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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)

New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind By Sail-World, , 10:28 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online. By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ...
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A Sailor's Dream Home: View after the Coastal Classic - Auction 22 Nov By Sail-World, , 8:48 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Imagine finishing the Coastal Classic and relaxing in your own waterfront home at Opua with your boat tugging gently on a deep-water mooring off the lawn. Built to an architect design in 2000, this north-facing waterfront Opua property is a short walk to the marina and boatyard. It is going to auction on November 22. View this Labour Weekend after the Coastal Classic. ...
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MOB - Learn the 'Elevator' Recovery Technique! By John Jamieson, , 3:47 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Just the thought of falling overboard scares most sailors into a 'stay-aboard-at-all-costs' mindset. And yet this most serious of sailing emergencies does happen now and then. Recovery will be tough no matter what the marine weather conditions. ...
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World ARC - A complete fleet in Mauritius By World Cruising Club, , 3:02 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
The Cauden Basin in Port Louis has come alive with rally atmosphere over the last week. Transformed to a vibrant marina with yachts dressed overall, boat parties and welcoming new arrivals has made for a great spectacle and an exciting place to be. ...
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Dutch boy on a mission to rid the world's oceans of floating plastic *Feature By Vibeke Venema, , 4:50 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Boyan Slat is a 20-year-old on a mission - to rid the planet's oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work - and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day? ...
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Galley Guys take on Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race By Greg Nicoll, , 4:44 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Tell me what self-respecting Galley Guy could possibly (while on the beautiful island of Barbados) turn down an opportunity to tour the famous Mount Gay Rum Distillery? For sure, not this Galley Guy! Sadly, the other Galley Guys did not get the call. ...
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Discover Boating Week starts tomorrow By Boating Industry Association, , 1:46 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Discover Boating Week is a celebration of the recreational boating lifestyle and the joys and fun that come with spending quality time on the water. Whether you're a fisherman, paddler or sailor, there is something for everyone. Over 40 events will be taking place across the state from October 18 - 25 and the best part is, they all absolutely free! ...
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Changed boating conditions on Sydney Harbour for Australian Boat Race By Roads and Maritime Services, , 2:32 AM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Boaters are reminded to keep clear of a section of Sydney Harbour on Sunday 26 October for the safe staging of The Australian Boat Race. ...
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Becalmed - delivering aid supplies to Haiti by sailboat By Ray Thackeray, Haiti , 1:34 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
We are northwest of the southern peninsula of Haiti lying within radar range south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and drifting in the current in the direction of Port-au-Prince at less than a knot. ...
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Hood Sails – an Australian sail-making icon By Rob Kothe & Jedda Murphy, , 10:00 AM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
Ian Broad and Ian Lindsay and their beloved Hood Sails in Sydney have become a sail making institution on the Australian scene. Established in 1971, Hood Sail makers (Aust.) P/L is 100% Australian owned and operated by the two Ian’s and it was the first Hood sail loft outside of the USA. This week we interviewed Broadie. ...
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Tauranga man to become first paraplegic to sail solo across Pacific By Rebecca Savory, , 8:30 PM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
A flotilla of vessels will welcome home a Tauranga man as he sails the final stretch of a massive journey to become the first paraplegic to sail solo across the Pacific Ocean. Jonathan Martins faced his fair share of challenges during the past three years but will soon complete the record-making journey - nearly a year in the making. ...
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Safer Boating Week : Man Overboard video - A sailor’s worst nightmare By Colin Preston, Auckland , 8:17 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
As the Coastal Classic and general summer sailing draws closer this short video shows just how quickly someone can fall overboard. The incident happened within minutes of starting the Richmond Yacht Clubs Spring Regatta race around Rangitoto and Waiheke islands with reduced sails in 20 – 30kts of wind. ...
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Boats recovery after Sydney storm By Roads and Maritime Services, , 7:08 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services Maritime Director Angus Mitchell said Roads and Maritime Services boating safety officers (BSO) had been busy since sunrise in Port Hacking helping with the recovery of more than 10 boats which broke their moorings overnight during stormy conditions. ...
