The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up. Read More >>

This Month-Long Timelapse of Life at Sea Makes Me Want to Sail the World

There are certainly some downsides to working aboard a massive container ship that criss-crosses the world’s oceans for months at a time. But through the lens of JeffHK’s timelapse camera, it’s hard to imagine a more soothing and relaxing career choice than roaming the open sea. Read More >>

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This New Super-Yacht Aims to Break the Toughest Records in Sailing

A speedy new vessel owned by tech-billionaire Jim Clark is set to make some waves at next month's Sydney to Hobart sailing race. Not only is his super-yacht super fast, it's one of the most technologically advanced ships on the sea today. Read More >>

Cruise Ship Wi-Fi Just Got Ten Times Faster

If you've ever spent weeks at sea on a cruise, you'll know that using the internet is a bit like stepping back in time by a decade or more. But that's all changing. Read More >>

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The US Navy’s Huge, Hidden Problem: Barnacles on Ships

It's a problem as old as sailing itself. Ever since man set out to sea, barnacles have been clinging like, well, barnacles to ships, growing into bumpy masses that slows down vessels and wastes fuel. Could the solution to this age-old dilemma be a new coat of special paint? It's not as simple as it sounds. Read More >>

Amazing Ancient Viking Sun Compass Even Worked After Sunset

Even the best Scout prefers to navigate during the day. The Vikings, apparently, would have laughed at such a preference—according to new research, the North Atlantic seafarers' sun compass was so advanced it even worked after dark, thanks to clever engineering and mystical crystals. Read More >>

Simply Stunning—The World Famous Cutty Sark after Its £50 Million Renovation

The Cutty Sark is kind of a big deal. It's the last tea clipper in existence and is considered a national maritime treasure. So when she was badly damaged in a fire in 2007, the British government spent £50 million restoring her. These are the results: Read More >>

A GPS Device Designed Specifically For Pirates (and Other Sailing Types)

GPS devices designed for land-lubbers work just fine on an engine-powered boat that can head straight across the water. But for sailboats who have to zig-zag—or tack— to catch the wind, The Sailing GPS is better suited as it understands that the quickest route from point A to B isn't always a straight line. Read More >>

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The Sleek Sailrocket 2 Looks To Set a New World Speed Sailing Record

There's not much room for a cooler, but the Sailrocket 2 isn't designed for a casual afternoon on the lake. It's engineered to set a new sailing speed record, and it's in Namibia right now trying to do just that. Read More >>

6 Tools to Sail the High Seas Like Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was kind of a bastard. Still, here we are 519 years later celebrating his accidental discovery of San Salvador. So in honor of navigation and discovery — things that actually deserve adulation — here are six awesome nautical exploration tools, past and present. Read More >>

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Larry Ellison’s Sail Boat Is Literally Faster than the Wind

Oracle founder Larry Ellison takes his boat racing very seriously. His team's entry in last year's America's Cup, the USA-17, is actually capable of sailing faster than the prevailing wind. And not just by a little bit — 2.5 times faster. Read More >>