| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia
Naval Commanders talk on-going piracy threat at sea
By EU NAVFOR Somalia, ,
6:35 PM Wed 24 Sep 2014 GMT
On Monday 22 September the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, met the Chinese Navy ship, CNS Changbaishan, in the Gulf of Aden. ...
Erie, Pennsylvania - Small place, big boating
By John Morris, ,
6:14 PM Wed 24 Sep 2014 GMT
The Presque Isle peninsula is a 3,200-acre – 7-mile long arm that extends northeast into Lake Erie creating a large, sheltered boating paradise of a harbour. With a string of well equipped marinas, a wealth of facilities and a very impressive yacht club, it has attractions for boaters that place it at the top of a cruising destination list. ...
Predictwind and Iridium offer Sat Phone comms at Mobile Phone pricing
By Sail-World, ,
7:54 AM Wed 24 Sep 2014 GMT
Iridium have recently released the Iridium GO!, their latest product in the satellite communication market. It’s portable, battery powered, and creates a WiFi hotspot. PredictWind have partnered with Iridium to put together a package catering specifically to the marine market. ...
EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra aids yacht in the Gulf of Aden
By EU NAVFOR Somalia, ,
7:28 PM Tue 23 Sep 2014 GMT
In the early morning of Friday 19 September, EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra, came to the aid of a stricken yacht in the Gulf of Aden. The yacht had been detected on the warship’s radar in the early morning. ESPS Navarra’s Bridge team initially tried to hail the yacht via their VHF radio. ...
Insurance, towing and safety 'provisions' reminder for snowbirds
By BoatUS, ,
2:44 PM Tue 23 Sep 2014 GMT
As their annual migration south approaches, sail and powerboat cruisers are stocking their boat’s lockers, checking systems and taking inventory of spare parts. But that’s not the only preparation these cruising 'snowbirds' will need to do, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). ...
A guide to steering without a rudder + Video - a must read and watch!!
By CCA/Michael Keyworth, ,
6:39 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Lost your rudder at sea? Michael Keyworth perfected a way to steer using drogues. To engineer this solution, he removed the rudder from his own boat(!), and experimented with different method, and has summarized his technique in this terrific article. ...
You scratched my seagrass!
By Steven Katona, Newport, RI ,
4:35 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Sailors for the Sea publishes monthly articles that translate the language of marine science into fascinating articles about ocean health. ...
Cocos Keeling Islands - Yet another paradise for the World ARC fleet
By World Cruising Club, ,
1:17 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Following a relatively short stopover in Christmas Island, eleven of the World ARC fleet have now arrived in their next paradise, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. From first settlement in 1826 by English merchant Alexander Hare, through decades of administration by the Clunies-Ross dynasty, most island inhabitants had little freedom or contact with the outside world. ...
Hurricane Odile: Two Brits missing in Mexico after yacht overturns
By Jessica Best, ,
7:26 AM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood, from Wolverhampton and London, were in La Paz in Baja California when Hurricane Odile hit the Baja California peninsula last Sunday. It is thought their yacht overturned, and the couple have not been seen since. The couple is thought to have been living in La Paz for around a year. Mr Whitehouse is believed to be a scuba diving instructor in the city. ...
Sailor texts girlfriend for help after yacht sinks in Bristol Channel
By KenMcCormick, ,
6:40 AM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
This might be the Texting and Facebook generation but boaters need to use VHF radio says volunteer rescuers from Weston-super-Mare's lifeboat station who rescued a yachtsman whose boat sank in the middle of the Bristol Channel and who then texted his girlfriend. ...
Gas safety: don’t let it go off the boil
By RYA Cruising, ,
4:14 PM Sun 21 Sep 2014 GMT
Earlier this year two men died in their bunks of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the highly toxic fumes given off from a poorly maintained butane gas cooker. The cooker which was located in the wheelhouse had been lit to heat the wheelhouse and sleeping area. A carbon monoxide alarm was not fitted. ...
Arctic sea ice summer minimum 2014: A scientific perspective
By British Antarctic Survey, ,
3:30 PM Sun 21 Sep 2014 GMT
The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land and Arctic sea ice is the thin layer of frozen ocean water that forms and grows during the winter, and melts in the summer. Dr Jeremy Wilkinson from the British Antarctic Survey provides a scientist’s perspective on the trend for decreasing Arctic sea ice. ...
British Virgin Islands, a taste of Caribbean cruising
By Freecruisingguides.com, ,
3:38 PM Sat 20 Sep 2014 GMT
The Virgin Islands are an archipelago. That part, which is a British overseas territory, is commonly referred to as the BVI. About 30,000 people live in the BVI, most of which live on the island of Tortola. The BVI are comprised of about 50 islands the majority of which are not inhabited by humans. ...
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