| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Northern hemisphere)
Students achieve robot boat Atlantic Crossing - but not as planned
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:09 PM Fri 7 Mar 2014 GMT
Students, scientists and other enthusiasts have been trying to do it for years - get an unmanned sailing boat across the Atlantic. Now a group of American students have done it - but not quite the way they wanted. ...
British Marine Conservation Zones - RYA joins debate
By Louise Nicholls/Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:45 AM Fri 7 Mar 2014 GMT
Designation of British Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are a growing controversy in Britain, and the Royal Yachting Association is having its say.
Gus Lewis, Head of Legal and Government Affairs stressed the need for robust and balanced evidence in order to support the designation of MCZs whilst giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee this week. ...
Solar vessel nominated for Engineers Prize
By Gavin Allwright, ,
3:39 AM Fri 7 Mar 2014 GMT
Creating the world’s first solar-sail cargo ship tailored to fit the needs of marginalized coastal communities is an idea that has propelled a small international team of naval architects, engineers, and laypersons closer to winning a major engineering prize in the Netherlands next month - and your vote could make a difference. ...
Endurance Award for cruising sailors, new worldwide award for 2014
By Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club, ,
3:36 AM Fri 7 Mar 2014 GMT
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) announced the OCC Awards for 2013 in January. Subsequently, a US group of OCC members who had instituted a regional trophy called The Endurance Award some years back suggested opening the award to all members of OCC. The Award was enthusiastically endorsed and the first winner under the new rules was announced: Colin Jarman of s/v May Morning. ...
It's coming. Dodgers/biminis to be solar power producers
By UK Sailmakers/Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:44 PM Tue 4 Mar 2014 GMT
It had to happen. With the advances of solar technology, soon you will be able to have solar energy producers - photovoltaic cells - built into sunshades, biminis, dodgers and/or into the sails themselves. The next best news is that the resultant fabric needs only light, not direct sunlight so it won't matter that dodgers and biminis are often shaded by the sails while moving. ...
New Maldives rule - yachts can stay six months
By Mohamed Hameed/Sail-World round-up, ,
7:42 PM Tue 4 Mar 2014 GMT
There's good news for long range cruising sailors with the desire to visit the Maldives. The maximum stay for yachts has been increased from 90 days to 180 by the Ministry of Tourism. ...
Unmanned tsunami boat takes three years to reach Taiwan
By Focus Taiwan/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:07 PM Tue 4 Mar 2014 GMT
If ever you wanted proof that the currents of the North Pacific gyre exists, this must persuade you. An unmanned Japanese boat has swirled around the Pacific for three years before beaching itself in Taiwan. The massive tsunami that struck northeastern Japan three years ago dragged the small blue into the sea to be caught by the massive gyre. ...
Swedish boat builder and Jeanne Socrates a winning team
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
11:21 PM Mon 3 Mar 2014 GMT
It couldn't be that one of the most incredible feats of 2013 is responsible, surely it isn't as simple as that, but Swedish boat builder received a great deal of unpaid promotion when Jeanne Socrates proved that she and her Najad 38 made a formidable duo as the 70-year-old solo sailor circumnavigated the world non-stop. ...
For UK sailors: New digital marine wildlife guide for iPad and iPhone
By Louise Nicholls/Sail-World Cruising, ,
1:13 PM Mon 3 Mar 2014 GMT
One of the accompanying delights of going sailing is watching the wildlife - but how much better if you had a reference point while watching. Now, for UK sailors only, sadly, a new digital marine wildlife guide for iPad and iPhone has now been launched for United Nations World Wildlife Day, by The Green Blue, the joint environment project of the RYA and the BMF. ...
Pirates strike in the Mediterranean - yacht still missing
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
12:04 AM Mon 3 Mar 2014 GMT
Have you seen this hijacked yacht? Just because you don't sail in Somali or Nigerian waters, don't think you are safe from pirates. Just last month armed pirates attacked a 17m yacht in gentle Corsica, hijacking it and setting the owners and crew adrift in their life boat. ...
A boyhood dream come true - sailing to Antarctica
By Des Ryan, ,
7:04 PM Sun 2 Mar 2014 GMT
Greek sailor Dimitris Liaroutsos had a dream - a dream of sailing to the Antarctic continent. This article is, therefore, of a dream come true - an adventure sail across the Southern Ocean to the most remote continent on earth, the so-called, White Desert. ...
Britain's Big Dinghy Show - RS Design a Sail competition winner announ
By Emma Slater, ,
11:12 AM Sun 2 Mar 2014 GMT
At the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014 yesterday, 1st March, seven year old William James from Torquay was crowned winner of the national RS Design a Sail competition 2014 and clinched the top prize of his very own RS Tera dinghy. ...
