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New cruising rally to Indonesia from NZ and Australia By Helen Horrocks, , 10:52 PM Thu 24 Apr 2014 GMT
Circumnavigating sailors will be delighted to learn that this year, yachts passing New Zealand or Australia will be able to join a new annual cruising rally that takes in the best of Indonesia. ...

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show returns April 25-27 By Heather Ford, Annapolis , 10:15 PM Thu 24 Apr 2014 GMT
On now: The third annual in-water springtime show, the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show April 25-27, will feature more than 80 new and previously-owned sailboats of all types and sizes including catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, inflatables, and day sailors - and there might be still time to get to Cruisers University if you hurry... ...

How to Dock Your Boat with the 'Crabbing' Technique By John Jamieson, , 2:19 PM Thu 24 Apr 2014 GMT
Imagine that you need to dock your boat in a tight space between two yachts. And, you have a gusty wind to deal with that will make this a tough challenge. How can you combine rudder, throttle and crabbing angle for a smooth sailing solution? ...

Rhode Island Boat Show to take place 3-4 May in 4 venues By Cynthia Goss, , 9:32 PM Tue 22 Apr 2014 GMT
If you're on the port hand side of the Atlantic, here's something you may want to think about attending. Following a long winter, Rhode Island marine companies are opening their doors in a big way by hosting a free, one-of-a-kind boating event designed to jump-start the arrival of summer. It's on May 3-4 in no less than four coastal venues! ...

Irish student turns a mobile phone into a VHF radio By Niall Murray, Irish Examiner/Sail-World, , 8:36 PM Tue 22 Apr 2014 GMT
Whether we like it or not, many weekend sailors are going to sea depending on their mobile phones for reporting an emergency. This, naturally, is fraught with danger - you can be out of range, and you can't even contact the other boats in your vicinity. Now, thanks to an Irish student, that may be about to change, because he has invented a phone-case which turns the phone into a VHF radio! ...

Boaters beware: Increased risk of hypothermia in Spring By Sail-World Cruising, , 11:16 PM Mon 21 Apr 2014 GMT
As boaters in North America are encouraged by warmer sunshine and the passage of Spring, boating groups are getting worried that enthusiasm will bring some unintended consequences. ...

Birth of a tall ship - the amazing reconstruction of the Hermione By Sail-World Cruising, , 8:23 PM Mon 21 Apr 2014 GMT
The replication of a tall ship is no mean feat. The Hermione was a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy, and in 1780 ferried their General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War. She grounded and was wrecked in 1793. ...

Record-breaker Americas circumnavigator off on research voyage By Sail-World Cruising, , 10:31 PM Sun 20 Apr 2014 GMT
Matt Rutherford, first sailor to complete a non-stop, single-handed voyage around North and South America, is about to depart with field scientist Nicole Trenholm on a nonstop sailing research voyage from California to Japan. By deploying a high-speed trawl net off the side of their sailing boat while underway, the expedition will survey of plastic marine debris in the ocean. ...

'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' by Vincent Bossley By Noonsite Reviewer/Sail-World, , 8:59 PM Sun 20 Apr 2014 GMT
When you are contemplating setting off on your own sailing adventures, there's nothing like reading others' accounts. 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' is Vincent Bossley's account of his voyage written in a vivid style that sets it apart from a standard cruising blog. It evokes the many places he and his crew visited, from the crossing of the Atlantic to the delights of the South Pacific Ocean. ...

Product of the Week: Marine Film By Lee Mylchreest, , 8:43 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
There's nothing more annoying when you have lovingly restored your hull to perfect than to have some unthinking other come along and scratch it. Or maybe the dock was not as rubbery as you thought and after you leave you find a scratch. But just keeping some marine film in a locker can take the stress out of life until you get a chance for a proper repair - it's this week's Product of the Week ...

The jury is back: Storms deeper and stronger from world pollution By, , 7:54 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Are storms getting worse, or is it just my imagination? No, for the first time, scientists have proved it, with the all-too-graphic statement, 'The aerosols formed by human activities from fast-growing Asian economies do impact storm formation and global air circulation downstream. They tend to make storms deeper and stronger and more intense, and these storms also have more precipitation.' ...

Annapolis Book of Seamanship - the latest update By Des Ryan, , 1:07 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
While many many things changed in the last 31 years in sailing since this book was first published, nothing has changed about the value of good seamanship, an eternal skill. This is why the 'Annapolis Book of Seamanship' no matter which version, will never be truly out of date. That doesn't mean that the extensive update by author John Rousmaniere isn't worthwhile ...

