Cape to St Helena Yacht Race

St Helena Island may be one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet, but for the crews who have just tackled the 2022 Cape to St Helena yacht race, it’s been a thrilling trip of a lifetime. Situated in the South Atlantic, north west of South Africa, it’s taken just over two weeks […]

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2023 Rock Proof ePro 1760R

The ePro 1760R gets anglers on the fish fast with speeds in excess of 25 mph. Vincent Daniello Overview Rock Proof Boats, known for tough-skinned fishing and rescue boats, partnered with electric-outboard pioneer Elco to bring planing speeds to electric-powered skiffs. Their aim is to replicate boating experiences typical from fossil fuel while also incorporating […]

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Waypoint: Beaufort, South Carolina

A focal point for film lovers, cultural diversity and eco travel adventures. Photos by Dori Arrington Saltwater marshes as far as the eye can see, lush with bulrush, sweetgrass and palmetto. This is the Lowcountry of South Carolina, an area literally dripping in natural beauty. The Lowcountry draws its name from being underwater as much […]

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Tropic Star Lodge is Nothing Short of Stellar

The Zane Grey Reef is a hotspot for marlin and other pelagic gamefish. Courtesy Tropic Star Lodge In the universe of great fishing lodges around the globe, one shines brighter than a supernova. Tucked in Panama’s remote Darien rainforest on the Pacific coast, Tropic Star Lodge is the culmination of ideal location, unequaled bounty and […]

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Wintertime Tuna Fishing off Venice, Louisiana

Yellowfin tuna are a main attraction at Venice Marina. And the biggest fish don’t always get caught at the rigs. Courtesy Relentless Sportfishing The most reliable place on the planet to catch yellowfin and blackfin tunas is offshore Venice, Louisiana. Venice is located advantageously at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River. And as fall […]

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Michel Sells Cloud IX MTI Catamaran

I almost didn’t believe it myself when Louisiana performance boater Nate Michel informed me in confidentiality a few weeks ago that he was selling his beloved Cloud IX, the “movie star” 40-foot MTI catamaran he had completely redone several years ago. It’s hard to believe, but Nate Michel of Louisiana sold Cloud IX, his incredible 40-foot MTI […]

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Making the switch: How we become a liveaboards

A gentle introduction to the cruising life set Kate Ashe-Leonard on course for a full transocean liveaboard adventure We’re sailing by the Gulf of Venezuela as we approach the Colombian coastline, a notoriously difficult stretch of water with frequent high winds, big swell and current. This night is no exception. It’s 0100 and Jim and […]

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Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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World’s Largest Boat Show: boot Dusseldorf 2023 Opens!

Large yachts move through this historic town to one of nine powerboat display halls (Plus accessories, sailing, diving and more). Courtesy boot Dusseldorf Finally, boot is back – the relief is clearly noticeable in the water sports community and among the Düsseldorf trade fair organisers. What was the annual highlight for the industry until 2020 […]

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Shelby Mattingly Joining The Speedonthewater.com Team

Among the most joyful, gracious and generous members of the high-performance powerboating community, Shelby Mattingly is joining speedonthewater.com as its new sales and marketing manager. The 31-year-old, passionate go-fast boating enthusiast officially starts February 1. She will handle advertising sales for all of the daily news site’s editorial products, from online display advertisements to print […]

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Lakeland Boating Writer Earns Award

Lakeland Boating contributor Susan R. Pollack won a Mark Twain award in the annual writing and photography contest sponsored by the Midwest Travel Journalists Association for her Port of Call feature on Mackinaw City, Michigan (from the July 2021 issue of Lakeland Boating). Congratulations, Susan! Source: https://lakelandboating.com/lakeland-boating-writer-earns-award/

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Buffalo And Erie Poker Runs On The Comeback Trail

Neither the Buffalo Poker Run in Western New York nor the Erie Poker Run in Pennsylvania happened in 2022. At the heart of the cancelations were limited venue availability and skyrocketing lodging rates as summer travel surged in the post-pandemic year. Both events are coming back this year—the Erie Poker Run May 26-27 and the […]

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Fish Facts: Pacific Tuna with a Long Tail

A lovely longtail tuna admired by the late Capt. Greg Bethune, who helped pioneer sport fishing around Australia’s Cape York peninsula. The fish’s elongate caudal peduncle provides a nice handhold just in front of the tail. Doug Olander I caught my first northern bluefin tuna 20-some years ago, off northernmost Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Only […]

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Fast Fights: World Record Striped Marlin

How was an angler able to catch a 226-pound striped marlin on 6-pound line? Jim Hendricks Skill, experience, plus a wink and a smile from lady luck — all in varying degrees — help account for these seven seemingly impossible catches, all made legitimately per IGFA international angling rules. It’s worth noting at the outset […]

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