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Sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race came to the stopover in Newport, R.I., with a one-word message. It’s not “strength” or “endurance” or any other inspirational messaging poster you might see hanging in an office boardroom.

The Volvo Ocean Race boats pass under the Newport Bridge at the start of Leg 7, bound for Lisbon, Portugal.

Logistically, it’s a rat race

Sure, you’ve got some marketing challenges. But how about picking up and moving your shop to the middle of the Indian Ocean? That’s essentially the challenge Volvo Group faces when it runs its Volvo Ocean Race around the world every three years.

The industry is concerned that as the blend wall creeps up, there could be an increase in misfueling incidents.

Both sides blast EPA’s ethanol plan

The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest ethanol fuel proposal has angered both supporters and critics of biofuel blends and prompted a new marine industry call for Congress to take decisive action on Renewable Fuel Standard reform.

Experts say the industry’s future is inextricably tied to its ability to put more young people into boats.

Bracing for life without boomers

“Let’s face it,” says Jack Ellis, managing director at Info-Link Technologies Inc., “owning a boat is not a rational decision.”

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