Britain's RYA Push the Boat Out begins May 17 By Susie NationGrainger, , 10:00 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
People of all ages and abilities residing in the UK will have the opportunity to discover sailing on 17-18 May with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Push the Boat Out. The nationwide event will see hundreds of sailing clubs from Stromness to Torpoint holding open days and taster sessions to inspire their local communities to get involved in the sport. ...

Rescue of Canadian sailor by Swedes north of New Zealand By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:04 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Recently we published the news story of the rescue, while it was underway, of solo Canadian cruising sailor Art Munneke (See Sail-World_story) by a commercial ship, giving full credit to them for going off course to rescue Munneke. Here now is the graphic account of his survival. ...

Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day By BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:49 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
About 70% of the Earth is covered by water – and that’s where you’ll find recreational boaters spending their time. With Earth Day's arrival on April 22, what can boaters do to help keep the waters they enjoy clean and healthy? Here are three easy tips from the BoatUS Foundation that any boater can do: ...

Christmas Caribbean Rally - It's on again in 2014 By Louay Habib, , 9:34 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
After the inaugural 2013 Christmas Caribbean Rally, Sailing Rallies are pleased to announce that the 2014 transatlantic event is set to be even better. Once again the event is attracting a varied international fleet with five different nationalities already registered among the entries for 2014. ...

Austrian sailor crosses the Atlantic in 4.9m FIPOFIX in 87 days By Renate Johns, , 8:47 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
The attempt to cross the Atlantic in almost the smallest boat ever - at just 4.9m - had to be abandoned by Austrian extreme-adventure sailor Norbert Sedlacek twice because of energy supply and autopilot problems, but third time lucky when Norbert's son, Harald, took over the helm of the tiny FIPOFIX for the next attempt, successfully completing the journey in 87 days, arriving in Palm Beach USA th ...

Piracy down but Somali pirates? Yes they are still there. By nk, , 2:52 AM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
While it's only the most the reckless (and silent) cruising sailor who dares brave the Gulf of Aden or any Somali waters these days, commercial ships are still transiting the dangerous zone. So it is the experiences of these trading vessels that can guide us about when the danger might be gone - and it's not. ...

3G/4G Hi-Speed Coastal Marine Broadband System, just launched in UK By Sail-World Cruising, , 8:56 PM Sun 13 Apr 2014 GMT
It gets better all the time. British sailors can rejoice over the ever-increasing speeds of marine broadband. Now there's a new 3G/4G Hi-Speed Coastal Marine Broadband System, just launched. ...

British rescuers go for their own circumnavigation challenge By Derby Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:59 PM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
Whether they are cruising sailors or racers, sailors are forever setting challenges for themselves - to sail a new ocean, to be first or fastest to achieve a goal. The rescuers, on the other hand, are usually there to pick up the pieces when plans go awry. Now there's a group of rescuers keen to change that. ...

How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans By Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea, , 2:27 AM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
Sailors-for-the-Sea, whose core aim is to 'educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans,' regularly produces an Oceans Watch Essay, and this time it is by Sandra Whitehouse, Ph.D. Senior Policy Advisor Ocean Conservancy, who talks about how sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans, in a USA context. ...

Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years By AFP/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:06 AM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
A message in a bottle, the traditional sailor's way of getting messages back to the world about their plight, which was thrown in the sea in Germany 101 years ago is believed to be the world's oldest. It has now been presented to the sender's granddaughter. ...

Sailing lesson, Number One hot tip: Watch the video By, , 8:43 PM Thu 10 Apr 2014 GMT
This latest sailing video contains a very hot sailing tip. Not that you'll (probably) be able to understand a word, but don't let that deter you. The anonymous TV reporter was about to interview the Mayor of 'Kampen ' in the Netherlands about Sailing in Kampen, when this incident happened. ...

IYRS Boats and careers to be launched on May 31st By Melissa Flaherty, , 9:38 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
The International Yacht Restoration School(IYRS), a long-respected private nonprofit school in Rhode Island, USA, focused on training for the marine and composites industries, is again celebrating its successes of the past year. On May 31, students from IYRS’ three accredited programs will graduate, and the students from the Boatbuilding and Restoration Program will launch their boats. ...

Celebrating Canada's National Volunteer Week By Sail Canada, , 9:28 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
Sail Canada is looking for sailing volunteers who go 'above and beyond' in their role. Canada's National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) is a time to celebrate and thank the many Canadians who donate their time and energy throughout the year. It is also a time to raise awareness of the vital contributions made by volunteers that enrich our communities and our lives. ...

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