Rolex China Sea Race 2024

Rolex China Sea Race 2024

The final yachts of the 2024 Rolex China Sea Race arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, in the late afternoon of April 2 with a total of 21 boats and 191 competitors from 26 British territories having taken part in the 2024 edition. It was a fierce battle between TP52 Happy Go and Standard Insurance Centennial V, but Happy Go ultimately finished the race a mere five minutes ahead of her rival, taking both Line Honours and the IRC Overall win. Chinese entry William Liu’s Seawolf claimed second IRC Overall and IRC Racer 0 second place. Skipper YY Yan said, “We…
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Nigel Calder seminar in Portland, Maine,  October 29/30, 2024

Nigel Calder seminar in Portland, Maine, October 29/30, 2024

Electrical systems are the leading cause of problems on boats that have more than a rudimentary electrical system. Most of these problems are preventable; they arise from a failure to abide by core design and installation principles. To take a deep dive into both design and installation issues, OceanPlanet Energy (OPE), in collaboration with Ocean Navigator magazine, Professional Boatbuilder magazine and BoatHowTo.com, is sponsoring an intense, two-day seminar developed and presented by tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual. Topics include key design criteria for both DC and AC systems; how to keep batteries…
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Marina Bahia Golfito

Marina Bahia Golfito

Marina Bahia Golfito on the shores of Golfo Dulce—a southern fjord considered one of the most biodiverse places on Earth—offers incomparable yachting, sportfishing and wildlife experiences that epitomize the very essence of Costa Rica. Located in one of the most vibrant destinations in Costa Rica, Golfito Bay is a “gulf within a gulf,” a pristine landscape framed by the lush mangroves of Corcovado and Piedras Blancas National Parks and home to some of the richest biodiversity in the world. This is where cruising sailors, big game anglers, eco-adventurers, boaters, surfers and outdoor lovers of all ages and interests can reconnect…
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Industry Leader Honored by Trade Association

Industry Leader Honored by Trade Association

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) presented longtime industry leader and former co-owner of Baert Marine, Warren Kelly, the Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award. After a varied decades-long career, Warren Kelly and Bill Baert recently sold their dealership to Port Harbor Marine based in Portland, Maine, and both have since retired. Warren has been a leader in the recreational boating industry for half a century and has always been a strong supporter of the MMTA and the Business of Boating (BOB) conference in Massachusetts. Warren is the fifth recipient of MMTA’s Farrell award, joining Joe O’Neil, former owner of the…
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First Woman to Circumnavigate Solo Nonstop

First Woman to Circumnavigate Solo Nonstop

Former University of Hawaii at Mānoa sailor Cole Brauer has become the first American woman to sail solo nonstop around the world. The native of East Hampton, New York, finished second out of 16 competitors in the Global Solo Challenge, a race that started and ended in A Coruña, Spain. The marathon 30,000-mile journey took 130 days, and she crossed the finish line on March 7. Starting the competition October 29 on her vessel, First Light, Brauer sailed south around Africa, across the Indian Ocean to Australia, then crossing the Pacific Ocean to South America before returning north to Spain.…
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The Ocean Race Europe

The Ocean Race Europe

Cruising sailors in the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea may catch a glimpse at boats competing in The Ocean Race Europe 2025. The race will be the second edition of The Ocean Race Europe, following a debut event in the summer of 2021. The event will build on the foundations of the inaugural race and will be held under the banner of “Connecting Europe,” with a race course that stretches from the Baltic Sea, through the North Sea and English Channel, into the Atlantic Ocean before a finish in the Mediterranean.  Racing will take place in the newest generation…
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C-MAP Reveals Latest Tech

C-MAP Reveals Latest Tech

C-MAP, based in Viareggio, Italy, and a leader in digital marine cartography and cloud-based mapping technology, recently announced a major update to its North America charts, introducing detailed data for hundreds of lakes, improved satellite imagery, enhanced shaded relief and more.  “We are thrilled to roll out this new update to our C-MAP users in North America, significantly transforming their navigation experience,” said Jakob Svensson, C-MAP’s product manager. “Our product team is dedicated to sourcing new data and continually enhancing and improving our charts.” The new data includes satellite imagery improvements in over 19 states, including North and South Carolina…
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Autopilot issues on the Global Solo Challenge

Autopilot issues on the Global Solo Challenge

You can’t race a sailboat around the world in a single-handed event like the Global Solo Challenge without self-steering.  Before windvanes, most boat designs could balance rudder and sails so with the helm lashed the boat would keep her course. The 1968-1969 Golden Globe Race, the first ever non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race, came after effective windvane self-steering was developed for yachts. In a retro race like today’s Golden Globe that requires windvane steering, sailors can keep a desired course well enough to still be competitive, but otherwise modern solo racers depend on electric autopilots. Today’s versions are far more sophisticated than the…
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A change at the helm

A change at the helm

Even after a thrilling trick at the wheel, wending through the waves and keeping the sails drawing, it’s still a cheerful sight to see one of your crewmates climb into the cockpit, shake away the last bit of off-watch slumber and prepare to take your place. You tell them the course to steer, give a quick briefing on the changes in the wind, how the sails are set, what vessels or land may be nearby and then it’s time to turn over the helm. He or she takes responsibility for the vessel and your watch has ended.  Something like that…
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Water troubles at the Panama Canal

Water troubles at the Panama Canal

In response to last year’s severe drought, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reduced the number of ships allowed to transit daily from a normal 36 to 22. According to Noonsite, the ACP also announced that only one of those would be an unbooked transit. Numbers are up slightly for January but as all vessels under 125 LOA go unbooked (i.e. can’t reserve a specific transit) this will cause extensive delays for transiting sailboats and power yachts during the high season. In addition, special lockages that allow rally groups to go through without a merchant vessel have stopped, and the boats…
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