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Ocean racing’s A-Team is French

At its core, the Vendee remains a human adventure first and a sports event second. That is what is so compelling.The French are the major-leaguers of short-handed ocean racing, yet many U.S. sailors are unaware of the great French ocean races and racers.

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Enlivening classrooms

For 15 years, sitesALIVE! (www.sitesalive.com) has produced programs linking adventures and expeditions with K-12 classrooms to get students excited and engaged and to show them real people doing real things in the real world.



Setting boats ablaze in the name of safety

Daniel K. Rutherford has spent 30 years as a certified marine investigator, looking into fires, explosions, sinkings, boat disappearances. His job is to determine the cause of boat casualties and he investigates about 150 claims a year.



Understanding boat fires

Here is some insight from Daniel K. Rutherford's three decades as a marine investigator:
• Most fires, excluding arson, are fuel- or electrical-related — "If it's a fuel fire, we're probably dealing with a leak in a hose or fitting, maybe a tank," he says. "It's probably a single-source leak of some kind that results in gas vapor accumulation with some sort of an ignition spark."



Use the right extinguisher

A fire on a boat is a serious matter. To extinguish it successfully, the fire must be relatively small, and you'll need to get to it quickly, which means having the appropriate fire extinguisher close at hand.



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