Cruising News

Cruising Sailors Rescued by EPIRB Twice in Six Months

by Rachel Kashdan, Posted July 16, 2014
Just before sunset, nine hundred nautical miles from shore, three sailors and a dog jump into in a four-person liferaft as waves crash around them. For four hours they bail water by the gallon, surrounded only by a vast and encroaching darkness. 
I’ve always been fascinated by hurricanes. My father’s tales of the devastating effects of the hurricane of ’38, and the subsequent witnessing of these tropically born monsters hitting the Long Island coast have drawn me ever closer to their fury.
The International Rescue Group delivers humanitarian aid by boat. When a natural disaster strikes, it can take humanitarian aid programs weeks to mobilize and ship in resources. But what if those resources could already be nearby? That’s where the International Rescue Group (IRG) comes in.  
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.
Scientists recently discovered what they believe to be an ancient “sunstone” at the site of a 1592 British shipwreck near the island of Alderney in the English Channel. Before the invention of GPS or even magnetic compasses, sailors may have used this as a navigatation tool on cloudy days.
In a clash between the privatization and public access of waterfront property, Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, Virginia, is battling the city’s attempt to acquire half an acre of its historic waterfront and turn it into a park.
In the early 1990s, my husband, Monty, and I took early retirement, stepped aboard our Gulfstar 39, Salsa, and didn’t come back to our home in Marblehead, Massachusetts, for five years.

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.
Have you ever noticed that sailing magazines never show pictures of people being seasick? There are always photos of manly men pulling up sails, but what about one of those fine-looking sailors with their head in a bucket?
I didn’t realize was how inspiring it would be. Women Under Sail, a females-only big-boat sailing course...
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