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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

Sailing couple admits to spying for Cuba

A well-known boating couple admitted in federal court last week that they spied for Cuba over the past three decades, receiving coded instructions over a shortwave radio and passing them along. Walter K. Myers, 72, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit espionage and wire fraud. His wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, 71, pleaded guilty to conspiring…more

US Sailing hands out Herreshoff Trophy

The Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy was recently presented to Terry Kohler by US Sailing. Kohler, the president and CEO of Windway Capital Corporation, a holding company for subsidiaries such as North Sails Group, is the 51st recipient of the award. Under his leadership, North Sails has become a world leader in its field through a…more

IMO event this weekend in New York

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the 2009 International Maritime Organization World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held Oct. 16-18 in New York City. The IMO held its World Maritime Day Sept. 24 with the theme “Climate change: a challenge for IMO, too” The events in New York City will follow the same theme. Click…more

BVI regatta promotes environmental measures

The British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta will continue its “green” initiatives for its upcoming show to be held from March 29-April 4, 2010, in Road Town, Tortola. This year, the regatta stressed the use of recyclable water bottles and next year there are plans for recycle bins to be placed around the island. Click here…more

New race takes yachts from the Big Apple to Barcelona

New York City and Barcelona, Spain, today announced a new sailing event to take place in April 2010: the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record. This is the first transoceanic sailing race between the two cities. Participants will sail two identical IMOCA Open 60s, the Estrella Damm and the newly christened W Hotels. Crewed by three-man teams…more

VIDEO: The economic crisis a year later

The New York Times has produced a video that recounts the events of the weekend Lehman Brothers failed a year ago and discusses the lessons learned from the financial crisis that began in September 2008. Click here to see the video.

Report: Rich aren’t getting richer

Economists say – and data is beginning to show – that the rich, as a group, are no longer getting richer, according to a recent article in The New York Times, and that could have a big impact on the megayacht sector of the boating industry. During the last two years, the rich have become…more

Northern Lights Cup under way today

The Northern Lights Cup match-racing event starts today at the US Sailing Center in Sheboygan, Wis. The Grade 3 regatta is sailed in the US Sailing Center Sheboygan’s fleet of Sonars. Each skipper will sail with three additional crew, and the combined crew weight for any team cannot exceed 600 pounds. The racing will take…more

Boating couple accused of spying seeks release

A well-known boating couple accused of spying for Cuba is asking to be released from jail and placed on home detention. Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and Gwendolyn Myers, 71, say they are also prepared to stay away from Cuba’s equivalent of an embassy in Washington, D.C. if U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton grants their…more

New yacht eclipses all others in size

The world’s largest yacht, the 557-foot Eclipse, has hit the water. Eclipse, which is being built by Roman Abramovich, is getting its finishing touches, and may not be officially launched and delivered until next year at the earliest, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Wealth Report. Eclipse tops the world’s previous record holder, a 525-footer…more

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