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Capt. Virginia WagnerVirginia Wagner was a pioneer among professional female captains during a 28-year career in which she logged more than 400,000 nautical miles. She earned licenses in two countries: a 3,000-ton Coast Guard license and a Class 4 Ocean Master license in Great Britain.

Wagner died of mesothelioma cancer Jan. 30. She was 58 years old.




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



Mercury powers up to 400 hp

Enough is not enough when it comes to outboard horsepower — at least that’s the consensus among Mercury Marine’s customers. The push for more ponies prompted the engine manufacturer to hit the water with its most powerful outboards yet: the 350 Verado and Mercury Racing 400R Verado.

“We take a bit of pride at Mercury in being about high performance, and with these engines, we have the fastest, lightest, most fuel-efficient, quietest and highest-performing products on the market,” says Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer. Introduced at the Miami International Boat Show in February, the new engines will be available in March.




It was tough going for the IMOCA 60 One Planet, One Ocean/Pharmaton during the Southern Ocean leg of the double-handed non-stop Barcelona World Race. Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa spent much of a 24-hour stretch battling headwinds and 13-foot seas. The race starts and ends in Barcelona, Spain, and the boats are expected to finish at the end of March.

April 2015 issue


Depth of Field

Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Shutter speed: 1/800 second

Lens focal length: 300mm

Aperture: f/9

ISO: 200

April 2015 issue


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