What does the acronym “RAM” stand for in the International Colregs?
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Thanks to last week’s Mindbender winner, Timothy Cook, for his answer to “You’re the navigator and need to plot a true course on your chart. You start by asking the helmsman what compass course they’re steering and get a response of 172 degrees. With a variation of 17 degrees east and a deviation of 3 degrees west, what true course do you plot?”: 186T.
Variation 17 E
Deviation 3 W
When working from True to Compass – Add West, Subtract East
When working from Compass to True – Add East, Subtract West
Thanks to Mary Ann McCruden for this great shot of her 1977 Pearson 30 Windancer and all female crew sailing outside Jones Inlet on Long Island, N.Y.!
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Flying low and coming from dead astern, an orange and black Coast Guard helicopter was purposely making its way south. For a split second as it approached it seemed as though it was going to stop and hover above us. There was no reason for it to, of course, as we were enjoying a beautiful fall day, broad reaching along while playing with our son in the cockpit. They were responding to a Pan-Pan call of an overturned vessel and “persons in the water” that we had been monitoring on the VHF. Listening to the radio and then seeing the helicopter made me hope there was nobody in the water and got me thinking of the many rescue-at-sea stories I read while building each edition of Cruising Compass. Last week alone there were five such stories to choose from (that I knew of) and two made it to “Dock Talk.”
It also got me thinking about the realities and responsibilities involved when sailors cast off their dock lines for a day sail in protected waters or for an open-ended cruise across oceans. Even though modern technology has given us reliable weather prediction and the safety net of superb emergency services, the whims and moods of the sea can be unpredictable and should be taken seriously. Which is why preparedness, experience, and knowing the abilities of your boat and crew are imperative before setting out. In the end, sailors don’t want to be in the position where they need to make a distress call and they certainly don’t want to put their rescuers in harms way. But when the need truly arises, I’ll bet seeing that orange and black helicopter is a welcomed sight.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
On November 4th, 2013, Saildrone 1 arrived in Kaneohe, Hawaii, 34 days after leaving San Francisco. This amazing accomplishment sets a new world record for a autonomous sailboats as well as being the first unmanned and autonomous vessel to cross an ocean using wind power
After a quick inspection to make sure everything was in good order, they re-deployed SD1, heading for the south pacific and more extended duration trials. The vehicle was in perfect condition, with no signs of growth on the hull, or any wear to the mechanical or electrical systems. Continue reading
The Salty Dawg Rally is still in full swing with the vast majority of the fleet on their way to the Caribbean or Bahamas in milder weather conditions with occasional squalls. As of Tuesday, November 12, 12 boats had arrived at their destinations and seven were in or approaching Bermuda. In the aftermath of the challenging conditions last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all of the major incidences have been resolved without life threatening injury. The SDR extends a huge thank you to the wonderful crews of the Coast Guard vessels, aircraft and shore side support for their professionalism, speedy work and cheerful attitudes. In all instances, these brave young men and women acted above and beyond the call of duty.
In addition, the SDR extends a huge thank you to volunteers Joan Conover in Hampton, Dick and Judy Giddings of the Doo Dah Net and Tatja Hopman who is our SDR coordinator for their tireless efforts and resourcefulness. They all played vital roles in helping the Coast Guard and other ralliers assist those who found themselves in distress. The rally requirement that each boat file a complete float plan provided the essential information that made assistance and rescues swift and safe. And the rally extends a huge vote of thanks and confidence to weather forecaster and router Chris Parker who gave the fleet as detailed and accurate a picture of last week’s complex weather systems and Gulf Stream currents as could be desired. Continue reading
The dream of a lifetime has taken a scary turn for a cruising couple from Washington state. Their adventure on the high seas has landed them in Nicaragua, and no one is sure when they’ll be able to leave.
The Mount Vernon couple was sailing from Hondorus to Costa Rica when their adventure got derailed, and the family is desperate to find out what’s going on. Dave and Leiann Scee are being held in Nicaragua, and they told their daughter they may have to “buy their way out.” Continue reading
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In a gesture of gratitude for the swift rescues of Mission Performance crew member David Griffin and Derry~Londonderry~Doire’s Michelle Porter, Clipper Race organizers have announced a donation of R 50,000 (£3,000 approx) will be made to the South African Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station at Port Elizabeth.
Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “As an experienced yachtsman who has completed four circumnavigations and more than five decades of sailing, I am a real advocate of the crucial role that organisations such as the NSRI play in the support and protection of sailors.” Continue reading
The Coast Guard towed a disabled catamaran with one person aboard Tuesday after the boat lost steering approximately six miles offshore from Cape May Inlet.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cape May received a mayday call from the captain of the 44-foot Empire State reporting the boat lost steering, and the man needed assistance. Continue reading
Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com…
Howling wind, black night–not a star alight. Your buddy relieves you after a long watch and you stumble below. Exhausted, you crawl into your berth and are soon sound asleep. And then…you awake with a start!
You glance at your watch. You’re an hour late. Did the off-going watch wake you up? This couldn’t have happened! You pull on your sea boots, grab your foul weather jacket and sailing harness, and dash up the companionway ladder…
You glance aft. You see the autopilot, rock-steady as it steers the boat. But where’s the watch stander? You glance forward– and see no one. Continue reading
This month’s blog was submitted by Nancy and Burger Zapf aboard S/V Halekai. “We’ve been sailing around the world in stages aboard Halekai, our Alden 50 CC, since leaving Annapolis, Maryland in 2004. After several seasons in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, Halekai was shipped from Thailand to Turkey to avoid the pirates in June 2011. Since then we’ve been cruising in the Med (Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain). We plan to sail to Morocco and the Canary Islands en route to the Caribbean at the end of 2013.” Check them out at www.sailblogs.com/member/halekai/.
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Looking for a fun holiday event this season, check out this list from WindCheck magazine…
Fifth Annual Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights
November 29, Huntington, NY
This event, presented by the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, is open to all boats. Lighted boats will parade through Huntington Harbor, with prizes awarded to first, second & third place winners. The parade starts at 6pm, and all boats must register in advance. Visit huntingtonboatparade.com for more information. Continue reading
Able-bodied seamen, decorative sails meant to evoke fish fins and dozens of security cameras will eventually make up the on-board complement of a mysterious four-story barge being built by Internet company Google Inc.
The barge is actually a “technology exhibition space,” that Google will move between several piers in the San Francisco Bay area and other West coast locations over the next two years, according to a 36-page information packet submitted in August to the Port of San Francisco. Continue reading
Tobago is to be part of a new international coral reef early warning system, designed to monitor the health of the island’s coral.
A specially manufactured buoy will be installed at Buccoo Reef, which is in the southwest of the Island. Another buoy will be put in east Tobago at Speyside on Friday.
The buoys will record climate change, coral bleaching, and changes in the reefs. They will also identify any damage done to the coral and monitor marine activities in the two locations. Continue reading
We made this one on Tuesday night and it was as delicious is it made the boat smell!
Chicken & Spinach Pesto Lasagna
- 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 12 to 24 oz fresh spinach
- 3 cups cooked, diced chicken
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 to 1/2 cups pesto sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Thanks to Bruce and Bridget Eastman for this great shot of their 1963 Alberg 35, SOJOURN, sailing under spinnaker off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!
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Over the last week and a half several big cruising rallies have departed the East and West Coasts of the U.S. for points further south, and the participants of the ARC will soon set off across the Atlantic. The sheer number of boats participating in these events — well over one hundred in the Baja Ha-Ha and Salty Dawg Rally and over 200 in the ARC — points to the continued popularity of cruising rallies and how they are a springboard for sailors to fulfill their cruising dreams.
After meeting many of the participants of this year’s Salty Dawg Rally at the boat show in Annapolis, I was able to see first hand the collective excitement that was brewing around such an offshore event. Many of the participants have thousands of ocean miles, others are just cutting their teeth as crew and there were more kids getting a taste of passagemaking than I expected see. But the most fascinating and energizing part of hanging with the Dawgs was the air of camaraderie that shined through the fleet. Everyone seemed excited to sail and poised to help a fellow cruiser out if need be, and I’m sure that attitude is going to follow them south to the B.V.I and beyond.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
The US Coast Guard coordinated a good samaritan rescue of a sailor approximately 700 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District command center in Boston, Mass. were notified at approximately 8 a.m. Monday of a commercial emergency beacon signal registered to the 34-foot Canadian flagged sailing vessel Easy Go.
A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, Md., HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew immediately launched to locate the Easy Go. Continue reading
She’s sailed halfway around the world, an incredible 16,000 nautical miles, but a former stray kitty adopted by the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based tall ship, the Barque Picton Castle, arrived home in Canada October 31 via airplane.
It’s an unheard of complication for a ship that’s sailed five times around the world (this voyage is part of her sixth circumnavigation) and always with a feline aboard. In fact, the ship’s former cat, known as Chibley, circled the globe four times and was the subject of two books before passing away in Lunenburg just two years ago. Continue reading