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Blue Origin Ship Docked in Pensacola LPV, formerly named Stena Freighter, was docked in Pensacola recently to be refitted for use as a landing vessel for the first-stage boosters of the New Glenn launch space vehicle that is planned to be launched no earlier than 2021. Blue Origin, the company owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, purchased the 600-foot ship in 2018. It has special stabilization equipment so the boosters can land even in rough seas while the ship is underway. Power and Sail side by side. Sail is still taller. Blue Origin’s landing platform ship, LPV. Shown in the inset is American Magic’s America’s Cup training boat, The Mule, which was recently based in Pensacola for the winter near the ship. Photos by Julie Connerley. Read more about American Magic in Pensacola on page 27.

U.S Dept. of State Issues Travel Advisory for the Bahamas In February, the U.S. Dept. of State issued this travel advisory for The Bahamas - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution: Exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime. Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, is common, even during the day and in tourist areas. Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and

Grand Bahama islands. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime. Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government per-

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Southwinds May 2019  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds May 2019  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...