A three-man sail from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., waters earlier this month ended in a loss of a sailor's life, a dismasting of a two-masted sailboat that was later abandoned and a dramatic rescue of two.
According to NOAA, the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Tuesday, was one of the busiest on record. In contrast, the eastern North Pacific season had the fewest storms on record since the satellite era began.
The Coast Guard rescue coordination center in Honolulu, a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and a good Samaritan rescued a distressed mariner who was adrift 200 miles northwest of Christmas Island.
The home in the waterfront community of Gulf Harbors in Port Richey, Fla., bears many of the standard hallmarks of a home in foreclosure - a broken porch light, warped garage door and soggy newspapers on the porch.
College students Cynthia Berger and Bill Carlsen are spending the year traveling by boat around "The Great Loop," the system of waterways that circles eastern North America.
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