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Derelict Sailboat Sinks Off Key West

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers are investigating the sinking of another vessel off Key West. FWC officers are treating the sinking of a roughly 50-foot sailboat three miles southwest of Key West as the criminal abandonment of … Continue reading

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Researcher Examines ‘Current Leaks’ that May Change the Way You Sail

Isabela Le Bras, a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, is investigating how ocean currents — those marvellous currents that, taken advantage of, can speed sailors’ voyages around the world — interact in the total story of … Continue reading

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Sail On Steve Black

Steve Black, founder of the Caribbean 1500 rally, died March 17, 2014 following a long personal battle against cancer. He was 71 years of age. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Black moved to Michigan where he ran an educational publishing … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Steve Black from the SDR

The Salty Dawg Rally notes with great sadness the passing of Steve Black on March 17, 2014.  Many of the Salty Dawgs began their offshore sailing careers with Steve Black, at his Passage Maker seminars, the Caribbean 1500 and the … Continue reading

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The new Charts & Tides is here and it looks right at home on iOS 7. It sports a modern user interface, a new chart engine, tide and current information, ActiveCaptain integration, GPS and AIS support, waypoints and routes, and … Continue reading

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How to Anchor with Radar in Low Visibility

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Imagine that you are fog-bound on the blackest of nights. How can you combine electronic and traditional sailing navigation to approach an anchorage and drop the hook safe … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Bruckmann 50 MKII

It was a lovely summer afternoon when we set off from Falmouth, Massachusetts in the company of three Bruckmann 50s to see if we could get some photos of the big motorsailers engaged in “synchronized sailing” on Nantucket Sound. The … Continue reading

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Attend a Search and Rescue Webinar by McMurdo

The McMurdo group has announced a three-part webinar series designed to educate participants about the Search and Rescue (SAR) process and highlight innovative developments to improve SAR. The first webinar, titled The 5 Critical Stages of the Search & Rescue Ecosystem, will … Continue reading

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Springtime in Annapolis Brings Sailboats Back to City Dock

The 2014 Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show opens April 25th and runs through April 27th. The third annual in-water springtime show features more than 80 new and previously-owned sailboats and celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of the sailing … Continue reading

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Good Mate Program Helps Boaters Become Environmentally Friendly

Best boating practices help boaters look beyond the bow and make a difference for clean, healthy water. Boating goes hand-in-hand with wildlife watching, swimming, fishing, snorkeling and diving—and each of these experiences is enhanced by the clean water needed for a … Continue reading

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For the Hungry Crew

We’ve had some beautiful spring evenings to fire up the ole BBQ lately and made this delicious recipe a few nights ago… Grilled Flank Steak with Rosemary Ingredients: – ½  cup soy sauce – ½  cup olive oil – 4 ½  tablespoons … Continue reading

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Mindbender

A device used in storm conditions and deployed from the stern to slow a boat down and keep it stern to the waves is called what? Send your answer to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Nancy and Burger Zapf for this dream-inspiring shot of their Alden 50 CC Halekai at anchor in Cold Water Bay, near Fethiye on the southern coast of Turkey! Also, congratulations to Nancy and Burger for recently crossing your outbound … Continue reading

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Near or Far As the sun was setting, the wind was slowly veering from the east to the south and building to 20 plus knots. Given my perpetual willingness to sail at night in a good breeze, I was thinking … Continue reading

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Quadriplegic Sailor Hilary Lister Takes On Indian Ocean

Hilary Lister is well known for her extraordinary trips. A quadriplegic, paralysed from the neck down, Lister hit the headlines in 2005 when she sailed single- handed across the channel in a specially designed 27ft yacht that she controlled using … Continue reading

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West Marine Recalls Folding Bikes

West Marine recently issued a recall on two models of folding bicycles sold in their stores; the Jetty Express 2 and the Port Runner 2, that are designed for use in and around docks and marinas. The bicycle’s frame can … Continue reading

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Larry Ellison Eyeing Honolulu for ’17 America’s Cup

Larry Ellison sat in the quiet living room of his Woodside home and talked about what comes next, after winning the America’s Cup for the second time in September 2013, an epic victory being called “the comeback of comebacks.” His vision … Continue reading

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Swedish Sailors Rescued 100 Miles from Bermuda

Two Swedish sailors rescued at sea Saturday arrived in Wilmington, Del., Monday after being rescued from their sailboat approximately 100 miles southwest of Bermuda. A 35-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were aboard the 33-foot Swedish-flagged sailboat Bull when it … Continue reading

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Scottish Sailor Rescued After Storm Hits Coast of Chile

A Scottish solo round-the-world yachtsman has been rescued after his boat was badly damaged in a storm off the tip of South America. Andrew Halcrow, 54, was west of Cape Horn on his second attempt to circumnavigate the globe single-handed … Continue reading

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Coast Guard, Good Samaritain Rescue Three Sailors 35 Miles South of Fort Macon, NC

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan merchant vessel rescued three boaters Tuesday approximately 35 miles south of Fort Macon, N.C. At noon Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center watchstanders received a mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16 from … Continue reading

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