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Sunrise from the foredeck

Amory Ross

(Puma Ocean Racing/
Volvo Ocean Race)
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens focal length: 14mm
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 800

This image originally appeared in the January 2012 issue.

Talkin' Boats with Dirk Boehmer - Vicem Yachts

Dirk Boehmer is president of Vicem Yachts’ U.S. operations. The Turkish company builds yachts to 151 feet, and classic, graceful Down East-style boats with impeccable interior woodwork comprise the Vintage fleet. The 52-footer is the smallest model in the Vintage line, but there are plans for 33- and 45-foot boats in the new Vanguard line.



New Point Comfort Lighthouse

First lighted in 1805, New Point Comfort Lighthouse stands 58 feet tall on the southern tip of Mathews County, Va., at the convergence of Chesapeake and Mobjack bays. The sandstone masonry beacon is the third-oldest-surviving lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay and the 10th-oldest in the country. Shoaling to the south rendered it useless as a marker, and the light was replaced by an offshore light and deactivated in 1962. A preservation group warns that erosion and neglect have left the beacon in danger of collapse.

This image originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.


Local Waters December 2011

Ted Turner returns to hallowed waters

Ted Turner (at the helm) and Gary Jobson (sitting) reunited in late September aboard American Eagle for the 12 Meter North American Championships.Newport, R.I.
Ted Turner returned to the race course Sept. 23-25 in Newport, R.I., when he helmed American Eagle — the 12 Meter he once owned and sailed in races all over the world — in the 12 Meter North American Championships.
Turner’s skills earned him first place in the Traditional Division and the Pine Brothers Trophy for best overall performance. “It’s great to see that Ted, at age 72, still has the touch and the love of the sport,” says Gary Jobson, who served as tactician for Turner, as he did when Turner’s Courageous won the America’s Cup in 1977.



Q&A Float Plans

Why should I file a float plan?

A float plan can save your life in an emergency, whether you’re heading offshore in a 60-foot sportfisherman or out paddling a kayak for the day. It contains vital information for rescuers and should be left with a reliable person who can be trusted to contact the proper authorities if you don’t check in or return as planned.
A float plan should include such information as:



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