Cruising News

Scientists recently discovered what they believe to be an ancient “sunstone” at the site of a 1592 British shipwreck near the island of Alderney in the English Channel. Before the invention of GPS or even magnetic compasses, sailors may have used this as a navigatation tool on cloudy days.
As Cape Wind, the proposed offshore wind farm off Massachusetts, enters its second decade of controversy and legal wrangling, a similar, smaller installation off nearby Block Island may soon become the country’s first operational offshore wind farm.
Suddenly, the phone rings and Winkler springs to action, taking down information from the skipper of a stranded 36-foot SeaRay. It’s not yet 0930, and he’s already completed one tow this morning.
Keen on making the leap to ocean cruising, but not sure where to start? The World Cruising Club is offering a two-day Ocean Sailing Seminar in Annapolis, MD, on March 23-24 to help you prepare.
At 74 years old, Sven Yrvind wants to save the world. When I ask him how he plans to do it, his answer is simple: circumnavigate in a ten-foot sailboat. If—or rather, according to Sven, when—he accomplishes this, he will have skippered the smallest boat to circle the world.
By the time you read this, Kinship, an American-flagged Saga 43, will have made its second Atlantic crossing in little over half a year. As I write, the yacht is staging in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, just off the coast of Morocco.

Sailing Post-Sandy

by Wally Moran, Posted February 11, 2013
Typically, by the time November rolls around, I’m well clear of the Northeast and headed south for the winter. This year, though, various factors delayed me, so that when Hurricane Sandy swept through in late October, I was still in Lake Erie.
World Cruising Club announced this week that Portsmouth, VA, will be the new home port for all WCC sailing rallies held on the East Coast of the USA, including the Caribbean 1500, the ARC Bahamas and the ARC Europe.
Dennis Mullen shares the top 50 things that cruising taught him while sailing the world on his catamaran, Different Drummer. Read what Dennis learned, and then write in with your own top 10 list.

Citizen Coastguards

by Meredith Laitos, Posted January 18, 2013
When a solo sailor lost his mast in a knockdown 270 miles offshore while sailing between New Zealand and Australia, Aussie air traffic controllers called on two commercial flights to lend a hand.
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