True, it's only mid-August, but we had been warned to expect a particularly active season, and a lot of sailors have been waiting watchfully. Of course we're a long way from the end of the season, and those of us in the Atlantic, Caribbean, or US Gulf or East Coasts should remain cautious. If planning a voyage offshore, be sure to check the National Hurricane Center web site and Atlantic map for any potential activity coming. Indeed, the Hurricane Center still warns: "Significant activity is predicted for the remainder of the season, with an additional 12-17 named storms, of which 7-11 are expected to become hurricanes with 4-6 reaching major hurricane status." Stay watchful! Remember the season now extends until the end of November. And be sure you know how to prepare your boat for a hurricane if necessary.