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Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Rod Heikell for this great shot of his 1989 Warwick Cardinal 46 Skylax sailing off of Meganisi Island, Greece! Do you have cool shots from your sailing adventures? Send them to us at cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Going Up It was well over a month ago now that we sat in the sunshine on bright green grass under beautiful cherry blossom trees enjoying the first true days of spring. Since then the marina has been abuzz with … Continue reading

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Hundreds Paddle Out for Icon Hobie Alter

Hobie Alter had only one request: He wanted a traditional Hawaiian paddle-out ceremony after he died. In the blue waters off Dana Point and surrounded by surfboards and sailboats, Alter’s family on Friday released bowls filled with soil brought from … Continue reading

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Kayaker Completes Atlantic Crossing

Aleksander Doba, a Polish adventurer who set out six months ago to cross the Atlantic in a 21-foot kayak, pulled into New Smyrna Beach, FL on Saturday, looking like a castaway. His skin was bronzed and weathered, his beard long and … Continue reading

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Move to End “Visa” Limits to Non-EU Cruisers

Eurocrats are considering ending the draconian “visa” restrictions on yachtsmen who aren’t from EU countries, which in many cases has landed sailors with outrageous fines, the Cruising Association has announced. Currently non-EU nationals are not allowed to remain in the … Continue reading

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Salty Dawg Spring Rally Update

Starting May 1, the Salty Dawg Rally will begin to assemble in North Sound in preparation for our departure from Soper’s Hole on May 15. We will start off at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Caribbean Home of the Salty … Continue reading

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Change of Watch at Scanmar

After 37 years at the helm, Hans Bernwall (above right) is stepping down as President and owner of Scanmar, the world’s largest manufacturer of windvanes, including the beloved Monitor.  Mike Scheck (above left), a San Francisco Bay area sailor and … Continue reading

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Windjammer Days Returns to its Roots

Organizers of the 52nd annual Windjammer Days Festival are kicking off fundraising and planning efforts for what promises to be one of the signature events of the season. The Festival will take place June 22 – 28, with nine windjammers … Continue reading

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Olin Stephens favorite design #97 S&S30 redesigned with modern underbody.  Sleeps four with an enclosed head, spacious cockpit and all lines led aft for ease of shorthanded cruising or racing fun.

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Dufour Yachts Celebrates 50 Years

In 1964 French engineer Michele Dufour realized his vision to build a new kind of sailing yacht using the “modern” technology of Fiber Reinforced Plastics. His first model, the Sylphe, was solid, seaworthy and fast for its time. The concept … Continue reading

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Heavy Weather Sailing Secrets: Control Roll, Pitch, and Yaw

Here’s another great set of tips from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Preparing our boats and ourselves for cruising or any other type of boating means first understanding the dynamics that can create problems. All vessels rotate or move … Continue reading

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The latest addition to Interlux’s premier performance Micron® antifouling product line, Micron® CF (Copper Free),  not only offers best-in-class performance in the copper-free category of paints, it also offers the longevity that boat owners have come to expect from traditional, … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Moody DS45

We sailed the Moody DS45 in Newport, RI on one of those clear, warm fall days that make me realize how lucky I am to go sailing as part of my job. I was out with my old friend Alan … Continue reading

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Video of the Week: Charles W. Morgan Restoration

As the restored whaling ship Charles W. Morgan prepares for her first sailing adventure since 1921, the Mystic Seaport is running a series of short web videos on the 173-year-old vessel’s reconstruction. Watch the first one here.

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Student’s Invention Turns Your Smartphone into a VHF Radio

Being in trouble at sea without a phone signal might no longer be an issue thanks to an Irish-designed case that allows a phone to become a VHF radio. Seán Toomey came up with the idea for his waterproof VHF Casemate … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Boat Show to be a 4 Venue, Statewide Event

After a long winter, Rhode Island marine companies are opening their doors in a big way by hosting a free, one-of-a-kind boating event designed to jump-start the arrival of summer. The Rhode Island Boat Show takes place the weekend of May … Continue reading

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For the Hungry Crew

Here’s a delectable dessert we made the other night while grilling with friends… Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar & Coconut Ingredients: – pineapple rings (fresh or canned) – 1/4 cup brown sugar – 1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut – dark … Continue reading

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Mindbender

When sailing near a coast, what time of day would you generally expect to get a “sea breeze”? Send your answer to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Katherine and Lael Easterling for this beautiful shot of their Tartan 412 Painted Skies tucked in at Snug Cove on Kangaroo Island, Australia! Do you have cool shots from your sailing and cruising adventures? Send them to us … Continue reading

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Cruiser/Racer As we approached the mark I instructed my crew to get ready for a jibe. Green, and a bit unsure as to what that would entail, I talked them through each task that needed to get done and when, … Continue reading

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