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  Weather Routing Now with Depth Avoidance
the PredictWind Weather Router now uses Depth Avoidance, rather than traditional land avoidance
  Sailing wins IOC gold for Tokyo 2020 coverage
"the Best Coverage by the Host Broadcaster category of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Golden Rings Awards"

Boat Building and Boat Yards of Long Island, by Nancy Solomon, with a foreword by Bill Bleyer
The culmination of over 30 years of research on traditional boat builders and contemporary boat yards of the region, originally featured in the exhibition “From Shore to Shore”


Coral Reefs - A Natural History, By Charles Sheppard
This stunningly beautiful book profiles the astonishing diversity of the world's coral groups, ranging from mushroom corals and leather corals to button polyps, sea fans, anemones, and pulse corals


Sharks of the World - a Complete Guide and a Pocket Guide, By David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler
This most comprehensive reference guide to sharks covers 536 of the world's known shark species, many of which have only recently been described.



  "Blue Innovation Dock" to launch at boot Düsseldorf 2022
Shaping the future of the boating industry sustainably
  Where There Is No Pet Doctor
A Manual for Cruisers, RVer’s, and Backcountry Travelers
  Worrell 1000 Race, May 9th-22nd 2022
The race will take place at Hollywood Beach, FL. The Worrell 1000 has a full roster of 17 teams representing 6 countries
  National Sailing Hall of Fame Welcomes Eleven Legends to its Ranks
The members of the Class of 2021 joined 90 current Hall of Famers
  £3,000 awarded for inspiring writing about plastic pollution
The winner of the first Brian Black Memorial Award has been announced.
  Keeping an eye on ocean plastic pollution…from space!
Meet bag, bottle and straw, three bits of plastic left on the beach.
  RYA Certificates to be Reinstated in Spain
International Certificates of Competence (ICC) and several of its course completion certificates and other Certificates of Competence remain valid for skippering Spanish flagged boats.


  The OCC Charitable Trust is Fully Operational
The general purposes of the OCC Charitable Trust are to advance sail training, seamanship, cruising, and navigation to improve safety at sea.
  B&G® Returns For another Race Around the World with The Ocean Race
including the upcoming inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe that begins May 29 in Lorient, France.
  The Coast Guard reminds boaters to be safe on the water during National Safe Boating Week and Memorial weekend, May 21-30. 
  Local Knowledge from PredictWind
Whether it's an onshore adventure you're after or you just need to shop for some essentials, PredictWind has got you covered with Local Knowledge.
  Arctic sea ice succumbs to Atlantification
Satellite data have revealed how the intrusion of warmer Atlantic waters is reducing ice regrowth in the winter.
  Collaboration between leading leisure marine associations continues with clarification on post-Brexit certification requirement



Long Island Traditions TravelStorys Self-Guided Cellphone Tour: East End Back Story

  First-ever European COVID impact study shows mixed impact on the boating industry in 2020, with optimism for coming years.
It also demonstrates the need for political support measures at national and European level. 
  Lewmar take anchor design to the next level with the Epsilon.
Like the Delta® before it, the Epsilon ensures that boaters have complete peace of mind, while at rest or play.
  How to Inspect Your Diesel Engine in Seven Easy Steps
This could add years of life to your sailboat's diesel workhorse.
  U.S. Coast Guard Changes Certificate of Documentation to 5 Years
Owners of federally document their vessels, or about 165,000 boats, will be spared the hassle of renewing their U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation every year.
  Do You Have of a Better Way to Recycle Fishing Line & Soft Bait?
$30,000 in Prize Money Is at Stake
  North Sea Regatta to Host New Race: The C-19 Windmill Race
It will cover a figure eight course providing exciting and challenging racing around existing marks such as buoys, wind farms and platforms on the North Sea, starting and finishing in Scheveningen.


  ESAIL captures two million messages from ships at sea
ESA Partnership Project to help European and Canadian space companies succeed in the competitive global telecommunications market.
  EBI welcomes European Parliament report on sustainable tourism giving strong political support for boating industry measures
Through it, MEPs call for several measures to make tourism cleaner, safer and more sustainable, as well as to support the sector’s recovery.
  Signal K, The Open Marine Data Standard
Signal K provides a method for sharing information in a way that is friendly to WiFi, cellphones, tablets and the Internet.
  SURVITEC Unveils Unique Face Covering with Anti-Viral Properties for Maritime Crew Protection
It is a self-cleaning textile treatment technology proven to reduce 99% of known viruses from adhering to material surfaces
  RYA and British Marine Welcome Extension to Returned Goods Relief Grace Period
HMRC announce 6-month extension to grace period for Returned Goods Relief regardless of good’s exit date that will benefit boat owners and the marine industry.

Check Those Deck Fittings Out! 
Spring commissioning time has arrived.

