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In Haiti, used sails help the homeless

Draped over PVC A-frames, canvas donated by sailors is sheltering thousands of the displaced

Sailor John Eide (right) coordinates a project collecting donated old sails. The bagged and bundled sails were trucked to Miami, then shipped to Haiti to be used as shelter for residents left homeless by the January earthquake that struck the island.Reaction to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was global, and the subsequent public outpouring has been just as far-reaching. The sailing community, however, realized it had something to offer beyond credit card donations.



Sniffing out treasure in a sea of stuff

Recession hones the deal-making instincts of buyer and seller alike at Florida's big marine flea market

Rick Gray came from Ontario to sell reconditioned outboards and lower units at Dania.Julio Cordero wheels a box full of boat parts on a hand truck as he walks the aisles of the Dania Beach (Fla.) Marine Flea Market with a friend.



Expert: A microburst sank Concordia

NOAA satellite analysis confirms skipper's account of the knockdown off Brazil that doomed the tall ship

Concordia went down within a half-hour of her encounter with the microburst, and all 64 on board were rescued.A NOAA scientist who researches microbursts has fingered one of the violent downdrafts as the likely culprit in the Feb. 17 sinking of the tall ship Concordia. He reached that conclusion after analyzing satellite imagery of the weather that day.



Dispatches - June 2010

A U.S. design with overseas appeal

The Ninigret 22 was designed by John Atkin. The well for the outboard gives the boat a clean look.An Irish boatbuilder is using a time-tested American design from the late John Atkin to launch his business.



Celebrate summer with a worldwide sail

Summer Sailstice - founded by California sailor John Arndt in 2001 and billed as the world's largest sailing celebration - returns the weekend of June 19-20.

In the spirit of the event, sailors around the globe are invited to start the summer season by hoisting their sails for a ceremonial sail in their home waters during the summer solstice weekend.



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