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Thanks to problems with her autopilot, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland has decided to divert to Cape Town, South Africa, for repairs, thereby giving up her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop around the globe.

Although Sunderland, whose brother Zac briefly held the record as the youngest circumnavigator in 2008, says she plans to continue on from South Africa, her decision


Voice of Experience: Bridge Encounter

by Ellen Sogolow, Posted April 21, 2010
John, a friend and sailing instructor, and I cruise from our homeport of Englewood, Florida, aboard his 35-foot Pearson sloop Lokahi. Because we often use the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), both of us are familiar with the bridges spanning the channels in this part of the world. One afternoon we were approaching the bascule bridge at Snake River Creek, near the island of Islamorada in the Keys. As

Turning the Tide

by Kimball Livingston, Posted April 21, 2010
“Pacific Gyre?

The problem is not in the middle of the ocean; the problem is in your refrigerator.”

It’s been a long, long time since I saw anyone twist up an aluminum can and toss it overboard from a raceboat, or any boat. Yes, people change. And these days I see more and more people showing up for race day with a metal water bottle rather than

Following a mutiny aboard the British navy ship Bounty in 1789, Capt. Bligh was famously cast away in a 23-foot longboat with 18 crewmembers. He successfully navigated his way from Tonga to West Timor in 48 days, equipped with only 150 pounds of ship biscuits, 16 pounds of pork, six quarts of rum, six bottles of wine and 28 gallons of water. The crew had no charts, no compasses and no

Pebble Beach Landfall

by Bernard Heise, Posted April 15, 2010
Weather interrupts our passage from Juan de Fuca to San Diego and we find ourselves anchored just beyond the kelp in the prosperous shadow of the Pebble Beach golf course. Coming from the sea, one never knows how the natives will react. We know how jealously they guard beaches on Long Island, so we half expect a greeting of dimpled artillery launched from the seventh hole; we’re well within
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