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Archive for January 2016

Where There’s Black Smoke, There’s Fire

The fire started on a powerboat and spread to another powerboat and a sailing catamaran.  © 2016 Rose Alderson A wicked boat fire broke out Wednesday about 4:30 p.m. on the powerboat Rhum Runner at the Island Water World Dock in Cole Bay, St. More »

Sailors Rescued Nine Times

Yet again the poor Nora needed the help of others besides her two American crew. This time it was in Cornwall after the unattended 40-footer tipped over and caught fire from a candle left burning inside. More »

Monthly Racing Preview

The SSS received 367 entries for this year’s Three Bridge Fiasco (registration is now closed). What will all those singlehanders and doublehanders encounter on the race course tomorrow? The current map at noon on Saturday. More »

Scientists Discover Long-Lost Whalers

If you’re always looking for ‘silver linings’, you’ll be interested in recent discoveries made by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists thanks to diminishing sea ice in the Arctic.  Although artfully drawn, this artist’s rendering of the abandonment scene can’t begin to convey the grim prospect of surviving outside in such conditions, even for a brief period. More »

Three Bridge Fiasco Preview

Was there ever a crazier, more challenging race to start than the Three Bridge Fiasco? The start line buoy, a yellow ball marked with an X, can be seen mid-frame. Three hundred boats are starting in either direction, at various odd times. More »

We’ll See You in Seattle

As every Pacific Northwest sailor undoubtedly knows, the massive Seattle Boat Show begins this week and runs through February 6 at CenturyLink Field (plus in-the-water boat viewing at South Lake Union). More »

Key West Wrap-Up

The Melges 24 Shaka shakes off her rig on Friday at Key West Race Week, in breeze building past 20 knots and monstrous seas. © 2016 Max Ranchi The 2016 Quantum Key West Race Week ended just the way it started, with nuking breeze, driving rain and lightning all around. More »