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EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline

For the first time in the long, sad, tragic story of Somali piracy which has virtually stopped all cruising sailors from entering the once popular Gulf of Aden route to the Med, the EU Naval Force last month made a … Continue reading

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Turkey Adjusts Visa Regulations Again to Benefit Cruisers

Noonsite is reporting the following changes to visa regulations in Turkey as reported to them via Jack Marsh: Following the introduction of new visa rules in Turkey on February 1 which restrict visitors to a 90 day visit in every … Continue reading

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New Zealand Duo Rescued Near Fiji After Boat Sinks

Two New Zealand sailors, a man and a woman, have been rescued by the staff of a Fijian resort after the yacht they were sailing sank in waters between two Fijian Islands. The 46-foot yacht Touche hit a reef about … Continue reading

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Dinghy & Emergency Lighting from Navisafe

The new Navi Light 360˚ is a cost-effective, super bright LED light that is visible in darkness up to 5nm. Its high burn time, small size, waterproof qualities and ability to float make it a convenient and cost-effective addition to … Continue reading

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Amazing Tahiti Special Offer BOGO!

When people speak of paradise on Earth, the South Pacific islands of Raiatea, Bora Bora and the Tuomotu Islands often come to mind as the ideal. French Polynesia is a verdant oasis surrounded by turquoise-blue seas, and populated by inhabitants … Continue reading

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Another Big Finish by France’s Yacht Club de Pau

Alexseal partnered with France’s Yacht Club de Pau as part of the refit of their course setting LAB1 & LAB2. Since the development of Alexseal more than a decade ago, real-market field trials like this have been a key component … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Liveaboard cruisers and veteran BWS readers Diane Gorch and Randy Robinson enjoyed a stopover in Les Saintes, Guadeloupe aboard their yacht, s/v Sinbad. The duo started their journey last August from Tawas, MI and made the crossing from Morehead City,NC … Continue reading

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Jetties Prove to be Hazards in 2 Accidents Over Holiday Weekend

Two horrible accidents several hundred miles apart over Memorial Day weekend raise awareness to the danger of unlit jetties to cruisers at night. Rescue crews on Monday afternoon recovered the body of missing boater, 43-year-old David Whitlow of Hebron, Md., right next … Continue reading

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US Sailing Releases Initial Recommendations Resulting from Farallones Race Tragedy

While there certainly some danger inherent in the sport of sailing, hopefully some of these recommendations will help prevent future accidents like the one that Low Speed Chase was involved in. A US Sailing Independent Review Panel  has released a … Continue reading

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Camper Narrowly Avoids Collision with Whale in Mid-Atlantic (Video)

Volvo Ocean Race contender CAMPER got really lucky on this one and the alternative could have been very ugly. The split-second reflexes of CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermúdez narrowly saved the team from a high-speed collision with a whale in … Continue reading

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Beaufort Marina Increasing Its Appeal to Intracoastal Waterway Cruisers

The charming city of Beaufort, South Carolina is upping their game when it comes to drawing in cruisers traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway and should surely become a preferred stopover point for many east coast cruisers. An improved mooring area … Continue reading

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NOAA Predicts “Normal” Hurricane Season

Despite the fact that there have already been two named storms in the past few weeks, boaters (and their insurance agents) should be pleased to hear that NOAA has announced that conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a … Continue reading

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GOR Boats Riding Strong Winds in Final Leg

At 02:00 GMT on Monday, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough scorched through the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 5 bluQube Scoring Gate 420 miles south of Newfoundland netting maximum points for their Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation. As the GOR … Continue reading

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Mare Wins Atlantic Cup

The German boat #115 Mare skippered by Jörg Riechers, Ryan Breymaier (offshore) and Charles Euvrete (inshore), continued its Atlantic Cup dominance over the weekend by winning three of the five inshore races, finishing second in the other two heats, and … Continue reading

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Perini Navi Launches New Carbon Fiber Sloop for Charter

Last Saturday, the Perini Navi Group launched their new 100-foot sloop Xnoi (pronounced per noi – “for us”) in La Spezia, Italy. This sailing yacht has a hull, superstructure, mast and boom all made from carbon fiber. The construction of … Continue reading

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McMurdo Fast Find 220 Personal Locator Beacon

The Fast Find 220 is a powerful distress beacon, which provides a direct method of alerting the search and rescue authorities where no other forms of communication are available, using the 406 MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, COSPAS … Continue reading

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Odeo Flare Offers Longer Lasting, Safer Laser Flare Signal

The Odeo Flare brings updated technology to a crucial safety item at sea. Unlike traditional flares which require explosives to activate and only last for about 30 seconds, the Odeo Flare is a laser flare that operates on three L91 … Continue reading

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The Sailing Safety Secret That Could Save Your Boat from Sinking

Captain John from www.skippertips.com explains the importance and how to on maintaining your seacocks. Did you realize that your sailboat could have between 8-12 holes drilled below the waterline to allow sea water into the boat, or to drain water … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Tank Monitors from Gobius

Do you know how full your holding tank is? Not knowing can be a problem and an embarrassment–just as bad or worse than not knowing how much water and fuel you have left. The all new Gobius Tank Level Indicator … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Antares 44i

BWS Publisher George Day reviews the Antares 44i in October 2010. It was a crystal clear August day when we set out from Gloucester, MA to give Bob and Jan Crandall’s new Antares 44i Sea Spray a test sail. We … Continue reading

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