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Clock running on countdown to the 25th Caribbean 1500 By World Cruising Club, , 10:33 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
The weather at Ocean Marine has been downright summery. Temperatures touched 80º both yesterday and today. Despite some mid-afternoon clouds and the threat of rain, it’s cleared again this evening and the setting sun is casting a golden glow over the rally fleet. ...

San Juan Island, an engaging destination By Amanda Spottiswoode, , 8:32 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
Just across the border from Canada’s Gulf Islands – and there’s a story behind that – San Juan is an engaging destination rich in history, culture and opportunities to explore shoreside. Our first cruise to the San Juan Islands was in 2005, our seventh year of cruising on our wooden sailboat, South Islander. ...

Cowes breakwater construction programme - Phase completion imminent By Louisa Mamakou, , 2:25 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is pleased to report that completion on the 2014 phases of the Cowes breakwater construction programme is imminent with contractors Boskalis Westminster now finalising the reshaping of the 350 metre long breakwater core in advance of a winter settlement period. ...

Where is the Deepwater Horizon oil? By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 7:54 AM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
During the 2010 crisis, some of the oil gushing from the seafloor appeared as slicks on the sea surface, while roughly half of it, scientists estimate, remained trapped in deep ocean plumes of mixed oil and gas, one of which was more than a mile wide, hundreds of feet high and extended for miles southwest of the broken riser pipe at the damaged Macondo well. ...

OceansWatch hard at work in the Solomon Islands By OceansWatch, , 4:04 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
September and October have been very busy months, with our yacht Anna Rose finally reaching the Solomon Islands. In Lata, Santa Cruz, we met with local government, ran a workshop on marine threats such as crown-of-thorns, and weathered a serious thunderstorm. Anna Rose then sailed off from Lata towards the low-lying Reef Islands. ...

Do you have the proper fire extinguisher onboard? By BoatUS, , 3:47 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
We know we need them on board, but how many do we need and how do they work? The Coast Guard requires boats to have at least one B-1 marine fire extinguisher on board. Depending on the size of your boat you may need more than one. Boats under 26' have to have at least one B-1 fire extinguisher on board. ...

This low cost 'line saver' could save your yacht! By John Jamieson, , 3:34 PM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
What one piece of low cost sailing gear could save your boat in a howling gale, or when tied up in a slip or alongside a pier, or in a swell-swept anchorage or mooring? Without it, your yacht might well become just another marine insurance statistic! ...

The Christmas Caribbean Rally is on its way! By Sailing Rallies, , 4:41 AM Tue 28 Oct 2014 GMT
It's been a busy month for the Sailing Rallies Team, finalising details and schedules for the second edition of the Christmas Caribbean Rally. It's fast approaching and with only eight weeks to go until the start, the majority of the fleet are now either safely tied up or in the vicinity of Marina Rubicon. ...

Coral-Current Connections By Alice Alpert, , 12:08 PM Mon 27 Oct 2014 GMT
Remote island lies in a strategic spot for research - I remember the moray eel’s toothy grin as it peeked out from a crevice beneath a lumpy yellow coral colony. Jewel-like, turquoise parrotfish flitted before my eyes. Tiny iridescent fish formed curtains of flashing colors. Sharks peered up from the abyss. ...

Caribbean 1500 - German Bier, trick-or-treat and safety checks By World Cruising Club, , 12:10 AM Mon 27 Oct 2014 GMT
Maybe it’s because it’s a special year in 2014. Maybe it’s because folks are excited about the large fleet for the Caribbean 1500. Maybe it’s the beautiful weather on the Chesapeake. For whatever reason, a larger-than-usual number of boats have already made their way to Portsmouth and are tied up in Ocean Marine Yacht Center, ready for the week’s festivities. ...

Oceans of Hope - A Sailing Sclerosis Project By Meaghan Van Liew, , 5:40 PM Sun 26 Oct 2014 GMT
A Global Voyage to Change Perceptions of Multiple Sclerosis - Oceans of Hope is a Sailing Sclerosis Foundation project that aims to change perceptions of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), inspiring people with the disease to overcome their own personal challenges by telling the stories of those taking part in the first ever circumnavigation by a yacht crewed by people with MS. ...

The very useful skill of buoy hopping By RYA, , 6:10 PM Sat 25 Oct 2014 GMT
Buoy hopping is a very useful skill to employ in a narrow, well lit channel or estuary. There are, however, a few basic pitfalls that you need to be aware of in order to avoid disaster. ...

A warm welcome to La Réunion for the World ARC fleet By World Cruising Club, , 3:25 PM Sat 25 Oct 2014 GMT
A competitive start marked the departure from Mauritius to La Réunion for the World ARC. Now berthed alongside the dock in Le Port on the north east coast of the island, the 130 nautical mile sail was a contrast to the longer ocean passages usually undertaken, allowing them to arrive during the same day. ...

Good Samaritans rescue woman who drove car off boat ramp By Cynthia Johnson, , 8:05 PM Fri 24 Oct 2014 GMT
A 92-year-old Portland woman was rescued by two Good Samaritans after driving her car off a boat ramp in Belfast. Belfast Police Officer Wendall Ward said Evan Lenfest drove down Main Street, onto the boat ramp and into the water. Bryden Burleson, an employee at Belmont Boat Works, and assistant Harbormaster Howard Whitcomb rescued Lenfest. ...

Can you hear me? Mobile phone vs. VHF radio By BoatUS, , 7:43 PM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
Having a cell phone on board allows you to keep in touch with land-based people and businesses easily. They are very convenient but in some situations they shouldn’t be used in place of a very high frequency (VHF) radio, the benefits of which we’ll address shortly. Here are some things to consider regarding mobile phones. ...

World ARC fleet explores Mauritius By World Cruising Club, , 5:54 PM Thu 23 Oct 2014 GMT
After the arrival of the last boats to Mauritius, the World ARC fleet have been enjoying their time exploring what the island has to offer. The 21 yachts making up the fleet have created a spectacle in the Caudan Basin in Port Louis. The fleet dressed overall with colourful flags has proved to be one of the main attraction for the Caudan Waterfront. ...

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