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08-2020

  Coast Guard requesting comments to improve Nation’s shallow draft waterways ATON system
The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study will help the Coast Guard to determine the Aids to Navigation (ATON) requirements in the Shallow Draft Waterway Systems which includes all navigable waterways of the United States less than 12 feet.
 

07-2020

  Time to Sign Up for the Largest Rally From the U.S. to the Caribbean
It departs from the Chesapeake Bay on November 2 (weather permitting) after a week of preparation and fun!
  European Tour of The Ocean Race
The start of The Ocean Race is postponed to October 2022, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  Ocean Signal SafeSea E100 and E100G Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons self-test and Exchange process
Required Safety Check and Self Testing of Ocean Signal E100/E100G Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs)
  National Sailing Hall of Fame Announces The Sailing Museum
Its new home will offer an innovative multi-media experience dedicated to celebrating sailing’s heritage, showcasing its heroes and inspiring generations of sailors to come.
  Top 10 Boat Names List
While a boat’s name can be as varied as the owner at the helm, certain themes do stick out, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)
  Coast Guard urges beachgoers, swimmers to exercise caution during hurricane season
As storms move along the Atlantic coast over the course of hurricane season, surf and currents can increase in strength, creating dangerous conditions for beachgoers and swimmers.
  This Summer, EPA Isn’t Making It Any Easier for Boaters to Choose the Right Fuel for Their Boats
54% of consumers in a recent Harris Poll believed that the small orange E15 fuel warning label on a gas station pump isn’t good enough to protect consumers.
  With more paddlers and boaters sharing the water this summer, here are some etiquette tips to help ensure safety and fun for all
The coronavirus pandemic is leading to more recreational boats and paddlers hitting the water, all trying to have fun in a safe way.
  Satellites track unusual Saharan dust plume
Every summer, the wind carries large amounts of desert dust particles from the hot and dry Sahara Desert in northern Africa across the Atlantic Ocean.
  Active TWIC® and HME holders can use their credentials to obtain TSA PreCheck™
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expands TSA PreCheck™ eligibility to all active Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) holders who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or lawful permanent residents.
  The Ocean Cruising Club NE USA SSB net is operated by OCC members but is open for participation by any cruisers in the area with SSB
  Lightning Never Strikes Twice
This is a commonly used “truism”, that in our personal experience, is anything but true.

06-2020

  Public Guidance for Covid-19 Compels Cancellation of Newport International Boat Show
Newport Exhibition Group announced today that its annual boat show scheduled to take place September 17 through 20, 2020 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island, has been cancelled
  The Earl of Portsmouth is the New President of The International Association Of Cape Horners
  Coast Guard asks public to use caution during construction on N.J. Intracoastal Waterway
Boaters are requested to operate at a slow speed in the ICW.
  U.S. Coast Guard releases 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics Report
From 2018 to 2019, the total number of accidents increased 0.6 percent (4,145 to 4,168), and the number of non-fatal injured victims increased 1.9 percent (2,511 to 2,559). 
  Coast Guard Urges Safety as Boating Traffic Increases
Sailors should know the “Rules of the Road” and must observe them at all times.
  The 183-Day-Long Hurricane Season has started
The 2020 hurricane season started Monday, June 1, and runs through November 30.

05-2020

  Restart your business at boot Düsseldorf 2021
Messe Düsseldorf has begun online registration for the forthcoming boot from 23. to 31. January 2021
  Berthon Provides a Safe Haven for Stranded and Unwelcome Boats
The pandemic has left many yachts stranded far from their home ports or at least wondering where they may be permitted to make landfall.
  Margaret Pommert Honored with 2020 BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award
The award annually recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing.
  Swarm probes weakening of Earth’s magnetic field
In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening.
  Check Your Life Jacket’s Fit, Function & Condition Before Boating this Season
The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that life jackets could have saved the lives of over 80 percent of boating fatality victims.
  Boaters Expected to Hit Season Opener in Record Numbers
On-water towing fleet could reach record volume of dispatches for boater assistance this Memorial Day holiday weekend
  Long journey home: the stranded sailboats in a race to beat the hurricanes
Covid-19 has marooned people living on small boats worldwide. Now hundreds of anxious sailors are preparing to make dangerous voyages home across the Atlantic
  exactEarth joins Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project
An international effort to build an unmanned, fully autonomous transatlantic research vessel that is set to launch on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage.
  RYA Welcomes the Return to Boating
Since the lockdown commenced, the RYA has presented a strong case for boating to be one of the first activities that can be resumed safely within the parameters for social distancing.
  Alex Thomson's 8 tips to help you go it alone
When Thomson sails solo, non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe, he must solve problems, overcome challenges and remain mentally strong all without the support of anyone else around him.
  Worrell 1000 2021 Still on, COVID be DAMNED! And with THAT…a special announcement…
  David Graham appointed World Sailing Chief Executive Officer
Graham’s extensive and impressive career includes functions in sales, events, coaching and sponsorship, including CEO and Managing Director roles.
 

