The 1st Viking Explorers 2022 arrive at Port Louis Marina, Grenada, in its 5th edition after 23 days out at sea.
20 boats and 71crew left the Canary Islands on the 6th of January on their way across the Atlantic
Stopover dates announced for The Ocean Race 2022-23
Dates for all eight stopovers, as well as a new Fly-By past Kiel, Germany, have now been confirmed for 14th edition of The Ocean Race
Viking Explorers 2022 confirms an international fleet of 22 yachts crossing the Atlantic
The Viking Explorers fleet is getting ready to meet in Gran Canaria on 12th December, weather permitting they will set off in the New Year.
Marine Education for Young and Old
Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth calls for a strengthening of our maritime identity, increased awareness of the value, opportunities and societal benefit of our oceans, as well as improving engagement with the ocean.
Lightning Never Strikes Twice This is a commonly used “truism”, that in our personal experience, is anything but true.
Biodiesel, Water, and the Diesel Bug
As we all now will need to use white (tax paid) diesel in our boats, slowly diluting the variously coloured fuel we still have in our tanks, it is worth our while to take a look at what it is we will be purchasing.
The Future of Sailing - In most parts of the world, people lament the decline in enthusiasm for sailing. And yes, we do see so very, very many boats that never seem to leave the harbor. We have heard many tales of youth sailing programs that have serious rates of attrition from one year to another. What can one do about this?
There's something curious about sailing and being on the water. It's not always that just any music will do. Sometimes you have to hear that soothing rhythm that reflects a soul borne on the water. A selection of our favorited with additions from our readers.
by (us!) Capt. Alex Blackwell & Capt. Daria Blackwell
Unless you are far offshore, at some point or another you are going to need to park your boat. Just like knowing how to stop your car before you start is perhaps the most important part of driving, we feel that anchoring is perhaps the most important skill you can and should acquire in boating. 226 pages, 182 Illustrations
Happy Hooking is a very readable book loaded with valuable information on anchoring tackle, anchoring technique, tying up and rafting, anchoring etiquette, as well as the occasional anecdote - simply stated a must have!
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Nautical and other classic books
White Seahorse Publishing Announces the Launch of its nautical and Irish interest Classics imprint.
New: Coral Reefs - A Natural History, By Charles Sheppard
This stunningly beautiful book profiles the astonishing diversity of the world's coral groups, ranging from mushroom corals and leather corals to button polyps, sea fans, anemones, and pulse corals
New: Sharks of the World - a Complete Guide and a Pocket Guide, By David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler
This most comprehensive reference guide to sharks covers 536 of the world's known shark species, many of which have only recently been described.
The Summer Isles A Voyage of the Imagination, By Philip Marsden - Hardcover and Kindle
Eloquently spoken, full of lore balanced with fact, honest about both trepidation and joy, inquisitive about the history of places and people, it was a beautiful journey alongside the author visiting some of the most magical places on earth: in the West of Ireland and Scotland.
The Rise and Fall of the Tides
There are few things more valuable to know about when selecting an anchorage in many parts of the world, especially if you are a sailor with a deep draft vessel, than the tides and currents.
This section is devoted to things you can do yourself to maintain or upgrade your boat, saving yourself money, and often aggravation.
Interested in the west of Ireland: Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way By Daria Blackwell and Alex Blackwell - A Word of Welcome to Europe’s Most Precious Gem: The Wild West of the Emerald Isle
For the adventurous at heart, the wanderer, trailblazer, or artist, the west of Ireland is the place to go, see, and experience life. Bring some time and stay a while, you will never regret it – guaranteed. Whether by land or by sea, visiting Wild Atlantic Way along the coastline of the west of Ireland will reconnect you with nature and with your inner self.
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