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Ocean State Tall Ships Festival to Feature 12 Ships

If you want to see a collection of historic ships all gathered in one harbor, this is the summer to do it. The Ocean State Tall Ships Festival 2012 is scheduled for July 6 – 9 in Newport, RI’s downtown … Continue reading

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Is Your Pup the Best Boatyard Dog? Enter the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials Now!

We know that we should be most excited about the boat part of this boat show, but as dog lovers, we think the canine competition may be the highlight of the event. The entry deadline for the 10th Annual World … Continue reading

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13th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Whether you’re a history buff or have kids who love pirates, this is sure to be a fun event. On June 1 Blackbeard and his crew will invade downtown Hampton, VA during the 13th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival! Interact with … Continue reading

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Sailboat Promoting Sustainability Loses Berth to Superyacht

Consider this the ironic moment of the week! A sailing ship delayed by headwinds while on a transatlantic voyage to promote sustainable transport lost her berth to a gas-guzzling motor-yacht owned by the former NCP Car Parks tycoon! The horrible … Continue reading

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It’s a Boat, It’s a Plane, It’s the Flying Yacht!

While we wouldn’t want to have one in our harbor due to its sheer size, we think The Flying Yacht is pretty cool and we’re curious to see if they take off (pun intended). The Flying Yacht appears to be … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Kahlua

If you can’t get your hands on your liquor of choice or are just looking to create some new options while you’re out at sea, consider making your own Kahlua using this recipe. Ingredients: 7 cups sugar 7 cups water … Continue reading

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Mindbender

What are the characteristics of a Class A Tall Ship? 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 answers. Congratulations to Linda Emerson of Brooksville, … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

The s/v Sea Monkey enjoys a moment of solitude anchored in Frys Harbor at Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands. Submitted by Brandon Priest of Santa Barbara, CA. Got a cool cruising shot to share? Send it to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com.

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Mare Wins Leg 1 of the Atlantic Cup

The Class 40s competing in The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing finished up their first leg early Tuesday morning. Skippers Jörg Riechers and Ryan Breymaier on Mare crossed the finish line first at 1:20:13 a.m. EST with an … Continue reading

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Another Tragic Dinghy Death that May Have Been Avoidable

We never like to hear stories like these, but they are also a good reminder to take appropriate safety measures at all times, especially during rough weather. The crew of the 47-foot Musketeer of Stutton, a yacht from the Absolute … Continue reading

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Salty Dog Rally Leaves BVI, but 1 Boat Already Headed Back

The Salty Dog Rally, organized by Bill and Linda Knowles, left Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI on Tuesday after a kickoff barbecue attended by the Deputy Governor of the BVI to return the fleet of cruisers to the northeast of the … Continue reading

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Clipper Boats Headed for New York

After making their way through the famous Panama Canal the ten identical 68-foot yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race started the 2,100 mile stage to New York Monday night. The fleet left San Francisco Bay … Continue reading

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Nautor’s Swan Announces New Swan 105

If you happen to be in the market for a new super-yacht, Nautor’s Swan may be able to help. The Nautor Swan’s internal team and designer German Frers have announced their latest design, the Swan 105. The Swan 105  takes … Continue reading

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Bronze Age Boat Replica Sinks at Launch

Perhaps they should have tested this before all the crowds gathered around. The maiden voyage of a replica Bronze Age boat made in Kent had to be aborted when it failed to stay afloat. The vessel, which is called Boat … Continue reading

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Bavaria to Open New Factory Direct Location in CT

Bavaria Yachts USA has announced that Mystic, CT will be the location for it’s newest Factory-Direct location, positioned to serve the Northeast sailing market. Bavaria Yachts will be based in Mystic Shipyard, where it will offer new boat sales, service, … Continue reading

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Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 Survivor Recovery System

Overall Winner of the 2012 Pittman Innovation Awards. West Marine 2012 Top 6 Product. The Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System) is worn on a lifejacket and activated by sliding off the safety tab and lifting an arming … Continue reading

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Raymarine’s New RayControl App Turns Tablets into MFD

Raymarine has just launched their new RayControl app to transform your tablet into a full function Raymarine multi-function display. RayControl allows you to remotely control and view electronic charting, sonar, radar, and even thermal night vision, right from your tablet. … Continue reading

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10 Tips to Storm Proof Your Sailboat

There’s nothing worse than an overnight storm that you weren’t prepared for or having to scramble to get your boat properly tied up when one is impending. Captain John from www.skippertips.com offers us these tips to make sure you’re always … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Sabre 456

The Sabre 456 was launched late last in 2010 and has drawn a lot of attention from both Sabre owners and would-be Sabre owners. The Jim Taylor design is an upgrade of the Sabre 452 that was introduced several years … Continue reading

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Sign Up Now for Sail Indonesia Rally

If you’ve got months to spare, this sounds like a spectacular trip. Sign up now for this year or start planning for next year. Sail Indonesia 2012 will depart from Darwin on Saturday, July 28 for its twelfth annual rally … Continue reading

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