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All set for ARC+ arrivals in São Vicente By World Cruising Club, , 8:52 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
Whilst waiting for the ARC+ fleet to arrive at their mid-Atlantic stop of Mindelo, on Cape Verdean island of São Vicente, you easily realise the excitement which is bubbling around the Marina, in the government offices and in bars and restaurants. ...

Caribbean 1500 - Lest We Forget: Crews who won't make it to Tortola By World Cruising Club, , 8:40 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
Nothing ever bad happens in the rally, right? If you read the daily news stories over the years, you’d certainly think so. But despite what I sometimes think of as the ‘propaganda’ that we post in the news and features during the 1500 (and I’m myself responsible for producing it), I feel we ought to focus at least occasionally on some of the more unfortunate realities of ocean sailing. ...

Crews visit ARC Forest at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria By World Cruising Club, , 8:31 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
Sailing allows us to travel long distances with relatively low carbon emissions, but the reality is that all yachts burn diesel for motive power and to generate electricity. Conscious of this impact, ARC organiser World Cruising Club has teamed up with local non-profit forestry organisations in Gran Canaria to develop and sponsor a carbon offset project. ...

Security Council renews action to fight piracy off Somali Coast By Security Council, , 10:33 PM Thu 13 Nov 2014 GMT
Expressing continued grave concern over piracy off the coast of Somalia despite a sharp decline in attacks, the Security Council has renewed for another year authorizations, first agreed in 2008, for international action to fight the crime in cooperation with Government authorities. ...

World Odyssey Race cancelled By Jimmy Cornell, , 4:05 PM Thu 13 Nov 2014 GMT
During the last two weeks we have received the details of the boats for the provisional entry list in the World Odyssey Race (see list below). Unfortunately we were forced to recognise that too many of those who have expressed an interest in sailing in the World Odyssey Race would do so on yachts which may not be suitable for the rigours of a circumnavigation in high latitudes. ...

Caribbean 1500 - One fleet, two very different stories By World Cruising Club, , 10:31 PM Wed 12 Nov 2014 GMT
Falcon, the 80’ Cookson, did the expected and beat the rest of the fleet to the BVI. The ex-America’s Cup training vessel, now a tricked out cruising yacht, sailed the course in just over seven days, arriving Monday night around 9pm. 'We had the perfect passage,' said the yacht’s owner Cary St. Onge. ...

Eccletic ARC fleet assemble in Las Palmas By World Cruising Club, , 10:20 PM Wed 12 Nov 2014 GMT
With 75% of the ARC fleet now in Las Palmas, the docks of the Muelle Deportivo are populated with boats of all shapes and sizes, from multiple manufacturers and sailing under the flags of 22 different nations. The range of boats is as ecclectic as the crews on board with examples of almost every kind of ocean cruising boat available represented amongst the ARC 2014 fleet. ...

Antigua 2 Falmouth - Notice of Race released for 2015 edition By Mikaela Meik, , 2:53 PM Wed 12 Nov 2014 GMT
The notice of race has been released for the Antigua 2 Falmouth 2015 event, run by Sailing Rallies. Due to demand from boats at the end of the Caribbean sailing season wishing to return to the UK, this new event has been launched to give sailors a suitable high quality event. ...

Oceans of Hope yacht arrives in New York City in unique global voyage By Meaghan Van Liew, , 9:37 PM Tue 11 Nov 2014 GMT
Oceans of Hope, with a working crew of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), has arrived in New York City, USA, on the latest leg of the 33,000-nautical mile global voyage. During the six-day stopover Oceans of Hope will be berthed at North Cove Marina, in lower Manhattan and people with MS will be invited to take part in two days of sailing on the 14th and 15th of November. ...

Spirit of Tradition By Terri Hodgson, , 9:23 PM Tue 11 Nov 2014 GMT
The prospective new owner of the old Bluenose 24 had two objectives to satisfy in the hunt for his new yacht: the boat had to be beautiful and classic AND it would serve as an ornamental anchor in front of his Muskoka cottage. Stuart Cotrelle came to Gordon Laco, a friend, sailor and supplier of finer boat hardware and accessories, with performance specifications of the yacht he wanted to buy ...

Tropical storm-like conditions in Malta and Sicily as Medicane hits By Dr. Jeff Masters, , 9:11 PM Tue 11 Nov 2014 GMT
A rare 'Medicane', a hybrid storm with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical storm, formed over the South Central Mediterranean Sea on Friday and moved over the island of Malta, bringing them tropical storm-like conditions. ...

ARC+ Cape Verde fleet slows, more wind expected tomorrow By World Cruising Club, , 8:05 PM Tue 11 Nov 2014 GMT
'Lighter than we expected' was the comment on the winds today for leg one of the ARC+ Cape Verde route. This has been in complete contrast to the first 24 hours which, as usual was lively as boats headed passed the Canary Islands wind acceleration zone. ...

Top 20 cruising realities no-one talks about! By Jackie Parry, , 4:27 PM Tue 11 Nov 2014 GMT
I didn’t talk to my husband for two days when his peculiar answers to my naïve nautical questions reached my bewildered ears. Back then, as a mere fledgling to sailing, my raw researching met brutal honesty. Seeking a sailboat and home, to travel the planet, I tried to grasp the financials and what, exactly, was I letting myself in for. ...

