From the pulpit

February 2021 By Dick Beaumont – Chairman of Kraken Yachts Thanks to the restrictions imposed on us all by the virus I can’t say we’ve exactly hit the deck running in 2021, but we have been as busy as ever with Kraken Yachts and Ocean Sailor Magazine.  Dick Durham and I put out our first […]

Readers Q&A

Please ask any questions or let us know any comments you have about any element of blue water cruising or Ocean Sailor Magazine to hello@oceansailormagazine.com and one of the OS team will answer you in this section. I recently subscribed to Ocean Sailor and I very much appreciate the wide range of topics you’re covering […]

Hostage

By Paul and Rachel Chandler British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were kidnapped by Somali pirates in October 2009 and lifted off their 38ft Rival sloop on passage from the Seychelles to Tanzania. The Royal Navy picked up their yacht, Lynn Rival, six days later abandoned off the Somali coast. After the attack, the couple […]

All is lost

Directed by J. C. Chandor Robert Redford is a single-handed yachtsman who wakes up to come on watch only to find water flooding into his boat. He is in the middle of the Indian Ocean and has hit a rogue container which has smashed its way into his hull, in every sailor’s nightmare (see this […]

A year of Ocean Sailor

By Dick Beaumont – Chairman of Kraken Yachts It’s hard to believe that January 2021 marks Ocean Sailor’s first birthday. All of the team have been on a vertical learning curve creating each edition and the year has simply flashed past. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the whole Ocean Sailor team for […]

Vendee Globe: UFO’s

As you may know, three of the Vendee Globe yachts have already had to retire from the race after hitting UFO’s (unidentified floating objects). It’s no surprise: There is much debris, flotsam and jetsam floating around the oceans. Forgive me for reiterating the danger posed to yachts with vulnerable steering systems, light lay-up hulls and […]

Readers Q&A

Please ask any questions or let us know any comments you have about any element of blue water cruising or Ocean Sailor Magazine to hello@oceansailormagazine.com and one of the OS team will answer you in this section. “I am a frequent reader of the magazine and the articles are very interesting. You are very focused […]

Come aboard

By Eric C Hiscock This iconic book has to be on every cruiser’s bookshelf. It covers every aspect of blue water cruising and the people Eric and Susan met during their voyages around the world. Whilst it was published more than 40 years ago, much of the subjects the book discusses are still very pertinent […]

The Sea Is Not Full

By Charles J. Doane The sea has erased all the wakes of Charlie Doane’s voyages, but his pen reveals them in this waterbiography of a life spent crossing oceans, sailing in craft as diverse as a schooner, an engineless yawl, and a Styrofoam dayboat. The Cruising Editor of America’s Sail magazine, Charlie has thrown his […]

Adrift

By Steve Callahan Solo sailor Steve Callahan was 800 miles west of Tenerife, on passage to Antigua, when what he believed was a whale, sank his home-built 21ft cold-moulded wooden boat during the night. He deployed his six-man life-raft and began a gruelling 76-day ordeal. Two days later he discovered he’d accidentally punctured the raft’s […]