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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, , 7:01 PM Wed 24 Dec 2014 GMT
Santa’s elves started on January 7th 2014 building a set of shiny new Sail-World.com websites and just minutes before Christmas morning in one of Santa’s first touch downs Auckland New Zealand , TetraMedia General Manager Jedda Murphy flicked the switch on the dedicated TetraMeda servers in Frankfurt Germany to take almost all our world-wide audience to the new Sail-World sites. ...
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ARC 2014 – 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers wraps up in Saint Lucia By World Cruising Club, , 12:08 PM Mon 22 Dec 2014 GMT
The spirit of the ARC is the spirit of camaraderie and adventure, which makes every one of the 1,250 ARC sailors a winner, not just those on stage to receive awards. After a 20-hour delay to the scheduled start, caused by strong winds in Gran Canaria, ARC 2014 got off to a flying start for this trade wind classic. ...
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Quiet Atlantic hurricane season - new surge forecast products debuted By NOAA, , 1:46 PM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
The Atlantic hurricane season will officially end on November 30, and will be remembered as a relatively quiet season as was predicted. Still, the season afforded NOAA scientists with opportunities to produce new forecast products, showcase successful modeling advancements, and conduct research to benefit future forecasts. Improved model, new surge forecast products and research projects debuted. ...
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Beach party wraps up ARC+ for another year By World Cruising Club, , 12:14 PM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
The second edition of this alternative route to the traditional ARC route saw 50 yachts and over 200 crew enjoy the same great activity programme before and after their ARC crossing, but also an interesting and enjoyable stopover on São Vicente, one of the less visited of the Cape Verde islands. Crews were full of praise for ARC+ route, now an integral part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. ...
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Waves within waves By Leslie G. Baehr, , 7:35 AM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
Scientists have a name for this phenomenon—internal waves. By definition, internal waves occur in the deep, well beyond people’s purview. Scientists have generated miniature internal waves in small tanks in the lab, but out in the wild, they’re as elusive as a white horse in a snowstorm. ...
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Yachts of Yesteryear to celebrate 70th Sydney Hobart in Parade of Sail By Di Pearson RSHYR media, , 2:20 AM Sun 21 Dec 2014 GMT
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has received overwhelming support for its Parade of Sail, to be held prior to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on December 26, and staged in honour of the 70th Hobart and the Club’s 70th anniversary. ...
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Nereid Under Ice vehicle: A powerful new tool for polar science By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 6:11 PM Sat 20 Dec 2014 GMT
Over the past 30 years, the Arctic has warmed more than any other region on Earth. As sea ice continues to thin and melt, understanding the rapid changes going on in this sensitive part of the world and its ecosystems becomes even more crucial. The new vehicle, called Nereid Under Ice (NUI), is remotely operated by pilots aboard a surface ship via a lightweight, micro-thin, fiber-optic tether. ...
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Tabor Boy - A century of service By Capt. James E. Geil, , 6:20 AM Sat 20 Dec 2014 GMT
The history of Tabor Boy, the 92-foot flagship of coeducational Tabor Academy, in Marion, Massachusetts, is that of a working vessel. Although she was designed and built in 1914 to support the commercial shipping trade, Tabor Boy’s real calling turned out to be teaching young people about life and the sea. ...
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Gunboat 55 named Cruising World’s 2015 Domestic Boat of the Year! By Gunboat, , 4:56 AM Sat 20 Dec 2014 GMT
The Gunboat 55 has been crowned Cruising World’s 2015 Domestic Boat of the Year. The publication’s annual competition is judged by a panel of independent judges. This year’s judges, Tim Murphy, Ed Sherman and Mark Schrader, were unanimous in their praise and selection. ...
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Seven tips to get more out of a marine survey By D. Scott Croft, , 5:04 AM Wed 17 Dec 2014 GMT
In 2013, over 955,000 boats changed hands on the pre-owned boat market. That meant for a nearly a million boat buyers, hiring an accredited marine surveyor to inspect their potential dreamboat was often the first step after finding it. ...
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You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish By ARC Centre of Excellence, , 12:45 PM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators. 'For many animals vision is less important than their sense of smell,' says study lead author Dr Rohan Brooker from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University. ...
