Could ‘Circle Spoofing’ Be Ingenious Hackers?

Sailor-turned-game developer Scott Goffman says he's working on a project in which he inadvertently replicated almost the exact opposite scenario from what he thinks may have resulted in the now-nicknamed "AIS crop circles."
AIS Marine Traffic

Vessels Caught in ‘Circle Spoofing’ Off West Coast

One of the great technological advancements of modern-day sailing is the ability to watch a vessel’s track as it makes its way around the world. AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a tracking system used by thousands of private and commercial vessels that not only keeps family and friends abreast of your travels, but also provides an additional layer of safety by enabling other vessels to see you, long before you can see each other physically. More »
Chuck Hawley lecturing at the US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar

Keeping Inflatable Life Jackets in Life Saving Condition

Do you use an inflatable life jacket? Have you checked it recently, or ever? Last week, May 16th to 22nd, was Safe Boating Week, and US Sailing posted a great video (below) in their free online Starboard Portal called Keeping Inflatables in Life Saving Condition. More »

Coast Guard Rescues Three off Sailboat Near Half Moon Bay

On late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard rescued three people from a 30-ft sailboat off Pillar Point. “The owner of the 30-foot sailboat Freedom contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center at approximately 11 p.m., More »
Kid wearing filter mask and PFD

A National Safe Boating Week Like No Other

National Safe Boating Week runs Saturday, May 16, through Friday, May 22. The usual recommendation urging lifejacket wear is now joined by an equally important message — how to stay safe during the time of COVID-19.
Yawl on beach

Changing the Small Craft Advisory System

"In a move that could simplify and potentially reduce misunderstanding of urgent weather messages used by recreational boaters to make critical boating safety decisions, the National Weather Service (NWS) has proposed renaming 'Small Craft Advisory to 'Small Craft Warning'."
5O5 with spinanker

Pacific Cup (and More) Canceled!

Organizers for the Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Oahu have canceled the 2020 race and scheduled the next one to start the week of July 4, 2022.