Cruising News

What Causes a Sea Breeze

by Teresa Carey, Posted November 30, 2012
My first solo offshore passage began with sunshine, gentle breezes and easy sailing. But there was nothing gentle about my return to land at day’s end.
Shelley Ferguson knows too well that each day is an opportunity to appreciate life. When she had the chance to spend an August afternoon sailing on the 12-Meter, Valiant, in Nantucket, where her family resides, she didn’t hesitate.
Nearly three years after Rachel and Paul Chandler were taken hostage by Somali pirates, the couple is returning to sea aboard the same boat, Lynn Rival.
In early September, scientists in the Arctic reported that floating sea ice had fallen to the lowest level ever observed, and a trio of sailors took their cue.
Effective August 21, 2012, NOAA has begun publishing its entire United States Coast Pilot series online, where the books are available as free downloadable PDFs.
Ten days after Superstorm Sandy raged up the East Coast, residents are still surveying the damage and beginning to rebuild. Staggering images of railcars on highways and rollercoasters in the ocean complement staggering numbers...
The US Coast Guard is continuing efforts to search for Robin Walbridge, the captain of the HMS Bounty, Tuesday, after they rescued 14 members from the sunken ship early Monday morning. One member of the HMS Bounty crew, Claudene Christian, 42, did not make it, according to the ship's website. 
“I’m waiting, “ said Charles Doane, SAIL’s executive editor. “That’s all anybody is doing.” Doane, along with many other boat owners, has been forced to delay moving his Tanton 39 cutter Lunacy south from New England, and eventually to Bermuda, because of approaching hurricane Sandy.
If the recent Annapolis Boat Show were to have a theme song it would have to be Dylan’s “Times they are a Changing”—and not just because of the weather, which went from semi-tropical to polar in the space of only a few hours Saturday afternoon.
Betty Nissen had a dream for a life at sea. Sixty years ago, she and her husband, John, co-founded what is now the largest organization for voyaging cruisers in the world.
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