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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

Dominica – An adventurous land definitely not for the faint of heart! By Elizabeth A. Kerr, , 10:22 AM Sun 15 Feb 2015 GMT
Dominica has been on 'the' list for quite some time now and when I actually get to do something on 'the' list, my heart skips a beat! Although Dominica still remains somewhat off-the-beaten track for boaters, it is located right in the middle of the chain of Caribbean islands and can be easily accessed from Antigua and Guadeloupe to the north or Martinique and St. Lucia to the south. ...

Galapagos - The Islands imposes stricter environmental inspections By Val Ellis, , 8:38 AM Sun 15 Feb 2015 GMT
Yachts arriving in the Galapagos are now subject to more stringent checks to prevent introduced species invading the Islands. ...

Cruising under Power - Turning to the Dark Side? By John Martin, , 3:19 PM Sat 14 Feb 2015 GMT
Cruising under Power - With more and more members trading in the sails for the power option we thought we’d take a look and see if taking on the Power option really was turning to the Dark Side! ...

Eight Bells - BoatUS Founder Richard Schwartz passes By D. Scott Croft, , 2:37 AM Sat 14 Feb 2015 GMT
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Chairman and Founder Richard Schwartz, who created and grew the association to become the predominant advocacy and boater services organization for the nation’s recreational boat owners, passed away Wednesday after a short illness. He was 85. ...

50th Newport Bermuda Race - Rousmaniere looks back at 46th Thrash 2008 By John Rousmaniere, , 2:41 PM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
50th Newport Bermuda Race - When I wrote my history of the race, A Berth to Bermuda, in 2006, one theme wove its way through the narrative: Anyone who wishes to win the oldest of all ocean races must be prepared to be bold in choosing strategy and tactics. Jim McCurdy designed Carinas and sailed with the Nyes, as did his daughters, Hope and Sheila. ...

Research finds alarming levels of plastics wastes in Oceans By Shalini Saxena - Science, 2015., , 12:53 PM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
About five percent of our land-based mess (12.7 million metric tons of plastic) estimated to wind up in the water. Since their invention roughly 75 years ago, plastics have become increasingly prevalent in the consumer marketplace. Today, we use and dispose of plastics on a daily basis, in products like bottled water and grocery bags. Plastics now represent a significant portion of the solid waste ...

Polish crew sets new record for furthest south ever sailed by a yacht By Andrew Dare, Antarctica , 6:02 AM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
At 20.29 UTC, Captian Piotr Kuzniar, & his 10 man polish crew onboard the 67 foot yacht Selma, reached the edge of the ice in the Ross Sea, at 78,43.S in the Bay of Whales, just over 100 nautical miles farther south then the previous record. ...

ARC USA Rally - Offshore Passage Opportunities offers crew berths By Barby MacGowan, , 2:26 AM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
ARC USA Rally - Offshore Passage Opportunities (OPO), the largest crew networking service in North America, has reserved 24 crew berths for amateur crew aboard five boats it is 'delivering north' during the upcoming ARC USA Rally. A Swan 57, Swan 53, two Swan 46s and a Beneteau 50, each with a professional skipper and five crew, will start the ARC USA Rally on May 9 ...

Setouchi International Yacht Rally preview By John Martin, , 3:47 PM Tue 10 Feb 2015 GMT
Setouchi International Yacht Rally - Long time members Colin and Marion on Avant Garde got the opportunity of a lifetime sailing on the Setouchi Yacht Rally and spend some time cruising the Japanese Inland Sea, they loved it and the rally is being run again this year. Here are a few comments from Colin. ...

Cruising yacht disappears in Bay of Islands By Matthew Theunissen, , 1:08 PM Mon 9 Feb 2015 GMT
A cruising yacht has vanished from Opua and its owners fear it may have been sailed overseas.Could this happen to your yacht? Retired Whangarei couple Carol and Stephen Holland have owned the 14m cutter Harlech for 13 years and taken it on two trips to the South Pacific. ...

Getting your gear (wheel) on By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy Sail-World, , 3:28 PM Sun 8 Feb 2015 GMT
On our new format Sail-World website you can see a Setting Gear Wheel on the top right hand side of each page of the website. This gives you the ability to decide the site layout you like best. ...

Caribbean Safety and Security Net 2014 year end report By Safety and Securitynet, , 10:28 AM Sat 7 Feb 2015 GMT
The new CSSN Hotspot feature shows the 2014 incidents at a glance. ...

