Rick Spilman

About me

Rick Spilman has had a fascination with ships and the sea for most of his life. His first novel, Hell Around the Horn, is due out this summer. Based on the voyage of a British windjammer in the particularly brutal Cape Horn winter of 1905, it is a story of survival and the human spirit in the last days of the age of sail. Rick is the founder and host of the Old Salt Blog. (www.oldsaltblog.com) An avid sailor, he has sailed as volunteer crew on the replica square-riggers “HMS ROSE” and “HMS BOUNTY.” He has been published in the Huffington Post, gCaptain, Forbes online, and several canoeing and kayaking print magazines. He was also a nautical columnist on the Clarion science fiction blog.

From my website

Red Rock IV in 57 Knots of Wind in the Bristol Channel

A video for a Saturday. Sailing on Red Rock IV  in 57 knots of wind in the Bristol Channel on June 28, 2016. Red Rock IV is a 43 footer designed by German Frers and built by Marland Marine for owner E Mandelbaum, as part of the Argentinian team to…

Obama Expands Papahānaumokuākea — Largest Marine Sanctuary with the Longest Name

The Obama administration announced the four-fold expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a marine sanctuary northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands. The expanded sanctuary will be the largest in the world at more than 580,000 square miles. As noted by the NYTimes: Created by President George W. Bush in 2006, the Papahanaumokuakea monument surrounds…

26 Hours of Information Recovered from El Faro Voyage Data Recorder

El Faro, Photo: TOTE Maritime The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Wednesday that they had successfully retrieved 26 hours of information from the El Faro Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The VDR was recovered earlier in August in 15,000 feet of water.  The US flagged cargo ship, El Faro, sank during Hurricane…

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