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7 days sailing just to cross the garbage in the North Pacific

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

While competing in the Transpac 1997 veteran seafarer Charles Moore came across what some have since deemed the world’s largest “landfill” — actually a huge water-bound swath of floating plastic garbage the size of two Texases. Trapped in an enormous slow whirlpool called the Pacific Gyre ,

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“How to” videos online….

You will be well aware of the many videos of various quality that are available on YouTube and on Google Video . The following sites are also of the community building type – but also contain instructional videos, and are worth a look too.

SplashVision is a social utility catering to a lifestyle for people who live, work and play in and around the water! The emphasis is on media which connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around

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Xmas gadget list 2009

It seems that my gadget Xmas gift list is getting more and more popular each year. I know a lot of the items are geeky electronic stuff – but there really is more going on in consumer electronics than there is in marine electronics – why are the big players so dull? The marine electronics business really seems happy to be dragged into the 21stC by the innovation and design and reliability and pricing that we have come to expect from the motoring, and home electronics business

So here is my 2009 list of stuff, some practical, some

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“I want my VMG” why are we in Dire Straits?

In a previous post I complained about the inability of expensive chart plotter devices to calculate proper routes by assessing the correct Course to Steer (CTS) using tidal streams and wind data. If you are a sailing vessel then trying to steer along the “projected track” line that these plotters are fond of displaying is the least efficient Course to Steer – even if you are sailing dead down wind. To add to this issue your expensive chart plotter from Raymarine or Garmin or Foruno will be displaying a VMG that will mislead you

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Hail, high winds and Natural Navigation

I have just been on a 1:1 course with Tristan Gooley aka the Natural Navigator. This was an inspiring and highly practical introduction on how to use your senses and natural clues to navigate – with no electronics in sight. Natural navigation is the art of being able to find your way solely by using nature. It encompasses using the sun, moon, stars, weather, water, land, plants and animals.

Tristan is an accomplished and well respected navigator. He has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed

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