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News for the Last 7 Days - Cruising Australia

NOAA expedition discovers ship’s timepiece silent for nearly 200 years By NOAA Research, , 4:59 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Using undersea robots, a team of NOAA-led marine archeologists discovered a ship’s chronometer where time has stood still for about 200 years at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. This was the latest discovery made as part of the Gulf of Mexico expedition by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens By Jimmy Cornell, , 4:50 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
31 August was exactly three months since Aventura left London bound for Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage. Since then we have covered over 6000 miles and are now bound for St Johns in Newfoundland, having decided to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage due to persistent unfavourable ice conditions. ...
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Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package' By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 2:57 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Having given a serious consideration to feedbacks and remarks from cruisers after the Africa Europe Challenge opened for entries, the organizing team of the AEC have decided to introduce a so called Spectator’s Package so to make it possible for cruisers on a tight budget to take part in their events. ...
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Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination' By Don McIntyre, , 4:32 AM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
One of Australia’s great sailors and adventurers, Don McIntyre, is on the hunt for youth sailors who dare to dream of one day sailing around the world. With mentoring from young solo sailor Jessica Watson, together they hope to make that dream come true. ...
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, a popular cruising destination in Canada By Greg Nicoll, , 2:47 PM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
On a really clear day, from my homeport of the Port Credit Yacht Club, you can just see Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of the most popular cruising destinations in Canada. The trip to Niagara takes about an hour by car or about five hours under sail, most of the time. ...
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The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising By Kathy Mak, , 2:30 PM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Some may say that the sailing experience of monohulls versus catamarans is as different as chalk and cheese. Until recently, Frank (my husband) and I never gave much thought to catamarans. We rarely saw them over the years of monohull sailing on the West Coast. ...
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Death by Dinghy By Allan Riches Brunei Bay Radio, , 4:14 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Having operated adventure training organisations - trained staff and dealt with incidents, on land and water for more than thirty years - I've seen that the simple, the routine and the mundane are the most likely places to have problems. When embarking on a great adventure, stepping into the unknown or preparing for rough weather, we take precautions, wear safety equipment etc. ...
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'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time By Scripps iInstitute, , 3:31 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a 'playa,' are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. ...
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Coast Guard searching for two boaters near St. Petersburg By Coast Guard, , 2:54 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
The Coast Guard is searching for two people aboard a 27-foot 1976 Almond Hunter sailing vessel near St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday. ...
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20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act By NOAA Fisheries, , 7:09 PM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
NOAA announced on August 27th that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. ...
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Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub By Stephen Chen, , 2:04 PM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
China has edged a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in under two hours. New technology has made it easier for a submarine, or torpedo, to travel at extremely high speeds underwater. Turns out there is a high speed sailing application. It has nothing to do with cruising whatsoever, its just an interesting read. ...
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PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 - 2 for £24 ticket offer ends soon By PSP Southampton Boat Show, , 11:25 AM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
With hundreds of boats, brands and suppliers, food, bars and new attractions it really will be a 10 day boating spectacular. Make use of this special two for £24 offer. ...
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A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, , 5:22 PM Thu 28 Aug 2014 GMT
I recently took a call from a member who had just returned home from a boating trip to Brittany. When in Brittany he found that about a third of the shore supply in marinas had reverse polarity. He says the French were disinterested but feels that members should be made aware of the dangers. ...
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How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is By Nera Cornell, , 7:47 PM Wed 27 Aug 2014 GMT
We’ve been stuck in ice, walking among ivory animal bones, talking with Canadian Inuit, and lots more over this 2014 summer. We’ve seen Dundas Harbour and the great Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Cuming inlet and the shaggy Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Beechey island with its Franklin graves and Gyrfalcons. ...
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New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean By British Antarctic Survey, , 6:01 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is published this week by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world spent the last four years compiling everything they know about ocean species from microbes to whales. ...
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European Odyssey boats arrive in Lanzarote + Video By Cornell Sailing, , 5:46 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
The first three European Odyssey boats have arrived at Puerto Calero Marina in Lanzarote this last Friday and Saturday. Geronimo and Anthea sailed from Rabat, Morocco, while Narayan left from Lisbon, Portugal. Mel Symes of Puerto Calero Marina welcomed the boats and reported that the crews were in high spirits after a superb sail. ...
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Multiagency rescue at Dunraven Bay + Video By Carl Evans, , 4:21 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
At 5.48pm on August 25th, both Porthcawl RNLI lifeboats Rose of the Shires and Harold Arnold launched to reports of two persons cut off by the tide at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown. Both RNLI lifeboats from Porthcawl were launched to rescue two persons cut off by the tide at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown, who were in imminent danger as the strong spring tide was fast approaching them. ...
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Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, , 8:28 PM Mon 25 Aug 2014 GMT
Sometimes in the life of a Galley Guy, opportunities to travel to great places just happen. However sometimes, life just gets in the way. This year our friends at Le Boat offered the Galley Guys a boat to travel through the Alsace region of France to savour the food and wines of this spectacular and lush corner of Eastern France. ...
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