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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

Barnacle Busting By Neil and Ley Langford, , 9:29 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Almost two years since we last applied anti-fouling paint, and the barnacles are starting to grow on our hull once again. Frustrated with barnacles blocking our raw water intake, in April this year we installed an Ultrasonic Antifoul System on Crystal Blues. ...
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From Penguins to Polar Bears By Cherie Winner, , 7:21 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
But the effects of climate change may be greatest in Earth’s Polar Regions. In Antarctica and the Arctic, thinner ice is covering less area for a shorter time each year, and that ice loss threatens organisms whose lifestyles depend on it, ranging from algae at the bottom of the food chain to polar bears at the top. Conservation efforts for polar species, however, are especially challenging. ...
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Cornell turns back from the North West Passage By Jimmy Cornell, , 2:15 PM Sun 17 Aug 2014 GMT
Our stop at Beechey Island was tinged with sadness, not only because of the tragic events of all those years ago, but also by the decision to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage this summer. With the ice situation showing little improvement, even if a late transit may become possible, we could face the prospect of being unable to reach the Pacific before the seas started to ice up ...
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A cruising guide to the ABC Islands - Spanish Edition By Frank Virgintino, , 8:52 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Free Cruising Guides has announced the forthcoming release of the Cruising guide to the ABC islands in Spanish. The Cruising guide to the Dominican Republic and the Cruising Guide to Puerto Rico are currently available in Spanish and this guide will mark the third in the series. ...
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Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group By Global Nation Inquirer, , 8:24 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Military officials say they have verified that two German tourists, who went missing last April, were abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and are being held 'unharmed' by the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen in their jungle encampments in the south. ...
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NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel By National Coastwatch, , 7:21 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has been allocated a national licence by OFCOM for the use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Channel 65 will facilitate communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. ...
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Positive news for cruising boats in Greece By The Cruising Association, , 5:29 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
After months of controversy regarding the new Greek circulation tax, the Greek government has introduced two changes which cut harbour dues. Until August 1 harbour dues in Greece were collected by the Hellenic Coast Guard, colloquially known as Port Police or PP. ...
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Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways By Rob Jordan, , 5:17 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Stanford researchers look for freshwater mussels as part of a study of bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways. Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, herbicides and flame retardants are increasingly showing up in waterways. New Stanford research finds that a natural, low-cost solution – clams and mussels – may already exist for these contaminants of emerging concern, or CECs. ...
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Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging? By SkipperTips.com, , 1:05 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
A critical rigging pin had backed out--with just an eighth of an inch of thread to hold the fitting together. We needed a solution now--and fast. What now skipper? Screw pin shackles are often forgotten parts of your boat's standing rigging and anchor ground tackle system. Here are just a few ways this super sailing gear works aboard your boat. ...
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Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage By Claire Duffin, , 5:11 PM Thu 14 Aug 2014 GMT
When Clive and Jane Green set sail from Wales, their intended destination was Spain, a relatively short hop over the Atlantic. Sixteen years later however, and they have only just returned home, having turned their experimental seven-day getaway into a 58,000-mile round-the-world voyage. ...
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World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast By World Cruising Club, , 3:26 PM Thu 14 Aug 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet have been continuing to make their own way around the east and north coasts of Australia during this free cruising period of the rally. The crews have over four weeks to make the distance around to Darwin and at the halfway point, most of the fleet have reached the port of Cairns, in the middle of Australia's Coral Coast. ...
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Four rescued after narrow boat collides with houseboat By David Clarke, , 2:46 AM Thu 14 Aug 2014 GMT
The RNLI lifeboat crew from Chiswick were launched to the rescue yesterday (Tuesday) after a narrow boat collided with a houseboat moored at a River Thames pier in Hammersmith. The lifeboat crew, based at Chiswick RNLI station in Corney Reach Way, launched at 2.42pm to assist the four person crew of the narrow boat, Alesha after she became breached across the bows of another vessel, named Amethyst ...
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Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution By Vanuatu Customs, , 9:44 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
The skipper of a yacht of French national was penalised by Lenakel Customs for calling into the undeclared port of Port Resolution on the island of Tanna unannounced. The vessel was on its way from Tarawa, Kiribati to Bundaberg, Australia on 5th August 2014. ...
