Jan 10, 2016

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When Whales Meet Sails

"This humpback whale calf was spotted by researchers in the leeward waters off Maui. The ship-struck animal was a case in which researchers didn’t know the type of vessel involved." Photo credit: Ed Lyman/ NOAA MMHSRP (permit #932-1489)

I wanted to share with you a brand new Ocean Watch article When Whales Meet Sails. Featuring interviews with Damian Foxall, veteran Volvo Ocean Racer, and Fabian Ritter, scientists for the International Whaling Comission, the article discusses how faster ocean racing boats now pose more risks to whales and sailors. By reporting incidents, sailors can help both marine mammals and the boating community can help by reporting incidents.
"Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes, and help fellow boaters know where they are likely to come across marine mammals. This is the best thing we can do in our sport to protect these brilliant creatures." - Damian Foxall, veteran Volvo Ocean Race sailor and Recreation Education Manager at the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

The full article can be read at: http://sailorsforthesea.org/programs/ocean-watch/when-whales-meet-sails

Thanks for your consideration!
Hilary Kotoun
Social Impact Director
Sailors for the Sea


My Big Fat Greek Charter

My Big Fat Greek CharterBy Mark Stevens
Photos by: Sharon Matthews-Stevens

We did breakfast yesterday in the Greek port of Piraeus, just outside Athens:strong coffee, crisp bacon, fresh bread, and omelets spiked with Feta Cheese.

We did dinner last night, al fresco, in a village called Perdika on the island of Aegina.

Sometime over dinner it hit me;I knew I was on to something. Raising a glass of ouzo, I toasted my wife, Sharon, and our friends and crew, Ed and Kim North.

“Forget about weddings,” I said, referring to a hit movie penned by a Canadian of Greek ancestry named Nia Vardalos. “Welcome to my Big Fat Greek Charter.”

Read more about their greek charter.....





Canadian Yachting Digital April 2018



Jeanneau NC 33

Jeanneau NC 33By John Armstrong and Andy Adams

Jeanneau’s newest NC model is the NC 33, and it’s an exciting and innovative inboard cruiser ideally suited to young families or couples.

Nick Harvey, President of Jeanneau America wanted to emphasize that their new NC 33 features a hull design by Michael Peters. Peters’ hand has been on many of the company’s recent designs and strong performance and excellent sea-keeping are to be expected.

At an overall length of 34.5” and equipped with twin engines, the NC 33 has been designed to fit in between Jeanneau’s NC 9(30’11” with a single engine) and the NC 11 at 36’6” and with twin engines.

Read more about the Jeanneau NC 33.....