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Most boaters start the new boating season safely By Roads and Maritime Services, , 4:16 AM Wed 15 Oct 2014 GMT
The results are in from the first boating campaign of the new season with a reminder for boaters to keep an eye on their speed and ensure they are aware of NSW lifejacket laws. ...
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70-year-old sailor skippers £100m cocaine yacht + Video By UTV, , 8:04 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
The 60ft Makayabella was stormed by elite members of the Irish Navy some 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head - Ireland's most southerly point - in the early hours of Tuesday, September 23rd. Five men, including the three onboard the yacht and another two in England, have been arrested and police are hunting for a sixth man in connection with the seizure. ...
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Sidney Spit, A pearl among Gulf Islands parks By Cherie Thiessen, , 7:01 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
A pearl among Gulf Islands parks, this sandy haven is ideal for hiking, beachcombing, birding, fishing…or just hanging. Sidney Spit is a park of superlatives. With the best sandy shores, the best sunsets, the best crabbing and some of the best hiking in the Gulf Islands, it’s no wonder it’s a hit with just about all who visit – for a few hours, a day or a week. ...
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Venture in Prince William Sound By Tony Fleming, , 6:21 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Vast, magnificent and remote, Prince William Sound offers the ultimate adventure for cruisers on North America’s West Coast. Few cruising boats visit beautiful and remote Prince William Sound. Some 2,800 square miles in area and situated at the very northern tip of the Gulf of Alaska, this inland sea has a coastline equal to that of Oregon and California combined. ...
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Ten personal 'sailing essentials' for cruising on someone else's boat By John Jamieson/Sail-World, , 4:58 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Cast off on a cruise on someone else's boat and you'll want to remember to pack those basic essentials that form the foundation of your personal 'sailing ditty bag'. Each sailor will have their own ideas of the best gear to bring aboard. But here are some pieces of gear I've found to come in handy time and again, day after day. ...
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Eleventh Malacca Straits passage for SV Crystal Blues By Neil and Ley Langford, , 3:17 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
This was our eleventh Malacca Straits passage, and it turned out to be just like some of the others - a pain in the neck. Keeping in mind that the boat hadn't been actively used for fifteen months, we started cautiously with a 40 mile passage from Singapore to Pulau Pisang. ...
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Discover Boating Week opens up opportunities to participate By Domenic Genua, , 9:33 AM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
To celebrate the start of the recreational boating season, Discover Boating Week will run from October 18 to 26. The public are invited to learn more about recreational boating through dozens of activities that have been organised by industry members and associated boating groups. ...
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Southern Spars team celebrates 25 years of success and innovation By Sail-World, , 7:05 AM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
The Southern Spars team celebrates the company’s 25th year in operation with a continuous wave of innovation and ongoing expansion of its global operation. The company now employs 550 people worldwide with manufacturing or service facilities in New Zealand , South Africa, USA, Denmark, Sri Lanka and Spain. ...
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Inshore reefs of the GBR especially vulnerable to ocean acidification By Australian Institute of Marine Science, , 3:29 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) revealed in a peer-reviewed journal, PLoS One on October 9th that inshore reefs are particularly vulnerable to Ocean Acidification (OA)* on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). 'We found that inshore reefs were particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification (OA) during the wet season. ...
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Estimating the diversity of life By Australian Institute of Marine Science, , 3:09 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
How many species are on Earth? Answering this simple question is not easy, but essential if we are to understand impacts of global change and manage environmental resources successfully. Without baseline knowledge of how many we have or what we have in different places, how do we know what we have lost, or might lose and how do we manage these natural resources to minimise extinctions? ...
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British couple rescued from burning yacht off Almeria coast By The Olive Press, , 12:04 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
A British couple was rescued off Spain's Almeria coast after their 21.6m yacht caught fire. The Coastguard and the 112 Emergency Coordination Service received several reports of a flare going up 12 nautical miles east of Carboneras at 11:30pm on Saturday. ...
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Crystal Blues crew on board USS Carl Vinson By Neil and Ley Langford, , 11:27 AM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
We sail with just two crew most times, so it was amazing to visit a vessel with a ship's crew of 3000, plus another 3000 'passengers' being the various air wing teams deployed aboard. That's 6000 people on a ship that is 1000' long, and displaces 192,900 tons. ...
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