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Galley Guys on the Malty Seas By Greg Nicoll, , 4:57 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
It started with an Internet search on malts and ended with an invitation that was too good to be true for any decent Galley Guy not to accept: fly to Scotland, drive peacefully through the Scottish countryside and come to rest at the end of a single-lane road on the Isle of Skye, only to witness a flotilla of eighty yachts which we were joining. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video By Nera Cornell, , 4:47 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Well, since the last of my Blue Planet Odyssey logs, we have acquired a new experience to tick off our bucket-lists. By our decision to sail to Arctic Bay, we were unfortunately way-laid by ice floes. As the ice thickened about us, and leads became less frequent, we decided to turn back to Lancaster Sound. ...
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European Odyssey - La Coruña a big hit for the boats participating By Cornell Sailing, , 9:46 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
Following a successful crossing of the Bay of Biscay, La Coruña was a big hit for the boats participating in the European Odyssey. There was much to enjoy. First of all, Marina Coruña was a comfortable, convenient home for the boats during their stay in La Coruña. ...
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Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure By nk, , 9:03 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
When most cruising sailors reach their seventies they wonder how long they will keep cruising. They don't start designing their 'perfect' cruising boat with a plan to sail it through the Northwest Passage. That's because they are not Jimmy Cornell. ...
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Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence By Julia Beaty, Newport, RI , 4:14 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
A sea of choices. Many of us flock to the coasts during the summer to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, a break from the heat and delicious seafood. In today’s globalized world, even those of us who live far from the coast have access to a plethora of seafood choices in our local restaurants and grocery stores. ...
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Risks to penguin populations continues By British Antarctic Survey, , 8:14 AM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcity (where fisheries compete for the same resources), being caught in fishing nets, oil pollution and climate change. ...
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ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm By World Cruising Club, , 9:42 PM Fri 8 Aug 2014 GMT
After a period of cruising through what was for most their first experience of the Finnish Archipelago, the warm welcome received from the NJK in Helsinki set the tone for what has been a great weeks' sailing, relaxing and exploring this beautiful region of the Baltic. ...
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Follow these tips when anchoring By Alex and Daria Blackwell, , 6:48 PM Thu 7 Aug 2014 GMT
Unless you are far offshore, at one point or another you will to need to park your boat. This may be because you want to or because you need to. In either case you have three choices. You can go to a dock, which lacks many of the plus points of being away from land. You can pick up a mooring, which often has a number of challenges and unknowns associated with it. ...
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Swedish couple rescued off Cook Islands By Martime NZ, , 7:23 AM Thu 7 Aug 2014 GMT
An elderly Swedish couple were rescued on Wednesday from their dismasted yacht 125 nautical miles (231km) north-east of the Cook Islands. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) detected a beacon alert from the 11.2m (37 foot) Blue Horizon at around 5.15pm yesterday (5 August), with satellite phone contact also established with the yacht via the Swedish Joint Rescue Coordination Cent ...
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Refurbished Protector project 'better than buying new' By Mike Rose, , 10:45 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
The comprehensively refurbished Rayglass Protector, Sea Three, is now 'almost better than new', according to proud New Zealand owner Dale Smith. Dale Smith says he is amazed at the incredible job the Rayglass workshop team has done in restoring the well-used 12.5-metre Protector. ...
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Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady By Greg Nicoll, Andy Adams and John Armstrong, , 3:07 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
They say: what you dare to dream, dare to do. Quit your job, sell your house, kiss family and friends goodbye and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime. We suggest you give yourself a bit of time to plan and adjust though. It’s quite a jump from Bay Street to Montego Bay. Why not start by warming up to the tropics with some amazing island food and a good book? ...
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North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south By Barby MacGowan, , 2:51 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
The 15th Annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) departs from Newport. R.I. on November 1, 2014 (or best weather window near that date.) First held in 2000, the 'NARC Rally' is restricted to boats that are capable of getting to Bermuda in four or five days and are crewed by experienced sailors who have made the passage before. ...
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