| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'
By Tamas Szekely, Budapest ,
2:57 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Having given a serious consideration to feedbacks and remarks from cruisers after the Africa Europe Challenge opened for entries, the organizing team of the AEC have decided to introduce a so called Spectator’s Package so to make it possible for cruisers on a tight budget to take part in their events. ...
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'
By Don McIntyre, ,
4:32 AM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
One of Australia’s great sailors and adventurers, Don McIntyre, is on the hunt for youth sailors who dare to dream of one day sailing around the world. With mentoring from young solo sailor Jessica Watson, together they hope to make that dream come true. ...
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising
By Kathy Mak, ,
2:30 PM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Some may say that the sailing experience of monohulls versus catamarans is as different as chalk and cheese. Until recently, Frank (my husband) and I never gave much thought to catamarans. We rarely saw them over the years of monohull sailing on the West Coast. ...
Death by Dinghy
By Allan Riches Brunei Bay Radio, ,
4:14 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Having operated adventure training organisations - trained staff and dealt with incidents, on land and water for more than thirty years - I've seen that the simple, the routine and the mundane are the most likely places to have problems. When embarking on a great adventure, stepping into the unknown or preparing for rough weather, we take precautions, wear safety equipment etc. ...
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time
By Scripps iInstitute, ,
3:31 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a 'playa,' are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. ...
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
By NOAA Fisheries, ,
7:09 PM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
NOAA announced on August 27th that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. ...
Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub
By Stephen Chen, ,
2:04 PM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
China has edged a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in under two hours. New technology has made it easier for a submarine, or torpedo, to travel at extremely high speeds underwater. Turns out there is a high speed sailing application. It has nothing to do with cruising whatsoever, its just an interesting read. ...
Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000
By Mary Bickley, Sydney ,
8:13 AM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000 and support Sailors with disAbilities. Team Windcraft's yacht raffle in support of Sailors with disAbilities (SWD) closes very soon. The prize is a Hanse 345 yacht worth over $250,000 ready to sail away with 12 months Club Marine insurance. ...
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!
By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, ,
5:22 PM Thu 28 Aug 2014 GMT
I recently took a call from a member who had just returned home from a boating trip to Brittany. When in Brittany he found that about a third of the shore supply in marinas had reverse polarity. He says the French were disinterested but feels that members should be made aware of the dangers. ...
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is
By Nera Cornell, ,
7:47 PM Wed 27 Aug 2014 GMT
We’ve been stuck in ice, walking among ivory animal bones, talking with Canadian Inuit, and lots more over this 2014 summer. We’ve seen Dundas Harbour and the great Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Cuming inlet and the shaggy Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Beechey island with its Franklin graves and Gyrfalcons. ...
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean
By British Antarctic Survey, ,
6:01 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is published this week by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world spent the last four years compiling everything they know about ocean species from microbes to whales. ...
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys
By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, ,
8:28 PM Mon 25 Aug 2014 GMT
Sometimes in the life of a Galley Guy, opportunities to travel to great places just happen. However sometimes, life just gets in the way. This year our friends at Le Boat offered the Galley Guys a boat to travel through the Alsace region of France to savour the food and wines of this spectacular and lush corner of Eastern France. ...
Dangerous conditions for boaters from Queensland border to Sydney
By AAP Medianet, ,
6:35 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to impact the coastline from the Queensland border to Sydney from early Tuesday. ...
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin
By World Cruising Club, ,
2:42 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
Festina Lente and Civetta II arrived in Darwin early on August 23rd with the rest of the fleet likely to arrive over the next few days. Darwin marks the end of a free cruising period that started in Mackay during which the fleet have enjoyed cruising within the Great Barrier Reef along the north east coast of Queensland before sailing across the 'top end' of Australia. ...
Scarlet Runner circumnavigated the globe
By Rob Date, Melbourne ,
1:40 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
She was last in Sydney for the 2013 Sydney to Southport and has sailed on her own bottom across the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. She competed in Cape to Rio (second place), St Thomas race week, St Barths race week, Antigua race week, Guadeloupe to Antigua race ( first), Around Antigua race (second) and Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii ) ( first place in division and overall ). ...
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Rock stars of sea take to catwalk
By Fran Burke, Sydney ,
1:11 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
The event has grown to be a major highlight on the regatta’s event calendar and again this year the Henri Lloyd team did not disappoint. Held down on main stage Front Street Hamilton Island, the eagerly anticipated parade drew a huge crowd that seemed to never end as watchers took up best positions from the front row all the way up to the top levels of the Marina Tavern. ...
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat
By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, ,
8:06 PM Sat 23 Aug 2014 GMT
When we first published an article on Sail-World Crusiing about the danger of the trip by dinghy from the shore back to your boat in a strong offshore breeze, it struck a chord with our readers. Have you had any such experiences? ...
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature
By Larry MacDonald, ,
6:04 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
When one thinks of Tonga in the South Pacific, the mind conjures up images of a Polynesian paradise – white sand beaches on lush tropical islands, sprinkled like emeralds on a turquoise sea. Supplement that image with quiet anchorages, warm breezes and crystal-clear waters and its understandable why Tonga is considered one of the world’s premiere sailing destinations. ...
A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014
By World Cruising Club, ,
5:08 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
Six weeks ago 27 yachts arrived in Kiel, Germany for the start ARC Baltic 2014, the World Cruising Clubs inaugural sailing event cruising the Baltic Sea. Having completed the six week adventure sailing to six countries and six capitals, the event came to an end last weekend in Klintholm Havn on the picturesque island of Mӧn, Denmark. ...
Where in the world are our strongest corals?
By Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab, ,
12:35 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
The Palauan archipelago is a composed of more than 250 islands. Among these are about 200 known as the Rock Islands, due their tough limestone composition. These islands form a series of semi enclosed bays south of Palau's most populated island, Koror. ...
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