The National Marine Manufacturers Association says Discover Boating’s website continues to see substantial increases in traffic and is up 58 percent in July when compared to the same time period last year. This comes on top of big increases in May and June as well, according to the NMMA. In July, Discover Boating organic traffic was up 215 percent, and statistics show that over a year-to-year comparison, it is reaching more new boaters: the 18 to 24 age group had a 117 percent increase and users age 25 to 34 saw a rise of 33 percent. In addition, the site has had a 49 percent bump in female visitors.
Marvin Creamer, whose 513-day, 30,000-mile odyssey in 1982 made him the first recorded human to circumnavigate the world sans navigational instruments, has died at 104. The Blue Water Medal honoree told the New York Times in 1978: “From everything I’ve read, the ancients didn’t feel uncomfortable out there. They didn’t have navigational tools, but they didn’t seem afraid to go to sea.”