Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Local Knowledge Lends The Lads A Leg Up!
Team Alvimedica Takes Third In Lisbon

When we hit the racks after a long day in the bilges yesterday, our crew's favorite Volvo Ocean Race boat, Team Alvimedica, was in fifth place with just a few hours to go before landing in Lisbon. So, imagine our surprise this morning, when we woke up to news the young guns had fought back in an epic tacking duel with Dongfeng Racing, to snatch a podium spot away from the early leg leaders by FIFTY-FIVE SECONDS!
Team Alvimedica Earns Podium in Dramatic Comeback Finish to Lisbon
We can imagine Dongfeng's disappointment after such a trying leg (schizophrenic wind gusts and shark obstacles are no fun) and we wish them better luck next time. That said, we are super proud of the lads on board Team Alvimedica. Now, after some well-earned rest, let's hope they keep the wind in their sails for the In-Port races this weekend.

You can watch the leg 7 Lisbon arrivals here.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The BEST Boating Is SAFE Boating!
National Safe Boating Week May 16-22, 2015

General Boating Safety Tips 

Life jackets are your friends!
1. No matter what activity you have planned – boating, fishing, paddling and more – always remember to wear a life jacket every time you are on the water. Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket.

2. Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for your water activity, and that it fits properly. A life jacket that is too large or too small can cause different situational problems. All persons should always wear a life jacket.

3. Know your state’s boating laws before you get out on the water. Rules and laws can differ from state to state and violations can result in ticketing, fines or jail time.

4. Take a boating safety course. Learn valuable tips that can help save your life in unexpected situations by taking a NASBLA (National Association of Boating Law Administrators) approved boating safety course.

5. Make sure your boat is as prepared as you are. There are many items that need to be checked and re-checked on any boat. Schedule a Vessel Safety Check with your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons before you hit the water.

6. Boat capacity. Be sure to know your boat’s capacity. If you have more on your boat than it was designed to handle, the boat may become unstable and capsize.

7. Check the weather. Know the latest marine weather forecast prior to going out, and keep a regular check for changing conditions.

8. Dress properly. Always dress for the weather, wearing layers if cooler weather, and bring an extra set of clothes in case you get wet.

9. Always file a float plan. File a float plan with someone you trust that includes details about the trip, boat, persons, towing or trailer vehicle, communication equipment, and emergency contacts. Find out more at

10. Always follow navigation rules. Know the ‘Rules of the Road’ such as operator's responsibility, maintaining a proper lookout, safe speed, crossing, meeting head-on and overtaking situations. Find out more at

11. Don’t drink while you boat. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 16 percent of deaths in 2013. Find out more at

The difference between lost and found - EPIRB
12. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Gasoline-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it. Be sure to install and maintain a working CO detector, never block exhaust outlets, and always dock, beach or anchor at least 20 feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine.

13. Keep in touch. Communication devices can be the most important piece of emergency equipment on board a vessel, especially in case of emergency. Cell phones, satellite phones, emergency position indicating radio beacons, VHF radios and personal locator beacons can all contribute in an emergency situation.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Straight Line Sailing, Second Place Finish
In-Port Race Newport: Team Alvimedica Mounts The Podium

Congrats to the home team, Team Alvimedica, on nabbing the second step of the podium at the In-Port race in Newport!

Conditions were such that the outcome of the race was relatively predictable from the outset and Mapfre capitalized on a good start to take first place. Meanwhile, the youngest crew of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet pleased the home crowd with a smart start and error-free performance for the silver. Team Abu Dhabi rounded out the top three.
Team Alvimedica Earns a Podium Finish at Home
You can watch the full replay by clicking here. Well done, mates. Next stop? Lisbon!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Bon Voyage, Baumstein!
Port Townsend Woman Ready To Row Across The Pacific

As you may know, here at Stanley Yachts, we've been diligently following the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet sails its way around the world [let's go Team Alvimedica!]. But, come May 18 (on or about), we'll also be keeping an eye on a brave, young soul from Washington, Sonya Baumstein, who is poised for a solo row across the Pacific Ocean.

Sonya Baumstein has rowed from Spain to Barbados and for her next trick? She's going to row across the Pacific Ocean -...
Posted by Stanley Yacht Services, Inc. on Friday, May 15, 2015

Wishing Sonya all the best for this epic journey. May the winds and currents ever be in your favor. Bon Voyage, Baumstein!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

USCG Recreational Boating Stats Are In & What Do They Tell Us?
Wear A Life Jacket! Say "No" To Boozy Boating!

