John Padgett sent this shot of Searenity, a Hunter 45 center cockpit entering Echo Bay, Sucia Island, San Juan Islands at dusk this summer. He says “The water was a mirror pond and the sky hand turned a deep dark blue which turned out to be a perfect exposure with the glow of the cabin lights and chart plotter.”
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More Vendee Globe Mania
What a thrill it has been to follow the 2016-2017 Vendee Globe. Banque Populaire VIII and Hugo Boss are scheduled to cross the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, France today, Thursday January 19th. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss has managed to dwindle Banque Populaire VIII’s 900 nm lead to as little as 33 nm in the last few days. Be sure to check the latest standings here. Whether you have been following closely or not this nytimes.com article is a fun read about how some of the 29 captains choose to spend their downtime. There have been many exciting moments during the 74 days of racing but one of my favorites is the 24 hour distance record that was set by Alex Thomson. Making over 536 nm in a day is amazing!
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The Salty Dawg Sailing Association has opened registration for its Spring Rally from the British Virgin Islands to the U.S.. The rally will depart the B.V.I. on May ...On January 19, 2017 / By Tatja Hopman
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Oceanvolt SEA® System
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Thank you to all those who responded to the last survey question: Do you use an anchor alarm? 25% of respondents always use an anchor alarm, 46% use one when they think conditions warrant it and 29% never use one.
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This boat does not fit in the cruising category but it is original, innovative and just odd enough that it warrants a mention. The new Nuva MS6, presented ...On October 27, 2016 / By Tatja Hopman
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