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Seven tips to get more out of a marine survey By D. Scott Croft, , 5:04 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
In 2013, over 955,000 boats changed hands on the pre-owned boat market. That meant for a nearly a million boat buyers, hiring an accredited marine surveyor to inspect their potential dreamboat was often the first step after finding it. ...
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You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish By ARC Centre of Excellence, , 12:45 PM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators. 'For many animals vision is less important than their sense of smell,' says study lead author Dr Rohan Brooker from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University. ...
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Sea urchins from Antarctica show adaptation to ocean acidification By British Antarctic Survey, , 12:18 PM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
Writing in the Journal of Animal Ecology the authors set out to answer important and fundamental questions on how life in the ocean will respond to projected changes in the coming decades. Despite evidence of increasing acidification of the world's oceans, questions remain over whether marine species will be able to adapt to these changing conditions. ...
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Seabird poo has unique spectral signature - satellite images show By British Antarctic Survey, , 11:29 AM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
By studying the colour of seabird guano in the infrared part of the spectrum the researchers from British Antarctic Survey (BAS), University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh were able to identify and isolate the poo's unique spectral signature from bare rocks and snow. ...
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Sail-World new format - Important first visit changes needed By Sail-World, , 9:01 PM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Sail-World is now live testing the changed website format. If you are using this format for the first time, please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ...
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Farewell to Knorr: Research ship and crew made oceanographic history By Kathryn Eident, , 7:58 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Oceanographer Bob Pickart will never forget his first cruise aboard Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) research vessel Knorr. It was February 1997, and the ship was headed to the fierce Labrador Sea in the dead of winter. Sailing into the teeth of wintry conditions was the whole point of the 47-day research cruise. ...
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Antarctica Day 2014: 55 years since signing of the Antarctic Treaty By British Antarctic Survey, , 7:04 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Fifty-five years ago, the group of twelve nations who’d been involved in the International Geophysical Year of 1957 signed the Treaty. The Treaty has ensured that Antarctica remains a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science. ...
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Scientists urge protection of world's deltas By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 3:26 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Extensive areas of the world’s deltas — which accommodate major cities such as Shanghai, Dhaka and Bangkok — will be drowned in the next century by rising sea levels, according to a Comment piece in this week’s Nature. ...
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Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates By Sail-World Cruising, , 12:17 PM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
The BBC has reported that nine Somali pirates should get thousands of Euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge, the court ruled. One is to get 9,000 Euros (£7,000) and the others sums of up to 7,000 Euros. The judges faulted France for keeping them in custody for an extra 48 hours. ...
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Yacht lost on Majuro By John Martin, , 8:16 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Monday morning I awoke early and watched the sky grow light listening to the quiet morning sounds here in our anchorage off the island of Eneko. At 7:30 the cruiser’s net anchor started off with the usual good morning, and she asked if there was any emergency traffic. ...
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Skipper's 'top ten' checklist for safer sailing By John Jamieson, , 3:52 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
When we taught the intense 12-week Professional Mariner Program at the Chapman School of Seamanship, top priority the first week was to get each student into a mindset where they inspected a boat from stem to stern before casting off and after they tied up. Note the dual inspections. Bookends if you will. Before sailing; after sailing. Every time. ...
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ARC 2014 - Leopard by Finland’s record breaking finish By World Cruising Club, , 3:31 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Leopard by Finland crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay Saint Lucia this morning at 01:09:51 UTC (02/12 21:09:51 Local time) smashing the ARC Course Record by 2 days 6 hours 45 minutes and 19 seconds. Sailing across the Atlantic from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia in a total of 8 days 14 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds. ...
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Fort Lauderdale greets Oceans of Hope yacht By Sailing Sclerosis Foundation, , 8:01 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Oceans of Hope sailed into Fort Lauderdale this morning at 11:00 a.m. local time to an enthusiastic dockside audience awaiting their arrival. Cheers ensued, horns blared and the crew looked happy to arrive in the tropical landscape of Florida. It has been a long and arduous journey for some, including Christina Lamb Sidell, who joined the Oceans of Hope crew several weeks ago in New Jersey. ...
