Tucked into the heart of North America, five hundred miles from the sea, lies one of the world’s great adventure cruising grounds. A quarter-million square kilometres of water, and seventeen thousand kilometres of coastline, call out to sailors seeking a season or two off the beaten path.
Now that the Golden Globe 2018 is nearly over, it’s time to figure out why it turned into a demolition derby, and how to fix it so that there will be future editions.
We pursue a technical vein here at AAC. But sometimes it’s nice to take a break from anchors and electrons. To that end, John is trying his hand at fiction.
John happened upon a claim made by the manufacturer of the CrewWatcher smartphone-based person overboard alarm, that is, in his opinion, rubbish.
What went wrong and what we did about it.
Over the next few weeks we will be moving to a new subscription (membership) system. Here’s why we are making the change, and how the cut over will happen.
Are the gear awards given by panels of marine journalists useful and worth your time?
John’s recommendation for the best computer to run Windows-based navigation software may surprise you, but it makes sense.
Some really useful information from a really smart and honest weather router, and then some tips on the quickest way to learn about weather.
John has a few preliminary thoughts ending with a key point.
John believes that AIS person overboard beacons are the biggest advance in person overboard (POB) recovery in his lifetime.
That said, we have recently discover two issues that meant that for much (maybe most) of the first season after we fitted them to the Spinlock lifejacket/harnesses that we wear at pretty much all times when underway, they would not have self-activated.
And while most of the fault lies with us, our experience does bring to light two potential problems that others relying on the auto-activation features of the MOB1 beacon from Ocean Signal, particularly those who bought before mid 2018, need to be aware of.
The first of Colin’s voyaging articles on their 2018 season cruising Atlantic Canada.
John links to a must-read article on hull design for heavy weather and highlights a couple of really important things he learned from it.
The Golden Globe Race 2018 has started, and Colin, who lives in Falmouth, site of the feeder race start, takes a look at the boats and the competitors.
“Things are different now” is a mantra on “Morgan’s Cloud”. And never more so than now, as John and Phyllis try and act their age.