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News for the Last 7 Days - Cruising Australia

Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea By Pendana Blog, , 6:51 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
News from far north Queensland has come in of incredible efforts of a crew on the high seas to save one yacht from being lost at sea. Boats involved in this mayday situation included a Nordhavn 47 called Southern Star (Rob and Jo), a Bavari 40ft Ocean yacht named Oda (Per and Elizabeth) and a Dutch built Koopmans 48ft called Stormvogel (Peter and Heidi). ...
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ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks By World Cruising Club, , 5:55 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Over the last six weeks the ARC Baltic fleet have sailed nearly 1800 nautical miles, visiting six countries and six capitals. The rally has now arrived in the final destination on the small picturesque island of Møn with its iconic white cliffs, located 130km south of Copenhagen, Denmark. ...
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Helen Island, Palau -a beautiful and unique place By Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab, , 11:07 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
The island is inhabited only by three park rangers who patrol the area against illegal fishing and poaching and monitor the reefs and protect wildlife. For instance, they gather new turtle hatchling and allow them to grow up under protection before re-releasing them into the wild due to otherwise high levels of mortality and dwindling turtle populations. ...
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Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here By Sail-World, , 10:30 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Bart’s Bash will take place on Sunday 21st September 2014, and is set to become the world's biggest yacht race. To date over 2364 sailors and 588 yacht clubs from 50 different countries have signed up to be competitors. Each club makes its own race within a 24hr period on that date. Most are aiming for a huge spectacular start line with juniors competing alongside seniors in a unique event. ...
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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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