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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 News Leg 2

Next stop – Cape Town, as Dongfeng Race Team lead the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Lisbon

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. 05 November 2017: The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is charging into a challenging first night at sea with winds over 30-knots forecast...

Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Dongfeng Race Team converted a strong start into an early lead as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet embarked on Leg 2, a 7,000 nautical mile race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Conditions were perfect for the leg start, with bright blue skies, and a 15-20 knot Northerly breeze that allowed the fleet to reach up and down the Tagus River past the city front of Lisbon.

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Targeting Invasive Lionfish

LionfishA non-profit organization called Robots in Service of the Environment (RSE) has developed a robot that will hopefully be the solution to what many experts have described as the worst man-made ecological disaster ever witnessed. The problem is a massive invasion by the lionfish, a voracious predator that threatens to destroy coral reef ecosystems, native fish stock and fisheries in the Caribbean Sea, Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

 

Lionfish are ravenous omnivores that will eat any fish or invertebrate that fits into their gaping mouths.   ©FGBNMS/A. Sterne
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Of Maritime Liens, Salty Things And Guns

By John K. Fulweiler

Around the boatyard this time of year, there’s an obvious loss of optimism.  Scrubbing the summer’s growth off the dinghy, lugging lines and stuffing sails into the car’s boot somehow can’t beat a spring day of boat chores. I can’t do much about this truism, but I can offer several random maritime legal issues to mull as you malinger over whether or not to pay to soda blast the hull.

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Big Boat Sailors Sail Small Boats, Too

By Jim Godsman

Radio Controlled SailingIf you are one of those who think intense starting lines, composite hulls, paneled high tech sails, and flotation and laminar flow tanks are just part of the big boat sailing world, you would be very wrong. Today’s remote control (RC) sailboats use the same technology as their larger counterparts.

There are perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 RC sailors in the United States.   © theamya.org
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New Owner for Alerion Yachts

Alerion yachts(NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI) November 20, 2017 - Alerion Yachts, the luxury daysailing brand renowned for its combination of stunning, traditional lines and modern sailing performance, is now owned by a marine industry veteran who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the brand.

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Cruising Duo to Maine

Making a first overnight passage together

By Ernie Messer

Cruising Duo to MaineAs more and more women are taking up sailing as a sport, the incidence of cruising couples naturally follows. Sailing couples enjoy many benefits over fully crewed boats, including more space, privacy, and much easier scheduling and logistics.

There’s not much traffic when you make early departures.   © Ernie Messer

Not having to entertain and train a constant flow of guests can add greatly to the experience of each member of the team. Teaching someone how to use a marine sanitation device has to be one of the most tedious chores on the boat! My wife Jan and I have also found that we are more likely to invite other cruising couples aboard – and be invited more often – when there are just two of us.

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Winterizing – Now or Later, It Has To Be Done

by VINCENT PICA - COMMODORE, FIRST DISTRICT, SOUTHERN REGION (D1SR) - UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Winterizing – Now or Later, It Has To Be Done

The arrival of November is a reminder that many months of kindly weather are behind us and many months of dark, cold and dreary weather are ahead of us. Even if you hand off your boat to your dockmaster and say, “See you in the spring,” there are some tips in here that you will want to be aware of. This column is about that.

 

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The Moorings Announces New Sailing Charters in Antigua

Moorings AntiquaClearwater, FL — (November 7, 2017) The Moorings, the world’s premier yacht charter company, is pleased to introduce Antigua as their newest sailing destination. Bareboat and skippered sailing charters in this stunning cruising destination are now available to book for departures beginning November 4th.

Photo Courtesy of The Moorings
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Hal Slater Acquires Brewer Yacht Sales

Hal Slater Brewer Yacht SalesAs of August, Brewer Yacht Sales (BYS) is now a preferred partner of Safe Harbor Marinas. Recently acquired by longtime BYS broker Hal Slater (pictured), BYS will continue to operate at key Safe Harbor locations and will maintain its close relationship with Safe Harbor’s Brewer brand.

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Hinckley Yacht Services Opens in Stamford, CT

Peter ManionThe Hinckley Company has announced that Hinckley Yacht Services Stamford is now open for business and hauling yachts for winter storage. Peter Manion (pictured), who has joined Hinckley as the General Manager of the Stamford, CT yard, will report into Chief Operating Officer Mike Arieta in Portsmouth, RI. The facility has lifting capacity up to 80 tons, indoor heated rack storage for 46 boats, 25 fully equipped slips, a fuel dock and pump out station, and offers a variety of repair services.

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