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Boats seized in Mexico released after four months

The 64-foot aluminum cruiser owned by Mike and Carol Brooks Parker was among 338 foreign-owned yachts impounded by Mexican authorities.Relieved to have their yacht back, Carol Brooks Parker and husband Mike still aren’t sure why Mexican authorities seized their 64-foot bluewater power cruiser Avatar last November, holding it for nearly four months at the Marina Coral in Ensenada, Mexico.

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Seamanship Quiz - June 2014

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute

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God save the Queen

Capt. Kevin Oprey, master of Queen Mary 2, stands on the 1,132-foot flagship’s bulbous bow to promote the 2014 World Cruise celebrating her 10th anniversary year.

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Rally founder Steve Black was an inspiration to many

Steve BlackSteve Black didn’t take to sailing until his mid-30s, but he quickly developed a passion for the sport and the lifestyle, and became an iconic figure in the sailing world. Black died of cancer on March 17 at the age of 71, leaving a legacy as founder of the Caribbean 1500, a pioneering bluewater rally for everyday sailors.

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Soundings’ home port and its role in the War of 1812

The British torched 27 ships in a surpirse attack on Essex, Conn., on April 6, 1814.Quaint, manicured, quintessentially New England, Essex, Conn., is known for the historic Griswold Inn, its Federalist and Colonial-era  homes and, among history buffs, the surprise British raid on Essex harbor’s merchant and privateer fleet in April 1814.

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