Author: Vincent Pica

Time and Tide Wait for No (Wo)Man

By Vincent Pica

By Vincent Pica Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Before reading the weekly tide tables as gospel, let’s take a moment to review a few essentials. First, don’t mistake precision with accuracy. What??? Just because we can predict the tides to the second as far into the future as you…

From the Captain of the Port

Celestial Navigation 101: Sailors Always Knew…

By Vincent Pica

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By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Going back centuries, journals of seafarers are peppered with language indicating that they knew the Earth was round.  “In the offing” meant, and means today, the waters you can see from where you are to the horizon.  “Ahoy, captain, vessel off…

From the Captain of the Port

Hard Aground! Now What?!

By Vincent Pica

When I teach seamanship courses to private boaters on the south shore of Long Island, I note that, if you boat in our local waters and have never run aground, you’re lying. Even USCG regulars have been known to “touch bottom” at times in these waters… I also note that God left a lot of sand on the south shore and not so much water – and plenty of water on the north shore/Long Island Sound but lots of rocks… So, the issue is not if you run aground but what you do afterwards.

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