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The Coast Guard reported a surge of illegal migration attempts into the United States in response to the Obama administration’s executive action to normalize relations with Cuba late last year. Fearing the end of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy, 96 Cubans were interdicted during seven events in the Florida Straits in the first five days of the new year.

March 2015 issue

 

Historic schooner gets the go-ahead for restoration

The Ernestina-Morrissey will undergo a $6 million restoration at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine.

When Julius Britto spoke at the schooner Ernestina-Morrissey’s restoration celebration at the New Bedford (Massachusetts) Whaling Museum late last year, it was the fulfillment of a commitment he had made 40 years ago to keep reminding Americans of their historic ties to Cape Verde.

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Seamanship Quiz - February 2015

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

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GREY POWER

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who in 1969 became the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the globe, finished third in the recent Route du Rhum, a 3,542-mile solo trans-Atlantic race from France to Guadeloupe. The 75-year-old has vowed to return for the next race, in 2018, with a smaller boat than his 14-year-old Open 60, aptly named Grey Power.


February 2015 issue

   

Micronesian fishermen saved after months adrift

Michael Bolong (left) and Ambros Wavut spent more than four months adrift in a small boat.Their outboard disabled, two islanders from Papua, New Guinea, spent more than four months adrift in the western Pacific and a third man in their small boat died before a fishing vessel found the survivors and brought them to Pohnpei in Micronesia.

The rescued men, both carpenters, left Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea’s New Ireland Province on July 15 to work on Tanga Island, about 30 miles away.

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