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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

PredictWind launches new Offshore Application for Mac and PC By Mike Scullin, , 9:20 PM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore. Accessing GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS forecasts and Satellite Imagery is now a simple task with the unique and user friendly interface. ...
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Govt eases yacht permits for marine tourism boost By The Jakarta Post, , 11:59 AM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
The government will expedite permitting for yachts wanting to enter the country’s ports, from taking weeks to taking one day only, with an online one-stop service protocol under the management of the Foreign Ministry, said Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo. ...
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29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail By World Cruising Club, , 3:26 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
The 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail today bound for Saint Lucia following a delayed start due to strong winds locally in the harbour of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday. For only the third time in the rally's history, the decision was made to delay the start, initially planned for 12:30 on Sunday 23 November by 20 hours. ...
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Sometimes the waiting is just as good as the journey By Sam Llewellyn, , 10:16 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
We set out for the summer cruise from a harbour in northwest Scotland. There were three boats out of the normal four. The fourth was somewhere to the south of us, and had promised to catch up if we waited for a night in the anchorage behind the island at the end of Loch Hourn. ...
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Tips on boating with dogs By BoatUS, , 10:13 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
Some dogs were born for the water, others less so. The key to boating with dogs, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is taking it slow and making safety number one. ...
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Four Tips - How to safely truck your boat over the road By BoatUS, , 10:02 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
A North American tale but the same applies world-wide. Steffen Schmidt wanted to move his sailboat from Seattle to Rhode Island. Schmidt was not unfamiliar with hiring boat transportation services, and had done it once before with no issues. But this time was different: the boat was delivered in Wickford, Rhode Island with its mast gashed and mangled; the prop and cutlass bearing damaged. Then pro ...
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Atlantic Odyssey – Emergency Medi-Vac from Cocojet III By Cornell Sailing, , 9:59 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
Atlantic Odyssey skipper Nicolas Hauzy had to be evacuated from his yacht on Saturday evening after he broke his ankle in rough seas. Nicholas was attempting to fix a fault in the hydraulic steering when the accident happened around 1200 GMT on Saturday 22 November. ...
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ARC 2014 - ARC start delayed By World Cruising Club, , 3:33 PM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
ARC 2014: Strong winds blowing through the harbour of Las Palmas have caused ARC organisers World Cruising Club to announce a delay to the start of ARC 2014. Whilst the front that has brought 4 days of heavy rain squalls to Gran Canaria is passing through, locally strong winds make it unsafe to manoeuvre boats in the harbour. ...
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Antarctic ‘ghost mountains’ preserved by ice sheet By British Antarctic Survey, , 10:00 AM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
Reporting this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, an international team of scientists describe how they were surprised to discover that the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains show little sign of erosion, and that its saw-toothed towering crags resemble the modern ranges like the European Alps or Rocky Mountains. ...
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Clear the Decks! By Paul Shard, Bahamas , 7:33 PM Sat 22 Nov 2014 GMT
Twenty-five years ago when Sheryl and I were building and outfitting our first boat, 'Two-Step', a Classic 37, we tried to imagine sailing her in a storm. We did a lot of research about storm tactics and as a result we designed the deck layout so we could handle most tasks from the cockpit and bought heavy weather sails. ...
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Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS By Brendan Maxwell, , 6:04 PM Sat 22 Nov 2014 GMT
The world’s largest sailing media group, Sail-World.com, held its first continental group meeting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) this week. METS is the world’s largest B2B Marine show and this year it had a record 1358 exhibitors and more than 21,000 Marine industry representatives. ...
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British Cycling grows by over 500%, can sailing do the same? By Amanda Simpson, London , 10:52 AM Fri 21 Nov 2014 GMT
On Monday 17 November, an impressive line-up of speakers at 13th International Sailing Summit shared ideas and best practice from around the world, demonstrating how the sailing industry can change to increase and retain participation, through innovation, technology and cultural changes. British Cycling has seen its membership grow by 567% since 2005. ...
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Extinction risk not the answer for reef futures By ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies, , 10:27 PM Thu 20 Nov 2014 GMT
Coral and reef fishes are not like pandas and tigers, and the extinction risks they face are much lower. Leading coral reef scientists in Australia and the USA say there needs to be a new approach to protecting the future of marine ecosystems, with a shift away from the current focus on extinction threat. ...
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ARC+ fleet sets sail for Saint Lucia By World Cruising Club, , 8:24 PM Thu 20 Nov 2014 GMT
The ARC+ fleet got underway in good conditions on November 19th as they set out on Leg 2 of the ARC+ from São Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands to Saint Lucia. Conditions at the start were excellent with a NE wind of around 10 knots blowing across the start line. ...
