Does anyone navigate these days?

By Jerry Freeman

Imagine the scene: it is June 2013 in mid Atlantic, the gyro auto-pilot is steering and the AIS and Sea Me are keeping a lookout by all available means,

The Ostar skipper is engrossed at the chart table reviewing the latest wind grib files down loaded via the Iridium connection and running the routing software to see where the computer has decided the next crucial tack should be.
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OSTAR VETERAN – “Racing Solo Across the Atlantic”

OSTAR 2013 LOGO ArtworkRACING SOLO ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

By Jerry Freeman

This is the time of year when sailors glance casually at a chart of the North Atlantic to check if it really is only 2810 nautical miles from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island. The motivation for this long term passage planning is the 14th edition of the Original Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race – OSTAR – which starts on May 27th, Bank Holiday Monday, under the green and pleasant hills of Plymouth Hoe. The crowds will be massed in their thousands to bid fair winds to the thirty intrepid skippers who must battle westward along a trail first blazed in 1960 by Francis Chichester in Gypsy Moth III and Blondie Hasler in Jester for the small wager of a half-crown.Many sailors dream of the challenge when simply put, starting from Plymouth, turn the bow to the west toward the setting sun and keep going for three or four weeks to America, on your own.
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