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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

Follow these tips when anchoring By Alex and Daria Blackwell, , 6:48 PM Thu 7 Aug 2014 GMT
Unless you are far offshore, at one point or another you will to need to park your boat. This may be because you want to or because you need to. In either case you have three choices. You can go to a dock, which lacks many of the plus points of being away from land. You can pick up a mooring, which often has a number of challenges and unknowns associated with it. ...
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Swedish couple rescued off Cook Islands By Martime NZ, , 7:23 AM Thu 7 Aug 2014 GMT
An elderly Swedish couple were rescued on Wednesday from their dismasted yacht 125 nautical miles (231km) north-east of the Cook Islands. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) detected a beacon alert from the 11.2m (37 foot) Blue Horizon at around 5.15pm yesterday (5 August), with satellite phone contact also established with the yacht via the Swedish Joint Rescue Coordination Cent ...
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Refurbished Protector project 'better than buying new' By Mike Rose, , 10:45 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
The comprehensively refurbished Rayglass Protector, Sea Three, is now 'almost better than new', according to proud New Zealand owner Dale Smith. Dale Smith says he is amazed at the incredible job the Rayglass workshop team has done in restoring the well-used 12.5-metre Protector. ...
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Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady By Greg Nicoll, Andy Adams and John Armstrong, , 3:07 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
They say: what you dare to dream, dare to do. Quit your job, sell your house, kiss family and friends goodbye and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime. We suggest you give yourself a bit of time to plan and adjust though. It’s quite a jump from Bay Street to Montego Bay. Why not start by warming up to the tropics with some amazing island food and a good book? ...
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North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south By Barby MacGowan, , 2:51 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
The 15th Annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) departs from Newport. R.I. on November 1, 2014 (or best weather window near that date.) First held in 2000, the 'NARC Rally' is restricted to boats that are capable of getting to Bermuda in four or five days and are crewed by experienced sailors who have made the passage before. ...
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If all else fails read the instructions!! By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, , 9:50 PM Mon 4 Aug 2014 GMT
'If all else fails read the instructions'. I am sure that many of us have heard or even used that phrase, particularly at times when we have bought something new and can’t wait to get it home, unpack it, plug it in, switch it on and expect it to work like clockwork.mWhen nothing happens we grab the instructions and try to work out what went wrong. ...
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ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago By World Cruising Club, , 9:34 PM Mon 4 Aug 2014 GMT
A few weeks on from the start of the inaugural ARC Baltic the fleet are now cruising and anchoring in the beautiful Finnish archipelago after a warm and learned stopover in St Petersburg. Leaving Russian territorial waters was a milestone for the event marking entry to the sixth country of the rally in just over three weeks. ...
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Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia and Phuket Yacht Show, , 4:28 AM Mon 4 Aug 2014 GMT
The Phuket Yacht Show will be held at Phuket's Yacht Haven from February 13-15. The challenge to Pimex - the Phuket International Boat Show - is coming from the organisers of the Singapore Yacht Show. ...
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Sea and Summit leg seven - Rain fails to dampen Tash's spirits By RYA, , 10:12 AM Sun 3 Aug 2014 GMT
'Sip and Puff’ sailing teen Natasha 'Miss isle' Lambert endured very wet weather conditions today (01 August) as she resumed her Sea and Summit challenge sailing from Plymouth to Fowey in just four hours. The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and controls her boat by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet. ...
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RYA meets with Government over latest red diesel development By RYA, , 9:51 AM Sun 3 Aug 2014 GMT
'The crux of the matter is ensuring the continued availability of diesel for the leisure boating community' says Gus Lewis, Head of Legal and Government Affairs at the RYA. 'If the UK is forced to change to white diesel for recreational craft at the waterside suppliers will find it difficult to make the significant investment required to install additional tanks and pumps for white diesel.' ...
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Endangered species are like Movie Stars - Charlie Sheens and Tom Hanks By Rob Jordan, , 8:14 AM Sun 3 Aug 2014 GMT
A new analysis published in ¬Conservation Biology challenges a widely accepted theory that protecting threatened species with unique functional roles is synonymous with protecting ecosystems. In fact, the study's subject, the bumphead parrotfish, is a prime example of a threatened species that, in high numbers, can damage its surroundings. ...
