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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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SEAMANSHIP QUIZ - May 2014

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

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Bayliner adds two models

Bayliner continues to produce boat-engine-trailer packages with affordability in mind. This year the Lake Forest, Ill., builder unveils two new boats: the Bayliner 642 and the Element XL.

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Captain faulted in report on the Bounty sinking

Capt. Robin Walbridge's 'reckless decision' to sail put the Bounty crew in an 'ectraordinarily hazardous situation,' according to the NTSB.The Bounty’s last voyage should never have been attempted, and its captain’s “reckless decision” to sail the 108-foot wooden square-rigger into the forecast path of Hurricane Sandy was the probable cause of the 52-year-old ship’s October 2012 sinking, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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