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In Rio's Olympic Waters: Corpses, Sewage

Rio has a long way to go in clean up of Guanabara Bay

(Newser) - With the clock ticking on Rio's 2016 Olympics and tongues wagging about its lack of preparedness , the New York Times today turns to a rather disgusting item on the Games' checklist that Brazil seems to have missed: Guanabara Bay, the site of the sailing and windsurfing events. Despite Brazil'... More »

Sailing Family Won't Be Charged for Baby's Rescue

Cost of rescue operation is not yet known

(Newser) - It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship, and scores of personnel (including four California Air National Guard members who parachuted into the water and swam to the boat) to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the... More »

Why I Sail the World With My Child

Diane Selkirk defends the 'Rebel Heart' sailing family

(Newser) - Diane Selkirk has heard the criticism of the Kaufman family , who decided to sail around the globe with their two young children only to see one of them fall ill and need to be rescued . But on Slate , she explains why "adventure sailing with young children," while risky,... More »

Sick Child's Parents Defend Round-the-World Sail

Kaufmans insist they 'prepared as well as any sailing crew could'

(Newser) - Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, the parents who took their young daughters on what was supposed to be a round-the-world sailing voyage, are defending that decision after their 1-year-old daughter became ill, their boat stalled, and the family had to be rescued by the US Navy. "We understand there are... More »

Navy Rescues Ill Toddler Off Coast of Mexico

Family was on round-the-world sail when 1-year-old became sick

(Newser) - American sailors rescued a family with an ill 1-year-old baby from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and today were headed to San Diego to get the girl medical treatment. The girl, along with her family, were helped onto an inflatable raft and then taken aboard... More »

'Reckless' Captain Sunk HMS Bounty: Report

Surviving crew members disagree with NTSB

(Newser) - The missing and presumed dead captain of the HMS Bounty takes the blame for the tall ship's sinking in a newly released National Transportation Safety Board report. The wooden replica of an 18th-century sailing ship sank 125 miles off the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Sandy, and the NTSB... More »

Incredible Comeback Keeps America's Cup in US

Team Oracle USA needed to win 8 straight races, and that's just what it did

(Newser) - The US team won the America's Cup in sailing today, and this is pretty much all you need to know about how huge of a comeback it was: It's a best-of-17 series, and Oracle Team USA trailed 8-1 just last week. Do the math, and you'll see... More »

83-Year-Old Yacht Wins Trans-Pacific Race

...a feat it last pulled off in 1936

(Newser) - The boat that won this year's Transpacific Yacht Race was a feared competitor on the cutting edge of sailboat design … back in 1936, when it won the race for the first time. This time, the Dorade was a much less likely winner. When he bought the boat for... More »

US Schooner Vanishes Off New Zealand

The last eerie call came in June 3

(Newser) - Six Americans and a Brit have vanished without a trace on the high seas between New Zealand and Australia, aboard the 70-foot vessel the Nina, CNN reports.The crew was last heard from on June 4 while battling rough conditions—68mph gusts and waves as high as 26 feet—about... More »

HMS Bounty Crew Member Found Dead

Tall ship's captain still missing

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has recovered the body of one of two crew members missing from the HMS Bounty, a tall ship that sank off the North Carolina coast after running into Hurricane Sandy. The replica sailing ship was built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty, and Claudene Christian,... More »

85-Year-Old Sails Atlantic ... on a Raft

Two-month journey for charity completed

(Newser) - Anthony Smith was in high spirits as arrived in St. Maarten yesterday, and why not? After all, he’d just realized a boyhood dream, sailing a 40-foot raft on a two-month journey across the Atlantic with the help of three of his friends—at the ripe young age of 85.... More »

BP's Hayward: If Only I Had an Acting Degree

And so what if I went sailing, he harrumphs in first in-depth interview

(Newser) - Tony Hayward's lips are flapping again, which usually doesn't bode well for Tony Hayward. In his first in-depth interview since his departure from the company's helm, BP's vilified ex-CEO is unrepentant about wanting his life back and going sailing as the Macondo well gushed, and generally feels like he "... More »

Laura Dekker Sets Sail

Dutch teen slips quietly out of Portuguese port

(Newser) - Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker quietly slipped out of an undisclosed Portugal port today, beginning her controversial quest to become the youngest person to sail around the globe. The Dutch teen began her journey, expected to take at least a year, on a nearly windless day, notes the AP. "She said... More »

Mom of Dutch Sailor, 14: OK, She Can Go

Laura Dekker gets greenlight for around-the-world trip

(Newser) - The mother of a 14-year-old Dutch girl who wants to sail solo around the world has given up her opposition to her daughter's planned trip. Laura Dekker's dream of becoming the youngest person to sail alone around the globe has been thwarted by a Dutch court that last year made... More »

Abby Sunderland Reunited With Brother

Zac Sunderland meets teen sailor off coast of Africa on way home

(Newser) - In a bittersweet reunion today, 16-year-old Californian sailor Abby Sunderland hugged her brother Zac as she teared up and defended her family against criticism that she had been too young to try to sail around the world alone. "I knew what to do. I was well-prepared for anything that... More »

Sunderlands: Parents Who Should Be Shot

Teen plans to try again

(Newser) - At first it looked like an inspiring tale of a plucky teen sailor trying to circumnavigate the globe alone, rescued from storm-tossed seas in a big-hearted Australian government operation. But anger continues to mount as Abby Sunderland's near-death experience underscores the dangers she faced because her parents "allowed her... More »

Missing Teen Sailor Alive and Well

Searchers talk to her via radio

(Newser) - Missing teen solo sailor Abby Sunderland has been located and is alive and well, her team revealed. Sunderland told searchers aboard a Quantas airbus, commissioned by the Australian government, that she's OK and has plenty of food, reports MSNBC . "Wild Eyes is upright but her rigging is down. The... More »

Aussie Teen Completes Solo Voyage Around World

16-year-old sailor is the youngest person to do so

(Newser) - After 210 days at sea, 16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson sailed into Sydney Harbour today to complete her solo and unassisted circumnavigation of the globe. She's the youngest person ever to make such a trip. Australia's ABC reports that thousands of cheering locals crowded the shore to welcome Watson, who, after... More »

Teen Forced to Quit Round-the-World Sail

Broken auto pilot ends Sunderland's record hopes

(Newser) - California teen Abby Sunderland has been forced to abandon her attempt to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world without stopping. The 16-year-old, who set off in January, is headed toward Cape Town for emergency repairs to her 40-foot boat's navigation system, ABC News reports. She... More »

US Wins Back America's Cup

After 15-year drought, Eliison's BWM Oracle trimaran defeats Swiss Alonghi

(Newser) - Larry Ellison's space-age trimaran BMW Oracle won back the America's Cup for the United States by speeding across the Mediterranean and routing two-time defending champ Alinghi of Switzerland in a two-race sweep. The 65-year-old software tycoon was onboard his incredibly fast craft today, after sitting out Race 1 due to... More »

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