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

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. ...
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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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Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea By Pendana Blog, , 6:51 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
News from far north Queensland has come in of incredible efforts of a crew on the high seas to save one yacht from being lost at sea. Boats involved in this mayday situation included a Nordhavn 47 called Southern Star (Rob and Jo), a Bavari 40ft Ocean yacht named Oda (Per and Elizabeth) and a Dutch built Koopmans 48ft called Stormvogel (Peter and Heidi). ...
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ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks By World Cruising Club, , 5:55 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Over the last six weeks the ARC Baltic fleet have sailed nearly 1800 nautical miles, visiting six countries and six capitals. The rally has now arrived in the final destination on the small picturesque island of Møn with its iconic white cliffs, located 130km south of Copenhagen, Denmark. ...
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Barnacle Busting By Neil and Ley Langford, , 9:29 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Almost two years since we last applied anti-fouling paint, and the barnacles are starting to grow on our hull once again. Frustrated with barnacles blocking our raw water intake, in April this year we installed an Ultrasonic Antifoul System on Crystal Blues. ...
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Cornell turns back from the North West Passage By Jimmy Cornell, , 2:15 PM Sun 17 Aug 2014 GMT
Our stop at Beechey Island was tinged with sadness, not only because of the tragic events of all those years ago, but also by the decision to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage this summer. With the ice situation showing little improvement, even if a late transit may become possible, we could face the prospect of being unable to reach the Pacific before the seas started to ice up ...
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Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science By Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues, , 12:25 PM Sun 17 Aug 2014 GMT
Antarctica includes about one-tenth of the planet's land surface, nearly 90% of Earth's ice and about 70% of its fresh water. Its encircling ocean supports Patagonian toothfish and krill fisheries, and is crucial for regulating climate and the uptake of carbon dioxide by sea water. ...
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Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group By Global Nation Inquirer, , 8:24 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Military officials say they have verified that two German tourists, who went missing last April, were abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and are being held 'unharmed' by the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen in their jungle encampments in the south. ...
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Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways By Rob Jordan, , 5:17 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Stanford researchers look for freshwater mussels as part of a study of bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways. Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, herbicides and flame retardants are increasingly showing up in waterways. New Stanford research finds that a natural, low-cost solution – clams and mussels – may already exist for these contaminants of emerging concern, or CECs. ...
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Two rescued in tow from 13km offshore By Ken McManus, , 6:14 AM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Central Coast and Terrigal have saved two men on board a sinking open runabout about 13km east of Terrigal this morning. ...
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Enhancing boating safety in the Mallacoota region By Shipmate Marine Directory, , 5:53 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
Coast Guard Victoria will establish a VHF Marine Distress and Monitoring service for the East Coast of Victoria from Point Hicks to Gabo Island in addition to the Flotilla operations at Mallacoota. Mallacoota will become a very popular boating destination for recreational boaties when the new boat ramp at Bastion Point is opened in November this year. ...
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July piracy and maritime crime report issued by ReCAAP By Maritime Security News, , 5:36 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
ReCAAP ISC has issued its piracy and maritime crime report for July 2014 and notes that there were 14 reported incidents of maritime crime and piracy during that month, as opposed to 21 reported in June. ...
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Australian Maritime Safety Authority responses result in rescue of 13 By Australian Maritime Safety Authority, , 1:49 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority responded to three separate emergency beacon activations in one day on 12 August, resulting in the rescue of thirteen people. Just after 3pm AEST AMSA detected an emergency beacon registered to a five metre fishing vessel approximately 41km North East of Darwin near the Vernon Islands. ...
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Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging? By SkipperTips.com, , 1:05 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
A critical rigging pin had backed out--with just an eighth of an inch of thread to hold the fitting together. We needed a solution now--and fast. What now skipper? Screw pin shackles are often forgotten parts of your boat's standing rigging and anchor ground tackle system. Here are just a few ways this super sailing gear works aboard your boat. ...
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Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage By Claire Duffin, , 5:11 PM Thu 14 Aug 2014 GMT
When Clive and Jane Green set sail from Wales, their intended destination was Spain, a relatively short hop over the Atlantic. Sixteen years later however, and they have only just returned home, having turned their experimental seven-day getaway into a 58,000-mile round-the-world voyage. ...
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World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast By World Cruising Club, , 3:26 PM Thu 14 Aug 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet have been continuing to make their own way around the east and north coasts of Australia during this free cruising period of the rally. The crews have over four weeks to make the distance around to Darwin and at the halfway point, most of the fleet have reached the port of Cairns, in the middle of Australia's Coral Coast. ...
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Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution By Vanuatu Customs, , 9:44 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
The skipper of a yacht of French national was penalised by Lenakel Customs for calling into the undeclared port of Port Resolution on the island of Tanna unannounced. The vessel was on its way from Tarawa, Kiribati to Bundaberg, Australia on 5th August 2014. ...
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Galley Guys on the Malty Seas By Greg Nicoll, , 4:57 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
It started with an Internet search on malts and ended with an invitation that was too good to be true for any decent Galley Guy not to accept: fly to Scotland, drive peacefully through the Scottish countryside and come to rest at the end of a single-lane road on the Isle of Skye, only to witness a flotilla of eighty yachts which we were joining. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video By Nera Cornell, , 4:47 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Well, since the last of my Blue Planet Odyssey logs, we have acquired a new experience to tick off our bucket-lists. By our decision to sail to Arctic Bay, we were unfortunately way-laid by ice floes. As the ice thickened about us, and leads became less frequent, we decided to turn back to Lancaster Sound. ...
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2014 National 4x4 Outdoors Show: Popularity of caravanning and camping By Clare Arthurs, , 3:51 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
2014 4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo - Families interested in camping and caravanning will be spoilt for choice at this year's 2014 National 4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo on 22-24 August at the Melbourne Showgrounds. ...
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Last chance to join 2014 Multihull Solutions Whitsunday Rendezvous By Kate Elkington, , 8:31 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
There are now only limited places still available to join the event from 1-7 September, which is now recognised as Australia’s premier power and sail multihull cruising rally. Multihull Solutions urges those who are considering participating in the event to sign up now to avoid missing out on a week they’ll never forget! ...
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Dangerous conditions for boaters from this evening By Roads and Maritime Services, , 8:06 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore. Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf. ...
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Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure By nk, , 9:03 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
When most cruising sailors reach their seventies they wonder how long they will keep cruising. They don't start designing their 'perfect' cruising boat with a plan to sail it through the Northwest Passage. That's because they are not Jimmy Cornell. ...
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Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence By Julia Beaty, Newport, RI , 4:14 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
A sea of choices. Many of us flock to the coasts during the summer to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, a break from the heat and delicious seafood. In today’s globalized world, even those of us who live far from the coast have access to a plethora of seafood choices in our local restaurants and grocery stores. ...
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Risks to penguin populations continues By British Antarctic Survey, , 8:14 AM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcity (where fisheries compete for the same resources), being caught in fishing nets, oil pollution and climate change. ...
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