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SCYA Women’s Sailing Convention Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Come Feb.1, the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) will be coated in silver as it hosts the 25th annual Southern California Yachting Association’s (SCYA)Women’s Sailing Convention. This year the convention has grown even bigger, offering 31 different workshops for beginners … Continue reading

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Greek Sailing Tax Delayed Until New Deadline Decided Upon

Payment of a new Greek tax for all cruising vessels in Greek waters has been delayed by the Greek government, Beryl Chalmers of the Cruising Association reports. Discussions are still continuing between the Ministry of Economy, which is the lead … Continue reading

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First Pirate Attack of the Year Leads to a Warning for Cruisers

If there was any doubt that the Gulf of Aden was clear of pirates and it was again safe for sailing boats, this week’s report from the EU Naval Force operating in the region should dispel any thought of sailing … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Rescues 4 from Sailboat 300 Miles Off Cape Henry, Va.

The Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a disabled sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday approximately 300 miles east of Cape Henry, Va. Here’s a video of the rescue. A representative from the manufacturer of the Be Good Too, a 42-foot … Continue reading

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New Cruising Stops Taking Shape in Haiti

In early 2014, Free Cruising Guides will work to establish a series of five cruising stops in Haiti by developing “mooring marinas” that will be owned by the respective communities. The five locations to be developed were chosen based on local characteristics … Continue reading

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Ocean Cruising Club Announces Recipients of 2013 Awards

The Ocean Cruising Club (The OCC) has announced the recipients of the OCC Awards for 2013. Each year the OCC recognizes the achievements of ordinary individuals doingextraordinary things on the world’s oceans and brings those achievements to the attention of … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Dr. Stanley Paris Abandons Circumnavigation

Dr. Stanley Paris, who we have been following on his attempt to break several solo non-stop circumnavigation records, has decided to abandon due to serious issues with his boat. Here is the report from his blog on January 11th: And … Continue reading

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World ARC Off to an Exhilarating Start

The World ARC fleet set off from Saint Lucia at midday on January 11th in exciting starting conditions. There was sunshine mixed with some squally conditions, making for an exhilarating sailing start. Wind conditions on the line gave 18 to … Continue reading

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Maserati and Giovanni Soldini Set New Cape2Rio Speed Record

Maserati and Giovanni Soldini have set a new record in the Cape2Rio, the longest race between two southern hemisphere continents. They covered the 3,300-mile route from Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in a blistering 10 days, … Continue reading

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What is Going on in Mexico?

For decades Mexico has been a favorite cruising destination of both American and Canadian sailors. But will the recent impounds now scare them away? Photo Latitude / Andy© 2014 Latitude 38 Publishing, LLC. Latitude 38 has been on top of the … Continue reading

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Sailor Dies as Storm Wreaks Havoc on Trans-Atlantic Fleet

A sailor has died, several more have been injured and at least two vessels are returning home after the Cape2Rio fleet hit a violent storm during its first night at sea. Bille, a 54-foot Angolan entrant, suffered a broken mast. … Continue reading

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Alaska Eagle Departs OCC Sailing School for New Start in Netherlands

The original champion vessel of the 1977 Whitbread Round the World Race (known today as the Volvo Ocean Race) will no longer call Newport Beach home as the  Sparkman and Stephens sloop  prepares to depart  Southern California for its new … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Dr. Stanley Paris Sails On Despite Being Injured While Retrieving Damaged Sail

After leaving Bermuda’s waters on December 7, 2013, 76-year-old sailor Dr. Stanley Paris made his way to Brazil’s coastline as he continues his quest to circumnavigate the globe is his boat Kiwi Spirit, but a recent series of unfortunate events has him … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Responds to Disabled Sailboat off North Carolina

The Coast Guard rescued five people Friday aboard a disabled sailboat approximately 30 miles southeast of Bald Head Island, N.C. Trevor Miller of the Emmanuel, a 63-foot sailboat, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 9:15 p.m. Thursday, … Continue reading

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Rescued Sailor’s Boat “Broke in Half”

Safe on shore after a miraculous rescue from his sinking IMOCA 60 Cheminées Poujoulat west of Ushant on Christmas Eve, Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm has been explaining how the boat sank after the whole front half of the boat tore … Continue reading

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Early 18th Century Sailing Onboard the Götheborg

Tall ships are the last few living objects of ages past, like hands with long arms protruding from the past to our times, like long piers coming to our life from the sea of another epoch to teach us how … Continue reading

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Helicopter Rescues Passengers from Ship Trapped in Antarctic Ice

A helicopter mission to rescue passengers stranded aboard a ship off the coast of Antarctica has been a success, with all 52 of the travelers safely lifted from the ship. The resuce was completed despite the Chinese vessel sent to … Continue reading

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Sea Tow Now Offering Automated Radio Check Service

We all know that having a functioning VHF radio on board is a necessity. Checking your radio to ensure it is working should be done every time you go out boating. In the past you used to need to make … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Mourns Passing of Shipmate

It it is important to remember that whenever you call the Coast Guard for help, you are putting their lives at risk. Our many thanks go out to the Coast Guard, and condolences to Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf”s family, … Continue reading

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Hallberg-Rassy Celebrates 70 Years

Everything was started 70 years ago by Harry Hallberg in the heart of the Swedish archipelago. Today 9,400 Hallberg-Rassy yachts between 24 and 64 ft have been delivered all over the world. Hallberg-Rassy has specialized in blue water cruising boats … Continue reading

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