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Video: Hell on high water

Posted on 27 April 2012

In 1998 the iconic ocean race Sydney – Hobart Race was struck by a deadly storm. The result was devastating as six sailors died in the storm. The tragedy has had major impact on ocean sailing.

National Geographic has made a very good documentary. Watch it here. Have a great, and safe, weekend.

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Cruising, High Latitudes

Matt Rutherford finish his Solo America

Posted on 20 April 2012

You don’t have to have a big budget to get out on an adventure. Pure determination and will power will take you just as far. Matt Rutherford (31) has just finished his solo voyage around America in a 27-foot standard sailboat.

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Swedish sailor found after 80 days

Posted on 18 April 2012

The 66 year old Swede Stig Lundvall was rescued Tuesday 40 nautical miles off the coast og South Africa. He left Falmouth in July last year and hasn’t been seen since. He lost the mast on his Marieholm 26 in a violent storm and had been drifting for 11 weeks before he was found. Continue Reading

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Video: Yrvind about life and very small boat sailing

Posted on 29 March 2012

The Swede Sven Yrvind are making preparations for his next adventure: Solo around the world in the Southern Ocean in a three meter long boat. Watch this interview.

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Waiting list in ARC

Posted on 28 March 2012

The 27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is now fully subscribed, and the wait list is open. More boats have been offered places this year, and there will be around 230 at start the rally on 25 November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Waterproof tablet or waterproof case for iPad?

Posted on 25 March 2012

The last two years have seen a huge growth of tablet computer markets. For boating people this has meant inexpensive, versatile and easy-to-use devices with interesting applications especially for navigational purposes. One does not have to be a fortuneteller to predict that tablets with various applications will be a major future trend for boaters.

Written by Antti & Minna from S/Y Dolphin Dance

The main shortcoming with the consumer tablet computers is the lack of design for maritime use. However, for the coming season there are some interesting new products entering the markets: During the spring, Panasonic is launching rugged waterproof Android tablet Toughpad A1. It continues in the footsteps of Toughbook laptops, which are popular among boaters. Toughpad A1 has a matte, 10.1 inch, 1024×768 pixels screen that is especially developed for outdoor use. That is an improvement compared to the glossy screen of the iPad. Toughpad is rated to survive 120 cm drops, salt water and dust. The ten hours battery life is similar to iPad’s. At the moment Toughpad is marketed mainly as a business tablet, but it seems like a perfect device for a boater. The estimated retail price for the tablet is about 1300 USD, which is about a double compared to the new iPad (Wi-Fi + 4G). However, it is still less than most of the 10″ chart plotters cost.

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One less expensive solution would be a waterproof case for iPad. In a moving boat the device is prone to knocks and hits so the case should also protect against those. Scanstrut is launching a waterproof iPad case during March. Touchscreen can be used normally through the pack and there is access to the iPad’s buttons. The case is also buoyant, which is good news should the iPad go overboard. Suggested retail price for the product is 139 €. There are also other waterproof cases available, but many of the less expensive alternatives do not provide sufficient protection against knocks. We will definitely need a case for iPad, so more experiences coming later when we have acquired one.

In everyday life the tablets have found the niché between smartphones and laptops. When considering navigation, I believe tablets are going to take their place between traditional paper charts and chart plotters. In this sense tablets will not replace these two but works merely as complementary device.

 

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Bucketlist: Sailing and whiskey

Posted on 16 March 2012

I don’t care what they say: Sailing and whiskey is a perfect combination – specially if you are sailing in whiskey waters. The Malts Cruise should be on any sailor’s bucketlist. This year it starts on 8 July from Oban.

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Boats, Offshore

On a quest for a real offshore boat

Posted on 14 March 2012

If you want a boat that are designed for real offshore sailing and not as a floating summer home, you should invest some time in the initiative John Harries and Phyllis Nickle on the website Morgans Cloud.

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Weather

Online offshore weather seminars

Posted on 07 March 2012

Understanding the weather and knowing how to interpret weather charts is basic safety knowlegde for any offshore sailor. It also makes the trip more interesting and fun. Now you can learn weather from the pro’s online.

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Video: The NWP explained

Posted on 04 March 2012

The crew on Belzebub II, a Swedish Monsun 31, are getting ready for this years transit of the North West Passage. In this video they explain how the ice condition can and will effect their trip.

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