Category Archives: Dock Talk

Captain Vows to Finish Family’s Legacy Sailboat

For over 60 years it waited to fulfill its destiny. And Friday, the lovingly hand-fashioned yet still unfinished wooden sailboat embarked on a voyage of rebirth that may see it finally taking to the water. “The fulfilling of a dream … Continue reading

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Wreck of USCS Robert J. Walker added to National Register of Historic Places

NOAA announced this week that the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. … Continue reading

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Sailing Family Back in the US After Rescue

A Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler arrived on Wednesday in San Diego. The arrival came six days after Charlotte and Eric Kaufman used their satellite phone to call for help from … Continue reading

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Canadian Solo Sailor Rescued from Sinking Yacht

A Canadian solo sailor has been rescued from his sinking yacht in rough conditions 1,250 nautical miles (2,300km) north-east of Auckland – about 600nm (1,100km) south of Rarotonga – after a mercy dash by the car-carrier Fidelio. The Rescue Coordination Centre … Continue reading

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Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to Open Sailing Center

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) has announced that it will soon be opening the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) in Dorset, UK. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was set up in … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Boat of Missing Dutch Sailor Found, But No Sign of Skipper

On January 15, 2014, experienced Dutch sailor Sietse Hagen left his home port in Tenerife heading for Barbados in the Caribbean. Since his departure, nothing had been heard, until Monday when a Dutch vessel discovered the yacht in the mid-Atlantic. … 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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Dutch Sailor Missing in the Atlantic

Dutch sailor Sietse Hagen left the port of Tenerife heading for the Caribbean on January 15th, 2014. Since his departure, now over 60 days ago, he has not reported home. His friends and family, as well as the Dutch sailing … Continue reading

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The Florida Keys May Get a New Mooring Field

This is the area of Buttonwood Sound that would get the mooring field. The white area is the Point of View RV Resort, which has expressed interest in providing shoreside services. The Lower Keys anchorage in Boca Chica Basin sorely … Continue reading

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Flyer Returns to Huge Reception

The famous S&S 65 Alaska Eagle left the West Coast recently after a 30-year stint as the flagship training vessel for the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship. Her new Dutch owner shipped her back to her original home, … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Hilary Lister Hits the Record Books Again

Quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister set a new trans-ocean record by becoming the first paralysed woman to complete the 850 mile voyage from Mumbai in India to Muscat, Oman. Her sailing partner, Omani yachtswoman Nashwa Al Kindi, also set a record … Continue reading

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Spring Officially Here, Boaters Urged to Use Caution

As air temperatures get warmer, more and more recreational boaters are taking to the water and the Coast Guard cautions boaters not to be fooled by the warmer air temperatures; the water is still cold, very cold. Every year the … Continue reading

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Fast Downwind Sailing Continues for Clipper Fleet

Clipper Race teams continued to fly in perfect downwind conditions towards San Francisco on Monday as the sun shone and 18 to 35 knot winds continued to power the fleet. As a low pressure system builds not too far away, … Continue reading

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Two Crews Dismasted Off Cape Horn Discover Bizarre Link

Two round the world crews were rescued west of Cape Horn last week after being dismasted, only to find their histories had been intertwined seven years ago after a rescue in the Southern Indian Ocean. Solo sailor Andrew Halcrow was … Continue reading

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Dr. Stanley Paris Announces Second Round the World Attempt

When Stanley Paris decided to abandon his attempt to become the oldest sailor to complete a solo circumnavigation after sustaining damage to his 63-foot yacht, Kiwi Spirit, in January, he figured the dream was over. “Initially, I thought, ‘this is … Continue reading

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