| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia
World ARC 2014 reaches Australia
By World Cruising Club, ,
7:28 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
The World ARC Welcome Party and Prize giving event was held last night at the prestigious Clarion Hotel in the Mackay Marina Village, supported by Mackay Marina and Mackay Tourism. Crews gathered for welcome drinks in the poolside bar, before Event Manager Paul Tetlow introduced and thanked those individuals and local organisations which support the programme World ARC in Mackay. ...
Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao
By Caribbean Safety and Security Net, ,
7:07 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
All ships transiting north of Curacao and Aruba are advised that the seismic survey ship Polar Duke will be conducting surveys in the area until 15 September 2014. The towed array is very large – 12 streamers 9000 meters long, and 900 meters wide. ...
A Mooring in Iceberg Alley
By Rebecca Jackson, ,
8:45 AM Sun 27 Jul 2014 GMT
The fatal blow was definitely not the first hit. For 13 months, icebergs had plowed over Mooring SF1, again and again. They pushed the long line of underwater scientific instruments toward the seafloor in a Greenland fjord. Usually, these chunks of ice—sometimes as tall as a skyscraper and as wide as seven city blocks—would hold down SF1 for several hours and then move along. ...
Boaters urged to speak up on 15%ethanol proposal
By BoatUS/Sail-World, ,
8:11 PM Fri 25 Jul 2014 GMT
It might seem like a local Chicago issue but could this be the foretaste of battles that will have to be fought by boaters world-wide in times to come. ...
Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart
By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, ,
9:09 AM Fri 25 Jul 2014 GMT
The Departure Planning tool from PredictWind can save huge amounts of time planning and give you more hours sailing.
It does this by looking at four different departure dates that are separated by 24 hours, and assessing the weather to pick the best day to leave for a particular journey ...
IMB reports worrying trend of piracy hijacks in Southeast Asia
By ICC International Maritime Bureau, ,
11:14 AM Thu 24 Jul 2014 GMT
In Southeast Asia, at least six known cases of coastal tankers being hijacked for their cargoes of diesel or gas oil have been reported since April this year, sparking fears of a new trend in pirate attacks in the area. Until then, the majority of attacks in the region had been on vessels, mainly at anchor, boarded for petty theft. ...
Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:19 AM Thu 24 Jul 2014 GMT
Two kayakers in Argentina were paddling off the coast of Puerto Madryn recently, when a whale took sudden and totally unexpected interest in their boat, swam beneath their vessel, and lifted it from the water. ...
World ARC reaches half-way point in Australia
By World Cruising Club, ,
2:31 PM Wed 23 Jul 2014 GMT
Today Mackay, Queensland became the latest focus of interest for sailors from around the world as the first of 23 cruising boats arrived in Mackay Marina marking the half-way point in their circumnavigation under sail in the World ARC. ...
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 2) *Feature
By Sheryl and Paul Shard, ,
5:53 PM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and we experienced almost 24 hours of daylight on Fair Isle. In the wee hours there was almost a ghostly bluish light in the air similar to the light during an eclipse of the sun. It was bizarre to see sheep lying asleep while a few islanders tended their gardens at 2a.m. in a strange twilight. ...
Vietnam Marina Development: ONE°15 Vung Ro Bay Marina Resort
By ONE 15 Marina, Singapore, ,
4:17 AM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
The development will include several hotels with a total of over 760 rooms, 4,300 apartments, 100 luxury townhouses, a variety of retail shops and a 400m sandy beach as well as the marina berths. The gross commercial area will total approximately 200,000 square meters, providing space for schools, healthcare facilities, retailing, leisure and entertainment complexes as well as the marina ...
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
By D. Scott Croft, ,
2:34 AM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
Cruising sailors spend a lot of time in marina's, often a little variable in quality. Here is some information most of us have probably never thought about. While standing at the end of the boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do? ...
Costa Concordia - the $2.25 billion salvage operation ready to begin
By Media Services, ,
12:40 AM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
The biggest salvage operation of a passenger ship is poised to get underway in Italy. Two and a half years after she ran aground off the island with the loss of 32 lives in January 2012, the Costa Concordia will be pulled from the rocks and taken to the Port of Genoa for scrapping. ...
