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Westerly Owners Association
Following publication of the September 1999 Used Boat Survey of the Westerly Centaur 26, we received correspondence from Joe Douglas, editor of the American Westerly Owners Association newsletter. To sign up, contact Joe Douglas at PO Box 637, Goodland, FL 34140; 941/642-6526 or email at joeivydoug@juno.com

We were particularly interested to read in the latest issue that Stephen Roundtree and Kathleen Becker had completed a 32-day passage in a Centaur from Long Island, New York to Sligo, Ireland. We first met Stephen years ago in Newport Harbor, while mucking about with our Danny Greene-designed nesting dinghy. Turned out that Stephen had built the same model. Soon after, Stephen founded the company Nautitools.

Chartracker Updates
Beginning January 15, 2000, Chartracker to the Intracoastal Waterway, Norfolk to Jacksonville, the new piloting guide to the ICW, will be updated on a quarterly basis in January, April, July and October. The up-to-date data may be found on the web site of the publisher, Seaworthy Publications, at the web address below. Those without access to the Internet may send a stamped self-addressed envelope to the publisher and the updates will be mailed to them. Seaworthy Publications, Inc., 507 Sunrise Dr., Port Washington, WI 53074; www.seaworthy.com

Whitby 42/Brewer Association
Owners of Whitby 42 and Brewer 12.8 and 44 ketches have a valuable resource in the Whitby 42/Brewer Sailboat Association. The editor and secretary, Bernard Boykin, publishes a useful newsletter with correspondence from other owners that covers solving problems (such as the 42s need for a larger rudder), cruising, and boats for sale. Cost is $10 per year. Contact Boykin at 1919 Ruxton Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204-3510; 410/828-5690; email bcboykin@bcpl.net and www.bcpl.net/bcboykin/whitby_brewer_sailboats.html.

Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 45 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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