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Wanted: new sailors

Spring has arrived on Lake Union, and The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is ramping up some changes in its adult sailing education program, SailNOW! SailNOW! graduated 190 new sailors in 2013. The center has a goal of 260 graduates this year and if the numbers since Jan. 1 are a good indication, it will [...]

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The Seven Sins of Sailing

  An Open Letter to My Crew Dear Crew of the Naughty boat, You know that I run a casual ship.  I am not driven to win at all costs.  There will be no Joey Cora moments for me, crying in the dugout should we lose.  I’m just not wired that way.  I race because [...]

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A GLONASS system satellite

GLONASS satellite navigation network disrupted this week

Russia’s GPS-alternative satellite positioning system, GLONASS, was hit by a major disruption earlier this week according to PC Magazine (thanks to Captain Richard Rodriguez at Bitter End for the link). Beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, most of the 24 satellites in the GLONASS constellation began broadcasting erroneous data about their own positions, leading [...]

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Sea lions laying on a VTS separation buoy

Synthetic AIS coming to Puget Sound

Is this the beginning of the drone wars? Is the Singularity, a theoretical mass awakening of machine intelligence arising in our networked computers to revolt against us, now upon us? Probably not, but artificial AIS (Automatic Identification System) beacons are coming to Puget Sound soon, in a big way. The most recent Coast Guard District [...]

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