| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Northern hemisphere)
Disability accessible Tallship on World circumnavigation
By Philippa Williams, Nelson ,
2:54 AM Sat 30 Nov 2013 GMT
We are on board the Lord Nelson, a square rigged sail training ship operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The JST is a British based charity that strives to promote sailing as an activity open to everyone, regardless of individual's physical capacity. Andy, Allen and myself have all signed up as voyage crew for one leg of Nellie world circumnavigation - and we are all enjoying ourselves immensely ...
Vanuatu to Australia Rally identified as favourite for drug cartel
By ACBPS/Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:52 PM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
For some months Sail-World has been reporting on the occasional swoop on yachts carrying drugs on sailing boats from South America into Australia. There has been a growing tendency for drug importers to the South Pacific to use the low profile nature of a sailing boat, but now, in a confidential report, the Port2Port Rally from Vanuatu to Australia is identified as a favourite for the drug trade. ...
Three days visa free for cruising sailors to Russia - new bill
By Sail-World Cruising round-up,
8:00 PM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
It's not much, but it's a beginning. Cruising sailors could soon be allowed to stay in Russia without a visa for up to three days, according to a bill being considered by the Russian government. Three days in the life of long range cruising sailors is like three minutes to themselves back home, but it might enable easier visits in the Black Sea region. ...
Storm creates yacht havoc in Thailand's Phuket
By Jeff Zika/Sail-World Cruising,
4:07 AM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
As leisure sailors, we all like to think that, while the ocean is not our friend, we can overcome its wildest of rages if we display good seamanship. But that's at sea. Recently Phuket, Thailand, experienced a major storm which the best seamanship in the world couldn't prevent from heart-breaking, destructive damage to some of the finest of yachts. ...
Cuba holds out a five year welcome flag to cruising sailors
By Sail-World Cruising,
1:38 AM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
Cuba is doing its best to attract the lucrative yachting market. First, from now on cruising boats will be able to send information ahead by utilising a special website, which will simplify your arrival. Second, it has announced that it will allow leisure yachts to stay in the country for up to five years, or even longer periods. ...
Satellite imaging for search and rescue - coming of age
By Bruce Dorminey, Forbes/Sail-World Cruising,
2:38 AM Wed 27 Nov 2013 GMT
Two leaders in the field of search and rescue have stated that it won't be long before satellite imaging is all part of the matrix when a sailing boat sounds an alarm or goes missing in the ocean - and this could make all the difference. ...
World Oceans Day appeals for funds
By Alyssa Isakower/Sail-World,
11:04 PM Tue 26 Nov 2013 GMT
World Ocean Day has recently launched an online fundraiser to raise funds to make World Oceans Day 2014 an even better opportunity for ocean celebration and action. Last year there were over 600 events held in 70 different countries - help us take this event to the next level! ...
Yacht of the Week: Hanse 415
By Des Ryan, ,
12:30 AM Tue 26 Nov 2013 GMT
So there's a new Hanse 415 out this year, combining precision building (well they're German aren't they) and excellent styling. Not only that, the new boat also shows a nice ease of handling which belies how well it sails. It's an ideal boat for a family cruiser, but can turn on a great show of speed. ...
Book Review: Self-sufficient Sailor, by Lin and Larry Pardey
By Lee Mylchreest,
11:19 PM Mon 25 Nov 2013 GMT
This book is a reprint of earlier advice, and an update, but don't let that put you off. It is full of ideas and wisdom on how to sail in comfort and safety without large cash outlays, something the Pardeys have been famously promoting for many years. All sailors, whether or not they plan to sail over the horizon, will find valuable insights. ...
Six sailing boats challenge deep sea oil drilling in the Tasman Sea
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
7:12 PM Mon 25 Nov 2013 GMT
It's a flotilla of six sailing boats that are being used by activists to challenge deep sea drilling in the Tasman Sea off the coast of New Zealand. The beauty of the scene and the graceful lines of the sailing boats belied the drama that is developing over the issue. ...
28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail from Las Palmas
By World Cruising Club,
7:30 PM Sun 24 Nov 2013 GMT
The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail this week from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Saint Lucia. A fine NNE breeze provided perfect conditions for a downwind start and a swift departure for the first part of the passage across the Atlantic. In total, 224 boats and 1,204 people, including 26 aged under 16, are sailing in this year's edition of the trans-ocean rally. ...
Greece's new tax on cruising sailors announced
By Cruising Association/Sail-World, ,
5:49 AM Sun 24 Nov 2013 GMT
If you are thinking of sailing in Greek waters any time soon, there is information here that you will want to know. Britain's Cruising Association, a British organisation for cruising sailors, has announced the latest and most complete information about a new 'circulation tax' to be levied on all leisure craft over 7m spending time in Greek waters. The new regulation applies from 1st Jan, 2014. ...
