Ice Tactics by Capt. Jesse Osborn published in Ocean Navigator Magazine

I began writing a small series on Arctic Ice Tactics this fall.  Ocean Navigator Magazine has published one of the articles in the March 2015 issue.

Ocean Navigator is an all business magazine for serious sailors and we are proud to have contributed to the sailing community through this publication for the second time.



Capt. Jesse Osborn


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2 SEASONS IN THE ARCTIC WITH “STORMR” An equipment review, by the crew of Empiricus

“STORMR” Product review from a sailors perspective. By Capt. Jesse Osborn and the crew of SV Empiricus. 2012-2014 In 2012, I was preparing to sail the fabled Northwest Passage. Having the right foul weather gear was going to be important. As I discussed this with a friend, he told me about this new company called […]

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  Big Bad Bellot. The West entrance to the strait is located at 71 Deg 58 Min North by 95 Deg 11 Min West. Its southern shore marks the northernmost point on the North American continent. This narrow body of water is not well charted and carries a long history of dramatic encounters for ships […]


Northwest Passage 2014 the official complete list of passage makers.

The following is the official list of Northwest Passage transits, by all vessels in recorded history.  Empiricus is number 208!  Ever! There is also some brief but interesting reading in the introduction.  They have Empiricus listed as a “Ketch”, but thats an easy mistake to make.  We have requested a correction to “Yawl”, but thats […]

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What is the Northwest Passage?

I’ve been blogging about the Northwest Passage for a while now and I just realized that the details of this place have not always been in the forefront of my writing. Encyclopedia Britannica defines the “Northwest Passage” as “Northwest Passage, historical sea passage of the North American continent, representing centuries of effort to find a […]

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Captains Log

Captains log. Friday. 08/08/2014 0018 hrs. We have been underway continually since departing Cambridge Bay, Wednesday evening. The weather has been stable, cold and blowing from the NW 10-20 mph the entire time, besides a temporary SW shift on Thursday. It is near or below freezing outside right now and I’ve just come off shift. […]

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