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Sea urchins from Antarctica show adaptation to ocean acidification By British Antarctic Survey, , 12:18 PM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
Writing in the Journal of Animal Ecology the authors set out to answer important and fundamental questions on how life in the ocean will respond to projected changes in the coming decades. Despite evidence of increasing acidification of the world's oceans, questions remain over whether marine species will be able to adapt to these changing conditions. ...
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Seabird poo has unique spectral signature - satellite images show By British Antarctic Survey, , 11:29 AM Sun 14 Dec 2014 GMT
By studying the colour of seabird guano in the infrared part of the spectrum the researchers from British Antarctic Survey (BAS), University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh were able to identify and isolate the poo's unique spectral signature from bare rocks and snow. ...
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Sail-World new format - Important first visit changes needed By Sail-World, , 9:01 PM Tue 9 Dec 2014 GMT
Sail-World is now live testing the changed website format. If you are using this format for the first time, please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ...
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Farewell to Knorr: Research ship and crew made oceanographic history By Kathryn Eident, , 7:58 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Oceanographer Bob Pickart will never forget his first cruise aboard Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) research vessel Knorr. It was February 1997, and the ship was headed to the fierce Labrador Sea in the dead of winter. Sailing into the teeth of wintry conditions was the whole point of the 47-day research cruise. ...
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Antarctica Day 2014: 55 years since signing of the Antarctic Treaty By British Antarctic Survey, , 7:04 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Fifty-five years ago, the group of twelve nations who’d been involved in the International Geophysical Year of 1957 signed the Treaty. The Treaty has ensured that Antarctica remains a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science. ...
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Scientists urge protection of world's deltas By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 3:26 PM Sun 7 Dec 2014 GMT
Extensive areas of the world’s deltas — which accommodate major cities such as Shanghai, Dhaka and Bangkok — will be drowned in the next century by rising sea levels, according to a Comment piece in this week’s Nature. ...
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Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates By Sail-World Cruising, , 12:17 PM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
The BBC has reported that nine Somali pirates should get thousands of Euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge, the court ruled. One is to get 9,000 Euros (£7,000) and the others sums of up to 7,000 Euros. The judges faulted France for keeping them in custody for an extra 48 hours. ...
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Yacht lost on Majuro By John Martin, , 8:16 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
Monday morning I awoke early and watched the sky grow light listening to the quiet morning sounds here in our anchorage off the island of Eneko. At 7:30 the cruiser’s net anchor started off with the usual good morning, and she asked if there was any emergency traffic. ...
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Skipper's 'top ten' checklist for safer sailing By John Jamieson, , 3:52 AM Sat 6 Dec 2014 GMT
When we taught the intense 12-week Professional Mariner Program at the Chapman School of Seamanship, top priority the first week was to get each student into a mindset where they inspected a boat from stem to stern before casting off and after they tied up. Note the dual inspections. Bookends if you will. Before sailing; after sailing. Every time. ...
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ARC 2014 - Leopard by Finland’s record breaking finish By World Cruising Club, , 3:31 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Leopard by Finland crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay Saint Lucia this morning at 01:09:51 UTC (02/12 21:09:51 Local time) smashing the ARC Course Record by 2 days 6 hours 45 minutes and 19 seconds. Sailing across the Atlantic from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia in a total of 8 days 14 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds. ...
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Fort Lauderdale greets Oceans of Hope yacht By Sailing Sclerosis Foundation, , 8:01 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Oceans of Hope sailed into Fort Lauderdale this morning at 11:00 a.m. local time to an enthusiastic dockside audience awaiting their arrival. Cheers ensued, horns blared and the crew looked happy to arrive in the tropical landscape of Florida. It has been a long and arduous journey for some, including Christina Lamb Sidell, who joined the Oceans of Hope crew several weeks ago in New Jersey. ...
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New 12th edition Greek Waters Pilot now out By Rod Heikell, Cowes , 2:04 PM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
As I look back over nearly 40 years of sailing around Mediterranean waters I can't help but reflect on time passing by. 'Isn't it a bit like painting the Forth Bridge?' a friend asked of my pottering around looking at harbours and anchorages. ...
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Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...
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The Odyssey goes from strength to strength By Cornell Sailing, , 4:38 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 has truly been an Odyssey year, as our boats have criss-crossed the Atlantic on epic journeys, starting in January when the Atlantic Odyssey II yachts sailed from La Palma to Grenada, and followed by the summer adventure of the Blue Planet Odyssey yachts up in the High Arctic attempting the transit of the North West Passage. ...
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