The second extract from Captain Jack's log. From improvements in our website and computer systems to sightings of strange creatures around the port, it's all here.

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An all female team have completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise the profile of ocean plastic pollution. Their intention was to complete the event and raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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RYA OnBoard was relaunched with a new focus on the broader learning benefits of sailing and windsurfing. It is open to anyone aged 8-18.

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We pride ourselves in being a recognised and trusted authority within the maritime industry. From time to time we are consulted by all manner of agencies, including the BBC.

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Captain Jack has been so busy this year, carrying out all sorts of tasks at the academy, that he's decided to start publishing sections from his log. From people in funny clothing to the Isle of Dogs, get the scoop on Jack's first year at the academy.

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They did it! Blind ex-Marine Steve Sparkes and his rowing partner, Mick Dawson, have finally made landfall in Hawaii, 82 days after they first set off from Monterey in California.

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Last we heard, blind ex-Marine Steve Sparkes and his rowing partner, Mick Dawson, had their para anchor deployed, waiting out Hurricane Lane before they can continue the last leg of their journey.

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We’ve been closely following our recent visitors to Seahaven Training Academy, Steve Sparkes and Mick Dawson, who are currently rowing the Pacific Ocean from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Rowing the Pacific Ocean from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii as a contestant in the Great Pacific Race is no easy task to take on.

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VHF stands for “Very High Frequency”. This means that marine VHF radios operate within a range between 156 and 162 MHz, or megahertz. Today’s VHF radios are very much more advanced than those manufactured in previous times.

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