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Africa-Europe Challenge - Three short harbor races to be organized By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 1:13 AM Wed 10 Sep 2014 GMT
Africa-Europe Challenge 2014 - What is considered a great amusement for sailors? A funny harbor race dotted with colorful skill elements will most probably fall into this category. ...

European Odyssey - Sardinhada in Lisbon for the fleet By Cornell Sailing, , 7:30 PM Tue 9 Sep 2014 GMT
Several things stood out for us as Roger Watson and I (Kathy Parsons) helped with the inaugural year of the European Odyssey. Cruisers are, for the most part, friendly, positive people, who expect to find enjoyment in each harbour they sail to, who are quick to strike up conversations among themselves and with people ashore, who are interested in exploring new ports. ...

Ocean Cruising Club celebrates 60th Anniversary with record gatherings By Daria Blackwell, , 2:08 PM Tue 9 Sep 2014 GMT
Unlike other sailing clubs that hold one annual cruise, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary literally all year round with events taking place on multiple continents and venues to which members arrive mostly by sea after crossing oceans to get there. ...

The Boat Cookbook By BoatBooks, , 11:14 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
For anyone with a tiny galley kitchen, there's good news: no more bland leftovers aboard. These delicious and easy recipes, all made with minimum fuss and maximum flavour, will allow you to spoil yourself in harbour and keep things simple at sea. With handy ideas on setting up the galley and much more- this is the must-have guide for sailors and seaside-lovers alike. ...

La Grace - Flagship of Africa-Europe Challenge in 2014 By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 10:52 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
Tall Ship La Grace, an authentically built replica of a brig from the second half of the 18th century, is also to take part in the events of Africa-Europe Challenge Yacht Rally in 2014 as the flagship of the cruise. ...

Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness By Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press, , 5:25 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory in 2004, 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim* will participate in a large scale simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 9 and 10 September to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. ...

Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall at St John’s By Doina Cornell, , 4:39 PM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
However much sailors love being at sea, landfall after a long passage is always sweet. When Jimmy woke me early in the morning of Friday 5th September, I rubbed my eyes and stared in wonder at the green Newfoundland coast. Finally, after two months, I get to see trees again! ...

18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates By Raunek, , 2:49 AM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
In April 2009, when Israeli based cargo ship MV Africa Star was attacked by nine pirates, the ship’s crew used coils of barbed wire to prevent pirates from climbing the ship. A major piracy attempt was thus avoided using non-lethal anti-piracy method, a technique used to protect ships in piracy affected areas. ...

World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali By World Cruising Club, , 10:27 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Seventeen World ARC boats took part on the start of leg 9 from Darwin to Bali last Tuesday and 10 are expected tomorrow, Monday, in the compact Benoa Bali Marina. So far no incidents or major problems were reported and some crews really made the most of the lack of wind with a mid Ocean dip. ...

Governor’s Cup Yacht race - Great for cruisers and racers alike By Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, , 5:36 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Entries are now open for the truly unique Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from False Bay Yacht Club near the historic Simon’s Town, South Africa to Jamestown, St Helena Island – one of the world’s best kept secrets. ...

Cowes Breakwater causes new tidal flow By RYA, , 8:37 AM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Its not an uncommon experience around the world that new breakwaters can have a significant impact on tidal flows. Here is an example. Since the start of the construction of Cowes Breakwater some of the tidal flows have changed. The Local Notice to Mariners contains useful information. ...

EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone By Sail-world, , 8:46 AM Sat 6 Sep 2014 GMT
The yacht's two French crewmembers had put out a mayday signal after they suffered engine failure. The mayday was picked up by the German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), which is operating with the EU Naval Force whic hcame to their aid. But then came a second mayday and a second rescue. ...

An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse By Greg Nicoll, , 3:30 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
Cheerful and very enthusiastic were the first two things that struck me as I entered the Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal booth at the Toronto International Boat Show. 'Come to Montréal', they said. 'See what we have done to our harbour. Get immersed in the port’s new life and sense the energy that is everywhere around the Old Port.' ...