Welcome to Chalong Bay Thailand- and we'll rescue your boat if need be
By Phukette Gazette/Sail-World Cruising, ,
3:53 AM Sun 24 Nov 2013 GMT
There's nowhere more famous in Thailand than Chalong Bay for nomadic cruising sailors. Its vast anchorage spells a welcome to cruising yachts from all over the world. However, it's when the locals show just how real their welcome is by personally rescuing a foreign-owned boat that Chalong Bay's reputation really goes sky high. ...
Update on alarming loss of U.S. Coastal Wetlands
By Laurel Bryant, NOAA Fisheries, ,
4:46 PM Sat 23 Nov 2013 GMT
NOAA has co-authored a report with the Fish and Wildlife (FWC) Service documenting the current status and trends of wetlands loss along the coastal watersheds of the United States. According to the report's findings, from 2004-2009, coastal watersheds lost wetlands at the alarming rate of 80,000 acres per year--a 25 percent increase over the last six year period reported. ...
Calling British sailors for survey on BBC Shipping Forecast
By RYA/Sail-World Cruising, ,
5:06 AM Sat 23 Nov 2013 GMT
British sailors, have you yet completed the survey about how much you listen to the BBC Radio 4 Shipping Forecast? This Shipping Forecast has long been valued by those who sail our coastlines, especially those who do not have internet access on board. If you haven't yet completed it, don't let it get lost in the chaos of the festive season - the deadline is mid-January: ...
Love boat gear? So did 20,000 others at METS this year
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
7:27 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
If you not only love sailing but love boat gear as well, there's one trade show in the world you would like to be at, and it's the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam, every year in November. This year some 20,500 people attended. ...
Most advanced VHF ever, just launched
By Ian Lockyer/Sail-World Cruising, Herne Bay ,
7:15 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
One of the most advanced marine VHF radios ever seen was launched at the METS in Amsterdam this week. The IC-M506 is packed full of features including integrated AIS receiver, NMEA2000 connectivity, ‘Last Call’ voice recording function, ‘Active Noise Cancelling’ technology plus, plus... ...
HRH the Princess Royal presents RYA Volunteer Awards in London
By Susie NationGrainger,
2:45 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Dedicated volunteers from around Britain had their endeavours recognised by HRH the Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London yesterday (21st November 2013). ...
Elias gets a helping hand. Jeppesen offers free charts
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
4:10 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
Elias gets a helping hand. The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, whose mascot is Elias, the little Rescue Boat, and has 43 vessels continuously manned and on standby along the coast of Norway, is to have electronic navigational charts donated by Jeppesen. ...
Columbus's Nina is almost ready to sail again in Texas
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, ,
12:46 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
La Niña, or colloquially simply 'Nina', is almost ready to sail again! La Niña was one of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage towards the Indies in 1492. The others were the Pinta and the Santa Maria. ...
Greenpeace sailors protest drillers in the Tasman Sea
By Greenpeace/Sail-World Cruising, ,
11:50 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013 GMT
The Greenpeace sailing boat is dwarfed by the size of the ships around it, but it's not going anywhere any time soon.
In the continuing standoff between the drillers and the sailors, the Noble Bob Douglas drillship has moved into position in the Tasman Sea over an exploratory well off the coast of the New Zealand and will continue with its planned drilling operations. ...
RYA Dinghy Show - win some great tickets for the 2014 show
By Emma Slater, Royal Yachting Association,
11:40 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013 GMT
Are you good at captions? The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show has launched a great new competition where you could win yourself a pair of the tickets to the 2014 show. ...
Oyster World Rally - Fleet now in Reunion
By Louay Habib, ,
3:36 PM Wed 20 Nov 2013 GMT
The Oyster World Rally fleet is now in Reunion, the final rendezvous before the inaugural Oyster World Rally reaches Africa. Reunion is a French territory located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, south west of Mauritius and 1200 miles from the African continent. Reunion has a tropical climate, a stunning volcanic landscape and white sandy beaches fringed by coral reefs. ...
Anchoring in a fast tidal flow - the Bahamian Mooring System
By Des Ryan,
4:13 AM Mon 18 Nov 2013 GMT
Sailing writer Des Ryan tells of his recent experience, a first time Bahamian Moor. He here shares his experiences and what he learned as a result: I just finished anchoring in Crookhaven River, where the tidal flow was amazing. This underlined the value of the Bahamian Mooring technique, which I had never used before. It proved fantastic. What is it? Read on... ...
ARC 2013 Official Opening Ceremony: Flags and Bands
By World Cruising Club,
7:25 PM Sun 17 Nov 2013 GMT
With one week to go before the ARC 2013 fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from across the world marched and danced behind their national flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina. ...
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