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Halong becomes a Super Typhoon; Japan in harm's way By Adam Douty, , 9:52 PM Sat 2 Aug 2014 GMT
Halong has been rapidly intensifying to start the weekend, becoming a super typhoon early Saturday night, local time, with maximum sustained winds of 250 kph (155 mph). Halong is expected to remain a very dangerous typhoon through the rest of the weekend and into the coming week. ...
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Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts By Vanuatu Customs/Sail-World, , 7:34 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
Manager of Vanuatu Customs Border Control and Enforcement Stanley Trief has issued this letter regarding clarifications that make it easier for cruising yachts visiting Vanuatu. ...
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Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon By Sail-World, , 5:10 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
Tropical Storm Bertha has intensified slightly since the last update, and has entered the Eastern Caribbean Sea. The storm is expected to strike Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic at this intensity, and then move onto the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. ...
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Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott By Anna Parker and the Sail-World Team, , 4:04 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
East Freemantle Yacht Club's John Tissott put together this lovely infographic on flags at sea. Great details on etiquette, dimensions, conventions at sea and more. ...
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Cruising lessons from ocean racers By Andy Schell, , 3:01 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
As reported on World Cruising Club, Andy Schell updates us on the Bermuda Race experience as well as cruisers vs racers. ...
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Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu By B. J. Skane, , 7:16 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
Aiming to strengthen the protection of Vanuatu’s borders and facilitate the clearance of genuine small craft and travelers into and out of the country the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue has issued a Notice to Masters that clearly sets out the procedures waterborne visitors must follow. ...
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17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video By James Oxley, , 5:19 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
A 9-year-old schoolgirl who became trapped between giant rocks whilst playing on the beach at Aberaeron was dramatically rescued on July 10th. New Quay inshore RNLI lifeboat was called into action at 5pm after the alarm was raised that the girl was trapped inside the sea defences, as the tide was beginning to rise. ...
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Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video By Luke Blissett, , 5:03 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
A teenage girl who won a competition to choose the name of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) latest Shannon class lifeboat officially named the lifesaving vessel at a special ceremony at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, on July 17. ...
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RYA Sea Survival Handbook – 2nd edition now available By Emma Slater, , 12:49 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
The RYA Sea Survival Handbook – second Edition is the official text for the RYA Basic Sea Survival Course and the RYA-ISAF Offshore Safety Course and supports ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival courses. So if you’re attending a sea survival course or taking your boat offshore, whether for racing or cruising, this book is a must read. ...
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Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch By Chris Bone, Vanuatu , 8:45 AM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
Any skippers with a little time on their hands and wanting to make a positive difference for the Oceans they love might want to have a look at www.oceanswatch.org who are currently looking for a volunteer skipper in the South West Pacific. ...
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Lobster Thermidor - Making Julia proud By Greg Nicoll with Andy Adams and John Armstrong, , 7:13 PM Wed 30 Jul 2014 GMT
Chester Race Week- what more can a Galley Guy say? Lots of boats, top notch race committee work, full on competitive racing, fantastic people, too much wind, not enough wind, mega rain, hot and steamy weather, spectacular scenery, fun parties, lots of handshakes, big-time hugs, a non-stop supply of Goslings dark rum... ...
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Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas By Anne Ju, , 2:13 PM Wed 30 Jul 2014 GMT
In the 1800's moving lead lamps was a favoured method of pirates to induce ships to run aground where they could be plundered. Now it seems that fake GPS signals from 'spoofers' might become the 21st century equivalent. Hence the need for technology to be on step ahead. ...
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Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure By David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor, Seattle, WA , 2:23 PM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The mind has a funny way of distorting time. Take, for example, my first big offshore cruise. It was the summer of 1987, I was 11 years old, and my Dad and his buddies had sailed our newly acquired C&C 37 from our home in Connecticut up to Maine’s lovely Penobscot Bay, ...
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World Odyssey Race - Bringing back the Corinthian spirit By Cornell Sailing, , 12:40 PM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The World Odyssey Race 2016-2017 is a global race for amateur sailors with the aim of bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races. ...
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