TransAtlantic on a Sailboat

TransAtlantic on a Sailboat

Conquering a TransAtlantic


TransAtlantic on a Sailboat

Steve Runals is a well-seasoned sailing instructor at Norton’s Sailing School in Deltaville, Virginia. He has a wealth of knowledge in all things cruising and navigating. Steve’s presentation this year was a detailed report on his TransAtlantic to Portugal on a 1982 Skye 51. His presentation includes some great tips for conquering a TransAtlantic, including some of his personal observations and take-aways.

Runals goes into detail on many of your most popular boating questions: everything from using AIS to Single Side Ban Radio. He discusses many communications tips to utilize on any cruising trip, as well as some tips on weather routing.

If you are considering a TransAtlantic in your future, we highly suggest taking an ASA 105 Navigation Course and ASA 106 DELMARVA Course with Captain Runals or any of our talented and knowledgeable instructors at Norton’s Sailing School right here on the Chesapeake Bay. You should also watch this TransAtlantic Video to get an idea of what is involved and learn a few tips from an experienced skipper.



We have included some of Steve’s helpful links below:

  • WX/Gulf Stream (GS):

–NOAA Wx Fax Atlantic::

–NOAA Ocean Prediction Center:

–Bermuda Wx Service:


–Bob Cook: Ocean-Pro Weather and Routing


–Wx & GS:


–GS and sea temps:



–NOAA Pilot charts:

  • Navigation:

–Imray RCC Pilotage Foundation Cruising Guides for the Atlantic Islands and Portugal and Spanish Coasts . Imray charts for the North Atlantic and Azores.  Imray catalog:

–NOAA on-line chart viewer:

–Active Captain:

  • Communications:

–Dockside Radio:

–Instructional videos on ICOM 802 operation at:

–Cruiseheimers Tech Net: