|News for the Last 7 Days - Cruising Canada
Yachts impounded in Mexico - the agony goes on...
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
1:30 AM Sat 8 Mar 2014 GMT
American cruising sailor Tom Spencer has told his personal story of the arrival of tax investigators into the Coral Marina in Mexico last November. He said he didn’t think much about it, but Mexican tax authorities impounded more than 300 foreign-owned yachts, and some of them remain tied up by under the embargo today, infuriating owners. ...
Students achieve robot boat Atlantic Crossing - but not as planned
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:09 PM Fri 7 Mar 2014 GMT
Students, scientists and other enthusiasts have been trying to do it for years - get an unmanned sailing boat across the Atlantic. Now a group of American students have done it - but not quite the way they wanted. ...
Solar vessel nominated for Engineers Prize
By Gavin Allwright, ,
3:39 AM Fri 7 Mar 2014 GMT
Creating the world’s first solar-sail cargo ship tailored to fit the needs of marginalized coastal communities is an idea that has propelled a small international team of naval architects, engineers, and laypersons closer to winning a major engineering prize in the Netherlands next month - and your vote could make a difference. ...
Endurance Award for cruising sailors, new worldwide award for 2014
By Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club, ,
3:36 AM Fri 7 Mar 2014 GMT
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) announced the OCC Awards for 2013 in January. Subsequently, a US group of OCC members who had instituted a regional trophy called The Endurance Award some years back suggested opening the award to all members of OCC. The Award was enthusiastically endorsed and the first winner under the new rules was announced: Colin Jarman of s/v May Morning. ...
It's coming. Dodgers/biminis to be solar power producers
By UK Sailmakers/Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:44 PM Tue 4 Mar 2014 GMT
It had to happen. With the advances of solar technology, soon you will be able to have solar energy producers - photovoltaic cells - built into sunshades, biminis, dodgers and/or into the sails themselves. The next best news is that the resultant fabric needs only light, not direct sunlight so it won't matter that dodgers and biminis are often shaded by the sails while moving. ...
New Maldives rule - yachts can stay six months
By Mohamed Hameed/Sail-World round-up, ,
7:42 PM Tue 4 Mar 2014 GMT
There's good news for long range cruising sailors with the desire to visit the Maldives. The maximum stay for yachts has been increased from 90 days to 180 by the Ministry of Tourism. ...
Unmanned tsunami boat takes three years to reach Taiwan
By Focus Taiwan/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:07 PM Tue 4 Mar 2014 GMT
If ever you wanted proof that the currents of the North Pacific gyre exists, this must persuade you. An unmanned Japanese boat has swirled around the Pacific for three years before beaching itself in Taiwan. The massive tsunami that struck northeastern Japan three years ago dragged the small blue into the sea to be caught by the massive gyre. ...
Swedish boat builder and Jeanne Socrates a winning team
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
11:21 PM Mon 3 Mar 2014 GMT
It couldn't be that one of the most incredible feats of 2013 is responsible, surely it isn't as simple as that, but Swedish boat builder received a great deal of unpaid promotion when Jeanne Socrates proved that she and her Najad 38 made a formidable duo as the 70-year-old solo sailor circumnavigated the world non-stop. ...
A boyhood dream come true - sailing to Antarctica
By Des Ryan, ,
7:04 PM Sun 2 Mar 2014 GMT
Greek sailor Dimitris Liaroutsos had a dream - a dream of sailing to the Antarctic continent. This article is, therefore, of a dream come true - an adventure sail across the Southern Ocean to the most remote continent on earth, the so-called, White Desert. ...
Pirates strike in the Mediterranean - yacht still missing
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
3:32 PM Sun 2 Mar 2014 GMT
Just because you don't sail in Somali or Nigerian waters, don't think you are safe from pirates. Just last month armed pirates attacked a 17m yacht in gentle Corsica, hijacking it and setting the owners and crew adrift in their life boat. ...