  First Virtual CCA Awards Ceremony, Six Blue Water Medal Winners Attending
The Cruising Club of America couldn't hand out its 2020 awards in person, so the club made it a special event and gathered a pantheon of great sailors on Zoom.
  A survey of boaters who keep their boats on the rivers and canals of Schengen countries has revealed that 80% are likely to sell their boats and give up cruising altogether or move their base to a non-Schengen country.
  5 Ways to Get Your Boat’s VHF Radio Ready for the Season
While it may take a little time and some help from your owner’s manual, ensure your DSC-VHF radio is connected to your GPS.
  Plan M8 (“plan mate”) launches yacht maintenance app.
Plan M8 makes yacht maintenance easy. It is designed for marine engineers, captains, owners, and operators.
  White diesel, what white diesel?
Miserable options for leisure boaters in Northern Ireland
  U.S. Coast Guard Announces New Law Requiring Use of Engine Cut-off Switches
Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021
  Grenada Partners with ARC+ Rally as Caribbean Destination for 2021 Fleet
All boats on the ARC+ route will now finish together at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Pure Grenada
  Dates Announced for the 50th Annual Newport International Boat Show
The 50th Newport International Boat Show will take place September 16 through 19, 2021 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
  Cancellation of the Semaine Olympique Française
All scenarios were considered and proposed to the DIGES (France’s inter-ministerial delegation for major sporting events), but unfortunately they have not given their permission and the event will not be able to take place in April.
  World Sailing Trust launches global Participation Study
Almost two years after the launch of the Trust's global survey on women in the sport, the Participation Study will serve as a benchmarking survey to assess the sport of sailing in all its disciplines, on a global scale.
  North Sea Regatta to Host New Race: The C-19 Windmill Race
RORC North Sea Race and Vuurschepen Race both cancelled due to travel restrictions in the UK. NSR to organize exciting replacement race.
  Lorient, France will host the start of The Ocean Race Europe
New event featuring top international teams and sailors racing around Europe will depart from Lorient La Base
  New Award for Marine Environmental Journalism
Yachting Monthly has launched a new journalism award in memory Brian and Lesley Black, which aims to recognise the best writing about issues affecting the marine environment, as explored by sailing boat.


  Salty Dawgs Recognized
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has recognized this effort and awarded the Homeward Bound Flotilla Salty Dawg team their prestigious Special Recognition Award.
  6th International (Boating) Breakfast Meeting moves online with focus on COVID-19 reboot for tourism and recreation to be held on 20 April
  Genova, Italy will host the finish of The Ocean Race Europe
As with the round the world race in 2022-23, the iconic Italian port of Genova will play host to the finale of The Ocean Race Europe in June
  2021 Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show has been cancelled
After exploring all possibilities to produce a high-quality event this spring and continuing to follow guidance from state/local authorities and the Atlantic City Convention Center, cancelling the boat show is the most prudent course of action.
  World Sailing shares IOC vision for safe and successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
World Sailing’s preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are firmly on track following discussions with the the key stakeholders.
  Volunteers are the backbone of our sports and this was reflected in the big awards won at the prestigious 2020 Irish Sailing Awards
The awards presented the perfect opportunity to show that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, our sports were able to return to the water in a safe and responsible way and marked the end of a strange and difficult year with an optimistic eye on the future.
  Arrival of the Viking Explorers Rally to Grenada
This event has been a very special one this year, with a Pandemic, a storm just before the departure and canceled flights that affected not only participants but also the organization that had to be as flexible as possible.
  Propspeed Announces Substantial Global Expansion in the New Year
Building on the brand’s recent establishment of a United States presence with Propspeed USA, the company is in the midst of developing its European distribution network and has recently appointed several new hires in key markets.
  OceanR to Sponsor the Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Challenge
Innovative eco-friendly clothing brand, OceanR, has been announced as the sponsor of The Green Blue’s University Sailing Sustainability Challenge (USSC), the winners of which are due to be awarded at the RYA Dinghy Show later this month.
  Facing Fear, by Lisa Blair - Book Review
Lisa Blair was the first woman to solo circumnavigate Antarctica. Her goal was to do so nonstop and unassisted, but that was not to be. A dismasting forced her to jury rig a mast and stop in South Africa for repairs.
  Lowrance® announced its continued sponsorship of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch
This ongoing support includes the donation of Lowrance HDS LIVE fishfinder displays and a Ghost® freshwater trolling motor fitted on the grand prize Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat awarded at the end of the season.
  Marina Coruña to Host the Global Solo Challenge 2023
From a nautical point of view, the geographical location of A Coruna is ideal for both the start and the finish of a traditional East-About round the world sailing event.
  Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Opportunities
Applications From Children Of Coast Guard Members Will Be Accepted February 1 Through March 15
  New HDS Live C-MAP Contour+ Preloaded Chart Enhanced With Larger Coverage Area
The new embedded charts bring even more value to the HDS LIVE lineup with a significant increase in lakes featuring 1-foot contours – 15,000+ U.S. lakes and 9,400 Canadian lakes
  Coast Guard Foundation Elects New Chairman
Allegretti first joined the Coast Guard Foundation board in 2006 and has been an integral part of the organization’s growth in the last 15 years, where he has served on the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee. In 2020, he led the Foundation’s COVID Management plan.
  An Angler’s Winter Chore Could Help Spark an Idea that Increases Fishing Line Recycling
Ever thought about what happens once you dispose of the old line in a fishing line recycling tube?


