What’s new in marine Web sites


Sail TV is launching a new Web site with user-generated-content capabilities.

Uploading user-generated content will be open to the public later this month. In the meantime, Sail TV is encouraging event organizers to post content on the site where a new "user video" section has been added. Already there is near-live racing coverage of the Charleston Race Week and Tybee 500, using Sail TV's technology.

"We're striving to be the one-stop-shop for your sailing fix, the YouTube of sailing, and that means not only having the latest news and racing footage, but also allowing sailors to upload their own content," said Mark David, CEO of Sail TV parent iSports Ltd., in a statement. "We want to see regular video blogs from people from around the globe, offering their viewpoint on issues that affect the sailing world."

June is a big sailing month with Sail TV featuring highlights of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Medemblik, Netherlands, as well as all the latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race, Audi Med Cup, RC44's, WMRT and iShares Cup.

In addition, Sail TV offers viewers the chance to catch up on coverage from the recent Fireball Nationals at WPNSA. Sail TV continues with its weekly roundup reports from former America's Cup sailor Sebastien Destremau, and will soon introduce reporters from both Oceania and the United States.

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Safe/Sea launched a new Web site with marine weather, blogs, and an interactive membership section.

Safe/Sea members can log onto the site, establish their own login names and passwords, and begin managing their own memberships.

The new, live maritime weather portal features the latest National Weather Service marine forecasts for the Rhode Island area, the latest wind speed and direction, temperature and barometric pressure readings from NOAA's Narragansett Bay PORTS real-time observation system, and the latest radar loop image from the NWS Radar in Taunton, Mass.

The blogs are updated each day by various Safe/Sea captains and other maritime professionals. These blogs include a Block Island photo blog, a day in the life of a Safe/Sea Captain, a maintenance blog, a marine salvage blog, a maritime law blog and a local fishing blog.

"We intend for this Web site to provide local boaters with whatever boating information they seek, whether it's boating news, local weather, or the availability of slips at local marinas," Safe/Sea Capt. Phil LeBlanc said in a statement.

Safe/Sea is a Rhode Island-based marine towing and assistance company.

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