Dinghy Safety - More to think about By Kim Klaka, , 12:40 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
A strong offshore breeze at Rottnest Island odd Fremantle West Australia represents a significant risk to people going to and from shore or between boats. ...

World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time By World Cruising Club, , 9:09 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
While the World ARC fleet are enroute to Bali it is interesting to note that not only have the crews commenced the second half of the rally program, they will also be entering the Indian ocean for the first time. ...

What can you do to prevent electrocution and ESD? By BoatUS, , 7:04 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
It was a Sunday afternoon just over a week ago when 13-year-old Sarah Grace Tellifero was enjoying the last days of summer with three friends, swimming near a boathouse on a local lake. Sadly, when Sarah went to grab a boarding ladder on a pontoon boat to climb out of the water, she was electrocuted. ...

Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 4:59 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
Pack a sailing seabag and you'll want to carry those essential items for sea. Here's one handy piece of sailing gear that will free your hands, illuminate a chart at night, help you reef a sail on a starless night, or find a tool below in total darkness. Pass this one along to your sailing crew--wherever you sail or cruise! ...

Salty Dawg Rally Seminar Series planned October 8 in Annapolis By Mike Martel, , 4:44 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
The Salty Dawg Rally will hold their 2014 Seminar Series in Annapolis, MD at Mears Pavilion, 519 Chester Avenue, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 7:45 a.m. until 5 o’clock p.m. the day before the US Sailboat Show begins. Mears Marina is conveniently located along Back Creek close to the show. ...

Europe tightens up on skippers competency certification By Alex Blackwell/, , 6:57 PM Wed 3 Sep 2014 GMT
Many European countries have adopted the requirement for the skipper of a vessel entering their waters to have an International Certificate of Competency (ICC - see attached form). Other documents and licenses will apparently no longer be accepted. ...

World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail By World Cruising Club, , 6:03 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet made a spectacular sight today as they sailed across the start line in Darwin Harbour. After a morning of no wind Rally Control were relieved when a slight sea breeze filled in just before the start allowing all yachts to cross the line under full sail. First across the line was Celebrate followed closely by American Spirit II and Chika-Lu. ...

NOAA expedition discovers ship’s timepiece silent for nearly 200 years By NOAA Research, , 4:59 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Using undersea robots, a team of NOAA-led marine archeologists discovered a ship’s chronometer where time has stood still for about 200 years at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. This was the latest discovery made as part of the Gulf of Mexico expedition by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. ...

Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens By Jimmy Cornell, , 4:50 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
31 August was exactly three months since Aventura left London bound for Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage. Since then we have covered over 6000 miles and are now bound for St Johns in Newfoundland, having decided to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage due to persistent unfavourable ice conditions. ...

A Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic 6.0 now available By Frank Virgintino, , 4:31 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT has announced the release of the sixth edition of A Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic 6.0. The sixth edition is entirely updated and includes an expanded discussion with additional charts of the Windward Passage as a 'very sailable' alternative entrance into the Caribbean and gateway to Caribbean islands frequently bypassed along more traditional routes. ...

BNS Leopold I to commence counter-piracy operations By EU Naval Force, , 4:22 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
After leaving her home port of Zeebrugge on Sunday 10 August, Belgian Navy warship BNS Leopold I has arrived in the Gulf of Aden to commence counter-piracy operations with the EU Naval Force. This is the fourth time that this multi-purpose frigate, with 157 men and 13 women on board, has participated in the European Union’s Operation Atalanta. ...

Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package' By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 2:57 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Having given a serious consideration to feedbacks and remarks from cruisers after the Africa Europe Challenge opened for entries, the organizing team of the AEC have decided to introduce a so called Spectator’s Package so to make it possible for cruisers on a tight budget to take part in their events. ...

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