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New 12th edition Greek Waters Pilot now out By Rod Heikell, Cowes , 2:04 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
As I look back over nearly 40 years of sailing around Mediterranean waters I can't help but reflect on time passing by. 'Isn't it a bit like painting the Forth Bridge?' a friend asked of my pottering around looking at harbours and anchorages. ...
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Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...
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The Odyssey goes from strength to strength By Cornell Sailing, , 4:38 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 has truly been an Odyssey year, as our boats have criss-crossed the Atlantic on epic journeys, starting in January when the Atlantic Odyssey II yachts sailed from La Palma to Grenada, and followed by the summer adventure of the Blue Planet Odyssey yachts up in the High Arctic attempting the transit of the North West Passage. ...
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Eleonora 2 leads the advent of the ARC+ fleet into Saint Lucia By World Cruising Club, , 4:34 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Sailing within the ARC+ fleet, Alubat Cignale 18 Eleonora 2 crossed the ARC+ finish line at 07:38:46 local time after a fast 2100NM passage from Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. The international crew on board were in great spirits having enjoyed their 12 days at sea and are now looking forward to experiencing the delights of the Caribbean. ...
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Scientist explores mysterious food-borne illness: ciguatera By Katie Pitz, , 1:21 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Every year, thousands of people suffer from CFP, a poisoning syndrome caused by eating toxic reef fish. CFP symptoms are both gastrointestinal and neurological, bringing on bouts of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, muscle aches, and in some cases, the reversal of hot and cold sensations. Some neurological symptoms can persist for days to months to years after exposure. ...
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New Instructional Sailing Apps for Android now available By Linda Cullum, Dennis , 7:11 AM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Little Pines Multimedia has released a new series of instructional apps for Android available at their website Apps4Sailing.com, Google Play and Amazon. ...
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Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice + Video By British Antarctic Survey, , 6:30 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access. The results, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience (Monday 24 November 2014), step up the pace of research in the polar regions aimed at understanding the dramatic sea ice changes in the context of climate change. ...
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Ultra-low sulphur fuel for yachts By Bobby Reis, , 6:05 AM Sat 29 Nov 2014 GMT
The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA) is very pleased to announce that Falmouth Harbour Marina, Catamaran Marina and Antigua Yacht Club Marina are now providing only ultra-low sulphur fuel to yachts. This is as a result of joint efforts of the marinas and the ABMA in raising the issue of the fuel previously supplied having a sulphur content higher than legal requirements in Europe ...
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PredictWind launches new Offshore Application for Mac and PC By Mike Scullin, , 9:20 PM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore. Accessing GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS forecasts and Satellite Imagery is now a simple task with the unique and user friendly interface. ...
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Govt eases yacht permits for marine tourism boost By The Jakarta Post, , 11:59 AM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
The government will expedite permitting for yachts wanting to enter the country’s ports, from taking weeks to taking one day only, with an online one-stop service protocol under the management of the Foreign Ministry, said Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo. ...
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FLIR M625 Review – Let there be light! By James - pendanablog, , 11:09 AM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
As an investment in a FLIR camera is not inexpensive or even one that can be taken quickly due to having to carefully think through the installation process, we thought long and hard about the perceived benefits of the system. At the end of the day we decided to go ahead with the FLIR camera and also decided, that we would pair the FLIR thermal camera with the new Furuno TZ9. ...
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29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail By World Cruising Club, , 3:26 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
The 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail today bound for Saint Lucia following a delayed start due to strong winds locally in the harbour of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday. For only the third time in the rally's history, the decision was made to delay the start, initially planned for 12:30 on Sunday 23 November by 20 hours. ...
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