, we would not have to do much more for ocean navigation. Unfortunately, we would never know if the GPS was right until the last day of the voyage—and we would be rightfully anxious about that throughout the voyage, because we know

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Bermuda and Beyond

Getting from the East Coast ato Bermuda can present a road full of potholes It’s another Bermuda Race year. That, however, is just one of the many reasons that sailors fetch up on those wreck-strewn, reef-surrounded, sandy, and yet still hospitable shores. At times, it can be a real trial

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An Act of God

The doubled-up wave on the quarter immediately spun the 50-footer's stern down and the bow up to weather. But, the worst was to follow... I met the owner of the Grand Soleil 50 early on an October Saturday morning, and we quickly went through the boat, tied to a mooring

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