Volvo Ocean Race

After months of battling tropical calms, and bouncing back and forth across the Doldrums in no less than three different oceans, it’s time for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race to return to its stormy roots. As in races past, Leg 4, which stretches 6,776 miles from Auckland to Itajaí, Brazil, will push the six competing crews to the limit and then some as they battler their way through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn. 


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Volvo Ocean Race

This past week, an independent review committee that included VOR veteran and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Stan Honey, former West Marine advisor author Chuck Hawely, and Rear Adm. Chris Oxenbould, a former deputy chief of the Australian Navy, determined there were “deficiencies” both in the use of charts aboard Vestas Wind and in “the cartography presenting the navigation dangers on the small and medium scales” of the electronic charts themselves when the boat ran aground last November.


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Columns

Legendary cruising boats come in all forms. Wandering the docks at a boat show in La Rochelle, France, I came across an unassuming, boxy little boat that has achieved iconic status among the French.


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2014 Rolex Winners

by David Schmidt, Posted March 10, 2015

Terry Hutchinson, 46, won his newest Rolex timepiece for his dominant performances as tactician in the Farr 40 class, the TP52 class and the RC44 class (as well as his success in the J/70 class as skipper)


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Boatworks

When I bought my aft-cockpit ketch, Silverheels, she had no bimini top at all. While I attended to other upgrades in preparation for tropical cruising, I pondered how I might have full-time shade in the cockpit and still get at the mizzen sail to furl and reef it.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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