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Wanted: your stories from the Newport-Bermuda Race

Yachting author John Rousmaniere is producing a centennial history of the Newport-Bermuda Race and is asking sailors for first-hand stories, photographs and other materials.

The Cruising Club of America — the race’s longtime co-sponsor with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club — and Mystic Seaport will co-publish a commemorative history.

Rousmaniere and the CCA invite all race veterans, as well as their friends and relatives, to submit memories in any form: sea stories, anecdotes, photographs, drawings, log books or anything else that sheds light on the race’s appeal.

Rousmaniere’s 22 books include “Fastnet, Force 10,” “The Annapolis Book of Seamanship,” and an upcoming biography of the Sparkman & Stephens yawl, Bolero.

Submissions should be sent by May 25 to Sheila McCurdy by e-mail at ; or c/o The Museum of Yachting, P.O. Box 129, Newport, RI 02840. Materials will be returned or, if contributors specify, placed in the Cruising Club of America’s archives at Mystic (Conn.) Seaport.

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Safe Boating Campaign looks at PFD advances

The annual North American Safe Boating Campaign — a nationwide event dedicated to the prevention of recreational boating deaths and injuries — will be launched during National Safe Boating Week, May 21 to 27.

Coast Guard statistics show that 703 people died in recreational boating accidents in 2003, with drowning the No. 1 cause of death. Nearly 86 percent of those who drowned weren’t wearing life jackets.

This year’s North American Safe Boating Campaign will highlight the technological advances made with life jackets, such as making them smaller, lighter and more comfortable.

The campaign is a partnership of the National Safe Boating Council, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Coast Guard and hundreds of other organizations. It is produced under a grant from the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund administered by the Coast Guard.

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Trawler events now under one umbrella

Trader Publishing Co. of Norfolk, Va., Soundings’ parent company, has acquired West Marine Trawler Fest, bringing the nation’s two major trawler lifestyle shows under the same corporate umbrella. Trader owns PassageMaker magazine, which produces TrawlerPort, a series of shows presented as complements to existing boat shows.

Trawler Fest is a stand-alone production presented in various locations around the country and combining elements of a boat show with seminars. The combination boat and lifestyle shows feature trawlers on display, seminars and social events.

For now at least, there will be little change in either Trawler Fest or TrawlerPort, according to PassageMaker publisher Laurene Parlatore. “But long term, we’re looking at expansion,” she says.

Trawler Fest this year will be held in Poulsbo, Wash., June 9-11; Newport, R.I., July 21-23; Manitowoc, Wis., Aug. 18-20; and Solomons, Md., Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

TrawlerPort will be held during the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show Sept. 15-28; United States Power Boat Show in Annapolis, Md., Oct. 13-16; Lake Union Boats Afloat Show in Seattle Jan. 10-22; and the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 16-20.

In addition to Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and PassageMaker, Trader owns Nor’easter and the marine Web sites, and It also publishes more than 700 classified and photo advertising magazines.

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Nudists turned away from island port

A 248-foot schooner chartered for a gay and nudist cruise was barred from entering the Caribbean island of Nevis because authorities said it would be offensive to locals.

A police patrol boat stopped the ship, Polynesia, which is owned by Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, as it approached the port of Charlestown March 23. Officers boarded the vessel, with 110 passengers on board for a six-day cruise. After a meeting ashore between the captain and island officials, Polynesia was barred from entering the port.

Malcolm Guishard, Nevis minister of tourism, says the action was based on the island’s ban on public nudity and not the lifestyle of the passengers.

“We continue to welcome all visitors to the island … just as long as they remain fully clothed,” Guishard said in a statement.