Cruising News

After over five months of sailing from the Pacific Northwest, down the west coast of North America, through the Panama Canal and on into the Caribbean, we were finally approaching St. Maarten. We were only 100 miles from our final destination, and a giddy feeling of anticipation had begun to set in. 
“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.
At 74 years old, Sven Yrvind wants to save the world. When I ask him how he plans to do it, his answer is simple: circumnavigate in a ten-foot sailboat. If—or rather, according to Sven, when—he accomplishes this, he will have skippered the smallest boat to circle the world.
On May 8, 2013, Gerry Hughes, a Scottish schoolteacher who has been deaf since birth, sailed his Beneteau 42s7, Quest III, into Troon, Scotland, becoming the first deaf skipper to circumnavigate the globe singlehanded.
Dennis Mullen shares the top 50 things that cruising taught him while sailing the world on his catamaran, Different Drummer. Read what Dennis learned, and then write in with your own top 10 list.
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. 
Keen on making the leap to ocean cruising, but not sure where to start? The World Cruising Club is offering a two-day Ocean Sailing Seminar in Annapolis, MD, on March 23-24 to help you prepare.

Hurricane Sandy: Come Hell and High Water

by Kerry Pears, Posted August 5, 2013
The wind was howling, the tall, young trees outside the motel window roared as they whipped from side to side, and the sturdy building shook nervously. 
In the next few months, Summerville and fellow sailor Steve Cockerill will sail the 115 nautical miles between Dublin, Ireland, and Southport, England, to raise money for mental health awareness and sailing support services. Sailing on Lasers, their journey will take between 12 and 15 hours to complete, depending on conditions.
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...
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