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Sailing with Charlie: Vive La Difference

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Charlie’s just started re-reading the 1970s classic: Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. Among other things it describes the difference between riding a motorbike on long trips and doing the same thing sitting in a car. The former …

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Julian Polishes his Astrolabe… Life Before GPS

LIFE … before GPS Forty years ago the Global Positioning System, a satellite computerized mapping system was not even on the horizon, so to speak, for the private yachtsman. If you wanted to cruise offshore you had to know celestial …

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Celestial Part I Championing a Dying Art

Celestial demands the navigator head offshore for a few hundred miles and, from the deck of a rolling sailboat, aim a bronze contraption at the sun, without blinding himself, while measuring its angle off the horizon ...

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