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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

Ten safe and clean refueling tips for boaters By BoatUS, , 4:54 PM Thu 18 Sep 2014 GMT
Unlike an automobile, recreational boats have special safety needs when it comes to refueling. Stern drive or inboard powered boats have closed engine compartments where volatile gasoline vapors don’t easily dissipate, and older gasoline powered boats are the riskiest to refuel as their brittle fuel hoses can crack, leaving gas in the bilge after a fill-up. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey welcomed to Bora Bora By Doina Cornell, , 6:10 PM Wed 17 Sep 2014 GMT
Three-time President of French Polynesia, Gaston Tong Sang, and current mayor of Bora Bora, has written a strong letter of support for the Blue Planet Odyssey, assuring the fleet a warm Polynesian welcome when they arrive there in 2015. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt By Sail-World, , 10:16 AM Wed 17 Sep 2014 GMT
Do you want to win a trip of a life time to any port of call along the Round the World Race in 2015? Great, because it is simple! All you have to do is design, scribble, write or draw a T-Shirt design and submit it online at www.ecsix.com/contest. 'You don’t have to be a designer to win, we are after the best creative idea that fits our brand' says ECsix’s Scott Vogel. ...
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Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons By Australian Maritime Safety Authority, , 8:50 PM Mon 15 Sep 2014 GMT
You might not be 'down under but here is a cautionary tale!- The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to ensure they dispose of their obsolete and unwanted distress beacons correctly after emergency services spent more than six hours homing a beacon eventually found dumped in bushland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over the weekend of 6-7 September. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall in the US By Jimmy Cornell, , 5:58 PM Mon 15 Sep 2014 GMT
Blue Planet Odyssey - We made landfall the morning of Saturday, September 13th at 0900 local time as we passed Race Point at the entrance into Cape Cod Bay. Since leaving St John’s less than one week ago we had covered 1109 miles, at an average of just under seven knots. ...
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World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali By World Cruising Club, , 5:06 PM Mon 15 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet made a great sight on September 14th as they sailed across the start line at the entrance to Benoa Harbour, Bali. Before leaving Bali International Marina, Arsa, a tour guide who had looked after the fleet during their week-long stay, visited yachts to perform a traditional Hindu blessing. It was a beautiful way to send off the fleet and a very special moment for many. ...
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Antarctic Team discovers mechanism for massive ice shelf collapse By British Antarctic Survey, , 8:33 AM Sun 14 Sep 2014 GMT
An international team of scientists, including the British Antarctic Survey, studied the geologic history of the area of the Antarctic Peninsula where the Larsen B ice shelf disintegrated, the portion of Antarctica that extends northwards toward South America. The new findings support the idea that such a dramatic collapse can be caused by surface warming. ...
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Baltic 4 Nations - Next edition sets sail July 2015 By Sailing Rallies, , 3:52 PM Sat 13 Sep 2014 GMT
The Baltic 4 Nations combines a traditional sailing rally with a flotilla holiday, all in the comfort of your own boat. A 370 mile, two week cruise, visiting some of the most beautiful locations in the southern Baltic. Hanseatic cities, quiet fishing harbours, bustling cities, and great beaches, with opportunities to sample local culture and cuisine as well as some great sailing! ...
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BoatUS offers 'Boater's Guide To Winterizing' By BoatUS, , 3:44 PM Sat 13 Sep 2014 GMT
Water expands in volume by about nine percent when it freezes, creating a staggering force that can crack a boat engine block, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system overnight. ...
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Yachts prepare for second Atlantic Odyssey, departing this November By Cornell Sailing, , 3:36 PM Sat 13 Sep 2014 GMT
The latest images from Marina Lanzarote show the new marina is looking smart and ready to welcome the yachts for the second Atlantic Odyssey which leaves in November 2014. Gazel Rebel, Blue Jade and Mahe’3, who will all be taking part, have already arrived, with more on the way. ...
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Thai drama with Phuket yacht clampdown By Saran Mitrarat, , 9:16 AM Sat 13 Sep 2014 GMT
The director of the Phuket Marine Office (PMO), Phuripat Theerakulpisut, yesterday (September 10) gave more details of two shock announcements that have reverberated through the Thai marine leisure industry and among yacht owners in the past few days. ...
