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ARC 2014 – 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers wraps up in Saint Lucia By World Cruising Club, , 12:08 PM Mon 22 Dec 2014 GMT
The spirit of the ARC is the spirit of camaraderie and adventure, which makes every one of the 1,250 ARC sailors a winner, not just those on stage to receive awards. After a 20-hour delay to the scheduled start, caused by strong winds in Gran Canaria, ARC 2014 got off to a flying start for this trade wind classic. ...
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Yachties forbidden cargo 'deliberately hidden' claims NZ officials By Peter de Graaf - Northern Advocate, , 10:15 AM Mon 22 Dec 2014 GMT
The hidden fruit was found when Ministry of Primary Industry staff and a special sniffer dog named Snoop checked boats heading to Opua and Whangarei. Biosecurity checks have been ramped up following the discovery of two Queensland fruit flies in Whangarei earlier this year. The finds sparked major detection and containment exercises costing more than $2 million. ...
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Quiet Atlantic hurricane season - new surge forecast products debuted By NOAA, , 1:46 PM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
The Atlantic hurricane season will officially end on November 30, and will be remembered as a relatively quiet season as was predicted. Still, the season afforded NOAA scientists with opportunities to produce new forecast products, showcase successful modeling advancements, and conduct research to benefit future forecasts. Improved model, new surge forecast products and research projects debuted. ...
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Beach party wraps up ARC+ for another year By World Cruising Club, , 12:14 PM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
The second edition of this alternative route to the traditional ARC route saw 50 yachts and over 200 crew enjoy the same great activity programme before and after their ARC crossing, but also an interesting and enjoyable stopover on São Vicente, one of the less visited of the Cape Verde islands. Crews were full of praise for ARC+ route, now an integral part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. ...
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Waves within waves By Leslie G. Baehr, , 7:35 AM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
Scientists have a name for this phenomenon—internal waves. By definition, internal waves occur in the deep, well beyond people’s purview. Scientists have generated miniature internal waves in small tanks in the lab, but out in the wild, they’re as elusive as a white horse in a snowstorm. ...
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Nereid Under Ice vehicle: A powerful new tool for polar science By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 6:11 PM Sat 20 Dec 2014 GMT
Over the past 30 years, the Arctic has warmed more than any other region on Earth. As sea ice continues to thin and melt, understanding the rapid changes going on in this sensitive part of the world and its ecosystems becomes even more crucial. The new vehicle, called Nereid Under Ice (NUI), is remotely operated by pilots aboard a surface ship via a lightweight, micro-thin, fiber-optic tether. ...
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2015 Lakefest Aquatic Week - A week-long celebration of boating By Melvyn (Mel) Steiner, Lake Macquarie , 8:22 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
The Lakefest Aquatic Week on beautiful Lake Macquarie – just south of Newcastle – is set to become a reality with a number of events confirmed to occur during the February 20-27 week long celebration. ...
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Marine Auctions raises the bar with live internet bidding for auctions By Praneel Lal, , 1:48 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
Marine Auctions is proud to announce that they will be pioneering their 2015 auctions with live internet online bidding from around the world. This is a huge step for Marine Auctions who have cemented themselves at the forefront within the industry. ...
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Christmas Caribbean Rally 2014 - Atlantic adventures underway By Sailing Rallies, , 10:51 AM Mon 15 Dec 2014 GMT
The second edition of the Christmas Caribbean Rally (CCR), after months, and in many cases years of preparation, set off from Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote on 14th December at 12 noon. The fleet enjoyed almost perfect start conditions sailing in 20-25 knots of breeze from the NNW in a calm sea. ...
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You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish By ARC Centre of Excellence, , 12:45 PM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators. 'For many animals vision is less important than their sense of smell,' says study lead author Dr Rohan Brooker from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University. ...
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Sea urchins from Antarctica show adaptation to ocean acidification By British Antarctic Survey, , 12:18 PM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
Writing in the Journal of Animal Ecology the authors set out to answer important and fundamental questions on how life in the ocean will respond to projected changes in the coming decades. Despite evidence of increasing acidification of the world's oceans, questions remain over whether marine species will be able to adapt to these changing conditions. ...
