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Bill Boes' attempt to pedal-boat across the Straits of Florida came up just 10 miles short.Pedal boater falls short of record

If not for a violent thunderstorm, Bill Boes of Stuart, Fla., might have completed a record-setting passage from Bimini to South Florida in a 12-foot pedal boat.

The crossing, which started early on the morning of Aug. 13 from the Bimini Big Game Club in Alice Town, ended abruptly that evening when Boes, just a few miles from Pompano Beach and success, was hit by a savage thunderstorm. “It got worse and worse,” says Boes, who had pedaled in the hot sun across the Straits of Florida to within 10 miles of his goal.

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Q&A GPS-enhanced beacons

What are the benefits of a GPS-enhanced EPIRB or PLB?

Coast Guard casualty investigations reveal that EPIRB users are largely unaware that GPS significantly improves vessel location and rescue efforts.

The addition of GPS typically provides a location accurate to within about 325 feet within 50 to 120 seconds, according to the Coast Guard. By comparison, the location of a 406 beacon without GPS can be determined within about three miles by the first satellite pass and within one mile after three satellite passes, according to the BoatUS Foundation, which runs an EPIRB rental program.

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AIM buys Soundings, Trade Only, PassageMaker

Active Interest Media chairman and CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III announced in July that the company acquired a group of key assets from Dominion Enterprises, including Soundings, Soundings Trade Only, Woodshop News and PassageMaker magazines and the popular Trawler Fest events. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Review panel looks into Mackinac capsize

In the wake of this summer’s fatal accident in the 103rd Race to Mackinac, US Sailing has convened a panel of experts to determine why the Kiwi 35, WingNuts, capsized and two of its eight crewmembers died.

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A ‘sickening sound’ and then a rescue mission

Rambler 100 suffered a massive keel failure and capsized during the Rolex Fastnet Race.It was about 6:30 p.m. local time Aug. 15 when the Irish coast guard received an EPIRB signal from the U.S.-flagged racing yacht Rambler 100. She had just capsized about 16 miles from Baltimore, County Cork, between the turning mark of Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy.

Rambler was competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial Fastnet Race after setting a course record earlier this summer in the Transatlantic Race from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point in the United Kingdom.

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