With all vessels safely in port, their captains and first mates partied. That was the undercurrent of Saturday night's ninth annual Commodore's Ball and Change of Watch at Florida's Marco Island Yacht Club.
The Cruising Club of America will award the 2010 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship to Alessandro Di Benedetto for his jury-rigging a mast after being dismasted near Cape Horn on his solo, non-stop circumnavigation on the 21-foot monohull Findomestic.
An ice fisherman from northern Wisconsin who was stranded on Lake Superior clinging to a piece of ice the size of an ambulance said on Friday he feels lucky to be alive.
Organizers for this year's Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race have lined up a number of programs leading up to the race, beginning with a Weather Webinar Series (Feb. 5) followed by the Safety at Sea Symposium weekend (March 19-20).
Police would not release the identity of the 47-year-old man who was a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Sunlight, which was docked for repairs in New Bedford, Mass.
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