Pulling together in the pandemic world
The OCC would like to recognise all the people who have gone out of their way to help fellow cruisers facing challenging situations and difficult decisions when they found themselves in places they didn’t expect to be as borders closed around the world.

  Shedding light on the ocean’s living carbon pump
Phytoplankton play a crucial role in ocean biology and climate. Understanding the natural processes that influence phytoplankton primary production, and how they are changing as the planet warms, is vital.
  Emergency Response Fund Activated for Coast Guard Members and Families
Coast Guard members battle the spread of the coronavirus, in their ranks and their communities, as they continue to stand the watch and fulfil their duty to our Nation.
  Coast Guard coordinates rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off Bermuda
Coast Guard personnel coordinated the rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off the coast of Bermuda using the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, Friday morning.
  Couple Begin 8-Month Sustainability Sailing Adventure
The experienced recreational sailors have set off in their 36 foot Westerly Corsair, Cariad, on an eight month sailing adventure. A test for any keen sailor - but the eco conscious pair are also trying to make their journey as sustainable as possible.

04-2020

  RYA Leads Call for Limited and Controlled Access to Marinas
With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing the country into lockdown, the RYA has received a considerable number of enquiries from members who are not able to gain access to their boats now that most marinas have closed.
 
  Earth Day message
In summer 2018, ESA joined with the musician Vangelis and the family of scientist Prof. Stephen Hawking to beam a message marking his passing to the nearest black hole.
  U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Nearly $20 Million in Funding to Small Shipyards
MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program provides funding to assist eligible shipyards modernize operations, improve efficiency, and reap the benefits of increased productivity by investing in emerging technologies and a highly skilled workforce.
  Nick Moloney and Adrienne Cahalan OAM Join Forces for the Paris Olympics 2024
For the first time in sailing's Olympic history, a Mixed Two Person Offshore Sailing medal will be awarded at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
  Coast Guard oversees disembarkation of 250,000 people from cruise ships to reduce risks under COVID-19 emergency, medevac’d 31
Many passengers were brought to safe harbor in the United States when international ports refused entry.
  Coronavirus rules apply to Pensacola boaters: Boats to stay 50 feet apart, no more than 10 onboard
With places like bars and beaches closed and any large gatherings cancelled in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, boating is one of the few recreational activities left for Florida residents.
  Attention Us-Bound Cruisers in the Caribbean – Salty Dawg Sailing Association Hosting Homeward Bound Flotilla
The uncertainty of cruising the Caribbean has made it difficult for cruisers and crew. Many people are finding themselves unable to have crew meet them to help move their boats north for the summer.

03-2020

  The Boating Experience I Will Always Remember
People have different hobbies and me too. I adore ice hockey, hiking, and camping. I undertake these activities pretty frequently, but I also wanted to try something new and special.
  Cork 300 Update
Royal Cork Yacht Club, with the full support of its partners, have made the difficult decision regarding Cork300 events tocancel or postpone all events scheduled for June and July 2020.
  World Sailing response to joint IOC and Tokyo 2020 statement
The IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021
  2020 Newport Bermuda Race Cancelled
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has cancelled the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The biennial race, founded in 1906, had 200 entries and was due to start for the 52nd time on June 19.
  World ARC Rally – COVID19 (Corona virus) Update 2 19 March
The rally has been suspended in French Polynesia.
It may be possible to continue the route later in the year however this is subject to the lifting of travel embargoes and there being sufficient assurance that crews are healthy before going to sea.
  Southern Marinas Acquires Premier Properties from Aqua Marine Partners
Southern Marinas Holdings, LLC announced today the purchase of Hi-Lift Marina in Aventura; Hidden Harbour in Pompano Beach; and Palm Harbour in Cape Haze.
  Propspeed Foulfree is Now Shipping
Foulfree releases marine growth, reducing the maintenance needed to keep transducers clean and streamlining water flow.
  Boating Infrastructure Grants Help Fund Transient Vessel Docks, Moorings and Guest Facilities
The BIG program funnels federal taxes paid by recreational boaters on the sale of motorboat and small engine fuel back to the states to attract visiting boaters
  OCC Member Bill Hatfield Secures World Sailing Speed Record
Bill is not only the oldest man to circumnavigate the world solo, nonstop and unassisted at age 81, he’s now also secured two official records regardless of age, as confirmed by the World Sailing Speed Record
 
  The Ocean Race 2021-22 route is announced
Scheduled to start from Alicante, Spain in October 2021, it will visit 10 international cities, including the start port and the Grand Finale finish in Genoa, Italy in the summer of 2022.
 
  UK Chancellor Announces Consultation to Remove Red Diesel Entitlement
In today’s Spring Budget announcement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has shared plans to review the current use of red diesel. 
  Collect, Protect, Dispose’ is Back!
It’s that time of year again! Many boaters may be considering scrubbing off the old anti-foul and re-applying
  Biodiesel, Water, and the Diesel Bug
As we all now will need to use white (tax paid) diesel in our boats, slowly diluting the variously coloured fuel we still have in our tanks, it is worth our while to take a look at what it is we will be purchasing.
  RIMTA Announces Sessions and Speakers for Southern New England Marine Industry Environmental Conference
The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) along with several partners will host the second-annual environmental conference for the region’s marine industry on March 11, 2020.
  Spring Commissioning Checklist to Help Recreational Boaters Prep for the Summer Boating Season
Getting the boat ready for the summer boating season is an exciting time for recreational boaters worldwide.

