Ep 6: Offshore Weather & Routing Fundamentals

Weather knowledge and understanding is a fundamental part of any sailing expedition. While there are many great resources for weather data and forecasts, knowing how to interpret the data to help you make informed decisions is what routing is all about. Rick Miller is a lifelong professional mariner who currently teaches at Maine Maritime Academy, and sails as Master for … Read More

Ep 5: Lessons Learned Sailing Single Handed

An enlightening chat with two accomplished solo sailors, Richard Gordon-Rein and James Tomlinson about what it takes to sail solo, and what they’ve learned from doing so. Richard has recently sailed solo to from Alaska to Mexico to Hawaii and back. James has decades of experience sailing solo in Northern Europe. We chat about loneliness, self-sufficiency, self-care, the rewards of … Read More

Ep 4: Perspectives On Sail Training, Leadership, and Seamanship

A very interesting and inspiring chat with two seasoned sailing educators who have a variety of experience on board different vessels about teaching, sailing, leadership, soft skills, hard skills, gender and why they love their jobs. Biz Wallace (she/her) is a captain, artist, waterwoman, and activist. Originally from North Carolina, Biz has spent the last ten years sailing professionally around the … Read More

Ep 2: Cruising Lessons Learned Offshore

Valuable insight from two sailors Stephanie Ferrie & Glenn Robbins, who recently made their first offshore passages. Some tips, and suggestions for your own passages, and interesting stories. This was recorded in February 2020, and things have changed a b

Morse Alpha COVID-19 Status Report – Updated Feb 2021

Feb 28, 2021 Update Gov. Janet Mills said that Maine will base eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination on age moving forward, replacing a previous system that prioritized vaccine shots for individuals with high-risk medical conditions or who worked in front-line jobs. Under the new plan, all Maine residents between 60 and 69 will be eligible for vaccination starting Wednesday. The decision … Read More

Getting Fixed on Cel Nav

This past weekend 59 North hosted a celestial navigation workshop at the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis. I grabbed Haven and his stroller at some calculated times to coincide with bottles and naps… the rhythms to which my life beats these days. Over the course of two days, I was able to grab a few hours worth of celestial review … Read More

Six Things We Added To Our Norseman 447 We Love

In the first part of this series, I discussed some of the features of our Norseman 447 that are inherent to the design and build of the boat that we have come to know and love. In this post I’m taking a look at a few of the items we have added to the boat to help make it our … Read More

Six Things We Love About Our Norseman 447

We are just about 2 years into ownership of Rocinante our Norseman 447. In that time we’ve sailed her just about 8,000 nm and we’ve gotten to know her a bit better. She’s a lot different than our previous boats, but still considered a classic… one of Bob Perry’s best designs. She sails and handles wonderfully in all conditions we’ve experienced so far. The … Read More