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Coast Guard urges preparation for hurricane season

The Coast Guard in Portsmouth, Va., is urging mariners and residents to begin planning and preparing for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1 and applies to all residents along the East and Gulf coasts.

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MRAA forms opposition to life-jacket mandate

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging its members to let Congress know they oppose proposals to make life-jacket wear mandatory.

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American sailor claims round-the-world title

South Carolina ocean racer Brad Van Liew sailed over the finish line of the Velux 5 Oceans on Friday and into the record books, winning every leg of the 30,000-mile challenge for the second time in his solo sailing career.

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British coastguard could undergo changes

Following a 14-week consultation, the British government has said cutting its coastguard stations from 19 to eight, with only three open all hours, will strengthen service.

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Student-built boats to launch in public ceremony

iyrs_0527Students at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., will take part June 4 in the school’s unique graduation rite at the IYRS docks. Instead of picking up diplomas that prove hours of learning, students will launch and showcase the boats they spent the last year building and restoring.

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