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VIDEO: Cargo ship breaks in two

A 333-foot Spanish cargo ship broke in two on a jetty in heavy surf Wednesday near the French port town of Anglet.

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VIDEO: Surf's up

Mike Tokheim is a charter captain out of Destin, Fla., who makes his living putting customers where the fish are, but there’s always time for a little fun.

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Truth or tale?

A castaway’s assertion that he was adrift in the Pacific for 14 months immediately fell under suspicion when the smiling, surprisingly healthy-looking man emerged to tell his story.

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Bucking Broncos

Anyone who has endured seasickness can commiserate with the Denver Broncos, who spoke to the press Thursday aboard a 210-foot “luxury party ship” in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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VIDEO: Intentional grounding

Video of a 26,000-gross-ton ferry “beaching” has flooded the Web in recent days, but the grounding was intentional and actually happened Nov. 13.

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VIDEO: A history-making drug bust

A 25-foot go-fast was speeding south of the Dominican Republic in the dead of night last week when it caught the attention of a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.

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VIDEO: Having a blast

We found this clip of a mishap on a bass boat and suspected it was staged, so we tracked down the guys who posted it. Sure enough, it was a setup, but a funny one that we think is worth sharing.

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VIDEO: Now that's a stretch

Old ocean liners were things of beauty and majesty, and although some of that aesthetic has been lost on modern cruise ship builds, we were wowed by a time-lapse video that shows the Norwegian Crown becoming the Balmoral.

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VIDEO: Living on the edge

A reef break on the southwest coast of Tahiti, Teahupo’o is known for generating some of the world’s heaviest and most intense waves.

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VIDEO: Weaving through the waves

Port Macquarie is a beach community in New South Wales, Australia, about 240 miles north of Sydney.

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VIDEO: An Arctic blast from the past

If you love the old Pathé newsreels, we've got a good one for you. Capt. Robert Bartlett, who was with Robert Peary when he “discovered” the North Pole in 1906, takes movie-goers of the 1940s on an expedition to the Arctic.

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VIDEO: Just in time

Bjoern Kils, a German who grew up sailing the Baltic Sea, makes his living on New York Harbor running two NYmediaBoat.com RIBs out of Liberty Landing Marina for a variety of jobs — sightseeing tours, movie and TV shoots, towing, diving or whatever someone needs done on the busy waters he knows well.

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VIDEO: Helicopter evacuation

Editor’s note: Charles Doane, cruising editor of Sail magazine (one of Soundings’ sister magazines), was one of four people rescued from an Alpha 42 catamaran off Virginia after the boat was disabled in a gale. Doane, the delivery skipper and the yacht’s owners were en route to the BVI from New York. Here is Doane’s account.

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VIDEO: Shake, rattle and roll

Racers know the risks of pushing limits, and this “Top 10” crashes video we found on YouTube features all kinds of boats being put hard through their paces.

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VIDEO: A novice sailor and a moonless night

It’s hard to begrudge a man for having a passion for sailing. But you can begrudge him when he’s a novice who buys a sailboat and takes it on a solo shakedown cruise on a moonless night, guided only by the GPS on his cellphone.

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VIDEO: Boats seized over $70 permit

Cruisers visiting Mexico for the Christmas holidays were taken aback when heavily armed Mexican marines, backing up tax agents from AGACE — the Mexican version of the IRS — swept through 12 marinas looking for violations of import tax regulations.

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Solo sailor ends voyage

paris30108Stanley Paris has abandoned his solo, non-stop circumnavigation attempt because of damage and technical issues on his 63-foot yacht, Kiwi Spirit.

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Injured sailor trudges on

Solo sailor Stanley Paris fell and injured his ribs while pulling down a torn headsail on New Year’s Day. The 76-year-old is attempting to become the oldest person to sail around the world single-handed and nonstop in a self-imposed time of 120 days.

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VIDEO: A leap to safety

A planned solo Caribbean cruise ended abruptly earlier this week when a liveaboard sailor had to radio the Coast Guard in 10- to 12-foot seas and 30- to 35-mph winds off Islamorada, Fla.

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VIDEO: Tossing and turning

We’ve brought you a number of videos of ships in big seas from several perspectives. This time we’ll let you experience what it’s like to be relaxing in the lounge when a ship suddenly heels.

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