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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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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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Cruising Shot of the Week

Here’s a cute sign confirming that spring sailing weather is finally here or on its way for all the northern sailors out there! 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

Get Some Over a decade ago I, a newly minted 19-year-old, bought a plane ticket and flew from Portland, Oregon to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to find a ride on the sea and to chase a burgeoning dream. I landed and … Continue reading

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Captain Vows to Finish Family’s Legacy Sailboat

For over 60 years it waited to fulfill its destiny. And Friday, the lovingly hand-fashioned yet still unfinished wooden sailboat embarked on a voyage of rebirth that may see it finally taking to the water. “The fulfilling of a dream … Continue reading

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Wreck of USCS Robert J. Walker added to National Register of Historic Places

NOAA announced this week that the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. … Continue reading

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Sailing Family Back in the US After Rescue

A Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler arrived on Wednesday in San Diego. The arrival came six days after Charlotte and Eric Kaufman used their satellite phone to call for help from … Continue reading

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Canadian Solo Sailor Rescued from Sinking Yacht

A Canadian solo sailor has been rescued from his sinking yacht in rough conditions 1,250 nautical miles (2,300km) north-east of Auckland – about 600nm (1,100km) south of Rarotonga – after a mercy dash by the car-carrier Fidelio. The Rescue Coordination Centre … Continue reading

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Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to Open Sailing Center

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) has announced that it will soon be opening the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) in Dorset, UK. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was set up in … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Boat of Missing Dutch Sailor Found, But No Sign of Skipper

On January 15, 2014, experienced Dutch sailor Sietse Hagen left his home port in Tenerife heading for Barbados in the Caribbean. Since his departure, nothing had been heard, until Monday when a Dutch vessel discovered the yacht in the mid-Atlantic. … Continue reading

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Naturally Healthy Air Using Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

Tired of that stale, musty smell on your boat? Forespar’s new Tea Tree Power™ air cleaner eliminates odors and creates a clean healthy air environment using a 100% pure Australian tea tree oil formulation. More than a cover-up fragrance, Tea Tree … 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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Master the Art of the “Back and Fill”

Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Learn to dock a boat smooth and easy once you how to twist–or pivot–your small sailboat inside a tight space. Know this and you will be able to turn … Continue reading

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Gori Props Provide Overdrive Under Sail and Power!

It is well known that a fixed 3-blade propeller generates huge amounts of drag when sailing, but there is an option that reduces drag, gives you up to an extra knot when sailing and improves your efficiency under power — the unique … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Lagoon 52

FLYING THE 52 The sun was getting a bit low when we got the Lagoon 52 away from the marina docks and headed out the cut toward the open sea. Compared to the 39, the 52 felt vast yet was … Continue reading

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As soon as you step aboard your yacht you can feel the attention to detail on a Horizon a Yacht Charter. And it’s not just because we operate one of the youngest fleets. Nor because we inspect every yacht, including below … Continue reading

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Rutherford Getting Ready to Sail Across Pacific for Pollution Research

First he sailed solo across the Atlantic and back. Then he became the first person to sail around the Americas, solo and nonstop. Now it’s not about the stunts, it’s about the science. Annapolis resident Matt Rutherford and partner Nicole … Continue reading

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Bluewater Open Boat Weekend 2014

Whether you’re still dreaming, acquiring your blue water cruiser or just finished your circumnavigation, the Bluewater Open Boat Weekend in Limington, UK on the 7th and 8th June will be the place to be for cruising sailors on the “starboard” … Continue reading

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For the Hungry Crew

Here’s a delicious variation on a old favorite that is sure to fill up the crew before a big day on the water… Carrot Pancakes Ingredients: – 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour – 4 tablespoons pure cane sugar – 1 … Continue reading

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