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n RACING EVENTS For racing schedules, news and events see the racing section.

n UPCOMING SOUTHERN EVENTS Youth Sailing Programs Go to our annual list at /southern-youth-sailing-programs.php.

Educational/Training North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC Ongoing adult sailing programs. Family Sailing. On-going traditional boatbuilding,, (252) 728-7317. Standards Certification, Jacksonville, FL, April 9-11 (410) 990-4460 Marine Systems Certification, Jacksonville, FL, April 16-19 (410) 990-4460 Marine Electrical Certification, Key West, FL, April 23-26 (410) 990-4460

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About Boating Safely Courses— Required in Florida and Other Southern States Effective Jan. 1, 2010, anyone in Florida born after Jan. 1, 1988, must take a boating safety course in order to operate a boat of 10 hp or more. Other states require boaters to have boater safety education if they were born after a certain date, meaning boaters of all ages will eventually be required to have taken a course. To learn about the laws in each state, go to The course name “About Boating Safely,” begun by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, satisfies the education requirement in Florida and most southern states and also gives boaters of all ages a solid grounding (no pun intended) in boating safety. Other organizations offer other courses which will satisfy the Florida requirements. The About Boating Safely (ABS) covers subjects including boat handling, weather, charts, navigation rules, trailering, federal regulations, personal watercraft, hypothermia and more. Many insurance companies also give discounts for having taken the boater safety education course. Completion of courses qualifies attendees for Florida’s Boater Safety Card. The following are ABS courses (with asterisks **): **Ongoing — Jacksonville, FL. Mike Christnacht. (904) 502-9154. Classes held in 2013 on May 18, Sept. 14 and Oct. 5. Go to for the schedule, location and to register. **Ongoing — Ruskin, FL, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 Offers Home Study Safe Boating Course. Each month. The flotilla has found that many boaters do not have the time to attend the courses, so it is now also offering a home Boat Rental, Charter Company, Sailing Club Information Wanted Beach Cats, Sunfish, etc. – Small Boat Rental Companies Bareboats and Captained Charter Companies SOUTHWINDS is compiling a list for our website of all the charter and boat rental companies, including sailing clubs in the Bahamas and in the Southeast U.S.—in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. For small boat rentals, this includes beach cats, sunfish, trimarans, windsurfers, kite sailing, sailing kayaks—any small sailboat rental in a private business, sailing club or community organization. For charter companies, this includes bareboat and captained charter companies and sailing clubs, including for the day and overnight, whether long-term or shortterm, and for any size boat. All above includes inland and on the coast. Email your information to editor@southwindsmagazine. com. SOUTHWINDS April 2013


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