  Jamie Young is the First Irish Entry in the Global Solo Challenge
With an amazing 200,000 nautical miles sailed at all latitudes, Jamie has also worked professionally in the late ’70’s on the Maxi series in the USA as well as having taken part in the notorious 1976 OSTAR when an amazing 125 boats lined up for the start.
  The Global Solo Challenge
The GSC is a single-handed around the world east-about sailing Event, without outside assistance, for sailors seeking the challenge of a solo circumnavigation under the umbrella of an affordable, well organised and controlled event that puts the safety of participants first.
  2020 Blue Water Medal Awarded to Randall Reeves, Solo Circumnavigator
Randall Reeves has been named winner of the 2020 Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) for sailing his 45-foot aluminum cutter, Moli, alone around Antarctica and then through the Northwest Passage in a single season—departing and arriving from San Francisco.
  Newport Bermuda Race-Prep Series Begins with Bucket List Webinar in February
Winter and spring Zoom webinars will offer Q&A with experienced racers serving as panellists
  For First-Time Owners, It’s Their Boat’s First Winter Ashore
The number one task when making a wintertime check-up on your boat is ensuring your boat’s winter cover is still doing its job.
  The Ocean Cruising Club Announces Awards for 2020
Despite a pandemic raging throughout the year, the OCC Awards Subcommittee has found numerous achievements to recognize in the cruising world. Nominations are made by Full Members of the OCC, winners are selected by a highly experienced team of bluewater cruisers, and selections are approved by the OCC General Committee.
  Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show Postponed
Following a thorough analysis of the local market and safety-first principles, it has been decided to move this year’s 2021 Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show to April 7-11.

Marine Education for Young and Old
Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth calls for a strengthening of our maritime identity, increased awareness of the value, opportunities and societal benefit of our oceans, as well as improving engagement with the ocean.

  World Sailing launches 2021 eSailing World Championship
The 2021 eSailing World Championship was launched 21 January 2021, as the race to win this year’s title – and a prize of USD $10,000 – officially begins.
  TowBoatUS Boat-Towing Captains from Del., Fla., and N.C. Honored for Lifesaving Acts
Last year, more than 70,000 recreational boaters requested routine on-water assistance for soft ungroundings, jump-starts, fuel delivery or to tow their disabled vessels home.
  Four ways The Ocean Race is helping our blue planet in 2021
The Ocean Race has seen firsthand the devastating impact of pollution, plastic, climate change and industrial overfishing on the ocean.
  boot Dusseldorf 2021 has been Cancelled
Next boot Düsseldorf from 22 to 30 January 2022
  Simrad Partners with Gray FishTag Research to Support Sustainability Efforts
This ongoing support includes a monetary donation, as well as marine electronics to auction as part of their fundraising efforts.
  Coast Guard terminates voyage for disabled sailing vessel Wahu near Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
The sailing vessel Wahu was transiting from Florida to Barbados with two men aboard, a U.S. and an Austrian citizen, when it reportedly became disabled.
  EASYDIVE, an Innovative, Easy to Use and Low-Cost Diving Solution
It is a low-pressure diving system that includes a tank (12 bars) and a regulator. These are housed in a specific backpack, allowing boaters to make short shallow dives under their boat or to the bottom. It is a unique innovation, the result of three years of technological development.
  Royal Cruising Club (RCC) Awards the Medal for Services to Cruising – 2020 to the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC)
The Ocean Cruising Club provided exceptional services to cruising yachtsmen during the COVID 19 pandemic.
  Salty Dawg 2021 Winter Webinar Series
Salty Dawg have an exciting and informative series of webinars for 2021! They will kick the year off with their Winter Webinar Series Part I, starting in less than 2 weeks. Be sure to catch these, including the webinar by noted Yacht Designer Bob Perry, and other great speakers!”
  Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Services Sector - Approximately 2000 Jobs and their Dependents Still Awaiting Relief
Since the beginning of the pandemic and border closures the yacht services industry in Trinidad & Tobago has been largely shut down.
  Covid-19, Storm Filomena and cancelled flights for the Viking Explorers 2021 to Grenada
The 4th edition of the Viking Explorers started from the Canary Islands to Grenada on the 9th of January, with a delay of 3 days as captains and the organization decided to delay the departure due to the storm Filomena, as named by the Spanish Media.
  Announcing the New WM-4 Satellite Weather and Audio Receiver Rebate Promotion
Navico® announced today a special, double-rebate opportunity, allowing consumers to get up to $175 cash back on the WM-4 SiriusXMâ Marine Weather/Audio Satellite Receiver.
  Lowrance® Announces HDS Ultimate Fishing System Upgrade
Lowrance announced that it is starting the year off with unbeatable savings during the HDS Ultimate Fishing System Upgrade promotion.
  Dockmate® announced that it has developed an interface that allows complete compatibility with a wide variety of digital (CANbus) and analog engine and thruster controls. Additionally, they have custom-made splitter cables for easy connection to existing controls with plug-and-play simplicity.

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