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Why ethanol and boats don’t mix + Video By BoatUS, , 8:20 PM Fri 4 Apr 2014 GMT
If you're a boat owner in the USA, you may have heard by now that a government mandate has been increasing the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, which not only damages boat engine and fuel systems but can present very real safety concerns. ...

Check this sailing gear more often during the season By John Jamieson, Florida , 1:20 AM Fri 4 Apr 2014 GMT
Master sailor, offshore racer, sailmaker and author Brian Hancock tells a tale of a transatlantic delivery that turned into a nightmare in his classic 'Maximum Sail Power'. The crew had checked their sailing gear, sails, and lines. And all looked under control--or so they thought. ...

Bluewater open boat weekend - if you are 'starboard' of the Atlantic By World Cruising Club/Sail-World, , 8:17 PM Thu 3 Apr 2014 GMT
Whether you're still dreaming, acquiring your blue water cruiser or just finished your circumnavigation, the Bluewater Open Boat Weekend in Limington UK on the seventh and 8th June will be the place to be for cruising sailors on the 'starboard' side fo the Atlantic. Experts, experienced cruisers and those just starting out will mingle - arranged by the World Cruising Club, organisers of the ARC ...

Laura Dekker honoured by OCC Award of Merit in New Zealand By OCC/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:54 PM Wed 2 Apr 2014 GMT
If Laura can't come to the OCC, the OCC is coming to Laura. Laura Dekker, youngest ever solo circumnavigator, is to be honoured by the Award of Merit from the world wide Ocean Cruising Club in her birth city of Whangerai in New Zealand, by local members of the Ocean Cruising Club in a ceremony this coming Saturday, 5th April, because her planned trip to London for the awards has fallen through. ...

Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know? By BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:43 PM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
How much do you know about fuel spills? What do you do first, second and then...? This course, sponsored by BoatUS Foundation is aimed at those who operate marinas, but the information is excellent for all to know, no matter where in the world you are, and if you have ever had to fuel your own boat. ...

Smaller but plenty of space: The Nautitech Open 40 By Des Ryan, , 9:03 PM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
With new cruising boats getting longer and longer, the desire for a smaller boat with plenty of space is still alluring to the seasoned sailing couple. The smaller the boat the easier to handle, the smaller the boat the smaller is the expense of the fittings, and you'll never even think of needing to take crew to handles the big blows or cross oceans. Enter the brand new Nautitech Open 40 ...

Product of the Week: Chafe guards save lines from friction By Des Ryan, , 2:16 AM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
Chafing is something the cruising sailor is constantly aware of, particularly on the longer journey where it might be difficult to replace items chafed to their danger point. Even when lines rub against dock hardware, their service life is significantly reduced. This can be remedied with jury-rigged arrangements, but there's nothing like a purpose built chafe protector for a good night's sleep ...

Government sneaks through the 'Affordable Boat Act' By Nancy Knudsen, , 12:22 AM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
Sitting until the early hours of the morning, the government has just sneaked in a new law called: 'The Affordable Boat Act' declaring that every family unit MUST purchase a new boat once they reach a certain level of combined income. These 'affordable' boats will cost an average of $54,000-$155,000 each, dependent on income, and will provide a much-needed boost to the economy. ...

Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned By, , 3:50 PM Mon 31 Mar 2014 GMT
The International Court of Justice - on Monday ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed. ...

Yacht of the Week: Kokomo III - and she could be yours By Lee Mylchreest, , 10:13 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
She was designed by Dubois and manufactured in New Zealand by Alloy Yachts, launched in 2010. She is just 58m in length, she is one of the finest fly bridge sailing sloops in the world, and she could be yours for just GBP40m (or around USD66m). She is Kokomo III; but if you sail on her, you won't want to take a crowd - she can accommodate just 10 guests. ...

Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world By Asia News Network/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:17 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
We all have different reasons sailing - the competition, the fresh air, the sense of freedom, or merely the love of the sea in all its moods. A few of us even give up everything else to sail away into the sunset. But what does it take for two NON-sailors to decide to sail around the world? The answer: some life-shattering event, as happened to Singaporean non-sailor, Ng Yong Seng. ...

Mysteries of the seas, happening right now - missing, sunk, foul play By Lee Mylchreest, , 10:39 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
It's true that most of Sail-World's tales of the sea involve suspense, achievement and/or a hedonistic delight with the waves and sun, sunsets and moonlight. But there are others, stories half told, mysteries which blackly hint at a dark finish, and those are happening around us every week too. Here are this week's, in the Atlantic, the Timor Sea and the Caribbean: ...

Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter By Des Ryan, , 9:25 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
Last week we told of a sailing voyage from Moscow to the White Sea - or reverse. Now here's an opportunity to sail with experienced sailors from Norway to the White Sea in Russia to join up with the previous itinerary. ...

Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:11 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Sailing is not only the most enjoyable of all sports or lifestyles, it can be a life-changing event for those with a background of hardship. Out there on the waves, the problems on land seem to fall away into the wake, whether it is planned or not. So Germany's 'Fleet of Hope' sets and example each year about how young people can be helped, just by taking them sailing. ...

3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters By Haemus/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:29 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
How far back in history does sailing - or boating - go? Archeologists have been continually surprised over the years, and now a boat dating from 1200BC has been discovered, not in Egypt but in Croatian waters, an incredible 3,200 years old - and it's in pretty good shape. ...

Product of the Week: the LineGrabber By Des Ryan, , 7:47 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Simple, effective, floats, cheap and it works! Music to a sailor's heart, so the LineGrabber, if you haven't tried one already, should be a winner for most cruising sailors. While there are various knots and mechanical devices that can attach an intermediate tie-off point onto a line, often the best solution is the most simple. ...

Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay By Paul Shard, British Virgin Islands , 3:22 AM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Paul Shard, successful author and sailing TV host, is currently aboard a Southerly 49 sailing boat Distant Shores II in the British Virgin Islands with his co-star and wife, Cheryl. Here he describes the method of mooring that can confuse the unaccustomed, so-called 'Med Mooring'. ...

Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water! By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 8:15 PM Thu 27 Mar 2014 GMT
It started as a seemingly ordinary low pressure center, but it is now transforming into the wildest of dangerous bombs, with hurricane force winds and damaging floods along coastal regions. This storm threatening Canada poses a dire threat to all mariners, since it will pack winds over 85mph, and waves over 45 ft. The message is clear. Don't be on the water. ...

Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat? By RYA/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:14 PM Thu 27 Mar 2014 GMT
In 2013, a mother and her 10 year old daughter died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in a cabin cruiser. More recently two fishermen, who were found dead on their boat, are believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning because the boat’s cooker was left on for heat on a cold night. Sailors should make themselves aware of what equipment on your boat gives off carbon monoxide ...

Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation By Nancy Knudsen, , 9:57 PM Tue 25 Mar 2014 GMT
One of the delights of sailing around the world is the children that you meet - not the children in the local ports, but the children on boats who are home-schooled, socially skilled, intellectually advanced, responsible and mature beyond their years. However, this is not widely known among 'land lubbers' which is why British/American sailors Kim and Simon Brown are having such a hard time. ...

New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone By Jim Rhodes/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:57 PM Tue 25 Mar 2014 GMT
One of this year's Pittman Award Winners, an Inreach satellite communicator (See Sail-World story), has announced a new development that could be a winner for part time cruisers: contract-free plans, and you can get them on your smart phone. ...

Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly By Tom Cunliffe, Lymington , 7:01 PM Mon 24 Mar 2014 GMT
So, you like cruising, but you don't like all that running around on deck, messing about with sails? You really want a power boat, but you want to be eco-friendly? Maybe this boat, designed by one of the world's most famous long term sailors, is for you. ...

No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make By Des Ryan, , 5:09 AM Mon 24 Mar 2014 GMT
What can you learn from these videos? When in doubt, don't! is a saying that well applies to the sailing world. Learning to anticipate that whatever could go wrong often does makes for a prudent sailor, and the other saying that's great for the prudent sailor is that The best mistakes to learn from are other people's. Enjoy watching from a safe and dry spot! ...

Multihull Solutions Phuket 2014 Regatta - new sponsorship By Kate Elkington, , 4:00 AM Mon 24 Mar 2014 GMT
Having just expanded its operations from Australia and New Zealand into Asia, Multihull Solutions is excited to be affiliated with the Ao Chalong Yacht Club event, which will now be known as the Multihull Solutions Regatta – Phuket 2014. ...

Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea By Ivan Dementievsky, RBTH/Sail-World, , 8:31 PM Sun 23 Mar 2014 GMT
I realized there is no Cote d’Azur with sandy beaches and emerald water in my country Russia. However, I had a strong tailwind, the northern sky and a crew that turned this trip into one of the best adventures of my life. ...

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