Newsletter Issue #79. All the News That Fits!   
December 8th, 2020 
Lotsa stuff to read in this issue...
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Why We Cruise
 This photo was taken by Bill Mathus as he was heading south aboard s/v Carolina Soul in Georgia. They say that a calm sea never built a skillful sailor, but sometimes it's nice to have calm seas and just enjoy them!
Central and South American drug runners are continuing to create new specialized smuggling vessels to move narcotics into the U.S., as evidenced by a sophisticated electric submersible seized earlier this month.

The Colombian Navy, assisting by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies, raided an artisan boatyard near the Cucurrupí River in the Chocó area of Colombia. Under a makeshift roof they discovered a high-capacity narco submarine.

The submarine is estimated to have cost $1.5 million to construct, according to officials. Based on the plans that were seized by Colombian authorities, had it sailed, it would have carried some six metric tons of cocaine towards the American market, valued at around $120 million.

To put tha into perspective, most narco submarines interdicted by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard carry around 1.6 metric tons of cocaine, worth approximately $30 to 35 million. The trend had been towards smaller payloads per trip, but the discovery of the new submarine points toward a trend reversal.
One of our readers wants to invite you for a glass of New Zealand wine!
Fiddler’s Green lore states “a sailor can find this paradaisical land by walking inland with an oar over his shoulder until he finds a place where people ask him what he’s carrying.”  Fiddler’s Green Vineyard & Bistro is where the Rath family has found their heaven on earth to produce fine wines & dining for sailors and land lovers alike.

Pamela & Colin Rath with their three daughters , a dog & two cats departed from New YorkCity in the fall of 2014 to find a new home. He visited 33 countries on 5 continents during their voyage and landed in New Zealand, sold the Boat and bought a wine Vineyard. 

They are an organic wine vineyard that carries some outstanding wines from their 27 Hectare vineyard. Please contact them at for info on their wine.
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Boat Show News & Updates
St. Petersburg Boat Show
Moved to January 14-17, 2021
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Southampton Boat Show 


January 14-18, 2021

boot, World's Largest Boat Show, Düsseldorf has been rescheduled!
April 17-25, 2021
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Show is now digital


March 25-28, 2021

April 2021

June 25-27, 2021

September 16-19, 2021

September 23-26, 2021

United States Sailboat Show (Annapolis)
October 7-11, 2021

Share The Sail News!
Croatia Sail Still Set for May 22-29, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Croatia Share The Sail, which was scheduled for May 2020, has been moved to May 22-29th, 2021. The event was sold out, but there may be some who cannot make it - if so, we will make their berths available. There may only be a few. If interested, email me and I will see what cabins we have.
Bucket List! Wanna Round The Horn?
We do! So, we are setting up a real adventure. The date? Due to Covid the date has been changed to March 2022. No, not on small sailboats. We are reserving 20 cabins on a 100-cabin, small adventure cruising boat. It will be a 4-day cruise starting in Punta Arenas, Chile, through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Pass.
   We will land on glaciers, go ashore with penguins, and then "Round the Horn"! This has been on our bucket list for years. Also, we are planning on including an additional few days with a land tour as well, since we're gonna be down there anyway, right? 

Side Trip Through Tierra del Fuego National Park
   An optional "side trip" will include a bus from Ushuaia, Argentina, where we finish the voyage, through the Tierra del Fuego National Park, and then back to Punta Arenas. Due to the COVID pandemic we are unable to finalize these plans, but as soon as we can verify the details, we will get them to you!
  When the final plans for the side trip are confirmed, you can reserve your spot directly with us, so be sure to send me your email address so I can keep you updated as this comes closer to fruition. Email and get on the list, so when we get it lined up we can contact you with more info.
Salty Dawg Success
This unprecedented storm season and challenges from Covid-19 did not stop the Salty Dawgs from making their way to paradise in the annual Salty Dawg Fall Rally. Fifty boats left the cold for destinations including Antigua, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, and Florida. Several boats suffered some damage in this year's big seaseverything from broken booms, to flooded engine compartments, to hand steering a thousand milesbut persevered to make safe landfall. With weather guidance from Chris Parker's Marine Weather Center and tracking from PredictWind, Shoreside Coordinators and Emergency Response teams kept in touch with the sailors and helped guide them through repairs while underway.

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