A cruising family survives the American Samoa tsunami, but a dock neighbor isn’t as fortunate
Editor’s note: Kirk, 53, and Catherine McGeorge, 44, are cruising the South Pacific with their son, Stuart, 6, aboard their Sparkman & Stephens-designed Hylas 49, Gallivanter. They were berthed in Pago Pago on American Samoa when a Sept. 29 earthquake triggered a tsunami that ripped through the islands of the South Pacific. Here is their account.
Circumnavigator/physicist George E. Smith can add Nobel laureate to his list of accomplishments
Sailing around the world was something George E. Smith always wanted to do. “Back in my really younger days I had thought about doing it single-handed, and by the time I was 19, I had read every book by somebody who had sailed a solo circumnavigation,” he says.
For 21 years, Joan Maxwell has made it her mission to produce the smoothest riding center consoles on the market.
“It’s all about the ride,” says Maxwell, 49, president of Regulator Marine.
Congress questions why search effort was delayed on one call, while another was deemed a false alarm
Reminded of the loss of the Morning Dew 12 years ago, a congressional panel has asked a Coast Guard admiral whether fumbled rescue responses in two more recent cases mean the agency still is dogged by a shortage of qualified watchstanders.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew this summer rescued two teens off Houston with the help of its new Rescue 21 communications system and radio direction finder, which gave rescuers a line of bearing to the source of the mayday.
The teens were south of Sabine Pass when their 21-foot skiff started taking on water and sank the morning of Aug. 10. A Coast Guard MH-65C helicopter crew dispatched from Houston quickly located the young men and hoisted them from the water.
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