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Boats seized in Mexico released after four months

The 64-foot aluminum cruiser owned by Mike and Carol Brooks Parker was among 338 foreign-owned yachts impounded by Mexican authorities.Relieved to have their yacht back, Carol Brooks Parker and husband Mike still aren’t sure why Mexican authorities seized their 64-foot bluewater power cruiser Avatar last November, holding it for nearly four months at the Marina Coral in Ensenada, Mexico.



Seamanship Quiz - June 2014

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




God save the Queen

Capt. Kevin Oprey, master of Queen Mary 2, stands on the 1,132-foot flagship’s bulbous bow to promote the 2014 World Cruise celebrating her 10th anniversary year.



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.



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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