A GPS Device Designed Specifically For Pirates (and Other Sailing…

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. » 4/07/12 7:00pm 4/07/12 7:00pm

Pegasus Open 50 Raceboat Log: The Finish and a New Record

The Finish: The Pegasus Open 50 sailboat just set the Transpac record of 7 days, 19 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds for a double handed monohull ship. Previous Record: 10 days, 4 hours and 4 minutes. » 7/13/09 12:55pm 7/13/09 12:55pm

Pegasus Open 50 Raceboat Log: Day 5/6 and the Moon

July 9, 5:30 PM PST Today we are living within the realm of Squalls. Squalls in the the Northeast sub-tropical Pacific are different. They are small, concentrated and powerful. The rain lasts ~20 minutes under them if you're stationary. » 7/10/09 12:19pm 7/10/09 12:19pm

Pegasus Open 50 Tour, Part 6: The Kitchen Sink

All food on the sailboat is heated on a pivoting stove that self rights to true down, no matter how much it's rocking. It's also the sink, which spits fresh or salt water. All food is vacuum bag sealed. » 7/09/09 5:59am 7/09/09 5:59am

The Pegasus Open 50 Raceboat Tour, Part 4: Barometer, Autopilot, Wind…

For those interested in how sailboats work, Bruce Mahoney of Pegasus Racing continues his tour of the tech inside the Open 50 Raceboat. Here he starts into the cabin, where weather and navigation are handled (dryly, I might add). » 7/07/09 6:40am 7/07/09 6:40am

Pegasus Open 50 Raceboat Log: Day Two, Heading South and Kulani the…

July 6, 6:00 PM PST After we licked our wounds, we made sail changes all day. With just the two of us and a lot of sail area, each change is a major project. » 7/07/09 12:07am 7/07/09 12:07am

Pegasus Open 50 Sailboat Log: A Brief History of the Transpac Race

What's this sailing race about? The Transpac isn't the biggest sailboat race, but it's the longest of the two oldest. The first Transpac happened in 1906, less than a month after the great SF earthquake, forcing it to start from LA. » 7/06/09 5:39pm 7/06/09 5:39pm

The Pegasus Open 50 Raceboat: WTF is a Sailboat Doing on Gizmodo?

Why a boat? Because the Pegasus Open 50, is laden with mechanical and material technology. And the captain is the inventor of the camphone and founder of Borland, Philippe Kahn. He's liveblogging a race from California to Hawaii via Satellite. » 7/06/09 12:59pm 7/06/09 12:59pm