|Great American IV – getting ready for the Vendée Globe|
I first learned of the British invasion of Anguilla, which took place in March 1969, while studying Don Street’s Transatlantic Crossing Guide several years ago. In his classic tome (which I can still recommend as a great general reference if you are cruising the islands of the North Atlantic), Don mentions the event in passing and cites two books treating it. One, The Mouse That Roared, he claims is a fictionalized account of the invasion; the other, Under An English Heaven, he cites as a factual account.
The Mouse That Roared, by Leonard Wibberley, which I read as a boy, in fact was published in 1955, 14 years before the invasion of Anguilla took place.…Read More
As a young man who spent their summer days gently plying the waters of the Massachusetts coast in a Beetle Cat, listing along without a care in the world, when I first saw the movie Jaws it was all too real for me. Did I think that I was going to get eaten by a big shark? No, not really. Did I take a closer look at the shadows beneath the boat, wondering if maybe, just maybe, Jaws was on the way? Honestly, yea, a couple of times.…Read More
By Matt Assenmacher
As summer approaches, keeping students interested in learning while wrapping up the school year can be a challenging task. I teach mechanical engineering at Hartland high school in Hartland, Michigan. My students learn the principals of technical design while guiding through a fun, hands-on, year-end design project.…Read More
Tomorrow morning begins the last chapter of our journey back to the USA. We’ll leave St Martin for Bermuda, and at the first weather window from Bermuda, we’ll aim for Connecticut. It’s been a lot of miles since departing South Africa in January! Too soon, western sunsets over the water like this one will be out of our lives for a while.
This isn’t the last chapter in our cruising book, however—we’re only planning to be in the States for about five months, coastal cruising.…Read More
Another beautiful, sun-drenched morning! And yet another day of headwinds! So much for leaving on a Friday…Etienne, this is your fault ;) All kidding aside, we’ve had a pretty good trip thus far, it’s just been painfully upwind!
Last evening was sort of the culmination of our frustration and exhaustion. We started the morning off up with full sail, close-reaching in about 12-15 knots of breeze and right on course. But in what’s been the story of this passage, the wind just kept veering and heading us, and building all the while. By 1800 it was blowing 25-30 again from the NNW.…Read More
Episode 149 is a fascinating conversation I had recently with sailing journalist Chris Museler, comparing and contrasting each of our recent passages to Cuba. You’ll most likely know of course that Mia and I just visited Havana aboard Isbjorn last month, sailing over from Fajardo, Puerto Rico on what was truly the adventure of a lifetime, both for us and for our crew.
Chris sailed to Cuba by another means back in January of 2015, aboard the wooden schooner Charlotte, a custom boat built by Gannon & Benjamin on Martha’s Vineyard. On that voyage, they took a more circuitous route – Chris actually flew in to Haiti, where he met the boat (only after a frightening and exciting four-hour journey from Port au Prince to get there).…Read More
In case you’re wondering why our speed has slowed, we are hove-to for the night to let the crew get some rest. 25 knots NNW for 2 days now & we’re tired! All is well & Isbjorn is riding the waves like a happy little duck!
(Chicago, IL)- The J/111 North American Championship, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club in Illinois in conjunction with the HELLY HANSEN NOOD Regatta, got underway Thursday in NNE winds of 10-15 knots, allowing two races to be completed. Recording a 3-1 for the day, Bill Smith’s WOOTON gained a two-point lead over Bennet Greenwald’s PERSEVERANCE, with Richard Witzel’s ROWDY another notch back in third.
The fifteen J/111 teams got a jump on their fellow Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD entrants, as the North American Championship began a day earlier than the remainder of the fleets. After a postponement, Bradley Faber’s UTAH took line honors in the opening contest, with Greenwald and Smith hot on his heels.…Read More
Don’t let anybody tell you ocean sailing is easy. Of all the endurance sports I’ve dabbled in over the years – marathon running, triathlon, cross-country skiing, cycling – offshore sailing is easily the most grueling. In those other sports, no matter how knackered you are in the moment, you know you’ll be in your bed that night. It’s a matter of hours. Not out here. You might get to retreat to your bunk, but at most, it’s a six-hour respite until you’re on deck and at it again.
And all the while you’ve got to live in this constant state of motion, and at sometimes crazy angles of heel.…Read More
Written by Adam Hyde on May 23, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
When Raymarine’s significant LightHouse software Release 17 became public last Thursday, I’d already had a chance to test a beta R17 version on the water and was able to discuss the new global weather display feature along with the LightHouse WiFi capabilities that can make weather data access fairly easy. In this part 2 entry, I’ll share my experiences with the new Navionics SonarChart Live display and Dock-to-dock Autorouting, and also discuss R17’s new NMEA 2000 Audio app and other improvements…
It’s important to understand that you need a Navionics chart card with a current Freshest Data subscription in order to use SonarChart Live and the vastly improved autorouting (as warned about above).…Read More