By Rachael Z. Miller
The majority of marine debris originates by being blown, washed or discarded into our waters, where the land meets the sea in our urban areas. Using an underwater robot, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean discovered that a large percentage of that trash sinks right where it enters the water.
This "beer can reef" lies on the bottom of the harbor in Newport, RI.
Step into summer this January at the 22nd Annual Providence Boat Show. Held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, this three-day family-friendly event features hundreds of powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, and other watercraft; free seminars on boat handling, navigation and equipment; and plenty of inspiration with special appearances of the sport’s leading personalities and experts.Read more
Landfall, the nation’s leading marine outfitter and safety expert, is presenting a US Sailing certified Near Coastal Safety@ Sea seminar at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT on Saturday, February 7. This day-long, hands-on seminar provides both novice and experienced mariners with the skills and information needed to safely navigate coastal waters from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine.Read more
The Board of Directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association approved new renderings of the museum to be built in New London, CT. The 54,000 square foot, four-floor museum will take full advantage of its location in New London’s Waterfront Park by incorporating a pier for the U. S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, and Coast Guard aircraft will be displayed on the rooftop. Architects from Payette and exhibit designers from Gallagher & Associates are in place to personify the United States Coast Guard of the past, the present and the future.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
Thanksgiving this year had me driving westward. The slick rip sound of tire on highway was our terranüm wake chasing us through West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and then down toward the Gulf and family. What struck me was the emptiness of the space. Early morning hours passed without sight of another headlight. There was an ocean voyage quality to our venture and an underscoring of the vastness of this space we call our homeland.Read more
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week celebrating its 20th anniversary with world-class competition and family vacation opportunities
By Dan Dickison
It’s never been a secret – good regattas succeed with a simple formula. They combine fair yet heightened competition with fun and engaging social activity. And great regattas augment that combination by adding two essential elements – topnotch race management and a superb venue. So when does a great regatta become even better? When it takes place in the nation’s Number 1 tourist destination – Charleston, SC.
In addition to the action at Race Week, Charleston has several recreational and educational sites for a family vacation. The first shots in the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, seen here behind these Audi Melges 20s. © Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week/Meredith BlockRead more
By Ron Wisner
In the spirit of a true Corinthian event for ocean sailors, the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race is the only race that has a celestial navigation class. If you have ever thought about one challenge that you have not engaged as a sailor, one skill above all others that makes you a real salt, you know in your heart what it is. Celestial navigation is a skill that gets to the very meaning of the term “sailor.” It is like knowing how to drive a stick shift.
Having a sextant on board – and knowing how to use it – can get you back to port if your electronics fail. © Ron WisnerRead more
Tips on how to integrate modern technology with traditional navigational techniques
By Ernie Messer
Photos by the author
Have you ever been to a safety seminar or read an article that tells you, “Take advantage of all the electronic aids, but don’t forget about the “old way.” “Well, yeah,” you might say, “but how do I do that?” Here are a few tips, some which incorporate both old and new navigation techniques. Hopefully they will help you to develop a more robust usage of all the navigation tools available to you.
Careful navigation makes idyllic spots like Shorey Cove, ME safely accessible.
Several of these can be accomplished with a simple handheld GPS and a chart, making them useful in smaller boats without expensive electronic packages.Read more
Registration for the 20th running of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, which starts June 19, 2015, is now open. Supported by the Beverly Yacht Club of Marion, MA, the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club of Paget, Bermuda, and the Blue Water Sailing Club of Boston, MA, the 645-nautical mile biennial race is open to seaworthy yachts appropriate for an offshore ocean race as defined in the US Safety Equipment Requirements (USSER).