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From civilian to Coast Guard leader From civilian to Coast Guard leader Almost two years ago, 23-year-old Brandon Gannon lived at home in Reedsport, Oregon; finishing high school Almost two years ago, 23-year-old Brandon Gannon lived at home in Reedsport, Oregon; finishing high school and preparing for college. Today, he’s the senior seaman aboard Coast Guard Cutter Active who is working to keep drugs from reaching America’s shores while learning to lead others. by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll Posted today at 4:32 am Pan Pan in Tahiti Pan Pan in Tahiti Having arrived in Papeete, we had planned to enjoy a week of rejuvenation, sightseeing, exploring new restaurants It’s been one hell of a week on Coastal Drifter. Having arrived in Papeete, we had planned to enjoy a week of rejuvenation, sightseeing, exploring new restaurants, getting reacquainted with old friends, and catching up with the world after spending the last 6 months incommunicado. The only reason I’m telling you about my week is because it may help prepare someone else by Deb and Phil Perfitt Posted on 20 Nov Thailand (or is it Tie Land?) Thailand (or is it Tie Land?) As we roam the distant seas of the globe on our circumnavigation, we have come across various wonderful places As we roam the distant seas of the globe on our circumnavigation, we have come across various wonderful places that have a draw that can pull you in and tie you up, making it hard to leave. Thailand is one of those places. Phuket, Thailand and vicinity is on the route of most sailors circling the globe and many, like us, stay longer than expected for so many good reasons. by Jordan and Judy Mills Posted on 20 Nov Into the Atlantic - ARC 2017 sets sail from Gran Canaria Into the Atlantic - ARC 2017 sets sail from Gran Canaria Under warm sunshine, with a light breeze, a truly special atmosphere swept through marina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Under glorious warm sunshine, with a light breeze, a truly special atmosphere swept through the marina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this morning as months of preparations became final farewells, and yachts made their final checks before heading out to the start line for the 32nd edition of the ARC. by World Cruising Posted on 20 Nov Saint Lucia beckons Saint Lucia beckons With one day to go, it’s countdown to the start and last night crews let their hair down at the ARC farewell party With one day to go, it’s countdown to the start and last night crews let their hair down at the ARC farewell party held at the Real Club Nautico. Managing Director of World Cruising Club, Andrew Bishop gave a moving speech, thanking all the supporters here in Las Palmas including: Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Patronato de Turismo de Gran Canaria, Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by World Cruising Posted on 19 Nov J/121 awarded SAIL Best Boats - Performance J/121 awarded SAIL Best Boats - Performance With respect to promoting innovative, fun racing, J/Boats is championing something called “Open Course” racing The latest in this long line of outside-the-box designs is the new 40 foot J/121, a boat specifically tailored to appeal to skippers who are 1) tired of having to round up eight to 10 people to go racing and 2) are looking for something other the usual windward-leeward “sausage” courses that now dominate inshore racing. by Yachtspot Posted on 19 Nov Clipper RTW - Simon Spiers washed overboard on way to Australia Clipper RTW - Simon Spiers washed overboard on way to Australia We are extremely saddened today to report the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30 We are extremely saddened today to report the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30, (GREAT Britain). Simon, 60, from Bristol, UK, was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change from Yankee 3 when he was washed overboard. by Clipper Round The World Posted on 19 Nov ARC+ 2017 Farewell to Mindelo ARC+ 2017 Farewell to Mindelo The ARC+ fleet got underway in good conditions earlier today as they set out on Leg 2 of ARC+ from São Vicente The ARC+ fleet got underway in good conditions earlier today as they set out on Leg 2 of ARC+ from São Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands to Saint Lucia. Conditions at the start were good with a NE wind of around 15 knots blowing across the start line. The port of Mindelo is in a basin however, and frequent gusts from the mountain made for a lively start as the multihulls cross the line at 1245 by World Cruising Posted on 18 Nov Safety first Safety first Part of invaluable support available for participants in ARC is access to expert advice from World Cruising Club team Part of the invaluable support available for participants in the ARC is access to expert advice from the World Cruising Club team with many years of experience between them. All are on hand in Las Palmas and have been imparting their knowledge through a series of comprehensive seminars, workshops, discussions and hands-on sessions. They are all designed to offer practical and informative advice by World Cruising Posted on 18 Nov Returning to the boat - What do you carry? Returning to the boat - What do you carry? After two busy weeks in Melbourne we returned to boat with over 120kg of luggage-thank heavens for Qantas being generous After two busy weeks in Melbourne we returned to the boat with over 120kg of luggage - thank heavens for Qantas being generous on the allowances. The flight landed in Dallas, where we loaded the super-Chevy truck and proceeded to drive back to Virginia, via Little Rock and Nashville. