Directed by Baltasar Kormakur When Hurricane Raymond spun westward across the Pacific Ocean in June 1983 a Trintella 44 Ketch, Hazana, was heading straight towards the storm’s path.  Onboard were skipper Richard Sharp and his fiancée Tami Oldham Ashcraft, the boat’s delivery crew on passage from Tahiti to San Diego. The boat was pitch-poled, dismasted […]

First Kraken 50 to go to the United States

By Dick Beaumont Chairman of Kraken Yachts I’m very pleased to announce we have now sold the first Kraken 50 that will go to the United States. Annapolis businessman and yachtsman Brian Ward has confirmed his purchase and his Kraken 50 will go into production on 1st November 2020. Congratulations Brian! I’m delighted that a […]

Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen

By Mary Blewitt Not many books run to 12 editions and the reason this one still exists in a world of satellite navigation is that most self-respecting ocean sailors expect to be able to use a sextant. That they can do so without too many tears is thanks to Ms Blewitt’s clear and concise prose. […]

Deep Water and Shoal

By William Albert Robinson First published in 1932, re-printed by Jonathan Cape, 1948, second-hand copies available on eBay. American yachtsman William Albert Robinson sailed a 32ft, John Alden-designed Bermudian ketch, Svaap, around the world from New York to New York, in a three-and-a-half-year, 32,000, mile voyage. In the South Seas, he picked up a loyal […]

The Ashley Book of Knots

By Clifford W. Ashley If you’ve ever tried untangling a ‘bunch of buggers’, as the salty phrase for a spaghetti of knots was named by the sailors of yesteryear, then it might not surprise you to know that the author of this book spent 11 years researching and learning how to tie bends of all […]

Designer Rob Humphreys’ defends Twin Rudders for ocean cruising

An Ocean Sailor reader has responded to the article, Twin Rudders on a Blue Water Yacht ‘The Ultimate Crime’, writes Dick Beaumont. Ian Bellis pointed out that naval architect Rob Humphreys had written an article which contradicted my vehemently held position that twin rudders have no place on a blue water cruising yacht. I […]

Getting Kracking Again

I’m pleased to be able to report that our yard in Tuzla Turkey will be back to full production as of today 1st June 2020. In common with business’s all over the world, the pandemic caused the closure of the yard, but fortunately for only two months.  Turkey has reported much lower infection and death […]

New novel published by Ocean Sailor’s Editor

Dead Reckoning by Dick Durham

Dick Durham, Editor of Ocean Sailor, has just published his second novel, Dead Reckoning, on Amazon books. Inspired by a real-life Man Overboard story he covered for the yachting press, Dick’s novel explores the darker side such an incident could offer.  A yachtsman, Duff Bundock, tries to rebuild his fractured marriage with a voyage aboard […]

J Class start line collision

Two crew were thrown overboard and seriously injured in a top-speed collision between J Class superyachts jockeying for position on the start line of the Antigua Superyacht Challenge.  Both Svea and Topaz retired immediately with severe damage. The 140ft, 180 tonne yacht smash was filmed by a guest aboard another competitor. The video went viral. […]

Joyon brews up Tea Route record

Champion ocean yachtsman Francis Joyon has knocked four days off the Tea Route record, sailing from Hong Kong to London in 31 days and 23 hours. The new record, achieved by Joyon and crew aboard the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT overtakes Giovanni Soldini’s record in his mod70, Maserati. The Tea Route celebrates the great clipper ships […]