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Will your lifelines pass this sailing test? By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 9:13 AM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Most production sailboats have lifelines these days, but just how safe are they. Would they keep your sailing crew or partner, spouse or family members safe in all sailing weather-fair or foul? Put your lifelines to the test today with these five easy sailing tips. ...

Counter-Piracy Task Force Commanders meet in Muscat By NZDF, , 10:59 PM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
The Commanders of the ‘Big Three’ international counter-piracy task forces met in Oman recently to discuss how they can best work together to deter and defeat criminals who use the sea lanes for illegal purposes. ...

Aventura's passage to Annapolis By Cornell Sailing, , 8:21 PM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
After her gruelling and eventful maiden voyage of over 8000 miles, Aventura was left in the care of the New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, R.I., to give her a thorough service before being exhibited at the Annapolis boat show. With everything done on time, my crew joined me last Saturday ready for the passage to Annapolis. ...

Typhoon Vongfong becomes 2014's most powerful storm By Becky Oskin, LiveScience, , 10:45 AM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
Super Typhoon Vongfong reached sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) this morning (Oct. 7), with gusts of up to 190 mph (306 km/h), according to the U.S Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ...

Royal Navy Commander tells of dramatic rescue in storm By The News, , 10:30 AM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
The Commander in charge of the warship that helped rescue a stricken sailor says she is proud of her company. Conditions during the drama, which began with a May Day distress call on Monday afternoon, were intense, with heavy rain, wind, little light and an incoming electrical storm. ...

Earth Wind Map - with typhoons By Sail-World Cruising, , 11:22 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
The Earth Wind Map is an amazing project to visualize global weather conditions carried out by Tokyo based software engineer Cameron Beccario, resulting in a beautifully mesmerising depiction of the earth's winds. Weather data is produced by the Global Forecast System (GFS), operated by the US National Weather Service. Forecasts are produced four times daily and made available for download from NO ...

Unmanned aerial vehicle offers new view of killer whales By Rich Press, NOAA Fisheries, , 9:49 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to study killer whales from above. The device they're using is a remote-controlled hexacopter with a high-resolution camera mounted in its belly, and the photos it produces are beautiful and full of detail. The images offer an entirely new view of this species. ...

EU Naval Force strengthens ties in fight against piracy By EU NAVFOR Somalia, , 8:41 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
Having taken Operation Command of the EU Naval Force at the end of August, a priority for Major General Martin Smith MBE was to visit the Horn of Africa and the east African region to strengthen ties with the EU’s partners and highlight EU Naval Force’s commitment in the fight against Somali piracy. ...

Life on the Indian Ocean for the World ARC fleet By World Cruising Club, , 3:32 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
Since leaving the paradise of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands exactly one week ago, the World ARC fleet have made good progress towards their next destination of Port Louis, located on the western coast of Mauritius. Awaiting the fleet is a beautiful island with its blend of diverse cultures and religions including Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans. ...

A collaborative effort to understand and monitor marine biodiversity By WHOI Media, , 9:17 PM Mon 6 Oct 2014 GMT
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers are part of a collaborative effort to understand and monitor changes in marine biodiversity within U.S. coastal waters. Marine biodiversity is a key indicator of ocean health and critical to sustaining natural resources such as fisheries. ...

Coast Guard rescues man from hydro bubble east of St. Augustine, Fla By U.S. Coast Guard, , 5:51 AM Sun 5 Oct 2014 GMT
A man was rescued from his hydro pod bubble 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine, Florida, by a Coast Guard search-and-rescue crew from Air Station Clearwater Saturday morning. ...

Annapolis Boat Show - Meet Jimmy Cornell and his new Aventura By Cornell Sailing, , 6:00 PM Sat 4 Oct 2014 GMT
In preparation for his forthcoming circumnavigation with the Blue Planet Odyssey round the world rally, Jimmy Cornell completed this summer a grueling test of his new 45 foot Aventura, an Exploration 45 aluminum centreboard yacht built by Garcia Yachting in France. ...

Canadian shipwreck discovery solves 170-year-old mystery By Nationial Geographic, , 1:30 PM Wed 1 Oct 2014 GMT
'One of Canada's greatest mysteries has been solved,' said that country's Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier this month upon news that the wreck of one of two ships famously lost in a mid-19th-century Arctic expedition has likely been located. ...

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