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Bermuda Ocean Race Festivities on Land and at Sea

The Bermuda Ocean Race from Annapolis, MD to Bermuda will start next Friday, June 8, and even if you won’t be on board one of the more than 25 boats participating in the race, there is still plenty of fun … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

There are few events that garner as much pomp and circumstance as honoring Queen Elizabeth for her 60 years of reign. On Saturday at 2 p.m., the Queen will lead one of the largest flotillas ever seen on London’s River Thames, … Continue reading

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Radioactive Tuna Found in Pacific

While researchers may not be as alarmed by this research as others, it’s important to be aware of this not only when purchasing fish, but especially when you’ve got your own hook out for anything while cruising. Bluefin tuna caught … Continue reading

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IYRS Offers Restored Boats for Sale

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, RI has just launched its graduating class of 2012, and when we say launched, we mean they really launched them. Unlike many institutions which restore and then display significant historic vessels, IYRS … Continue reading

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Beach Bum Cocktail

With hot weather comes the longing for a great summer cocktail. This appropriately named concoction is perfect for lazy days swimming off the stern or cocktail hours when you’ve got everyone aboard. Ingredients: 2 Parts Grey Goose La Poire Crushed … Continue reading

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Mindbender

Where is this mystery cruising spot? Hint: Check out the June issue of BWS on newsstands now. Send your answers to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Elcie, a 62′ aluminum catamaran by designer David DeVilliers of Auckland, New Zealand sits outside of Rachel’s Bubble Bath at the north end of Compass Cay in the Exumas on Mother’s Day. Photo taken by Jeff Adelman and submitted by … Continue reading

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ARC Europe Boat Abandoned; Crew Rescued

This is a great example of the maritime community coming together to help another vessel in distress. At around 22:30UT on Friday, approximately 330 nautical miles northeast of Bermuda, the yacht Outer Limits struck a submerged object, believed to be … Continue reading

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Robotic Sailboat Attempts World Record

The ASV Roboat, a robotic sailboat is once again setting sail. From  July 9-17, the fully autonomous, unmanned sailing boat will be used within the framework of a long-term mission for the first time, and is set to break the … Continue reading

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Bodacious Dream Wins Leg 2 of Atlantic Cup Offshore Racing

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing completed its second and final leg of offshore racing with #118 Bodacious Dream, skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl, crossing the finish line first with an elapsed time of 38:06:34 early … Continue reading

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Energy Team Takes Venice in AC World Series

Loïck Peyron continued to demonstrate the form he had shown all week, leading his Energy Team to a spectacular win on the final day of America’s Cup World Series racing in Venice. Peyron and his French crew have been perched … Continue reading

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VOR Boats Collide with 1st Named Tropical Storm of 2012

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet found themselves in survival mode battling their way out of the eye of a violent tropical storm Monday night, suddenly caught in lightning and gale force headwinds. They thought they were lining up for a … Continue reading

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Billionares Battle for Title of Biggest Superyacht

While we don’t think they’re actually extending the length of their boats, these guys certainly seem to be in competition. If they were children they’d probably be told to grow up, but no one tells billionaires what to do. That’s … Continue reading

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D’oh! Don’t Forget to Plug the Boat Before Hitting the Water

You can bet this guy’s friends aren’t going to let this mistake go. A Coast Guard crew from Station Buffalo, N.Y., rescued a boater Sunday afternoon after the man’s vessel began taking on water in the Niagara River near North … Continue reading

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New East Coast Championship Series Announced by ORROA

For those of you who also like to get a little competition in between your cruising trips, this new championship series looks like fun. The Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association (ORROA) has announced the new East Coast Championship Series.  The series consists of five … Continue reading

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Complete Fuel Protection from FilterBOSS COMMANDER

The FilterBOSS COMMANDER system is designed to provide complete fuel protection. Much more than a simple set of dual filters, FilterBOSS is also a complete fuel polishing system that removes contaminates and moisture. It includes what you need to analyze and correct … Continue reading

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The SSB Radio, Demystified

As a follow-up to his April BWS article, “Essential Offshore Gear: Why SSB?,” Daniel Collins demystifies the SSB radio in this June BWS story. Heard the SSB is too complicated to install or learn to use? Think again. Modern SSB … 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 — … Continue reading

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Boat Rat: The Multihull Diet

BWS Publisher George Day takes a look at how to avoid bulking up the boat when multihull cruising in this editorial from the May issue of Multihulls Quarterly. As North Americans, most of us have one thing in common—we have … 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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