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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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Rhode Island Boater Rescued After 11 Hours in the Water With No Lifejacket

A Rhode Island man managed to tread water without a life vest for almost 11 hours after falling off his boat Tuesday, July 17. Joseph Gross was pulled from the water by Coast Guard rescuers just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday about … Continue reading

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Odeo Flare Offers Longer Lasting, Safer Laser Flare Signal

The Odeo Flare brings updated technology to a crucial safety item at sea. Unlike traditional flares which require explosives to activate and only last for about 30 seconds, the Odeo Flare is a laser flare that operates on three L91 … Continue reading

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Kannad Marine Wins FCC Approval for SafeLink R10 SRS

You can now officially add this to your list of safety gear to add to the boat this season! Kannad Marine has announced that its SafeLink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System), the Overall Winner of the 2012 Pittman Innovation Awards, … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Commends Rescued CA Sailors for Preparation

After our story last week on the lack of some boaters’ safety precautions, this is a nice story in the opposite vein. The Coast Guard rescued four boaters after their 26-foot boat sunk about 13 miles northeast of Avalon Harbor … Continue reading

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Shocking Lack of Safety Gear During Coast Guard Rescues and Boardings

We realize that a lot of these boats weren’t all that far offshore, but that doesn’t mean that you should head out without the appropriate safety gear. No VHFs, and 16 violations in 19 boardings — really?! Boating is a … Continue reading

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Good Weather Blamed for MD’s Highest Level of Boating Deaths in a Decade

Boating deaths in Maryland have reached their highest level in more than a decade, with 20 so far this year. But authorities say they can’t find any explanation for the increase other than nice summer weather. “Boating is a recreational … Continue reading

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Recent Safety Training Helped Rambler 100 Crew in Capsize

This is a great reminder that no matter how experienced a sailor you are, you can never have too much safety training. This may very well be the reason that Rambler had such a successful outcome of their accident. The … Continue reading

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Sea Tow Offers Tips in Captain’s Corner

BoatingLocal.com is now offering a Captain’s Corner with tips from the experts at Sea Tow. The site offers tips on summer safety, fire safety, filing a float plan and much more. Whether you are looking to refresh your safety knowledge … Continue reading

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Annapolis Teen Dies in Sailing Camp Capsize

Our sincerest condolences to the family of this teen who lost her life in a tragic sailing accident. A 14-year-old Annapolis sailing student who died during lessons in the Severn River was remembered Friday as a much-loved teenager who enjoyed … Continue reading

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Cruiser on Sole Watch Disappears While Wife Sleeps

This sad story is a reminder to all boaters that even in broad daylight and calm seas, things can go wrong. A life jacket may have created a different outcome. The search by rescue authorities for a yachtie missing off … Continue reading

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Lightning Strike Sinks Boat. Could it Have Been Avoided?

Could this disaster have been prevented? Forespar says yes. On Wednesday, June 8th, as the sailboat fleets made their way in from the evening races in Wilwaukee, WI, they were glad to beat the thunderstorm that was coming in from … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Reports Record Low Boating Fatalities for 2010

We’re glad to see this stat moving in the right direction, but the number is still awfully high in our opinion. Be safe out there! The U.S. Coast Guard has announced its official 2010 recreational boating statistics and noted that … Continue reading

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USCG Ad on Boating Safety Causes Controversy in Michigan and Beyond

We have to agree with the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) on this one. We understand the importance of boating safety, but there is a better way to deliver the message. Everything has its dangers. The MBIA said in a … Continue reading

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“Ready, Set, Inflate” World Record Day

National Safe Boating Week will be from May 21 to 27, and in addition to reminding everyone about the things that they can do to ensure safe boating such as taking a boat safety course, getting a vessel safety check, … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Boating Safety Reminders

Coast Guard surface and air crews searched the Great Peconic Bay area of Long Island, N.Y., throughout the night for a possible missing kite surfer.  The search was suspended this morning after Coast Guard-released photos of the recovered gear were … Continue reading

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Boating Under the Influence Already a Big Issue in 2011

It’s not even summer yet, and already boater’s up north are being cited over and over again for boating under the influence. Let’s be safe people! Recent incidents on western Lake Erie and Lake Ontario should serve to remind boaters … Continue reading

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Dress for Water Temp, Not Air Temp

With recreational boaters preparing to take to the waters of the Great Lakes, the Ninth Coast Guard District reminds boaters and paddlesport enthusiasts to take the proper precautions. Recently, Coast Guard units responded to incidents that showcase the importance of … Continue reading

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Free Money from BoatUS (No April Fool’s!)

Local boating nonprofits have until this Friday, April 1st to apply for the BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant. The program provides up to $4,000 for boating safety and clean water projects. Some of the past projects include flying a blimp with … Continue reading

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