Starlink Changes the Satcom Equation

Starlink Changes the Satcom Equation

The race among satellite internet providers to enable fast, effective communications for ocean voyagers while underway or at anchor is heating up with worldwide coverage, faster download speeds and competitive prices. No longer are cruisers forced to depend on marine single side band, ham radio or the unassuming yet still necessary marine VHF radio to make contact with the world beyond their decks. A whole new generation of handheld satellite telephones and deck-mounted satellite antennas have opened up world communication for yacht owners who have the need and the funds to install these amenities aboard their vessels. Until recently, the…
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Email at Sea

Email at Sea

So, you’re all set to go cruising — you got your offshore cruising boat, you got the safety gear. You got the life raft. You got the crew. You got all the provisions. You’re all set to hit the high seas. Except you haven’t quite figured out how you’re going to get weather and stay in touch with important people. Your cell phone will work for the first 25 miles offshore. You can get weather from the VHF radio – that’s good for about 50 miles offshore. Then what? Two ways to connect In the 21st century, there are still…
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TRANSPAC 2023 – NEW RACERS GET READY

TRANSPAC 2023 – NEW RACERS GET READY

Ocean Navigator is once again a co-sponsor of the Transpac race to Hawaii. In July 2023, a large fleet will depart California in a series of staggered starts by class (62 boats have been entered in the race at press time). Of those boats, some will be skippered by first time Transpac sailors. We asked questions of three new participants in the race about how they are going about their preparation for their passage to Hawaii.  Michael Marion will sail his Dufour 525 Insoumise (which translates from French as “unconquered”) with a crew of eight. Marion lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.,…
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The Great Ocean Race of 1866

The Great Ocean Race of 1866

he origins of transoceanic yacht racing trace back to a cold October night in 1866 at the Union Club in New York City. On that night, Pierre Lorillard, George Osgood, and James Gordon Bennett — scions of different fortunes, Lorillard of tobacco, Osgood of finance, and Bennett of the New York Herald — were drinking and bragging about their respective schooner-rigged yachts. They had all raced against each other, short distances locally, and as the evening wore on they decided they should test the mettle of their ships by racing from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to The Needles at the…
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