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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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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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Historic Ice Yachts Sail the Hudson River

The occasion called for Champagne on ice. So the ice boaters brought a bottle of it directly onto the frozen Hudson River here, about 90 miles north of New York City, and placed it directly on the ice near the nose … Continue reading

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Unmanned Sailboat Makes it from South Carolina to Europe

An English fisherman got an unexpected greeting from a Morristown, New Jersey school this week, when a five-foot unmanned sailboat — at sea for a year and a half — made its way down the English Channel and caught his … Continue reading

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New Non-Profit Will Deliver “Almost Free” Cruising Guides for the ICW

Starting on March 1st, semi-local publications LLC (dba On the Water ChartGuides and formerly Managing the Waterway) discontinued commercial operations. Going forward, and operating as a non-profit, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle will deliver “Almost Free” cruising and anchoring guides to … Continue reading

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Amendments to the Rules for Cruisers Visiting the Maldives

There’s good news for cruisers wanting to make a stop at the Maldives; visits will be less expensive and yachts can now stay for up to 6 months. For stories from cruisers who have been there and to check out … Continue reading

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UK Based Oakley Capital Acquires Majority Stake in North Technology Group

North Technology Group (NTG) announced this week that Oakley Capital Private Equity (“Oakley”) has acquired a majority stake in their diverse family of companies. Oakley is an investment vehicle founded by UK businessman and sailing enthusiast Peter Dubens. Utilizing their … Continue reading

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Update on La Paz Good Samaritan

Though I never met him, John Spicher was a fellow resident of the Puget Sound cruising community before heading down to cruise in Mexico and was recently involved in an accident while trying to help someone who fell off their … Continue reading

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Volvo Penta Offering Oil Analysis Program

Volvo Penta of the Americas is offering customers an Oil Analysis Program designed to make it easy to obtain expert diagnostics of engine oil. The program is available for all Volvo Penta diesel and gas engines. Engine oil analysis provides … Continue reading

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Wounded Soldiers Given Rustler 42 Hull

Rustler Yachts of Falmouth, England have donated a 42 foot Rustler hull to the Armed Forces charity Turn to Starboard. Squadron Leader Shaun Pascoe, said: “This amazing gift allows us to begin our boat build project and aspire to one … Continue reading

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Clipper Fleet Halted for Rigging Repairs

Owing to the failure of three of the forestay bottlescrews in the fleet of 12 Clipper 70s in the current Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the fleet has been instructed to stop racing as a precaution and make its … Continue reading

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Cornell Launching Corinthian Global Race for Amateurs

Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. The World Odyssey will take competitors eastabout via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean in 2016/17.  “I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity … Continue reading

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