02-2020

  Know These 3 Critical Things Before Getting a Boat Loan:
how loan rates work, how much of a boat loan you can afford, and your credit score.
  Worrell 1000 Race May 3rd-15th 2021
It will be run on boats in the Formula 18 class, launching from and finishing on select beaches from Hollywood, FL to Virginia Beach, VA - 1000 miles of offshore sailing for the most daring and capable sailors.
  Boating and Travel First Aid Kits
If you want to approach your water time without any apprehension or uncertainty at all, then you should pack an in-depth travel first aid kit.
  World Sailing Trust announces partnership with Borrow A Boat
Borrow A Boat is the definitive marketplace for boat charter worldwide featuring peer-to-peer listings.
  Applications Invited for Career Boosting Scholarship Grant - applications close on Monday 02 March 2020
Skilled boaters who can prove their dedication to the marine industry could be eligible for a share of the annual £30,000 scholarship fund provided by Maritime charity, Trinity House.
  New WM-4 Satellite Weather and Audio Receiver
The WM-4 Satellite Weather Receiver offers up-to-date, detailed weather forecasts, weather radar, lightning, storm warnings, sea surface temperature and much more.
  NWSA Women's Sailing Conference Comes to Marblehead, June 6
Beginning and experienced women sailors can jump-start their sailing lives by heading to the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) 19th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference slated for Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead.
  Hurricane Reinvigorates Storied Brand with Redesigned 2020 Lineup
A completely redesigned line and all new molds for the latest in modern, elegant and ergonomic deckboats
  Women in Sailing Strategic Review
When the World Sailing Trust (WST) launched this Review, they understood anecdotally and through observation that there are fewer women and girls in sailing than men and boys, and that discrimination exists.
  Boaters are Asked to Speak Up Now on Georgia’s Draconian Anchoring Law
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is urged to reconsider regulations recently put in place restricting overnight anchoring within 1,000 feet of any structure
  Third eSailing World Championship season launched
The race to become the 2020 eSailing World Champion and win $10,000 USD is underway as the 2020 Championship was officially launched on the 3 February
 

01-2020

  New £2.5 Million Project Launched to Restore Fragile Marine Habitats
The LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES project, led by Natural England, will protect seagrass meadows - a critically endangered EU red listed habitat which are easily damaged and slow to recover.
  Freedom from polluting the seas with Wave marine environmental filters
The Wavestream filter is installed between the bilge and bilge discharge and ensures that only clean, oil-free bilge water is discharged overboard.
  The Ocean Cruising Club Announces Awards for 2019
The recipients were selected by an international panel of experienced bluewater sailors from among individuals nominated by Full OCC members throughout the course of the year. 
  TowBoatUS Boat-Towing Captains from Fla., S.C., Wis., Ga., R.I., Mich., and Ca. are Honored for Lifesaving Acts
Being a TowBoatUS towing captain means you spend a lot of time on the water assisting recreational boaters with routine issues like breakdowns or running aground.
  RYA Release New Edition of Best-Selling Tactics Title
Packed with cutting-edge advice for sailors of all abilities, whether you’re a club sailor or on the Olympic pathway, there’s something for everyone. 
 
  boot Düsseldorf 2020 a huge success
Visitors were enthusiastic about the wide-ranging programme and the enormous selection of products and services provided by the more than 1,900 exhibitors in the 17 halls on the exhibition site.
 

America’s Boating Club Offers Additional World-Wide Travel Safety Benefits To Members
United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club announced today it has partnered with DAN Boater to offer a greater array of services and travel safety benefits to its current members.

 

It’s Time for the Midwinter Visit to the Boat: 8 Secrets for a Safe Checkup
Winter solstice may have been one month ago, but on the boater’s calendar, January is generally considered the middle of a vessel’s long winter nap.

  Galileo is now replying to SOS messages worldwide
As well as providing global navigation services, Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation is contributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying SOS messages to first responders.
  C-MAP Launches Web Map Tiling Service (WMTS)
C-MAP WMTS allows companies to build their own map-aware applications based on a worldwide collection of C-MAP marine charts from Navico.
  Ocean Sailing by Paul Heiney - Hardcover and Kindle - Book Review
Ocean Sailing paints a picture of what crossing oceans is really about, told through the experiences those who have already ventured across the world's oceans themselves.
  OGR and GGR at Boot Dusseldorf, 18-26 January 2020
Ocean Globe Race has 23 entries confirmed, largest crewed RTW race in 30 years. Classic Challenge had 3 confirmed entries in the first week of opening 
  Hempel World Cup Series to heat up in Miami
205 sailors from 50 nations will race across seven fleets in Miami and the stakes are high for North American competitors
 


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