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Two penguins waddle on rocks, the MS Nordnorge in the distance behind them

Antarctic Odyssey

When a friend and I decided to vacation in an out-of-the-way place where few people travel, we chose Antarctica.

On 13 Nov. 2007, we flew from Montreal via Santiago to Punta Arenas, on the southern tip of Chile, where we boarded the MS Nordnorge with 200 other passengers. more »

This issue:

USPS adopts social network—act now!

On 1 Aug., USPS begins using the social networking site SailAngle.com as its standard communications platform. The site will also serve as … more »

Equip your boat for amateur radio

It’s hardly surprising that many boaters are hams and many hams are boaters—both activities attract those interested in expanding … more »

Dazzling discovery

While researching family history for my mother’s birthday, I found an unusual photo of the RMS Caronia, the Cunard passenger ship that had … more »

Fire extinguishers recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a voluntary recall of about 167,000 Kidde XL fire extinguishers. Pressurized cylinders in the affected units could lose pressure and fail to operate, putting consumers … more »

Proud to be an old goat

Waukegan Sail & Power Squadron members have good reason to be proud of longtime member Alan Baske.

Besides earning an extraordinary 36 USPS merit marks, Alan is also a member of the exclusive Island Goats Sailing … more »

Innovation spurs squadron growth

For innovative ways to grow membership, look no further than Central Florida’s Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron. In 2007, squadron public relations officer Kerry Kline came up with several ideas that helped double the squadron’s membership … more »