Safety Advisory Notice - Don't be a victim of the silent killer
By RYA, ,
11:48 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
Earlier this year, three British seafarers lost their lives from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning on two separate boats and in 2013 two people passed away on a boat in the Lake District as a result of CO poisoning. This has led the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to offer a world-wide warning to all boaters. ...
RYA Dinghy Show - ‘Sea and Summit’ sailing challenge revealed
By Susie NationGrainger, ,
11:25 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
British sailor Natasha Lambert, 16, was born with atheroid cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs and confines her to a wheelchair. Today at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show (Saturday 01 March 2014) she officially unveiled her incredible 2014 sailing challenge: ‘Sea and Summit’. ...
Sailing Chart Symbol Secrets for Safer Navigation
By John Jamieson, ,
10:27 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
Imagine sailing along a coastline with multiple lights along the shore. Your GPS has proved unreliable in this area. What chart symbol and abbreviation secrets will help guide you to safe landfall? Here are some navigation 'quick tips' on symbols that will help boost your navigation knowledge for safer sailing worldwide! ...
RYA Dinghy Show 2014 - its opening time + Video
By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, ,
10:26 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
Its a cold foggy London winter Saturday morning, but at the top of the hill at Alexandra Palace, there is once again good crowds surging through the halls after the traditional 10am count-down. Its warm and dry in Ally Pally. ...
Cruising boats flee Thailand after rules change
By Sail-World Cruising/Phuket News, ,
3:21 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
Governments of the world beware. Countries popular with cruising sailors reap good economic benefits, but cruising yachts are designed to move, and cruising sailors will vote with their lifted anchors when authorities, by design or accident, make it difficult or more expensive for visiting yachts. Many countries have experienced this, and Thailand is only the latest. ...
Prepare to be blown away by Children of the Wind
By St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, ,
3:04 AM Fri 28 Feb 2014 GMT
Talent and ability flourish in the Caribbean. Given the small size of population, seldom do the inspirational stories make it out of the small islands dotting the region. One such story has been fortunate enough to be documented and recognized at several film festivals around the world. ...
Yacht of the Week: Sabot 50 from Fountaine Pajot
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
9:08 PM Thu 27 Feb 2014 GMT
When you stick to one thing you have a better than even chance of getting it right. The fact that French boat builder Fountaine Pajot sticks to catamarans means they really do it well.
In December 2013, they launched the new Saba 50, which took several of their previous attempts and combined many of their good features into a really lovely catamaran. ...
Product of the Week: DIY splicer for small diameters
By Ken Quant, ,
7:38 PM Thu 27 Feb 2014 GMT
If you do your own splicing, you'll just love this product of the week: Ronstan's new D-Splicer range of specialized rope splicing tools are designed to take the difficulty out of working with smaller diameter synthetic 12-strand or single braid lines. ...
Jimmy Cornell launches global race for amateurs
By David Glenn, ,
3:16 AM Wed 26 Feb 2014 GMT
Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. The World Odyssey will take competitors eastabout via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean in 2016/17. 'I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,' declares the three times circumnavigator who says he is responding to the aims and interests of amateur sailors. ...
Cruising sailors, don't swim in SOME tropical waters
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
8:15 PM Tue 25 Feb 2014 GMT
As a sailor one of the delights of going cruising, particularly in tropical waters, is the ability to jump off the boat when you anchor for that refreshing swim beside the boat. However, visiting sailors to Australia's north west won't be jumping off the boat any time soon after an incident at Cable Beach near West Australia's remote Broome. ...
Cruising sailors needed to help improve the world's charts
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:06 PM Tue 25 Feb 2014 GMT
If you've ever been in a situation where your GPS is telling you one thing while 'looking out the window' tells you another, you'll be engaged by a new initiative which is pleading for the help of cruising sailors to improve the world's charts - and therefore eventually the GPS result that you see on your electronic chart as well. ...
Maidentrip - teens inspired by Laura Dekker's movie
By Clementine Furber, WomensENews/Sail-World, ,
7:20 AM Tue 25 Feb 2014 GMT
Wherever the film has been shown, female teen sailors have reacted dramatically and positively to the documentary of teen sailor Laura Dekker's voyage around the world, completed long before her 17th birthday. One of them, Clementine Furber, writes movingly to WomensENews about how she was inspired by the other's journey: ...
U.S. boaters can get free safety vessel evaluation
By U.S. Coastguard Auxiliary, ,
7:36 PM Mon 24 Feb 2014 GMT
U.S. Boaters who want to ensure that their boat complies with safety requirements are encouraged to get a free vessel safety check. Whether you are a sailor or some other boat user, this is merely a courtesy extended by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, who will offer an evaluation - there is no law enforcement issue involved. ...
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