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Mindbender

What is the edge of a sail from tack to clew called? 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 last week’s Mindbender winner, Larry Meed, for … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Here’s a nice shot of a new Saturn 48 heading out for a sail on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, MD! 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

Year One Rain thumped heavily on the hatch above me as a gust of wind whipped its way through the rig, causing my son Porter to stir in the comfy confines of his V-berth. We were out for a guys … Continue reading

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Sunken Yacht Found Off Darwin, Australia

Police are investigating what happened to the crew of a mysterious yacht believed to have capsized in the Timor Sea about 170km off Darwin, Australia. An Australian fishing vessel stumbled across the wreckage after pulling up the boat’s mast and … Continue reading

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Sail On Hobie Alter

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was … Continue reading

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British Yachtsman Died From “Blast Injuries”

A British man found in the ocean next to his burning yacht “died as a result of multiple-trauma in keeping with blast injuries”, according to a post-mortem. Fifty-three-year-old John Edward Garner was discovered on March 28 in the waters off the … Continue reading

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Caribbean Safety and Security Net Discontinues Daily HF Voice Net

Effective April 1, 2014 the Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) will discontinue the daily HF voice net on 8104 at 0815 HRS. Despite the interest in the net that was indicated in the user survey, actual participation rates were … Continue reading

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Help the NSHOF Spread the Love of Sailing

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) is looking for sailboats (30 feet plus) and their owners or skippers to take high school students enrolled in Anne Arundel County School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs for short sails … Continue reading

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Coast Guard and AMVER Rescue Three Sailors Off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. Watchstanders from the 11th Coast Guard District rescue coordination center in Alameda, Calif., were notified at … 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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Introducing Offshore Sailing School’s NEWEST LOCATION in the sailing capital of the world! Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina–British Virgin Islands! Just minutes away from Beef Island/Tortola airport, this luxury private island resort is a serene 230-acre haven, offering deluxe accommodations … Continue reading

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Ten Top Sailing Tips for Cruising in 2014

Here are some great cruising tips from Capt. John of skippertips.com to get you ready for your 2014 cruising adventures… Is your small sailboat and sailing crew prepared for the challenges that might pop up while on a coastal cruise … Continue reading

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ANOTHER BIG FINISH BY Southern Wind

Built with two decades of superyacht construction experience gained at Cape Town’s renowned Southern Wind Shipyard, the SW82 Feelin’ Good is the first of this hull series to recently launch. Designed by Farr Yacht Design and Nauta, and sporting a striking … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Catalina 445

At first sight you know there is something different about the Catalina 445. The design’s topsides appear lower than her sister ships and the cabin top has a lower profile. The cockpit is large and has twin wheels and throughout … Continue reading

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

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Man Overboard “Happy to Be Alive” after Dramatic Rescue in Clipper Race

Following Derry, Londonderry, Doire’s dramatic North Pacific rescue operation, crew member Andrew Taylor is making a good recovery, with Skipper Sean McCarter explaining to Clipper Race officials:  “Andrew is in good spirits and has been chatting away with his crew, and … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Boat Mechanically Webinar

Learn about your boat’s mechanical functions on Tuesday, April 15, from Larsen Marine expert Mark Kish in his webinar, Knowing Your Boat Mechanically. Enjoy your cruising even more with the confidence this webinar can provide as you learn to face and conquer … Continue reading

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Rope Fest is this Weekend!

R&W Rope of New Bedford, MA will host their annual Rope Fest family event on Saturday, April 5 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the R&W’s warehouse headquarters located at 39 Tarkiln Place, New Bedford. It is free and … Continue reading

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For the Hungry Crew

Here’s a salad recipe that is sure to be a hit with the crew this spring and summer… Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad Ingredients: – 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs – 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice – 1/2 … Continue reading

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Mindbender

In the International and Inland “Rules of the Road,” a vessel being towed at night should show what lights? 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 … Continue reading

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