Busy schedule begins for ARC crews in Las Palmas By World Cruising Club, , 1:56 AM Tue 11 Nov 2014 GMT
Following yesterday’s departure of the ARC+ fleet, the ARC schedule continues today in Las Palmas, with a busy day of check ins and plenty of crews visiting the ARC Office and Shop in the marina. The first ARC Sundowner takes place this evening at Federacion de Vela from 18:30 and promises to be a lively evening as many crews come together for the first time. ...

Slow progress in the Caribbean 1500 fleet By World Cruising Club, , 12:43 AM Tue 11 Nov 2014 GMT
Thanks to a late start and slow progress at sea in the Caribbean 1500, the Yellowshirt team here in Nanny Cay has had time to explore Tortola more than usual. Prior to our hike up the gut yesterday, Mia and I had an opportunity to take a taxi into Road Town for a walk around and a visit to the smoothie guy. ...

Crystal Blues finds good medicine in Penang By Neil and Ley Langford, , 7:55 PM Mon 10 Nov 2014 GMT
Crystal Blues had health issues, with 'something' around the propeller. So after a few days of rest and recuperation in Penang, I dived on the propeller and removed an indecent chunk of rope. What a pain - visibility in the marina was less than 12 inches, and cutting it away was a slow process. I'm still amazed that we managed to maneuver the boat into the berth with this around the propeller. ...

ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria By World Cruising Club, , 6:37 PM Sun 9 Nov 2014 GMT
The second edition ARC+ Cape Verde set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday 9 November, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. A brisk northerly wind provided near perfect sailing, with just a one metre swell making it a little rock and roll for some. The 51 boat fleet are set to enjoy some textbook tradewind sailing for the first part of their Atlantic crossing. ...

Destination: Balmy Brentwood Bay and peaceful Tod Inlet By Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones, , 7:44 PM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
South of Satellite Channel and the southern tip of Salt Spring Island, the protected waters and spectacular vistas of BC’s southernmost inlet cuts 12 miles into Vancouver Island. Saanich Inlet’s fjord-like waters reach as far south as Goldstream Provincial Park at the picturesque estuary of the Goldstream River. ...

Safety and enjoyment order of the day in Marina Lanzarote By Doina Cornell, , 4:57 PM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
Safety and enjoyment were the order of the day in Marina Lanzarote as the first safety inspections were carried out on Freedom and Serenity on Thursday 6 November. The detailed safety inspections each yacht receives are an important aspect of the Atlantic Odyssey rally, and an opportunity for sailors to raise any concerns. ...

First ARC Bahamas boats make landfall in the Caribbean By World Cruising Club, , 4:30 PM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
After a brief respite back in Amish Country, where the Rally Control team was based after the Portsmouth pre-departure program, we’re back on the road and back in the islands. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the warm Caribbean welcome we’d grown accustomed to over the past couple years. ...

First arrivals of World ARC fleet enter Richard’s Bay, South Africa By World Cruising Club, , 4:22 PM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
Today marked the first arrivals of the World ARC fleet to Richard’s Bay, South Africa. After a week at sea, Celebrate who departed La Reunion one day prior to the fleet, moored safely in the Zululand Yacht Club (ZYC). NDS Darwin shortly followed before a busy night of arrivals and few days ahead as the fleet make landfall. ...

No room for complacency in Gulf of Guinea By Julian Menendez, , 10:34 AM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
Unconfirmed reports of a pirate attack off the Nigerian coast show the area is still volatile and there must be no room for complacency says leading maritime security company MAST. Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said: 'Complacency costs sailors lives. Professional security advice should be sought before entering the region, ensuring that both physical and medical security risks are addressed.' ...

250 kilos of cocaine seized from UK-bound yacht in joint operation By National Crime Agency, , 6:22 PM Fri 7 Nov 2014 GMT
A UK-bound yacht carrying an estimated 250 kilos of cocaine has been intercepted in the Caribbean, following a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the French authorities. The UK-registered vessel SY Hygeia of Halsa was boarded by French Customs Coast Guard off Martinique on Monday 3 November as it began a trans-Atlantic crossing. ...

North American Rally to Caribbean - Greater than the sum of its parts By Barby MacGowan, , 3:56 AM Fri 7 Nov 2014 GMT
On November 3rd, after two days of waiting for a break in the weather, 18 well-prepared sailboats left Newport, R.I. to embark on a nearly 1500 mile journey that, at its conclusion, will mark the completion of the 15th annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC). ...

New Rayglass ProJet on duty at Auckland Airport By Mike Rose, , 8:34 PM Thu 6 Nov 2014 GMT
Auckland Airport has chosen an innovative Rayglass ProJet to help protect its flights from the possibility of bird strike. The airport’s Rayglass ProJet, named Kaitiaki Rangi or 'Guardian of the Skies', operates around the edges of the airport’s runways, scaring away the birds, especially swans, that sometimes congregate on the nearby banks ...

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