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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

Blue Planet Odyssey yacht completes Northwest Passage transit By Cornell Sailing, , 7:19 PM Tue 30 Sep 2014 GMT
Michael Thurston, the owner of the Australian yacht Drina, sent us a message from Nome, Alaska, to inform us that he and his crew had reached the Pacific Ocean thus successfully completing a transit of the Northwest Passage. A late opening of the Bellot Strait allowed Drina to reach the central part of the Northwest Passage only by mid-September. ...
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World ARC fleet embarks on leg 11, across the Indian Ocean By World Cruising Club, , 9:45 PM Mon 29 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet departed the Cocos (Keeling) Islands this morning, embarking on the second longest sail of their circumnavigation; a 2350 nautical miles journey to Mauritius. Their stay in the tropical atoll has certainly been one to remember. ...
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Pantaenius and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas become strategic partners By Pantaenius Marine Insurance, , 11:45 AM Sun 28 Sep 2014 GMT
Pantaenius, the world’s leading specialist yacht insurance company, has been at the forefront of yacht insurance for more than 40 years, earning a reputation for transparency and commitment to customer service that provides round-the-clock international support and reliable, speedy claims settlement. ...
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Marine Wind Farms - coming to your cruising waters, what to do? By Sail-World Cruising, , 9:23 AM Sun 28 Sep 2014 GMT
World-wide the development of marine wind farms will grow. Britain's RYA is taking a proactive stance that can serve as an example for other yachting bodies. If wind farms could be an issue in your waters, its important to follow just what is happening in GBR. Speaking today Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager said 'The RYA will now be responding to those of the Panel’s questions that have bee ...
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How to make a distance scale for faster navigation By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 6:16 PM Sat 27 Sep 2014 GMT
If you are anything like me, sailing navigation can be a challenge when short- or single-handed sailing. But you still need to be able to plot fast and accurate positions for sailing safety. Here one little-known sailing tip used by the pros that will help you do just that! ...
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New maps of the polar regions reveal unseen world beneath the ice By British Antarctic Survey, , 8:51 AM Fri 26 Sep 2014 GMT
The 14th edition of the Atlas also includes a new double page map of the Arctic Ocean, which highlights the dramatic long-term decline of Arctic sea ice cover. The sub-ice maps draw on bedrock data, provided by the British Antarctic Survey, to show physical features which are obscured by ice cover. ...
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RNLI lifeboats launched to helicopter crash + Video By Alison Levett, , 7:20 PM Thu 25 Sep 2014 GMT
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crews from Flamborough and Bridlington launched the afternoon of Tuesday, 16 September, after a helicopter crashed close to Flamborough Head. Flamborough RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 1.45pm, followed soon after by Bridlington RNLI all-weather lifeboat. ...
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Naval Commanders talk on-going piracy threat at sea By EU NAVFOR Somalia, , 7:35 PM Wed 24 Sep 2014 GMT
On Monday 22 September the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, met the Chinese Navy ship, CNS Changbaishan, in the Gulf of Aden. ...
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Erie, Pennsylvania - Small place, big boating By John Morris, , 7:14 PM Wed 24 Sep 2014 GMT
The Presque Isle peninsula is a 3,200-acre – 7-mile long arm that extends northeast into Lake Erie creating a large, sheltered boating paradise of a harbour. With a string of well equipped marinas, a wealth of facilities and a very impressive yacht club, it has attractions for boaters that place it at the top of a cruising destination list. ...
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Predictwind and Iridium offer Sat Phone comms at Mobile Phone pricing By Sail-World, , 8:54 AM Wed 24 Sep 2014 GMT
Iridium have recently released the Iridium GO!, their latest product in the satellite communication market. It’s portable, battery powered, and creates a WiFi hotspot. PredictWind have partnered with Iridium to put together a package catering specifically to the marine market. ...
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EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra aids yacht in the Gulf of Aden By EU NAVFOR Somalia, , 8:28 PM Tue 23 Sep 2014 GMT
In the early morning of Friday 19 September, EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra, came to the aid of a stricken yacht in the Gulf of Aden. The yacht had been detected on the warship’s radar in the early morning. ESPS Navarra’s Bridge team initially tried to hail the yacht via their VHF radio. ...
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Insurance, towing and safety 'provisions' reminder for snowbirds By BoatUS, , 3:44 PM Tue 23 Sep 2014 GMT
As their annual migration south approaches, sail and powerboat cruisers are stocking their boat’s lockers, checking systems and taking inventory of spare parts. But that’s not the only preparation these cruising 'snowbirds' will need to do, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). ...
