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18th Annual NARC Rally to the Caribbean

Rally to the CaribbeanThe 18th Annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) will depart from Newport, RI on Saturday, October 28, or the best weather window after that date. “The NARC is the only rally that officially stops in Bermuda on the way to the Caribbean,” said NARC founder Hank Schmitt, President of Offshore Passage Opportunities in Halesite, NY. “We stay at the St. Georges Dinghy & Sports Club. Our host in St. Maarten is IGY Marina which gives us two free days dockage and 10% discount on slip fees for as long as you stay, up to and including the entire winter season.”

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An Admiralty Lawyer’s Moveable Feast: From the Galley to the Wheelhouse

By John K. Fulweiler

It’s hard to sauce up the law like you might a galley full of dry chicken. Problem is, there’s just never enough sauce to make reading the law anything but dry and that’s why it falls on these shoulders to work my culinary magic. Tuck into our main course featuring a Texas decision highlighting an interesting Jones Act wrinkle with a side of maritime lawyer troubles. Go on, give it a taste. 

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Key Lime Sailing Club Turns Key Largo into a Sailing Destination

By Azia Keever

Key Lime Sailing ClubThe Florida Keys have always been a sailor’s getaway and Key Largo is becoming a sailor’s dream destination. Key Largo is the uppermost key in the long chain of islands off the southern tip of Florida. With one of the best coral reefs, Molasses Reef, just three miles offshore of its south end, this key is one you don’t want to just merely drive through on your way down to the tourist trap at the end of the rainbow. Any local will tell you Key Largo is a must-experience staple of the Florida Keys.

Guests have the exclusive use of a Catalina 22 for the duration of their visit.  © Jason Hines/
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Why I Attended America’s Cup?

By Lisa duBusc Miller                                                                 

Why I Attended the America's CupSure, there are plenty of cool colorful racecourse graphics and insightful commentary when you watch the world’s greatest sailing race on TV. But when those hydrofoiling winged AC50 catamarans are soaring right at you, across the Great Sound of Bermuda in the 35th America’s Cup, as you sway to and fro astride a luxurious spectator boat, with a Goslings rum swizzle in hand, and a warm salty breeze is blowing, nothing beats it.

The author (right) and her mother share a moment with ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill.   ©
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Refit of "Scaramouche"

Part 1

By Andrew Cooley

ScaramoucheWelcome to the first in a series of articles detailing one of our most current projects at Cooley Marine Management, the refit of s/y Scaramouche. We will follow along in real time as our team works to restore this iconic vessel.

There’s plenty of work to do on deck, but Phase 1 of Scaramouche’s refit began below the rubrail.    ©
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Do the Rules of the Road Work?

By John K. Fulweiler

Do the Rules of the Road work anymore when you’re foiling between marks at 45 miles an hour? Like the forefathers to the Constitution (and leaving originalist theory on the dock), I’m not thinking anyone associated with drafting these Rules conceived we’d be racing these wondrous marvels, or that fast ferries would be blasting between Nantucket and Hyannis at some 30 knots. I love me my monohull, but it’s hard to deny the excitement and IndyCar sensations that spring from watching the America’s Cup catamarans skitter across Bermuda’s waters. And the convenience (and auto lessening) properties of a robust ferry system are awesome. I say more, but first the ol’ Rules of the Road might need a refit.

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Moonshade and Other Summer Surprises

By Richard C. Ilse

Eclipse post officeGot a minute? How about 1,440 of them? That may seem like a lot, but when you add them all up they equal a single day.

If you liked the U.S. Postal Service’s Star Trek commemorative stamp, you’re going to love their Total Eclipse of the Sun.   © U.S. Postal Service

This summer, there is a day that may have you questioning time itself. Imagine waking up in the cockpit from a brief midday nap and it looks kind of dark out. You check the time – it’s mid-afternoon – and then look to the sky. The sun is there, but yet it’s not! What on earth is happening?

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From the Log of Argon: Sailing Offshore - Ruminations of a Coastal Cruiser

By Captain Linda Perry Riera

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series of dispatches from Captain Linda and Captain Bob Damiano, who have completed the island portion of their one-year sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 and are now sailing familiar waters along the coast of New England.

argonLong periods of physically draining boredom…

Veiled by a haze of exhaustion…

Interrupted by brief spurts of wonder and terror...

Crashing into blackness struggling to stay oriented with no discernible horizon…

Squinting, straining and then silently rejoicing as the initial signs of another first light are revealed.

The outboard motor is mounted to the stern rail and the dinghy is lashed onto the foredeck. The davits are only for coastal cruising, since large following waves can smash up against or wash into a dinghy on davits and cause major damage.  ©


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K9 Safety at Sea

What to Know Before Setting Sail

By Meg Marrs, Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine

Dog safety at seaMany dogs love sailing just as much as their humans. With the wind in their fur and the smell of salty air on their noses, dogs are just as drawn to the ocean as their two-legged shipmates. However, it’s easy to forget that even dogs need to be suited up with the right safety gear before heading out on the open waters. For example, even the most water-loving Labrador should wear a dog life jacket, as rough waters can pull under any canine. There are plenty of considerations to keep in mind when you bring your furry skipper out for a sail.

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From the Log of Persevere: Finding Fiddler’s Green

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the twentieth – and final – installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.

PersevereIt seems like a lifetime. Or more precisely, a lifestyle ago when we started this adventure, casting off from the docks from Yacht Haven West in Stamford, CT that Wednesday afternoon in October, 2014. Somehow we made it to New Zealand without too many major difficulties, a little wiser and our girls definitely a lot more seaworthy with over 25,000 miles at sea. Now the whole family is eager to start our new chapter on land.

Breana checks out a Hobbit House.   ©
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