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Sail safer with these 'landfall light' secrets By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 6:13 PM Thu 20 Nov 2014 GMT
Imagine sailing toward the coast, with landfall just over the horizon. Your GPS signal has been weak and unreliable. You strain your eyes to pick up the light that marks the entrance to the safe harbor ahead. What three sea-tested sailing tips can you use to keep your small sailboat and your sailing crew in safe water? ...
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Sailing the Mediterranean – An infographic By Carola Bruce, , 3:02 PM Thu 20 Nov 2014 GMT
The Mediterranean Sea is a destination area that many people aspire to visit. ‘The Med’ as it is often known touches the coastlines of a number of countries and is an attractive area for holidaymakers due to the wonderful climate and welcoming people. Sailing The Med is a dream for many boating enthusiasts and the waters hold many exciting adventures. ...
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New transducer line from Garmin boasts scanning sonar By Garmin International Inc., , 11:22 AM Thu 20 Nov 2014 GMT
Garmin Ltd has announced a new line of scanning transducers designed to accommodate any calibre of mariner, from the casual cruiser to the professional angler. Supporting both the newest lines of Garmin echoMAP and GPSMAP chartplotters and multifunction displays (MFD), this full array of thru-hull and transom-mounted transducers are a valuable addition to any vessel. ...
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Building on borrowed time + Video By Meredith Haas, , 4:55 PM Wed 19 Nov 2014 GMT
Rhode Island is the second most densely populated stateun the USA , and its 420 miles of coastline are crowded with homes and businesses, residents and tourists. The increasing rate of erosion and sea level rise, and the effects of coastal storms and flooding, are making the state’s coastal landscape ever smaller. ...
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Marion to Bermuda Race announces the M2M2B Yacht Rally By Marion Bermuda Race, , 4:43 PM Wed 19 Nov 2014 GMT
The Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, Inc. and event host the Harraseeket Yacht Club announce a cruising yacht rally from Maine to Marion in advance of the 2015 Marion-Bermuda race. Called the M2M2B, the rally will be an enjoyable and convenient way for Maine-based yacht skippers to sail from Maine to Marion, MA as they stage their boats for the 2015 Marion-Bermuda race. ...
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34 Atlantic Odyssey yachts cross start line off Arrecife By Doina Cornell, , 8:49 PM Mon 17 Nov 2014 GMT
Spinnakers and Parasails flying, the 34 Atlantic Odyssey yachts crossed the start line off Arrecife bound for Martinique some 2700 miles away. Although Sephina, an Australian Lagoon 400, crossed the line first, she was a little ahead of time, so the first boat in fact to cross the start line correctly after the 12 noon starting gun was Gazel Rebel from France, a Pogo 850. ...
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World ARC fleet explores Zululand By World Cruising, , 7:49 PM Mon 17 Nov 2014 GMT
The last arrival of the World ARC fleet into Richard’s Bay marked the achievement of the 21 yachts crossing the Indian Ocean! A challenging crossing, particularly for the last half of arrivals included key equipment failures. 'Everything looked fine until Roger noticed a crack in the boom. We had broken the boom!' – Free & BrEasy ...
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Visit Doyle Sails New Zealand at METS 2014 By Ellie Brade, , 11:22 AM Mon 17 Nov 2014 GMT
Doyle Sails New Zealand will once again be exhibiting in the Superyacht Pavilion at the upcoming Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), running from 19-20 November in Amsterdam. Our stand will be in its usual spot in the main hall - stand 10.715 - and we look forward to welcoming you to the show. ...
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ARC 2014 Opening Ceremony: Flags and bands, one week to the start By World Cruising Club, , 5:23 PM Sun 16 Nov 2014 GMT
ARC 2014 Opening Ceremony - With one week to go before the ARC 2014 fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from across the world marched and danced behind their national flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina. ...
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Sailing veteran celebrates his 20th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers By World Cruising Club, , 5:33 PM Sat 15 Nov 2014 GMT
Although he is the oldest Skipper in ARC 2014, Manfred Kerstan from Berlin certainly doesn’t show it and is all set to enjoy his 20th ARC to its fullest. Over the years, Manfred has embraced the real spirit of the ARC, and is a stalwart presence at social functions and seminars, talking to participants old and new about all aspects of the rally. ...
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All set for ARC+ arrivals in São Vicente By World Cruising Club, , 8:52 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
Whilst waiting for the ARC+ fleet to arrive at their mid-Atlantic stop of Mindelo, on Cape Verdean island of São Vicente, you easily realise the excitement which is bubbling around the Marina, in the government offices and in bars and restaurants. ...
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