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Category: sailing

Understanding sea state for better passage planning

Consider wind and waves when planning and, as Norman Kean explains, you’ll be able to predict and avoid rough waters In this picture of Bernard Stamm’s Cheminées Poujoulat battling a Force 10 in Biscay at the start of the VELUX 5 Oceans solo round the world race, the wave patches can be clearly seen Understanding…
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December 1, 2017 0

SPC MD 1769

MD 1769 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH LIKELY FOR NORTHEAST AR TO CENTRAL IN Mesoscale Discussion 1769 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1024 AM CST Sat Nov 18 2017 Areas affected…Northeast AR to Central IN Concerning…Severe potential…Watch likely Valid 181624Z – 181830Z Probability of Watch Issuance…80 percent SUMMARY…Severe threat will increase into the early afternoon hours…
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November 18, 2017 0

‘I was rescued from death alone in mid-ocean’

Crippled by pain while sailing solo in the Indian Ocean, Andrew Halcrow had to call for rescue Under full main and poled out genoa, Elsi lifts her skirts and revels in the South Atlantic’s northeasterly trade winds ‘I was saved from death alone in mid-ocean’ In the late 1980s I built a steel yacht in…
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November 4, 2017 0

Is it safe out there?

I was trolling Facebook the other day and saw a comment in one of the sailing forums, can’t remember which one. A lady was asking for some advice. It seems that she and her husband have been saving up for years to retire on their boat and to sail around the world, but they were…
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October 24, 2017 0

Nominations sought for the YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2017

The Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA) has extended its nomination period after receiving few entries Yachting Monthly’s Bob Shepton is a previous winner of the award. Credit: Bob Shepton In the past, the YJA Yachtsman of the Year award has attracted some of the most famous names in sailing. The accolade is regarded by many as…
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October 20, 2017 0

Ambition, nerves, and espionage: final countdown at the Volvo Ocean Race

We go behind the scenes at the Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng Race Team to find how the team is preparing for the longest, furthest Volvo Ocean Race yet Sanxenxo training 2 boats testing with mapfre The first race that ‘counts’ for the Volvo Ocean Race, the Alicante in-port race, takes place tomorrow. The seven…
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October 18, 2017 0

Tom Cunliffe: A guide to downwind sailing

You don’t always want to have to come head-to-wind to reef. In this extract from The Complete Ocean Skipper, Tom Cunliffe talks about how to reduce canvas without turning around On passage, your mainsail is hoisted and likely to stay up, barring extreme weather, until you arrive and, for much of the time out there…
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October 17, 2017 0

The amazing voyage of Laura Dekker, the 15-year-old who sailed round the world alone

In 2011, Dutch teenager Laura Dekker became the youngest person to sail alone round the world. Her account, of which this is an extract, bubbles with a youthful verve and passion. In 2009, the English sailing community was galvanised by the arrival on the East Coast of a 14-year-old single-hander from Holland, writes Tom Cunliffe.…
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October 12, 2017 0

SPC Oct 9, 2017 1630 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

SPC 1630Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1122 AM CDT Mon Oct 09 2017 Valid 091630Z – 101200Z …THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SOUTHEAST KS AND EASTERN OK… …THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SOUTHWEST MO/SOUTHEAST KS TO CENTRAL TX… …SUMMARY… Isolated…
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October 9, 2017 0

SPC Tornado Watch 497 Status Reports

WW 0497 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 497 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 60 SSE MOB TO 20 ESE MOB TO 50 E PIB. ..PETERS..10/08/17 ATTN…WFO…MOB…LIX… STATUS REPORT FOR WT 497 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS ALC003-025-035-053-099-129-080640- AL . ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BALDWIN CLARKE CONECUH ESCAMBIA…
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October 8, 2017 0