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Seabird poo has unique spectral signature - satellite images show By British Antarctic Survey, , 11:29 AM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
By studying the colour of seabird guano in the infrared part of the spectrum the researchers from British Antarctic Survey (BAS), University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh were able to identify and isolate the poo's unique spectral signature from bare rocks and snow. ...
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Keep safe on the water this holiday season By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 1:46 AM Sat 13 Dec 2014 GMT
School holidays are under way and with only a fortnight to Christmas, Roads and Maritime Services urges boaters to keep safe this summer holiday season. ...
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Sail-World new format - Important first visit changes needed By Sail-World, , 9:01 PM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Sail-World is now live testing the changed website format. If you are using this format for the first time, please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ...
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Farewell to Knorr: Research ship and crew made oceanographic history By Kathryn Eident, , 7:58 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Oceanographer Bob Pickart will never forget his first cruise aboard Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) research vessel Knorr. It was February 1997, and the ship was headed to the fierce Labrador Sea in the dead of winter. Sailing into the teeth of wintry conditions was the whole point of the 47-day research cruise. ...
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Antarctica Day 2014: 55 years since signing of the Antarctic Treaty By British Antarctic Survey, , 7:04 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Fifty-five years ago, the group of twelve nations who’d been involved in the International Geophysical Year of 1957 signed the Treaty. The Treaty has ensured that Antarctica remains a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science. ...
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Scientists urge protection of world's deltas By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 3:26 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Extensive areas of the world’s deltas — which accommodate major cities such as Shanghai, Dhaka and Bangkok — will be drowned in the next century by rising sea levels, according to a Comment piece in this week’s Nature. ...
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Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates By Sail-World Cruising, , 12:17 PM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
The BBC has reported that nine Somali pirates should get thousands of Euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge, the court ruled. One is to get 9,000 Euros (£7,000) and the others sums of up to 7,000 Euros. The judges faulted France for keeping them in custody for an extra 48 hours. ...
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Yacht lost on Majuro By John Martin, , 8:16 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Monday morning I awoke early and watched the sky grow light listening to the quiet morning sounds here in our anchorage off the island of Eneko. At 7:30 the cruiser’s net anchor started off with the usual good morning, and she asked if there was any emergency traffic. ...
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Skipper's 'top ten' checklist for safer sailing By John Jamieson, , 3:52 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
When we taught the intense 12-week Professional Mariner Program at the Chapman School of Seamanship, top priority the first week was to get each student into a mindset where they inspected a boat from stem to stern before casting off and after they tied up. Note the dual inspections. Bookends if you will. Before sailing; after sailing. Every time. ...
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Go on an underwater adventure this summer at the museum By Jude Timms, , 3:55 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
This summer families are invited to spend the day having an undersea adventure at the Australian National Maritime Museum as it presents a range of activities for children inspired by its brand new exhibition Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures. Have fun making undersea craft, take part in short film making and photography workshops, go on an after-dark tour or enjoy a hilarious theatre show ...
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ARC 2014 - Leopard by Finland’s record breaking finish By World Cruising Club, , 3:31 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Leopard by Finland crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay Saint Lucia this morning at 01:09:51 UTC (02/12 21:09:51 Local time) smashing the ARC Course Record by 2 days 6 hours 45 minutes and 19 seconds. Sailing across the Atlantic from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia in a total of 8 days 14 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds. ...
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Summer guide to Sydney’s Aquatic events now available By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 3:17 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
The Roads and Maritime Services guide to all of the events planned for Sydney Harbour this summer, including maps, safety advice and tips as well as on-water traffic restrictions, is now available. ...
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Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...
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Turtles Izzy and Evie dive back into the big blue at Bowen By GBRMPA, , 5:38 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Both animals have been recovering from their ordeals at Reef HQ Aquarium’s turtle hospital in Townsville. Aquarist Krystal Huff said one of the turtles, Izzy — rescued by Ecobarge Clean Seas volunteers after she was washed up on a Whitsundays beach — had suffered a series of traumatic experiences before entering into care in August last year. ...
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