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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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Tampa Evicts Dozens of Boats, Plans for a New Mooring Field

Tampa, Fla. city officials have told 80 boat owners they have to hoist anchor and leave the Davis Islands Seaplane Basin, where some boats have been tied to illegal moorings for years. Tampa Police Department’s marine division issued 45 warnings Monday, … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars for Summer Sailstice

It’s on again. This year, the world-wide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing will be celebrated on the Summer Solstice itself, June 21st, giving all sailors out on the water the absolute maximum time to sail in daylight. Now in its … Continue reading

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Parents of Lost Daughter to Return to US but Believe She is Still Alive

Here’s how Robin Wright sees it: Her 19-year-old daughter Danielle is adrift on the Pacific Ocean but is keeping her spirits up with her six crewmates on their wooden sailboat, the Nina. They’re collecting rainwater, rationing food, singing, telling travel … Continue reading

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DYT Yacht Transport and Sevenstar Yacht Transport Finalize Partnership

Now that the partnership between leading yacht transport companies DYT Yacht Transport and Sevenstar Yacht Transport has been finalized, it’s great news for yacht owners who, by choice or necessity, depend on the shipping of their prized possessions to various … Continue reading

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Extreme Sailing Series Begins Today in Singapore

It’s like motor racing on water — deafening music blares out in the countdown to races, and fans flock to the water’s edge. Welcome to the Extreme Sailing Series, extreme by name and extreme by nature. Expect capsizing, high-speed wipeouts … Continue reading

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Federal Report on Bounty Sinking Blames Captain

For the first time since two people died in the terrifying sinking of the Bounty in Hurricane Sandy, federal officials Monday pointed fingers at what likely caused the disaster. Bounty Capt. Robin Walbridge’s “reckless decision to sail … into the … Continue reading

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Cornell Launches a New Rally

Ocean legend Jimmy Cornell has launched a new rally aimed at sailors heading from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. Starting in Martinique on January 11, 2015, the boats will head across the Caribbean Sea to the San Blas Islands. … Continue reading

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Sharks, Dali and Waltzing Matilda: Explorer recalls epic raft journey

Mike Fitzgibbons recalls 1973 with a mixture of fondness and tearful nostalgia. That was the year he graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, celebrated his 24th birthday and married his first wife. It was also the year he set sail … Continue reading

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Yachts and Quay Damaged in Greek Earthquakes

Yachts toppled and a quay was destroyed during a series of earthquakes, which have caused devastation in Kefalonia, Greece. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude between 5.7 and 6.1 hit the western Greek island before dawn Monday, sending scared residents … Continue reading

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Marshall Islands Castaway Describes His 13 Months Adrift

Jose Salvador Alvarenga, who claims he spent more than a year lost at sea, stepped warily off a boat in the Marshall Islands’ capital with the help of a nurse after being transported from the isolated atoll where he was … Continue reading

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From Disney Film Set to Race Start for Team Alvimedica

The dream goes back to their first meeting on the set of a Disney sailing movie. Seven years later, Charlie Enright and Mark Towill’s vision of a round the world race campaign is coming true as the two friends enter … Continue reading

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More Hardware for Jeanne Socrates

The Cruising Club of America has selected Jeanne Socrates (Ealing, West London,England) to receive the  Blue Water Medal for her completion of a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the world on her third attempt. The Blue Water Medal was first awarded … Continue reading

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“Magenta Line” on Charts to Get a Safer Route With Help From Boaters

It’s over 70 years old, a thin magenta-colored line appearing on over 50 different navigational charts covering the Atlantic Coast and Gulf, snaking along the route of the Intracoastal Waterway. Now, thanks to NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and a … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Rescues Man from Sailboat Beset by Weather

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 50-year-old man from a sinking sailboat 20 miles offshore of Baffin Bay, Texas on Friday. The man in distress contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Port Aransas through a personal satellite messaging service. Coast Guard confirmed … Continue reading

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