Three men were recently rescued from a 32-foot-long boat, a privately owned fishing vessel sinking in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles northwest of Clearwater, Fla.
Anyone planning an offshore passage should consider attending one of the Cruising Rally Association's Ocean Sailing Seminars. For 20 years, CRA instructors with specialties in communications, sail handling, heavy weather sailing, mechanical/electrical systems and offshore safety have brought two-day seminars to future offshore sailors.
The U.S.-based America's Cup syndicate BMW Oracle on Tuesday questioned if the boat that Swiss-backed defending champion Alinghi plans to use in their multihull duel slated for February meets the event's nationality rules.
President Obama intends to nominate Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Vice Admiral Papp would relieve Admiral Thad Allen in May.
In the Dec. 18 Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security outlined spending on recreational boating safety projects, programs and activities.
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