Boat Docking Secrets - How to Avoid Springline Snap-back By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 4:06 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Docking your boat will always be easier with spring lines. But too much tension on a spring could create a hazard for you, your sailing crew or partner. Practice this easy 'springing-under-control' exercise to become master and commander of your small sailboat--wherever you sail or cruise! ...

New legislation would fix renewable fuel standard By D. Scott Croft, , 2:25 AM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
New bipartisan legislation introduced today would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with 30 co-sponsors introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative to support the bill. ...

New legislation would fix renewable fuel standard By D. Scott Croft, , 2:25 AM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
New bipartisan legislation introduced today would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with 30 co-sponsors introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative to support the bill. ...

Provisioning the aCappella Way By Karen and Jeffrey Siegel, , 1:20 PM Wed 4 Feb 2015 GMT
Karen and Jeffrey Siegel from Castine, Maine, onboard aCappella provide insight on provisioning the aCappella Way: We often receive questions about provisioning for a cruise. Generally they center around traveling further away and the issues of having limited and/or expensive access to food and other items. ...

Ilen’s Whiskey Plank Ceremony at Hegarty’s Boatyard By Ilen, , 1:08 PM Wed 4 Feb 2015 GMT
Ilen’s Whiskey Plank Ceremony is being on Monday 16th February at Hegarty’s Boatyard, Old Court, West Cork. Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Agriculture, Food & The Marine and Minister For Defence, with a little help from his friends, will hammer home the final ‘whiskey plank’ of European larch on the hull of the good ship Ilen. ...

Best Loch Ness Monster evidence may have been destroyed By Jonathan Vankin, , 12:43 PM Wed 4 Feb 2015 GMT
What may have been the best evidence that the Loch Ness Monster is indeed real was inadvertently destroyed almost 40 years ago, after a rented pleasure boat suffered a violent collision with an unknown object in Scotland’s vast and mysterious lake widely believed to house the bizarre sea creature. ...

Tall ship falls over - Could your boat do this? By D. Scott Croft, , 5:45 AM Wed 4 Feb 2015 GMT
When a tall ship stored on the hard at a boatyard blew over during last week’s brutal blizzard, the loud crash – unlike a tree in the woods – was heard by many. But now that the ship is lying on her side with a punctured hull and snapped mast, it will be an expensive recovery effort to return the boat to the water by next season. ...

Two Somali pirates appeal in deaths of four Americans aboard yacht By Associated Press, , 1:14 PM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
One Somali pirate convicted of killing four Americans aboard a yacht claims he was abducted and coerced into joining the mission. Another says the United States illegally reached into Somalia’s territorial waters to arrest him. ...

Producing jet fuel from ocean algae By Chris Reddy, Greg O'Neil, , 12:08 PM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
We believe we have found a recipe that could open a new door to producing jet fuel from ocean algae. We are not claiming some Rumplestiltskinesque hay-into-gold finding—but rather a first step worth exploring. ...

FUSION® unveils 750 and 650 Series Marine Entertainment Systems By Caitlyn Ridgley, , 3:38 AM Tue 3 Feb 2015 GMT
FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today the release of its revolutionary high-performance marine audio systems, the FUSION 750 and 650 True-Marine™ Entertainment Series. Approaching audio engineering from the perspective of the boat enthusiast and incorporating the latest marine technologies and environmental protection ...

The true story of Donald Crowhurst set for a major film adaptation By The Guardian, , 2:32 PM Mon 2 Feb 2015 GMT
It’s a tale of ambition, adventure, madness and tragedy that seems tailor-made for the big screen: the true story of Donald Crowhurst, whose attempt to circumnavigate the world solo ended catastrophically. Now it’s set for a blue-chip film adaptation, from The Theory of Everything director James Marsh, with Colin Firth as Crowhurst. ...

Humans drive 500 species of land animals extinct, now marine? By Bjorn Carey, , 1:21 PM Mon 2 Feb 2015 GMT
Human activity, in the past 500 years, has led to 500 species of land animals going extinct, a rate that has caused scientists to warn of a sixth mass extinction. ...

Predicting coral reef futures under climate change By ARC Center of Excellence, , 12:49 PM Mon 2 Feb 2015 GMT
Researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs have found a way to predict which reefs are likely to recover following bleaching episodes and which won’t. ...

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