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All that’s wrong with ‘All is Lost’

Robert Redford's character in the film blunders in ways no experienced sailor would.Good sailing movies are rare, so it was with great anticipation that I went to see “All is Lost,” starring Robert Redford. If you know nothing about sailing, the film is a great white-knuckle chronicle of man fighting adversity.



Operator in fatal Hudson River crash was drunk

The operator of the powerboat that struck a construction barge on the Hudson River, killing a bride-to-be and her fiancé’s best man, was drunk at the time of the crash, according to an indictment. However, attorneys for Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, N.Y., blamed the collision on the barge’s inadequate lighting; they allege it did not meet Coast Guard requirements.



Talkin’boats with Mark Richards

Mark RichardsRichards is founder, president and CEO, Palm Beach Motor Yachts

Talk about a well-rounded mariner. Mark Richards is not only one of the best-known contemporary sailors in the world, but he is also an established powerboat builder who recently displayed two of his yachts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — the Palm Beach 55 Flybridge and the new Palm Beach 45.



How the strongest recorded storm formed

The warming of western Pacific waters to a depth of 100 meters generated the energy that fueled Typhoon Haiyan and enabled it to intensify into a massive 195-mph “super typhoon” that roared ashore at Guiuan on the Philippine island of Samar Nov. 8. It was the strongest tropical cyclone at landfall in recorded history.



Seamanship Quiz - January 2014

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




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