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Survivor turned politician to the rescue

Congressman fights closure of Coast Guard air stations critical to quickly reaching mariners in distress

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Republican representing Illinois' 10th District and a Navy veteran, has been a consistent advocate for search-and-rescue funding. His support stems from his own rescue by the Coast Guard as a teenager.It may have been 34 years ago, but Mark Kirk remembers with great detail the events of June 15, 1976.
Unable to right his capsized Sunfish about two miles from shore on southern Lake Michigan, Kirk, then 16 years old, decided to leave the boat and swim ashore.

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Gulf oil spill leaves future uncertain

Anglers, charter boat captains wait for the fallout from the catastrophic oil rig explosion and spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster is taking a toll on the environment and a host of industries, from commercial fishing to recreational marine.While BP Global tested a strategy for capturing oil from its Deepwater Horizon well and preventing it from spewing into the mile-deep water, Capt. Tom Becker was wondering if the damage already had been done.

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Dispatches

Couple cruises far afield with help from a yacht transporter

Dockwise Yacht Transport shuttles boats to and from cruising grounds in the Mediterranean and beyond.First-time powerboaters Mary and Larry Mason accelerated their learning curve to world cruising by having their Nordhavn 57, No Plans, delivered to the various ports where Dockwise Yacht Transport offers float-on/float-off service.
The retired Sacramento, Calif., couple spent four seasons cruising the Mediterranean.

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Teen solo sailor circles the globe

Jessica Watson made port May 15 in Sydney, Australia, the end of her quest to become the youngest non-stop solo circumnavigator. The Australian, who completed the voyage in 210 days, celebrated her 17th birthday two days later.

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Talkin' Boats with Ed Sherman

of the American Boat and Yacht Council

Ed Sherman (right) is one of those people who likes both power and sail, and he has cruised extensively.Ed Sherman is senior instructor and curriculum developer for the American Boat and Yacht Council (www.abycinc.org), an advisory group that develops, reviews and publishes manufacturing and service standards for the boating industry. In the mid-1990s as a consultant, he helped ABYC develop its first technician certification programs.

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