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 needs a managed mooring field but Key Largo’s Buttonwood Sound might be the most likely anchorage to get one. Those were the conclusions of a mooring-field feasibility study detailed to Monroe County commissioners at their March 19 meeting in Marathon. Commissioners then gave staff approval to seek a more detailed environmental analysis of the Upper Keys water body off mile marker 99. Read More

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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, the Netherlands. She was built there at the Royal Huissman Shipyard for Conny van Rietschoten to compete in the second Whitbread Round the World Race (1977-78). And she won, then named Flyer.

Although that was a long time ago, it is abundantly clear that the Dutch public has not forgotten this thoroughbred racer, as some 5,000 people came to see her at the recent HISWA-Amsterdam International Boat and Water Sports Show. Read More

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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 of her own as the first Arab woman sailor to complete the trip.

The pair sailed into port at the end of their voyage which started from the busy port on the western coast of India and crossed the Indian Ocean.

Back on dry land, Hilary says the hardest part was getting off the boat: “I never wanted to get off!”

She adds: “We had a few challenges, but for me it’s all about pushing yourself to the limit. It’s meeting those challenges that gives me so much pleasure. 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 Coast Guard responds to cold water accidents resulting in the untimely deaths of unsuspecting boaters. The sudden immersion in cold water can result in hypothermia and death. 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, however, no one is under any illusion that the favorable conditions are here to stay.

Sean McCarter, skipper of first placed Derry~Londonderry~Doire commented: “Another big day yesterday, putting away a further 270 miles towards San Francisco. At this rate we’ll be there in no time! Unfortunately this wind will only hold for another 36 hours or so then we’ll get the changing wind speeds and directions associated with the first of two low pressure systems forecast to go over us in the next week or so.” Continue reading

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The latest addition to Interlux’s premier performance Micron® antifouling product line, Micron® CF (Copper Free),  not only offers best-in-class performance in the copper-free category of paints, it also offers the longevity that boat owners have come to expect from traditional, copper-based antifoulings. Micron CF is a multi-season antifouling that uses Biolux® Slime Blocking Technology to combat slime and Econea™ to ward off barnacles and zebra mussels.

A polishing product, Micron CF helps reduce paint build-up, reduce friction and improve fuel efficiency. It is formulated using less solvent to meet all US VOC regulations and is suitable for all types of boats, substrates and waters. Micron CF is available only in the USA in 4 bright colors including Shell White and a crisp black.

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Dock Like a Pro – Warp Around a Corner

Here’s another sailing tip from our friend Captain John at

Docking a boat will always be a challenge. But what happens when you need to moor your boat in a space at the end of a pier that’s shorter than your boat length? Use the magic of a spring line to “warp” your way smooth and easy!

You can also warp (turn or change direction) to slide your boat back into her slip, or change the direction your bow points for easier undocking. Follow these easy steps to learn this little-known special technique. Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 38

Being that I am slightly obsessed with sailboats, I usually get excited when something new and bold hits the market. It is a rarity, though, when I am overly enthusiastic to see the interior of a boat first—I guess I’d much rather be on deck actually doing the sailing then dwelling on the finer points of joinery and fabric selection. But when the design specs and marketing material for the Beneteau Oceanis 38 first came across the nav desk of my home office, I thought, “Wow, this is new.”

Working to create a boat that is as diverse as our modern lives have become, the Beneteau Oceanis 38 is a boat designed for everyone. With three models to choose from—daysailer, weekender or cruiser—you can literally configure the boat for your sailing style. And this boat has style in spades. Continue reading

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Tech Talk: My Boat App

With the start of boating season just around the corner, Intelligent Maintenance announced the launch of the My Boat app for iPad. Providing tools for trip planning, photo sharing, inventory tracking, and more, My Boat will help make sure you have everything you need before you are ready to ship out.

