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South Florida Freediving and Spearfishing.Photography Courtesy of Walker Blanco

South Florida Freediving

  Imagine soaring effortlessly and silently through some of the most beautiful nature you have ever seen with incredible creatures all around you, all while the sunlight illuminates natural structures. Coming up for air you realize you’re not dreaming, rather …

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Columbus Day Regatta

A regatta that commemorates a small boat cruise in 1492 is not only one of the longest continually held sporting events in South Florida, but one that has made its mark on the local sailing scene as has its namesake on …

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Photo by Terry Boram

Wednesday Night Racing on Biscayne Bay

The Flying Scot fleet has been sailing the waters of Biscayne Bay for over 20 years.  Many of the boats come out of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club which now keeps 15 Scots. Flying Scot Fleet Captain Bud Price said, …

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Photo courtesy of St. James Boatworks

St. James Boatworks Brings New Meaning to the Fishing Life

There’s a proverb that aptly sums up the principle on which Jim Roberts, owner of St. James Boatworks in Miami, Florida, bases both his professional and his personal life. That is, ‘give a man a fish and you feed him …

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Public Locked Out of Biscayne National Park

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 5, 2015 – Today, the National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Despite commitments made by Biscayne National Park officials to work with stakeholders and the state of Florida to …

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Photo by Steve Turrentine / Canopache Photos

Sea Tabby – Still Beautiful at 77

Of more than four hundred elegant Trumpy yachts built between the early 20th century and 1973, less than 25% are still afloat. Sadly, many of those remaining are in rapidly deteriorating condition. But Sea Tabby, the 62-foot “houseboat” style Mathis …

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Plenty of new products at the Miami International Boat Show. Photo by Glenn Hayes

Miami International Boat Show Preview

February in Miami is a good time to romance your valentine while enjoying all the sun, glitz and style the city has to offer. It is also the best time to see all that is new at the 2015 Progressive …

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Photo by Captain Warren East

Begin & End Your Itinerary in Florida

Having spent the winter in Florida this year, I have become witness to the boat culture that exists along the entire coast, with a particular focus around Miami and Fort Lauderdale. While there, I had the opportunity to get out …

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Zayak Sea Sled

Yacht Toy Fun For All Ages

This month’s Miami International Boat Show and Yacht and Brokerage Show are renowned as launch pads for new powerboats and yachts, with boat aficionados coming from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the latest boats to grace the …

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Photo by Troy Gilbert

A New Cruising Destination

As boating season starts to heat up in the South, cruisers are pulling out charts and planning for that next great destination to chalk up on their calendars. Often overlooked are the sailing regattas held throughout the Southeast and Gulf …

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National park archeologists survey the newly exposed wreck of the HMS Fowey. Photo courtesy of the National Parks Service

Colonial Shipwrecks in Biscayne National Park

I surface dive into the sun dappled water; my swim fins propel me below to a span of only ten feet. In the vertical stabs of sunlight the vague shape of a ship’s hull materializes against the sugar white sand: …

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These sails were received by fishermen in Ile-a-Vache (Cow Island), 2012. Photo contributed by Sails For Sustenance

Sails for Sustenance: Old Sails Find New Use

Situated in the Caribbean on the island of Hispaniola, and bordered by the Dominican Republic, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It has endured natural disasters, unstable governments, poor living conditions and human tragedy. “Fishing is one …

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Riaan and Vasti crossing the finish line. Photo courtesy of Riaan Manser

Even the Gulf Stream Was No Match for Rowers

 “I am scared. Don’t know what to expect from the Gulf Stream, especially in a row boat! The best thing for my nerves is to get into the boat and just row. Giant seas or not. It still feels unreal, …

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Mapping the Erl King. All photos courtesy of National Park Service

Dive Shipwrecks Along Maritime Heritage Trail

New Year’s Eve, 1965, a gleaming Brigantine schooner sailed on a brisk north wind toward the lights of Miami. Mandalay, elegant in her mahogany, brass and ivory trim, rose and fell above the waves while 23 well-heeled vacationers strolled her …

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Photos courtesy of Riaan Manser

There’s an Ocean Between Saying and Doing

Riaan Manser vividly remembers the exact moment his life changed forever. After another long week managing clinics for a medical company in South Africa, he went for a run in a particularly beautiful wooded park, stopping at a rock to …

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A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable. Image courtesy of Frank Gibson - Sharktagging.com

Vulnerability of Sharks in Commercial Fishing

New Study Reveals Vulnerability of Sharks as Collateral Damage in Commercial Fishing UM Rosenstiel School and Abess Center-led study provides new information for shark conservation efforts MIAMI –A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species …

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Courtesy of Obsession Charters

How to Choose Sports Fishing Charters

Some fishermen target specific species. For others, it’s all about the destination. They might look in their own back yards to catch a boxful of fish for the grill, or reel in the catch of a lifetime while on vacation. …

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Southeast Youth Summer Camp Programs 2014

Most organizations offer weeklong sessions with special courses running two weeks or longer. Times vary from half day to full day schedules. All campers must be able to pass a swim test. A USCG approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is …

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U.S. Virgin Island Team. From left: Coach John Foster, Tony Sanpere, David Flaherty and Bob Blackwell

We Made It to the ISAF World Cup

The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were represented at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami, Florida, bringing together the world’s top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors. Nine countries competed in the three Paralympic class events: 2.4mR (one …

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Team Wildlife back at the docks with a stud mahi mahi to display. By Jeff Dennis

2014 Southeast US Blue Marlin Tournament Calendar

In most cases, the bait and the pelagic species of gamefish that consume them begin to stir in May and stay active all summer long. Participation in billfishing tournaments is a great way to get recreational anglers involved in the …

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