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Former USCG Rescue Swimmer on Offshore Safety. 31/10/2014

Mario Vittone, former USCG Rescue swimmer, spoke to the Caribbean 1500 rally this morning for a morning safety seminar prior to Sunday's planned departure from Portsmouth, VA. Below are some highlights of his hour-long talk.“Every incident offshore could have been prevented before they ever left the dock. It’s all about preparation. Even in bad weather, it’s the preparation that will determine the outcome.”The five rules of boating:1. Keep the water on the outside of the boat2. Keep the bad stuff inside the boat (oil, etc).3. Keep the boat from catching fire or blowing up.4. Keep everyone on the boat, on the boat.5. If any of that stuff goes wrong, call us!“Sailors get into trouble primarily for this – the failure to recognize when they’re in trouble.”On Calling a ‘MayDay’“You don’t have... Click here for more info..

Podcast: Offshore Weather. 26/10/2014

Click here for the direct download link.Andy discusses his way of getting and interpreting weather forecasts offshore, and why he thinks... Click here for more info..

Podcast Andy Schell & NPR's Scott Neuman Talk Sailing Books. 07/10/2014

NPR's Scott Neuman chats with Andy about their favorite books that they'd bring along to a desert island or on a long offshore passage. They... Click here for more info..

Podcast: Master Rigger Brion Toss. 01/10/2014

This is a must-listen for anyone thinking of going offshore sailing. Brion Toss, a guru of yacht rigging, talks about all sorts of technical... Click here for more info..

Podcast: Crossing Oceans with Kids. 19/09/2014

David & Isabelle share their classic story of a ten-year dream-turned-reality to take their kids cruising. A French-Canadian couple from... Click here for more info..

Paul & Sheryl Shard of 'Distant Shores TV' on the 59º North podcast. 14/05/2014

Carib 1500 event manager Andy Schell chatted with Paul & Sheryl Shard of the popular Distant Shores TV series from Bermuda. The Shard's... Click here for more info..

59º North Sailing Podcast with Farr Yacht Design. 01/05/2014

Episode 23 is Patrick Shaughnessy, President of Farr Yacht Design. Caribbean 1500 event manager Andy Schell spoke to Patrick in his office... Click here for more info..

Sailors encouraged to join project to track effects of climate change on the world’s oceans. 28/03/2014

Cruising sailors are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate... Click here for more info..

Why do the Rally?. 20/12/2013

In it’s 27th year, the popularity of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has never been higher. 2013 marked the first-ever ARC+ rally, which saw... Click here for more info..

UPDATED: Breakages & Jury Rigs on the ARC Atlantic Crossing. 15/12/2013

Any Atlantic crossing is as much a test of boats and gear as it is a test of mental fortitude, and the 2013 ARC was no exception. There was... Click here for more info..

Unusual Weather Pattern Challenges 2013 ARC Fleet. 11/12/2013

Year to year, the dock-talk among ARC crew inevitably turns to the weather, and 2013 is certainly no different. And what’s on everyone’s... Click here for more info..

Exploring Saint Lucia . 08/12/2013

Exploring Saint LuciaRising like an emerald tooth from the flat Caribbean Sea, St Lucia definitely grabs your attention. Glossed over as... Click here for more info..

Provisioning for the crossing. 22/11/2013

Provisioning for an Atlantic crossing can be a daunting and time consuming task. ARC seminars on the subject were extremely popular and many... Click here for more info..

25 Multihulls Set for ARC Crossing. 22/11/2013

25 multihulls are moored in the Vela Latina basin in the Muelle Deportivo, busy preparing for their Atlantic crossing with the ARC. Amongst... Click here for more info..

ARC Kinder Club. 19/11/2013

Kamen in den vergangenen Jahren die ARC-Kinder meist aus Skandinavien, sind dieses Jahr 6 Boote aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum mit der ARC... Click here for more info..

Schooling at sea. 16/11/2013

The ARC has always been a family affair, with cruisers from all backgrounds coming together for this annual transatlantic migration.... Click here for more info..

Tips for Two-up. 15/11/2013

Fifteen ARC boats will be sailing doublehanded this year - with just two people onboard. On Thursday Evening there was a workshop for those... Click here for more info..

The Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 14/11/2013

ARC and ARC+ crews were treated to a spectaular taste of the famous carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at the official Welcome Party.... Click here for more info..

Safety on the high seas - the ARC safety equipment check. 13/11/2013

World Cruising Club take the safety of participants in all of their rallies very seriously, and require ARC boats to carry a minimum... Click here for more info..

Take a Longer Look at Gran Canaria. 12/11/2013

Gran Canaria and its capital - Las Palmas A miniature continentGran Canaria has a rugged mountainous interior. Being of volcanic origin,... Click here for more info..