The man in distress contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Port Aransas through a personal satellite messaging service. Coast Guard confirmed with family members that their father was sailing in this area and was requesting assistance. Continue reading
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 in American Folk music, was 94.
In 1966, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, Seeger announced plans to “build a boat to save the river.” At the time, the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution; fish had disappeared over many miles of its length. Seeger, along with many other concerned individuals, believed a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. Inspired by that vision, the organization began with the launch of the sloop Clearwater in 1969 —a majestic 106-foot long replica vessel. Read More
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.
Carib Tails is a collaboration between the sanctuary and partners at Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic, Agoa Marine Mammal Sanctuary/French Antilles, Bermuda Marine Mammal Sanctuary, the marine mammal sanctuaries of the Windward and Leeward Dutch Antilles, and the United Nations Caribbean Environment Programme’s Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Programme (UNEP/SPAW). Continue reading
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 Coral in Ensenada. The news came during a special announcement held during the San Diego Sun Road Boat Show on Jan.24.
Representatives from five Mexican marinas, a member of the Mexico Tourism Board, and Cris Wenthur, an attorney that has represented victims of the recent impounding, spoke during the information session.
“Today we had a visit with the SAT in Marina Coral, and they verified information and told us that as early as next month we’ll have boats liberated to their owners throughout Mexico,” Espinoza said. “We are expecting that for the people that didn’t have permits in place, there’s a possibility that they will have to pay a fine.”
This isn’t our usual “Tip of the Week” topic but the excellent article by John Arndt from Summer Sailstice below is a “tip”, in a way, to all sailors about where our sport/lifestyle/passion is headed and what we might do about it…
Are We Asking Too Much From Junior Programs?
In the recent Scuttlebutt Sailing newsletter #4005, January 22, Geoffrey Emanuel wrote some excellent suggestions for changes needed in many junior sailing programs. However, I think the problem may be deeper and can’t completely be addressed within programs. Go to any junior sailing dock and it’s hard to see anything wrong. Enthusiastic instructors do a fabulous job teaching eager, wide-eyed kids many of the skills needed to sail. But programs can only make a contribution to a life-long love of sailing.
The new movie ‘Her’ has a man falling in love with the ‘program’ operating his device. The story is laughable because it seems so improbable for humans to fall in love with a program. Yet we often have people falling in love with sailing programs rather than sailing itself.
The shift may be may be more societal along the lines Nick Hayes pointed out in his valuable book, ‘Saving Sailing’. Camping, fishing, hunting and other, once popular, outdoor family activities, have faced similar declines.
We had our first look at the new Tartan Fantail 26 at the 2012 Annapolis sailboat show, and we must admit—of all the boats we planned to test after the show, the little 26-footer was one we really looked forward to sailing.
Tartan hasn’t built boats under 30 feet in many years, so this Tim Jackett design is an interesting development. The company started life in the 60s with the Tartan 27 and later came out with the racing Tartan 26. But since then, the trend has been to build larger, more luxurious cruisers and racer-cruisers. Continue reading
The series follows a crew of five intrepid explorers led by renowned adventurer, scientist and author Tim Jarvis as they re-create Shackleton’s epic sea-and-land voyage in a replica of the original explorers’ boat, using only the tools and supplies his team used.
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which launched in 1914, met with disaster when his ship The Endurance was crushed by arctic ice and sank. His heroic leadership in the face of almost certain death saved the lives of 27 men stranded in the Antarctic for more than 500 days, and has inspired explorers and leaders across every continent over many generations.
Watch the third episode here courtesy of PBS.
Blue Water Sailing magazine and Cruising Compass, along with Sea-Tech Systems and Weems & Plath, is sponsoring this Seminar to help you learn how to take the Drama out of your Dream, from choosing the right boat to sailing away together in harmony, hosted by Couples Instructors and lifelong cruisers and Jeff Grossman and Jean Levine.
Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar will give you both the tools and perspectives you need as a couple to safely pursue the cruising lifestyle. We have assembled an outstanding group of marine professionals who have varied experience and back ground to present you with a balanced educational experience. Continue reading
The Royal Yachting Association and British Marine Federation’s innovative environmental awareness program, The Green Blue, has been granted funding for a further three years.
The Green Blue has helped hundreds of clubs and marinas across the UK, the vast majority of whom are The Crown Estate’s tenants, to minimize their impact on the environment. Continue reading
In honor of the Super Bowl this Sunday, here’s an easy dip recipe that might just be gone before kick off…
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
- 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, optional
In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese, tomatoes and bacon. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with green onion if desired. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips or chunks of bread. Yield: 3 cups.
Courtesy of www.tasteofhome.com
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Last Sunday morning we set off with frustratingly little wind in a thin blanket of fog. Trying to hit narrow Agate Pass between the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island before slack and the approaching flood, there was little time to wait for either to cooperate. Schedules are the bane of a cruiser’s existence, and the tide is the ultimate watch keeper. Fortunately, we didn’t have far to go.
When we were finally spit out the northern mouth of the pass the wind freshened just a bit, but the pesky fog was still hanging around. Before dropping down below to check the AIS and radar, I scanned through the fog with binoculars to see if anything loomed. I could see a few miles—nothing. With nothing showing on screen either, I rolled out the genoa and trimmed for a reach. As we picked our way through the fog I continued to see nothing until, to my pleasant surprise, there were other sailboats out enjoying a day sail on the now building breeze. I guess you don’t have to be on a schedule to enjoy a nice sail in the fog.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
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.
A post-mortem examination showed he had been beaten and drowned.
St Lucia Police said it was questioning two more men about his murder. Three others were still being held it said.
Mr Pratt, a retired engineer, and his wife, from Moreton Paddox near Stratford-upon-Avon, had been on a round-the-world voyage since June.
Police were called to reports of a robbery on board their yacht, the Magnetic Attraction, while it was moored off the island’s south coast at about midnight on Friday.
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 can be a positive learning experience for all blue water sailors.
Overnight GREAT Britain was reportedly hit by an unexpected Tornado (waterspout). Thanks to the quick thinking of the skipper, no damage was caused to the crew or boat during the brief and unexpected encounter. Skipper of GREAT Britain Simon Talbot, describes the moment the tornado passed over the Clipper 70 ocean racer bringing wind speeds in excess of 100 knots: Continue reading
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 and expert sailors.
For the past 25 years, the convention has brought sailors of different boating backgrounds together to share their sailing experience. Directed and founded by Gail Hine, the annual sailing convention features courses designed for women and are taught by women.
Hine, the first female recipient of the Peggy Slater Award, initially launched the convention with one goal in mind: give women self confidence in boating. This year, over half of the workshop instructors are licensed coast guard captains, Hine reported.
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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 ministry, and the Ministry of Shipping, Maritime Affairs & the Aegean, which is instructed to levy the tax. The fee will be collected online through the new Greek TAXIS system. But, collection agents and the system for payment will not be ready for up to two months, resulting in two concessions being promised: Continue reading
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 there for even the most foolhardy cruising sailor.
On Saturday, January 18 2014, the French EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship FS Siroco in cooperation with Japanese assets released the crew of a dhow that was suspected to have been used as pirate mother-ship. The flagship apprehended five suspected pirates believed to be responsible for an attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden a day earlier. Continue reading