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Marine Rescue volunteers in two searches on NSW northern waters By Ken McManus, , 3:47 AM Sat 13 Sep 2014 GMT
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Evans Head and Port Macquarie were called in today to assist in two searches off the NSW coast. ...
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World ARC crews in Bali By World Cruising Club, , 2:45 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Today, September 11, 26 World ARC Crews spent the day on a tour to the Kintimani Volcano. Participants were treated to a wide range of cultural, religious and artistic experiences along the way. Benoa harbour is not the most attractive part of Bali so it was a welcome change of scenery, having escaped the morning rush hour, to firstly visit the culturally interesting town of Celuk. ...
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Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 2:38 PM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
What simple sailing 'ingredients' should you use for safer sailing navigation? Are you and your sailing crew or partner ready for a smooth transition to traditional methods of navigation--just in case you lose your plotter power or GPS signal? Or if you sail into an area where GPS has been reported unreliable? Start with this simple sailing solution for safer sailing on the waters of the world. ...
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Images of marine sunsets by Tripadvisor By Tripadvisor.com, , 11:50 AM Thu 11 Sep 2014 GMT
Images of marine sunsets by Tripadvisor.com. ...
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Citizen science model proposed to fill fundamental ocean data gap By Phys.org, , 7:34 AM Wed 10 Sep 2014 GMT
Despite new technologies, satellite imagery and modern research methods the work of collecting routine, fundamental data about the Earth's oceans' physical, biological and chemical characteristics remains an unforgiving and impossible task that has challenged scientists for centuries. ...
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Africa-Europe Challenge - Three short harbor races to be organized By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 1:13 AM Wed 10 Sep 2014 GMT
Africa-Europe Challenge 2014 - What is considered a great amusement for sailors? A funny harbor race dotted with colorful skill elements will most probably fall into this category. ...
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European Odyssey - Sardinhada in Lisbon for the fleet By Cornell Sailing, , 7:30 PM Tue 9 Sep 2014 GMT
Several things stood out for us as Roger Watson and I (Kathy Parsons) helped with the inaugural year of the European Odyssey. Cruisers are, for the most part, friendly, positive people, who expect to find enjoyment in each harbour they sail to, who are quick to strike up conversations among themselves and with people ashore, who are interested in exploring new ports. ...
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Ocean Cruising Club celebrates 60th Anniversary with record gatherings By Daria Blackwell, , 2:08 PM Tue 9 Sep 2014 GMT
Unlike other sailing clubs that hold one annual cruise, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary literally all year round with events taking place on multiple continents and venues to which members arrive mostly by sea after crossing oceans to get there. ...
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The Boat Cookbook By BoatBooks, , 11:14 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
For anyone with a tiny galley kitchen, there's good news: no more bland leftovers aboard. These delicious and easy recipes, all made with minimum fuss and maximum flavour, will allow you to spoil yourself in harbour and keep things simple at sea. With handy ideas on setting up the galley and much more- this is the must-have guide for sailors and seaside-lovers alike. ...
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La Grace - Flagship of Africa-Europe Challenge in 2014 By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 10:52 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
Tall Ship La Grace, an authentically built replica of a brig from the second half of the 18th century, is also to take part in the events of Africa-Europe Challenge Yacht Rally in 2014 as the flagship of the cruise. ...
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Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness By Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press, , 5:25 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory in 2004, 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim* will participate in a large scale simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 9 and 10 September to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall at St John’s By Doina Cornell, , 4:39 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
However much sailors love being at sea, landfall after a long passage is always sweet. When Jimmy woke me early in the morning of Friday 5th September, I rubbed my eyes and stared in wonder at the green Newfoundland coast. Finally, after two months, I get to see trees again! ...
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18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates By Raunek, , 2:49 AM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
In April 2009, when Israeli based cargo ship MV Africa Star was attacked by nine pirates, the ship’s crew used coils of barbed wire to prevent pirates from climbing the ship. A major piracy attempt was thus avoided using non-lethal anti-piracy method, a technique used to protect ships in piracy affected areas. ...
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World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali By World Cruising Club, , 10:27 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Seventeen World ARC boats took part on the start of leg 9 from Darwin to Bali last Tuesday and 10 are expected tomorrow, Monday, in the compact Benoa Bali Marina. So far no incidents or major problems were reported and some crews really made the most of the lack of wind with a mid Ocean dip. ...
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