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Coast Guard Has No Duty to Undertake Rescue Efforts, Court Rules

Wether you are a sailor or power boater, this is important to remember when heading out on the water… A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a North Carolina widow’s lawsuit blaming the Coast Guard for failing to save her … Continue reading

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Sailors Rescued Off Sakonnet Point, R.I.

Wet and cold but otherwise unhurt, two sailors were saved from rough seas off Sakonnet Point early last Thursday, Oct. 24. Little Compton Fire Chief Rick Petrin said the men were aboard a 28-foot sailboat en-route from Bridgeport, Conn., to … Continue reading

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Stolen Yacht Sinking off Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

The Corsaire, a luxury, almost 50-foot yacht that was stolen last weekend, is now sinking. Harbor Police say Richard Sherwood stole the yacht Saturday night from the slip in Honokohau Harbor in Kona.  Then crashed it into the reef.  It lay there … Continue reading

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Blinded by Snow, Men Rescued After Sailboat Hits Dam

They were saving their flare for a celebration but had to use it for an emergency Tuesday. Tanner Ballengee, 24, and Conner Morton, 26, both of Topeka, Kan., were sailing down the Mississippi River when they were blinded by snowfall … Continue reading

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Nightmare in Niue

Blue Marble’s dreamy cruise across the South Pacific came to an abrupt halt this week when she broke loose from a mooring and gounded on a reef in Niue.  Photo Courtesy Blue Marble, story courtesy of Latitude 38 Publishing, LLC. From … Continue reading

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Two Men Rescued After Drifting Atop Capsized Boat for Eight Days

A Coast Guard helicopter took off for a routine training mission Saturday, unaware of any real drama in the ocean below. If not for a passing freighter spotting the tiny boat and its nearly lifeless passengers, the Gulf Stream would … Continue reading

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US Sailing Releases Report on 2013 Islands Race Tragedy in Southern California

US Sailing has released a report of an independent review panel on its investigation of the sailing accident that occurred off the coast of Southern California on Friday, March 8 during the 2013 Islands Race. The accident resulted in the death … Continue reading

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D.C. Police Boat Crashes Into Pleasure Boats; One Starts Sinking

A police boat slammed into two docked pleasure boats on Saturday, nearly sinking one of them. A video released over the weekend shows a Washington D.C. Harbor Police boat — with lights and sirens blaring — failing to maneuver a … Continue reading

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Sailboat Strikes Las Olas Boulevard Bridge

A 90-foot sailboat struck the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge that connects the mainland to the beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Friday afternoon, but injured no one, a city spokesman said. Adam Matza, who was riding his bike across the bridge, … Continue reading

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Man Swims 3 miles After Falling Off Sailboat

A 51-year-old man is safe after falling off his sailboat and swimming three miles to shore near Freeport, Texas on Saturday night. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department called the U.S. Coast Guard at 7 p.m. to report that a 12- … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Investigates Penobscot Bay, Maine Yacht Crash

The 70-foot sailing yacht Archangel, a charter boat with a homeport of Newport, R.I., hit East Goose Rock in the early afternoon, Aug. 7, went aground, dismasted and rolled onto its side. On Aug. 8, few involved with its rescue and salvage … Continue reading

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Couple and Dog Escape from Wrecked Sailboat

A brave little dog and its two owners swam to shore from a shipwreck off one of South Africa’s most dangerous coasts. Graham and Sheryl Anley, accompanied by their Jack Russell, Rosie, were on a three-month break to Madagascar aboard … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Sailboat Washed Ashore on Martha’s Vineyard Sold for $1

A 36.5-foot sailboat that washed ashore on Norton Point, Martha’s Vineyard on July 5 is finally off the beach after a week of removal efforts, and Edgartown police reported that several people who stripped the boat of its contents have … Continue reading

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Sailboat Strikes Whale Off Nova Scotia

The skipper of a sailboat that struck a whale off the coast of Nova Scotia says the vessel hit the behemoth with such force that the crew thought they had run aground. Skipper James Muldoon and his crew were taking … Continue reading

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Salvage Efforts Failed, Looters Descend on Grounded Boat

Running Free, a 36-and-a-half foot sailboat that ran aground at Norton Point beach, Martha’s Vineyard, MA on Friday, was still languishing on the beach Wednesday morning after salvage and refloating efforts failed. Meanwhile, visitors to the site were reported to … Continue reading

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Illegal Fireworks Blamed for Seattle Boatyard Fire

A spectacular fire, blamed on fireworks, destroyed 14 boats and damaged four others in a North Lake Union boatyard shortly before the Fourth of July fireworks show began a short distance away at Gas Works Park in Seattle. The blaze, … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Search for Missing Yacht Nina Continues

An Air Force Orion is searching near Norfolk Island, Australia today for the missing vintage American schooner Nina. It is nearly a month since the last contact with the vessel, and family members of some of the seven-strong crew have … Continue reading

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Army Corps of Engineers Tug Sinks

The Coast Guard is now enforcing a 500 foot safety zone around the sunken USACE tug, Hammond Bay, which sank Monday morning in the St. Mary’s River. The tug rests in 37 feet of water with 27 feet of overhead … Continue reading

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7 Aboard US Schooner Missing in South Pacific

A New Zealand meteorologist took the last known calls from the seven people aboard an American schooner: “The weather’s turned nasty, how do we get away from it?” The phone calls and texts ended June 4. More than three weeks … Continue reading

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Sailboat Sinks in Return from Bali Rally

Fremantle Bali Race and Rally Organizing Authority, Fremantle Sailing Club, announced yesterday that yacht Froia II has foundered and sunk on a reef north of Cape Talbot, Australia. Skipper Arthur Phillips and crew are safe and well and current traveling to Darwin … Continue reading

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