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A guide to steering without a rudder + Video - a must read and watch!! By CCA/Michael Keyworth, , 7:39 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Lost your rudder at sea? Michael Keyworth perfected a way to steer using drogues. To engineer this solution, he removed the rudder from his own boat(!), and experimented with different method, and has summarized his technique in this terrific article. ...
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You scratched my seagrass! By Steven Katona, Newport, RI , 5:35 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Sailors for the Sea publishes monthly articles that translate the language of marine science into fascinating articles about ocean health. ...
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Cocos Keeling Islands - Yet another paradise for the World ARC fleet By World Cruising Club, , 2:17 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Following a relatively short stopover in Christmas Island, eleven of the World ARC fleet have now arrived in their next paradise, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. From first settlement in 1826 by English merchant Alexander Hare, through decades of administration by the Clunies-Ross dynasty, most island inhabitants had little freedom or contact with the outside world. ...
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Hurricane Odile: Two Brits missing in Mexico after yacht overturns By Jessica Best, , 8:26 AM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood, from Wolverhampton and London, were in La Paz in Baja California when Hurricane Odile hit the Baja California peninsula last Sunday. It is thought their yacht overturned, and the couple have not been seen since. The couple is thought to have been living in La Paz for around a year. Mr Whitehouse is believed to be a scuba diving instructor in the city. ...
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Sailor texts girlfriend for help after yacht sinks in Bristol Channel By KenMcCormick, , 7:40 AM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
This might be the Texting and Facebook generation but boaters need to use VHF radio says volunteer rescuers from Weston-super-Mare's lifeboat station who rescued a yachtsman whose boat sank in the middle of the Bristol Channel and who then texted his girlfriend. ...
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Gas safety: don’t let it go off the boil By RYA Cruising, , 5:14 PM Sun 21 Sep 2014 GMT
Earlier this year two men died in their bunks of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the highly toxic fumes given off from a poorly maintained butane gas cooker. The cooker which was located in the wheelhouse had been lit to heat the wheelhouse and sleeping area. A carbon monoxide alarm was not fitted. ...
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Arctic sea ice summer minimum 2014: A scientific perspective By British Antarctic Survey, , 4:30 PM Sun 21 Sep 2014 GMT
The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land and Arctic sea ice is the thin layer of frozen ocean water that forms and grows during the winter, and melts in the summer. Dr Jeremy Wilkinson from the British Antarctic Survey provides a scientist’s perspective on the trend for decreasing Arctic sea ice. ...
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British Virgin Islands, a taste of Caribbean cruising By Freecruisingguides.com, , 4:38 PM Sat 20 Sep 2014 GMT
The Virgin Islands are an archipelago. That part, which is a British overseas territory, is commonly referred to as the BVI. About 30,000 people live in the BVI, most of which live on the island of Tortola. The BVI are comprised of about 50 islands the majority of which are not inhabited by humans. ...
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Genoa International Boat Show 2014 responding to a changing market By Event Media, , 3:46 AM Sat 20 Sep 2014 GMT
Visitors to this year’s his year's Genoa International Boat Show will find the event 'renewed and more dynamic', adapting to the needs of an industry that is just beginning to see Spring at the end of a long hard Winter. Exhibitor numbers are up on last year, with sailing boats and small-to-medium sized motor boats leading the charge. The show will have a new layout ...
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The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show By Greg Nicoll with Frank Leffelaar and Friends, , 4:49 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
The Galley Guys hit the Vancouver International Boat Show running. All day long, we were checking out new boats, looking into ice lockers, peeking into storage compartments, seeing what’s new for gourmet cooking onboard and being forced to live on 'show food' by day. ...
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Are you ready to enter that marina? By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 4:40 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
Are you ready to enter that narrow canal or passage ahead that leads into the marina? Have you prepared your boat and crew for the unexpected? No matter if it's a brand new marina or the one you use as 'home base', docking preps will be the same each and every time. ...
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Cruising the Bay of Quinte and Thousand Islands By David Platt, , 3:02 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
Each summer, in a Canadian cruising tradition, thousands of Western Lake Ontario sailors join the annual summer migration to the Bay of Quinte and the Thousand Islands. ...
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RYA asks for your help via AIS usage or non-usage survey By Louise Nicholls, , 2:36 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
The RYA is working to improve its understanding of the number and spread of leisure boaters either using or not using AIS on board their vessels, in order to quality assure our data as we update the RYA’s Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating. ...
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