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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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.' ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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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