Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 21, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I've long felt that the DeLorme inReach is a valuable safety and communications tool for boats that sometimes go beyond reliable cellular (and/or VHF) con... Read More
Every boat and crew has different thresholds for what they are willing to put up with. In my limited experience using GRIB files to plan voyages, I hope for the predicted winds and hedge against higher than predicted winds and seas. Even though I’m positive our boat can take just about anything, we voyage for the enjoyment of sailing. We…
“This is turning into an expensive passage.” Those were Jamie’s words to me after the latest breakdown on our third day at sea. A large block, used for the genoa sheet, had permanently parted ways with the track on deck. The passage started benignly enough, once we got going. Although the weather watch to depart […] Read More
Only one more passage separates Totem from landfall in the USA. The proximity is palpable, and conversation about what it’s going to be like has dominated dinner table conversations. The comfortable passage north from St Martin to Bermuda fostered cockpit discussion and navel-gazing under the stars, too. Here’s how it went. Passage metrics Distance: 872 nautical miles Duration: 5 days […] Read MoreSponsored Content
Written by Adam Hyde on May 19, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
If you have a Raymarine a, c, e, eS or gS Series MFD, you just got an astonishing array of free new features thanks to the just announced and available Ligh... Read More
Written by Adam Hyde on Apr 18, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Yacht Devices appeared suddenly on the marine electronics scene last summer when Ben discussed their new temperature and barometer sensors. Not resting on t... Read More
If you’re following along, you know we left Ascension Island a few day ago. Now, most of passages over time seem to top out around five days. We’ve had a few longer ones (especially in the Indian Ocean), but that’s pretty typical at the high end, and mostly they range closer to about three days. This passage, from […] Read More
Sailing from Madagascar to South Africa is technically challenging. The Mozambique Channel separating them is famously dangerous, in particular for the effect of gales blowing up from the Southern Ocean against the south-setting Agulhas current. For a reference point that may translate better to sailors in North America, I’m told it’s comparable to experiencing a […] Read MoreSponsored Content
(Juelsminde, Denmark)- Never before it has been closer than it was in Juelsminde at the June 17-19 Danish J/70 Sailing League Division 2 event. Sønderborg Yacht Club kept their cool and won the event ahead of the Sejlklubben Sundet and the Yachtklubben Furesøen. Yachtklubben Furesøen still leads the overall leaderboard in the second division.
Five clubs were within two points of each other before the last race. The entire outcome of the regatta, therefore, was based on “who beat who” in the third FINAL 6 race. Sailing like a boat possessed, the Sejlklubben Sundet team posted a 2-1-2 in the finale to nearly steal the event from Sonderborg. For their part, Sonderborg seemingly wilted under the pressure after an initial 5-4, but won the last race to clinch the win overall.
Perhaps the biggest “choke” of the regatta was by the previous winner's mistakes on the last day’s finale. Yachtklubben Furesøen impressed their competitors with five straight bullets in a row in the last six races before the FINAL 6 sail-off. However, a shrimping of their gennaker in the 10-12 m/s wind totally ruined the Furesoen team’s second FINAL 6 sail-off. So, the four young skiff sailors for YF sailed to a 3-6-3 to settle for third place. Fourth was Silkeborg Sejlklub and fifth Struer Sejlklub.
Since YK Furesøen won the season's first event in Lundeborg, they now lead the overall second division with 34 points - ahead of Sønderborg with 33 points and with Sejlklubben Sound and Silkeborg Yacht Club on a shared third place with 31 points. For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information
Ocean currents have been a significant factor for our Indian Ocean passages this year, and our upcoming passage to South Africa is no exception. On this morning’s SSB net, one boat after another chimed in about the strong foul current they’re experiencing off the Madagascar coast as they head towards South Africa. Most entered the […] Read More
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 22, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
One of the most valuable improvements I've made on Gizmo is a Maretron TMP100 able to put six different temperature sensors on the boat's NMEA 2000 networ... Read More