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August 17th

Capt. Jan Miles

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Episode 116 is one of the best yet! Yan Miles, captain of the tall ship ‘Pride of Baltimore II’ is full of stories, and boy can he tell them! Yan and Andy spoke from the captain’s quarters onboard the ‘Pride’ itself, docked in Annapolis at City Dock. He has been involved with the ‘Pride’ since it’s inception in the 1980s. Yan tells the story of how he got involved in sailing, worked his way up in the private and classic yachting scene, the story of the ‘Pride’s’ inception, the first ‘Pride’s’ tragic sinking, the building of the second ‘Pride’ and what it’s like barreling down the Bay during the Schooner Race and overtaking the schooner Woodwind, which Andy was aboard!…

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August 17th

Thank you!

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Sunset 16 August

In the last two days I have received many messages of congratulations for Aventura and her crew’s successful voyage. I want to thank all of you who have written, as well as those who have accompanied me on this exciting adventure.

Dawn 17 August

As the sun set last night at 2143 local time we still had some scattered ice about. But it was all gone by the time it rose again at 0145 this morning. The nights are still short here at 74 degrees north but they start getting longer and darker as we make our way south.…

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August 17th

Pilot Line autopilot, unfinished business

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Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 17, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Pilot_Line_autopilot_patent_aPanbo.jpgI hesitate to write about a marine technology that isn’t an actual product yet, especially when I don’t understand it! However, there may be a story here worth telling. At the end of his career, a very experienced engineer came up with what he believes to be a superior autopilot technology, but it will never become available to boaters unless someone new carries the project forward…

Pilot_Line_autopilot_claims_aPanbo.jpgI first heard about Pilot Line a few years ago when Will Pease and his family hired a guy quite experienced in the current marine electronics industry to market Pease’s 2012 patent.…

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August 16th

Southbound from Seychelles

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seychelles sunset

Finally (FINALLY) we can leave: all the packages we’ve been waiting for are on board, after 18 bus rides and enough face time to be on a first-name basis with clerks in the post office, officials in the Seychelles Revenue Commission, EVEN a bus driver (total count: 18 bus rides). Clearance could have been done in ~24 hours, but took three days… because, like receiving packages, working with officialdom on formalities was an extended reminder of the importance of patience as painfully layered bureaucracy and island time combined to make every step take significantly longer than necessary.

I’m not complaining. OK, not THAT much.…

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August 15th

A Happy Anniversary

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Aventura route 2015

Exactly one year ago, on 15 August 2014, I was forced to take the painful decision to abandon my attempt to complete a transit of the Northwest Passage, and turn around. The central section of the Northwest Passage is accessible by one of two gateways: Peel Sound and Bellot Strait.

This time last year both were still blocked by ice and although one or the other may have opened later in the season, the prospect of being forced to spend the winter in the Arctic convinced me to give up… and hope that I would be luckier next time.…

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August 14th

Flying boats

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zephyr
When my children were small one of their favorite books was The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg. The story was about a boy and his obsession to become the world’s greatest sailor. He so badly wanted to be the best that by sheer willpower he was able to coax his boat out of the water to fly above the waves.  It was a fanciful story but my kids would always finish the book and say, “boats will never fly.”


Fast forward a few years and what do we have; flying boats and boats that almost fly. Since the last America’s Cup we now all know that boats can fly but what is it about boats that almost fly.
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August 14th

The final stage

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Aventura at Gjoa Haven

Gjoa Haven is the place no sailor attempting to transit the Northwest Passage will miss as is here that Roald Amundsen spend the first two winters of his successful voyage through this challenging waterway.
His Gjoa was the first vessel to achieve that aim and gave her name to this Inuit settlement.

Our enjoyable stopover in Gjoa Haven had to be cut short when the latest ice charts forecast an imminent improvement in the conditions ahead of us. With more than 300 miles to the point that would give us access to the Atlantic, we set off immediately.…

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August 13th

Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 13, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

USCG_app_home_screens_cPanbo.jpgThe free USCG Boating Safety App has a lot to offer, as indicated by the home screens seen above on my Android phone and iPad Mini. Version 1.0 also seems almost surprisingly fast and polished, which may make more sense when you learn that it was developed by a small, highly-motivated team instead of a large government bureaucracy. In fact, the app is a gift to us from a grieving father trying to honor a son who was an enthusiatic CG Auxilary volunteer on the path to becoming an active duty Guardsman…

USCG_app_profile_location_emergency_cPanbo.jpgYou don’t have to permit the USCG app to use your location or set up detailed profiles of yourself and your boats, but many functions work better if you do.…

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August 10th

Sara Hastreiter

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Episode 115 is Sara Hastreiter, crewmember aboard Team SCA in the most recent Volvo Ocean Race. Sara’s been featured in the NY Times, on NPR, in the Wall Street Journal and other places as her star has risen in the sailing world. She only got started in 2008 after moving from Wyoming to St. Croix, and getting work on charter boats and racing yachts in the Caribbean. It had always been a goal to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and she did that with Team SCA. Sara and Andy discussed her career and what it’s like ocean racing on a VO65 for over an hour, Sara speaking on Skype from her new home base in the UK.…

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August 10th

Cambridge Bay Stopover

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Midnight sunset over Cambridge Bay

Due to the strategic location of this transportation hub in the Central Arctic, Cambridge Bay has been described as the make or break point for anyone attempting a transit of the Northwest Passage.

For those coming like us from the west and chasing the retreating ice, this is the place to pass a nail-biting time waiting and hoping that the ice will break up in the Eastern Arctic allowing us to reach our goal: the Atlantic Ocean.

The critical part of this final section of the Northwest Passage is only about 500 miles long, but usually it is also the most difficult to negotiate.…

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