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles, more photos *Feature
By Sail-World.com, ,
10:24 PM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
Check out these additional photos from Paul and Sheryl Shard's voyage to Orkney and the Shetland Isles. ...
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - New location and attractions
By Pierson Grant Public Relations, ,
8:41 PM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
Entering its 55th year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world, is set to take place from Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, attracting an international audience of hundreds of thousands of marine enthusiasts to the 'Yachting Capital of the World.' ...
4.8 million Legos all at sea
By Adam Clark Estes, ,
5:35 PM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
Along the charming coast of Cornwall, England, there's a beach that's constantly blanketed in Legos. Tiny flippers, little plastic dragons, a brick here and there—these pieces have been washing ashore since a shipping accident in 1997 sent 4.8 million pieces into the sea nearby. And one-by-one, out they come. ...
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
By Miranda Powrie, Auckland ,
9:00 AM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
Miranda from Weta has put together a helpful video on how to steer a boat using just the sails, no tiller sailing.
It's a good training exercise, not only for learning how to sail faster but also just in case something happens to your rudder!
This is applicable to every sailor, in any class, and a great training exercise. ...
Tranquil, colourful and funky, Genoa Bay is a must stop for West Coast *Feature
By Deane Hislop, ,
11:06 AM Sun 20 Jul 2014 GMT
Genoa Bay is a quaint little settlement with a marina nestled in a quiet and picturesque bay on Canada's southeast Vancouver Island, at the south end of Sansum Narrows. It was named by pioneer settler Giovanni Baptiste Ordano in 1858 because it reminded him of his home in Italy. ...
Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows
By David Pacchioli, ,
8:55 AM Sun 20 Jul 2014 GMT
How can you follow a wisp of water within the turbulent immensity of the ocean? Jim Ledwell figured out a way. He developed a method to inject a harmless chemical tracer into the ocean and to track it over days, weeks, or months as it spreads through the swirling sea. ...
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
By Susan Kantor, ,
3:38 PM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
The cruising division set sail for the 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac at 3 p.m. on July 18th. Event Chairman Matt Gallagher, who is sailing in cruising division on Endeavour, said 41 cruising boats began the race under light winds, clear skies and flat water. ...
Dredging activity near corals can increase frequency of diseases
By ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies, ,
2:51 PM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
In a world-first study published on July 17th, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals. 'At dredging sites, we found more than twice as much coral disease than at our control sites,' says the lead author of the study, Joe Pollock, a PhD candidate from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. ...
World ARC heading out of the Pacific
By World Cruising, ,
1:01 PM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
Ideal conditions helped the World ARC fleet get well underway on Leg Seven of their circumnavigation as they leave astern the island of Efate in Vanuatu. Moderate easterly winds made for a downwind start across the entrance to Port Vila Bay. A few yachts were encouraged by the light conditions to fly their coloured sails making for a beautiful sight. ...
European Commission to take UK to court over red diesel
By RYA, ,
9:20 AM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
The European Commission (EC) has decided to refer the United Kingdom to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). According to the EC the UK is not properly applying the rules on fiscal marking on fuel. ...
Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt
By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), ,
8:24 AM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
In the last 40 years, ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet increased four-fold contributing to one-quarter of global sea level rise. Some of the increased melting at the surface of the ice sheet is due to a warmer atmosphere, but the ocean’s role in driving ice loss largely remains a mystery. ...
Desolation Sound added to Salish Sea Pilot free cruising guides
By Jim Burgoyne, ,
6:38 PM Fri 18 Jul 2014 GMT
Salish Sea Pilot has added Desolation Sound to its lineup of free cruising guides covering destinations along the west coasts of British Columbia and Washington. The guide, with 74 pages and more than 90 illustrations, offers detailed information of anchorages, marinas and passages throughout Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. ...
Three Defensive Docking Strategies for Sailors
By Captain John Jamieson, Florida ,
11:04 PM Thu 17 Jul 2014 GMT
Keep emergency docking plans at the forefront of your 'what if' mindset. Just in case that boat pulls out ahead of you or your engine conks out in restricted waters. Practice these defensive docking strategies to be prepared for the unexpected in close quarters. ...
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