My Boat is designed by an experienced boater who knows what it takes to make the nautical experience adventurous, fun and simple. My Boat allows users to share their experiences out on the sea while helping boaters know where things are through GPS. The app also helps keep your boat up to date on maintenance. Big or small, My Boat covers how to care for powerboats, yachts, sailboats, fishing boats, and even rowboats or paddleboats with checklists and reminders. Continue reading

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Strictly Sail Pacific Starts in Two Weeks!

The West Coast’s largest original all-sail boat show will sail into Jack London Square with all that is hot in the world of sailing. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned sailor, this four day sailing spectacular is the place to immerse yourself in the world of sailing, check out new sailboats, talk to experts, participate in hands-on seminars, get on the water and have fun.

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Website of the Week:

Dashew Offshore, Beowulf Publishing, and the FPB team have been blessed with the support of the cruising community for many years, and would like to return the favor in a small way. They are making two of their books, Mariner’s Weather Handbook and Surviving the Storm, available for free as PDF files and hope the first title helps you avoid the need for the second. Download the books here.

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For the Hungry Crew

Here’s a classic appetizer great for sharing at the next happy hour…

Classic Deviled Eggs

- 1 dozen large eggs
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- Salt
- Sweet paprika or pure ancho chili powder, for garnish Continue reading

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What information is needed to complete a dead (ded) reckoning position?

Send your answer to A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers.

Thanks to last week’s Mindbender winner, John Jones, for his answer to ”A device used in storm conditions and deployed from the stern to slow a boat down and keep it stern to the waves is called what?” a drogue.

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Denny Guy for this great shot of Richard Bernard’s Valiant 42 Surf Ride whistling thru Molokai Channel while cruising from Kona to Oahu! If you look close you can spot Diamond Head beneath the reacher.

Do you have cool shots from your cruising adventures? Send them to us at

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Friend Ship

While having dinner on Friday night with a group of landlubbing friends, the discussion turned to us living on a sailboat and they soon asked if we could go sailing on Saturday. I thought it was a great idea, and then pumped the brakes due to a forecast of rain and wind. We don’t mind getting out on a rainy windy day once in a while, but to bring first time sailors? Would they enjoy it or would they be turned off to the sport and lifestyle? There was only one way to find out, and they were up for it, so it was a chance I was willing to take.

They showed up with enthusiasm on Saturday afternoon and though it had been somewhat rainy and windy that morning, both had abated by our 1:00 p.m. departure. When we got out past the breakwater, a nice 10 to 15 knot breeze was blowing out of the southeast and we started off close hauled on a starboard tack. With a gentle heel we raced upwind for about five miles before tacking over and reached towards downtown Seattle for a great photo op of the skyline, then jibed and reached back for the marina. After what turned out to be a fantastic three-hour sail with friends, the rain started coming down as we hooked up the shore power cord and didn’t stop till Monday. I guess sometimes in the name of helping to create new sailors, you just have to go for it. Fortunately it worked.

Enjoy this weeks’ edition.

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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 airlifted by a Chilean Navy helicopter from his 32ft steel yacht on March 8th after he was dismasted in breaking seas west of Cape Horn. This is the second time he has been rescued; in 2006 he was taken off by ship around 350 miles south of Australia after suffering appendicitis. Read More

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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 my last attempt, and I won’t try again,’” Paris, 76, said on Feb. 28 from his waterfront home on Anastasia Island, overlooking the Matanzas River and downtown St. Augustine.
 But now, the transplanted New Zealander who founded the University of St. Augustine has a different idea. Read More

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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 a derelict vessel, spokesman Bobby Dube said.

The Coast Guard had been issuing warnings about the sunken vessel to boaters, as the sailboat’s mast is sticking out of the water. The vessel sank in roughly 25 feet of water, Dube said. 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 the Earth’s changing climate. How they might change in future could also affect the temperatures you will sail in at the equator and the poles. Here is her progress report, fascinating and alarming in some aspects: Read More

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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 company. He started sailing recreationally in his mid-30s in regattas hosted by the Grand Haven Sailing Club. Black learned the sport from single-handers and has always preferred this aspect of sailing. Continue reading

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