National Safe Boating Week: May 16-22
Just in time for the conclusion of the American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard published its annual report on recreational boating. The statistics highlight the continued need for, and importance of, national safety campaigns such as Wear It! and Operation Dry Water, especially in Florida, unfortunately.

Never to be ones to say, "We told you so," we'll let you read on for more details but we will remind you to always practice safe boating and join us and the National Safe Boating Council in doing what we can to spread the word and educate others!


ST. PETERSBURG, Fl. — The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics Wednesday, revealing 70 boating fatalities in Florida that year.

The number of boating fatalities increased to 70 in 2014 from 58 in 2013. The number of registered Florida boaters has decreased over the past year.

"In Florida, and especially in the Tampa Bay area, we have great conditions for boating year round," said Cdr. Sean Ryan, the deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. "We want people to enjoy these conditions, but boaters need to remember there are easy steps to take to stay safe on the water, starting with wearing a life jacket and boating sober."

Just say, "No," to boozy boating! 
Nationally, alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Also, where the cause of death was known, 78 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.

 To view the complete report, click: 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics.

For more information on boating responsibly, please visit


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US Coast Guard releases 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics Report
So with all the data on hand, let's do what we can to make boating safer for everyone. And, come on Florida - let's get those new boater registration numbers up!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Grab Your Life Jackets! [Don't Worry - We're Not Sinking ...]

Boaters Aim to Break Record on Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day This May 16

MANASSAS, VA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2015) - Help break a world record! Boating safety advocates have teamed up around the globe to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, for Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day on May 16, 2015. The National Safe Boating Council and Canadian Safe Boating Council sponsor this international event.
"This is a great opportunity for boaters to get a refresher on boating safety while joining thousands of others to set a world record for the most life jackets worn on the same day," said Rachel Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council.
Ready, Set, Wear It! 2014 by the numbers
Ready, Set, Wear It! will usher in National Safe Boating Week, this year May 16-22, 2015. This one-day event is part of the yearlong Wear It! campaign to promote boating safety and voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
"Boaters can still have fun while choosing to always wear a life jacket," said Jean Murray, chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. "Last year we made history when nearly 7,000 participants at 175 events around the world helped us raise awareness of boating safety."
All members of the boating public -- including anglers, hunters, paddlers and others who use boats (don't forget your four-legged friends!) -- are encouraged to attend. Nearly 20,000 people have participated in Ready, Set, Wear It! since 2010, breaking the world record each year for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated on the same day. Find out more at
Wear It! unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, including the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Canadian Safe Boating Council with the National Safe Boating Council. It is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Follow Wear It! on Twitter at @boatingcampaign, like on Facebook at, and share your boating story at
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Marine Industry Leaders Dock In DC
American Boating Congress: May 11-13, 2015

If you're in Washington, D.C. for the next few days and notice a lot of people wearing boat shoes and polarized sunglasses, don't be alarmed. Congress hasn't taken [another] vacation; instead, Capitol Hill has been taken over by our brethren boaters attending the American Boating Congress ["ABC"].

Opening today and running through Wednesday, the ABC is a comprehensive legislative conference that brings together recreational boating industry leaders to formulate public policy and present a unified front on issues that impact marine businesses.  Topics to be addressed include, for example, the impact of ethanol on outboard engines, and the protection of public access to Biscayne National Park.

American Boating Congress starts today in D.C.
So, salute our fellow boaters as they join forces in D.C. to educate Congress about boating’s economic impact, the jobs it creates, families it supports & social benefits it provides. Remind Congress that BOATERS are VOTERS!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

50 Years Later, Feds OK Ferries To Cuba

As we discussed previously, when President Obama announced a normalization in diplomatic relations with Cuba, a handful of Florida companies jumped at the opportunity to offer ferry service between the island and the U.S. mainland. On Tuesday, at least four of them received the federal approval required to launch their vessels.
    Two Florida companies approved for ferry service to Cuba
With what promises to be some healthy competition on the water, we'll be interested to see the range of ticket prices and available schedules. What say you, mates? ¡VĂ¡monos a Cuba!

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