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America's Cup 2010

After 28 months of lawyers vs. lawyers, February's high-tech battle of the billionaires will finally pit sailors against sailors

A BMW Oracle Racing crewmember scales the 190-foot carbon rigid wing of the syndicate's trimaran.If all the legal shenanigans have turned the America's Cup into a big yawn for you, it's time to sit up and take notice. The regatta is on for Feb. 8-12 in Valencia, Spain, and America's challenger - BMW Oracle Racing - has the deep, deep pockets, the technology and the talent to bring the Cup home.

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First, you get the boat out of 'jail'

A dubious delivery job starts with navigating the hostility and agendas of Dominican authorities

With no autopilot, the boat would have to be hand-steered some 700 nautical miles to Florida.Editor's note: In the first of a two-part story, the writer and his pugnacious British friend must first get the boat they are delivering out of a Dominican port.

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‘Deadliest’ skipper is on a safety mission

Capt. Keith Colburn of ‘Deadliest Catch’ is the face of the Coast Guard’s ‘Boat Responsibly’ campaign

The television program, in its seventh season, shows the perils of fishing for crab in the often brutal Bering Sea.The 40-foot wall of water crashed over the bow of the Wizard’s bow, pushing back 50,000 pounds of chained-down crab pots.

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Safety first for the camera crew, too

In addition to his crew of seven, Colburn is responsible for the safety of the two cameramen aboard Wizard.

Colburn (center) takes crew safety very seriously, running his men through drills and requiring PFDs at all times on deck.The cameramen are trained as crewmembers and are only allowed in certain areas of the vessel when the weather turns foul.

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The real Jack Aubrey

Thomas Cochrane was a public hero but a thorn in the side to both Napoleon and the British naval establishment

England had never seen the likes of it. In late February 1805, as the naval war with Napoleon intensified, a string of captured enemy merchantmen began streaming into the busy harbor at Plymouth manned by exuberant British prize crews.

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