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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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Sail On Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, legendary folk singer-songwriter, activist, and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater founder, passed away on January 27, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City surrounded his family. Seeger, whose name is synonymous with cause music and a major figure … Continue reading

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Sailors Invited to Help Track Whale Movements

Yachters and sailors are invited to help scientists track the movements of endangered humpback whales between NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and its sister sanctuaries across the Caribbean as part of Carib Tails, a new international citizen science effort. … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Impounded Boats to Be Released from Mexico Marinas

As of last week, 31 of the 338 boats that were impounded by agents with a new sub agency of Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) in December 2013, have been released to their owners, said Fito Espinoza, dockmaster for Marina … Continue reading

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St. Lucia murder: Two More Arrested Over Death of Roger Pratt

Our most sincere condolences go out to Margaret Pratt and all family and friends… Roger Pratt, 62, from Warwickshire, was killed and his wife Margaret injured when armed men boarded their yacht off the town of Vieux Fort on Friday. … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Be Good Too Abandonment

There has been quite of bit of talk over the past week about the abandonment of the catamaran Be Good Too in the Atlantic. Most importantly, we are glad that the crew is safe and we are confident that this incident … Continue reading

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Clipper Race Team Survives Waterspout as the Fleet Fights Squally Conditions

GREAT Britain has faced one of its biggest tests so far in the Clipper 2013-14 Race — a tornado. Overnight GREAT Britain was reportedly hit by an unexpected Tornado (waterspout). Thanks to the quick thinking of the skipper, no damage was … Continue reading

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