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WRI Weather Outlook, Lunenburg-Newfoundland

11 Jul

To: Captain, Isbjorn
Prepared: July 11 15:30z
FM: WEATHER ROUTING INC. (WRI)

Synopsis:  A gale centered southeast of Nova Scotia near 43N/57W this morning
will move NE’ward to north of Newfoundland through tomorrow, then move E’ward.
An area of high pressure will move offshore of New Jersey tomorrow morning and
will move SE’ward toward Bermuda through the 13th.

A broad low will be centered over NW’rn Quebec by the morning of the 14th and
will move E’ward offshore Labrador along 55N through the 16th. Associated
strong cyclonic circulation will cover waters from the Gulf of St Lawrence
south to along ...

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Weather Forecast for Lunenburg Departure

1 Jul

The Leg 6 crew has arrived and we’re about 18 hours from departure! It’s thunderstorming in Annapolis right now, so it’s nice to be at the dock, but the weather offshore looks like we’ll get a mix of everything. Here’s the latest from our partners at WRI, below.

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To: Captain, Isbjorn
Prepared: July 01 21:31z
FM: WEATHER ROUTING INC. (WRI)

Synopsis: Low pressure over sw’rn Quebec with a cold front from the w’rn Gulf
of Maine sw’ward to ne’rn North Carolina tomorrow morning will move ...

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DeLorme inReach gets weather & goes to Cuba

21 Jun

Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 21, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

DeLorme_inReach_weather_feature_cPanbo.jpgI’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) contact with friends, families and rescue centers. But one gripe for skippers hoping to use an inReach as their only offshore communications device was the lack of weather forecasting. There were some necessarily crude third party solutions, but now DeLorme itself is offering easy-to-use and understand forecasts, both marine and terrestrial. I’ve just been testing this and many other inReach features in ...

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Waiting On The Weather

20 Jun

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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 don’t have to be anywhere at anytime. Its just not as fun to deal with 30kts and a large sea, we’ve done it – but I’d rather sit in port and drink cheap Panamanian beer. It’s important that I keep ...

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Passage notes: Bermuda to Connecticut

17 Jun

1 sunset at sea“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 began the day we arrived in Bermuda, there were people to see and boat parts to fix, and a week felt sufficient. Plenty of time all around, really: there were three weeks before we needed to be in  Connecticut and our passage time, in good ...

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Passage notes: St Martin to Bermuda

2 Jun

1 Sailing into the sunset

DSC_7708Only 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 4 hours
  • Seas: 1-2 meters
  • Typical breeze: 15-25 kts true
  • Max wind speed: 35 knots (squall)
  • Number of times reefed/unreefed: lost count
  • Diesel burned: 6 gallons (at least one of those was because we wanted warm showers, and another was
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Raymarine LightHouse R17 part 1: hands-on new weather viewer, WiFi & more

19 May

Written by Adam Hyde on May 19, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Raymarine Lighthouse r17 AnnouncementIf 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 LightHouse Release 17 software update. In fact, I got the chance to try an early version of R17 on my boat Journey and have so much to report that I’ll divide it over two entries. In part 1, we’ll look at R17’s new full-featured weather display capabilities, as well as some advanced chart and waypoint enhancements, ...

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Yacht Devices N2K display, RedPort & PredictWind, NMEA & ABYC, and ONWA radar

18 Apr

Written by Adam Hyde on Apr 18, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Yacht Devices NMEA2000 Text DisplayYacht Devices appeared suddenly on the marine electronics scene last summer when Ben discussed their new temperature and barometer sensors. Not resting on their laurels, they then launched a $189 voyage data recorder that similarly came with either DeviceNet or SeaTalkNG connectors to minimize additional drop and/or adapter cable expense. More recently they joined NMEA and have now launched a new NMEA 2000 (N2K) text display which seems to be the least expensive and least power thirsty N2K data display available…

Yacht Devices YDTD20 data typesAt $149 for the ...

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Weather and communications on the passage

7 Apr

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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 Ascension to Barbados, will take around three weeks. It’s about 3,000 nautical miles: slightly longer than our longest passage to date, from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Hiva Oa, French Polynesia, six years ago this month (time flies!).

Food: check. Books: check. ...

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Passage hindsight: sailing from Madagascar to South Africa

6 Nov

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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 northerly gale in the Gulf Stream. There’s the very real possibility of some unpleasant weather, and big seas (20 meters!), and grief.

Happily, Totem is now snug in a berth at the Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay, South Africa, and this crossing ...

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