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 06 Oct 2011
 




Safety of the world's 700 tall-ships in doubt
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The safety of the approximately 700 sail-training vessels in the world's oceans has been called into question by a probe into the sinking of the Canadian tall-ship Concordia off Brazil.... [more]
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New Rocna owners allay quality fears, rebuild brand
Sail-World Cruising round-up.,
Heated discussion in the sailing world over whether some of the 'new generation' Rocna Anchors were defective has been countered by an ambit assurance by the new owners of the company. The new owners, Canada Metal Pacifics (CMP), have pledged to replace any 'defective' ground tackle ever produced anywhere in the world.... [more]
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Arctic Sea Ice continues to decline, hits second-lowest level
NASA,
'The sea ice is not only declining, the pace of the decline is becoming more drastic,' Joey Comiso, senior scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said. 'The older, thicker ice is declining faster than the rest, making for a more vulnerable perennial ice cover.'... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Dorcap
Sail-World Cruising,
The wind scoop or wind vent has always been a boon on a yacht, but often a hassle to erect and dismantle. Now along comes the innovative Dorcap whose superior design resembles the dorade.... [more]
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Red tape cut for visiting St Lucia - a model for other countries?
Des Ryan,
Awkward red tape always makes visiting a country less likely for the cruising sailor. Some nations make it so difficult intentionally that no cruising sailor visits - think of Saudi Arabia or Algeria. Others are simply ignorant of the value of visiting yachts. St Lucia in the Caribbean could be used as a model by all yachties who want to encourage their own country to make visiting easier:... [more]
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Navy pirate protection inadequate for ships - what chance for yachts?
Sail-World Cruising,
In a speech that showed just how little chance yachts and their crews have of having the protection of navies from pirates as they cross the Indian Ocean, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has called for more Navy Forces for the protection of ships.... [more]
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Darwin to Ambon Rally 2012 - time to start planning
Lee Mylchreest,
Almost every month, somewhere in the world, there's a cruising rally, sometimes in conjunction with a race. Long range cruisers who have passed through the Pacific Ocean will find that entry into a rally from Australia to Indonesia eases the way into Asian waters with an automatic cruising permit. So that makes the Darwin to Ambon Rally even more alluring than it would be anyway.... [more]
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World-first discovery 'can help save coral reefs'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
An international team of scientists has achieved a major breakthrough in fishing sustainability on coral reefs which could play a vital role in preventing their collapse. 'Fishermen and scientists have long wondered how many fish can be taken off a reef before it collapses, says Dr Nick Graham of the ARC Centre of Excellence (ARC CoE) for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.... [more]
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One yachtie makes a difference to plastic bottle pollution
Franki Black, The Triton/Sail-World,
A yachtie who has lived on her sailing boat for eight years in Sint. Maarten in the Caribbean and is a professional yacht crew has taken direct action to prevent plastic water bottles from despoiling her beautiful island home... [more]
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Superyacht rally celebrates 25 years
Super Yacht Times/Sail-World Cruising,
Some of the world's cruising rallies happen spontaneously, organised by the participants. Others are free, organised by a destination keen to attract yachts. Many are profit-making. Yachts of any size are usually welcome. Monaco-based Dahm International's Club Yachting Life Rally (CYLR) is the only one known to Sail-World which is organised exclusively for superyachts and their owners and friends... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Bavaria 32 - a fresh look for 2012
Des Ryan,
Bavaria yachts in the past have not enjoyed a universal admiration, but the 2012 versions are showing a fresh outlook on their designs and construction, with new designers apparently starting with a clean slate. The newly designed Cruiser 32 seems a good all-round design for a wide range of activities - cruising, weekending, family fun, and club racing... [more]
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Somali pirates ready for renewed raiding season
Ecoterra/Sail-World,
Somali pirates are preparing for a new raiding season, taking advantage of the calmer seas after the monsoon period, as their ties with Islamist rebels come under closer scrutiny. The end of the monsoon also heralds the season for brave- or these days foolhardy - cruising sailors to venture across the Indian Ocean in an attempt to take the short route via the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.... [more]
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Seven top fender tips to protect your sailing boat
John Jamieson,
Imagine that you enter a new marina to take on some fuel, when all of a sudden--out of nowhere your engine coughs, spits, burps, and dies. You push the starter button, but get no response! Have you prepared your sailing partner or short-handed crew with the skills they need to cushion the impact with another boat, pier, seawall, or piling?... [more]
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Sail and Ride - coming to the Netherlands
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As my Grandad used to say, 'What will they think of next?' Last month the first sail-in movie cinema was introduced in Britain during Cowes Week. Now a Dutch consortium has put forward a proposal that includes a 'sail and ride' station in a new 20 km rail connection in the Netherlands.... [more]
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Award winning life saving Dan Buoy now available in NZ
Sail-World,
The SOS Dan Buoy is contained in a compact unit that self-inflates on contact with the water in a man-overboard situation. The 2 meter high marker is visible from up to 1700m away and a keel-like weighting system holds it upright in virtually any sea state where pole markers or life rings might lose visual contact.... [more]
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