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BREE'S BLOG: In The Wake of the Fitzgerald

More boating humor -- boat names

From a fellow sailor in San Diego comes a terrific website devoted to lightening the waterfront with a little humor. If you're looking for a new boat name, or just enjoy what other sailors come up with, check out: http://www.allthingsboat.com/boat-names/best-boat-names-funny/
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It's over -- but the race is still ahead

"Outstanding!" That's how the response to the contest was described. Yes, the great Goodreads contest for Dead on the Wind is over and the winners of free books are being notified by Amazon.com. The free books are now being sent out by Independent Publishers Group, Chicago, the Marlor Press distributor for the book.  Read More 
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Free books giveaway ends Saturday

Want a free Dead on the Wind -- the book that everyone is talking about? There's a free book giveaway at Goodreads. But the contest ends June 4. Hurry. Click on the link below.

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Tough beginnings!

The preliminary run of the Vendee Globe -- the race that inspired Dead on the Wind -- met tough times just getting out of the Harbor Saturday when 5 of the 14 competitors hit objects in the water, seriously damaging the 60-foot supersailboats. The world's toughest and most dangerous sailboat race just got tougher and more  Read More 
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Free books!

A major national Goodreads Giveaway promotion is now underway for my nautical novel Dead on the Wind-- just in time for boating season . Sign up and you might win a free read. Click on:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/188403-dead-on-the-wind
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News article about author

The White Bear Press published a front page article by reporter Julie Kink on the author. Here's a link:
http://www.presspubs.com/shoreview/news/article_9a72f650-1180-11e6-b83a-8bcbab5743ed.html
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Get your boat ready with checklist

Your boat is ready to launch -- you think! But trailering and boating is especially a fan of Murphy's Law: Anything that will go wrong will go wrong at precisely the wrong time and when you least expect it. The author knows this and has developed an extensive check list to prevent problems before  Read More 
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Dead Man Aboard

I wrote to Cruising World's Herb McCormick to express my interest in his latest column, Dead Reckoning, in the May 2016 issue. I had tracked the incredible voyage of the 40-foot sailboat Sayo and its commander, dead below for seven years. His mummified body is seated at his radio station, his arm reaching out as  Read More 
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Home with Persistence

The gods of the weather favored our noble pursuit. Although the forecast was for a blustery, rainy or worse, morning, we got a sunny but chill Minnesota morning for our pickup of Persistence at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, where the little sloop had been stored indoors all winter long in the Horse Barn. Tires  Read More 
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boat out of storage

It's time to start planning ahead. Persistence has been stored indoors all winter and next week we'll be towing it home. Time to get to my Boat Log & Record and review my spring launch checklist. Okay, got tire inflator compressor, got spare trailer tire, got jack and lug wrench. Check towing rig. Tire inflation OK on vehicle?  Read More 
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