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 18 Nov Sidney to San Francisco – The journey within Sidney to San Francisco – The journey within The learning curve to prepare us for offshore sailing has been significant. Still, we haven’t done this before. Both of us can get seasick. We know this from participating in a Sail Canada Advanced Cruising course, that took us offshore 50 NM. At that time our seasickness experience was the classic three-day affair. For me (Stefa), it started with nausea when we hit the swell of the Pacific Ocean. by Stefa Katamay Posted on 17 Nov Cruising to an Oyster Roast in Reedville Cruising to an Oyster Roast in Reedville Our journey back to Reedville was planned around a critical date - the annual Fisherman's Museum Oyster Roast. Our journey back to Reedville was planned around a critical date - the annual Fisherman's Museum Oyster Roast. No true cruising sailor could miss this! The simple little affair was planned to allow just 1000 people to fess up 50 bucks and then eat all the oysters they could ...... which is a lot of oysters. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 17 Nov Ancasta gears up for boat show season, CNB 66 set for Boot Düsseldorf Ancasta gears up for boat show season, CNB 66 set for Boot Düsseldorf Ancasta is excited to announce that the new CNB 66 will be available to view at Boot Düsseldorf (20-28th January 2018). Ancasta is excited to announce that the new CNB 66 will be available to view at Boot Düsseldorf (20-28th January 2018). The beautiful CNB 66 redefines the possibilities of a 20m yacht. Her flowing, well-proportioned lines conceal an elegant, spacious interior. Ancasta can look at brokerage options for existing owners looking to move on to the CNB 66. by Jake Young Posted on 17 Nov 2018 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show launches 30th year 2018 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show launches 30th year Celebrating 30 years alongside SCIBS is a loyal band of exhibitors who took a punt on a promotional concept SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the team was thrilled to be planning a massive Show for 2018, buoyed by the spirit of exhibitors already working towards their displays for the landmark 30th year. by SCIBS Media Posted on 17 Nov The message The message It simply read, “Jake and I are off the coast on the 44 - fantastic conditions.” It simply read, “Jake and I are off the coast on the 44 - fantastic conditions.” Of course you immediately think to yourself, “Oh nice one team! Got any salt with that?” Yet they were actually sending a note of appreciation, which read “Excellent work John, great read thank you.” So it was impossible to be anything other than inspired by visions of sun, and a flat sea over the top of the compass by John Curnow Posted on 17 Nov Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures Scientists found plastic in 83% of global tapwater samples, while other studies have found plastic in rock salt and fish Alarmingly, the dreaded plastic contagion has reached almost 11,000m below sea level. Seeing as every bit of plastic that has ever been made is still with us, it may not be surprising, but it certainly is concerning, for it means it is now throughout the entire food chain. Seeing it on the islands of the Pacific is one thing, but to know it is that far down is shocking. by Matthew Taylor/The Guardian Posted on 16 Nov Passive acoustics track right whale shifts Passive acoustics track right whale shifts Using bottom-mounted listening devices deployed along the coast, researchers can record whale calls 24/7 Analysis of data collected by passive acoustic monitoring between 2004 and 2014 by 19 organizations throughout the western North Atlantic Ocean revealed North Atlantic right whales have increased time spent in the Mid-Atlantic region since 2010 and decreased their presence in the northern Gulf of Maine. by NOAA Fisheries Posted on 16 Nov NOAA and partners assess coral reef damage following Hurricane Irma NOAA and partners assess coral reef damage following Hurricane Irma Science divers surveyed more than 50 sites, from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas, and found widespread damage to sponges Preliminary reports from the team found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation, which can smother and prevent corals from getting enough sunlight, as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. by NOAA Fisheries Posted on 16 Nov High tech on the high seas High tech on the high seas The acoustic array consists of a series of hydrophones (underwater microphones) that are towed behind the ship. Scientists monitor the sounds by listening with headphones and watching a visual representation of the sounds known as a spectrogram because some sounds cannot be heard by the human ear. Using these two techniques, the acoustics team can determine when a vocalizing whale or dolphin is present and what species it is based on various characteristics of their sounds. by NOAA Fisheries Posted on 16 Nov The next Crystal Blues? The next Crystal Blues? It's not very likely, but in their wisdom the guru's at Rolls Royce have named their new 62 meter yacht Crystal Blue. Note that it's hybrid powered by LNG and batteries, and does't (normally) anchor anywhere - instead, the thrusters linked to a dynamic positioning system simply keep it in place. It's planned to be accompanied by a 42 meter 'tender' that will carry the water toys and act as a refueling barge for the LNG. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 16 Nov
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