All Engines Firing for Start of the 2014 Melges 32 Miami Winter Regatta

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Miami, Fla. – The 2014 Melges 32 Miami Winter Regatta is officially declared open, hosted at Miami Beach Marina in Miami, Florida, supported by Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Melges USA. Thirteen world-class teams representing eight different countries have settled in and are now completely ready for three days of very competitive racing.

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Subic Boracay Race – AY Pre-Regatta Report

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Quality verses Quantity in Subic Boracay Race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
28:02:2014 Subic Bay, Philippines: When the high noon starting signal sounds for the 200 nautical mile, Subic Bay to Boracay Race, 14 yachts in 3 classes will brace themselves for a challenging and tactical race, out of Subic Bay, through the Verde Island Passage, round the notorious tricky Dumali Point and then a downwind sleigh ride all the way to Boracay. Renown for the windy conditions, most the dedicated top Asian racing yachts have come together and enjoy testing the crew skills, in pursuit of an elusive victory. This also has its downside where a lot of racer/cruisers would rather sit this one out for fear of major breakages. Never the less the tropical destination of Boracay remains the lure for sailors where action on and off the water is guaranteed.

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Schettino returns to Concordia “as a defendant”

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Commandant delivers his final State of the Coast Guard address

February 27, 2014—U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Headquarters, St. Elizabeths Campus, Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Papp provided an overview of programs and issues of the last four years and also looked ahead to what the Coast Guard may face in the future. Emphasizing that this year the Coast guard became the first military service to achieve a clean financial audit, Papp remarked that the Coast Guard provided a sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars, an “achievement that required an all hands effort across the

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RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show Special

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SailRacer at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
The Team have been busy making the final preparations for the show and we have some exciting new launches and partnerships to announce. Please visit the SailRacer stand C84 in the Main Hall, for a chat on how we can help your club, class and business. For sailors we will have details of our 2014 events such as GJW Direct SailFest and products such as SailTracker. More….

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MAIB issues safety bulletin following workboat fire

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NJ rock salt saga: Poor planning, not the Jones Act to blame

February 26, 2014—The great New Jersey rock salt shortage has apparently come to an end, and so, too, perhaps the Garden State’s assaults on the Jones Act. A U.S.-flagged barge carrying the first shipment of 40,000 tons of rock salt from Maine arrived yesterday at the Port of Newark. An unrelenting, bitter winter had nearly exhausted New Jersey’s stockpile of road salt by early February. After exploring several options, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) said it had located a 40,000-ton pile of salt in Searsport, ME. NJDOT said a foreign-flagged cargo ship Anastasia S. was in Searsport available to transport the salt to New Jersey. However, to use the foreign ship, NJDOT said it was requesting a waiver of the federal Jones Act, the law that requires cargo transported between points in the U.S. to move only on American vessels.

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TOTE cuts steel for LNG fueled containership

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TOTE cuts steel for LNG fueled containership

February 25, 2014—Fireworks marked the first cut of steel in a ceremony last night as construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containerships in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, CA. “These ships, will be the most advanced, environmentally progressive vessels of their kind,” said Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. “They also represent $350 million in U.S. investment, 600 American shipyard jobs, and the bright future of the indispensable domestic maritime industry,” he added.

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