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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean By British Antarctic Survey, , 6:01 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is published this week by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world spent the last four years compiling everything they know about ocean species from microbes to whales. ...
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European Odyssey boats arrive in Lanzarote + Video By Cornell Sailing, , 5:46 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
The first three European Odyssey boats have arrived at Puerto Calero Marina in Lanzarote this last Friday and Saturday. Geronimo and Anthea sailed from Rabat, Morocco, while Narayan left from Lisbon, Portugal. Mel Symes of Puerto Calero Marina welcomed the boats and reported that the crews were in high spirits after a superb sail. ...
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Multiagency rescue at Dunraven Bay + Video By Carl Evans, , 4:21 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
At 5.48pm on August 25th, both Porthcawl RNLI lifeboats Rose of the Shires and Harold Arnold launched to reports of two persons cut off by the tide at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown. Both RNLI lifeboats from Porthcawl were launched to rescue two persons cut off by the tide at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown, who were in imminent danger as the strong spring tide was fast approaching them. ...
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Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, , 8:28 PM Mon 25 Aug 2014 GMT
Sometimes in the life of a Galley Guy, opportunities to travel to great places just happen. However sometimes, life just gets in the way. This year our friends at Le Boat offered the Galley Guys a boat to travel through the Alsace region of France to savour the food and wines of this spectacular and lush corner of Eastern France. ...
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World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin By World Cruising Club, , 2:42 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
Festina Lente and Civetta II arrived in Darwin early on August 23rd with the rest of the fleet likely to arrive over the next few days. Darwin marks the end of a free cruising period that started in Mackay during which the fleet have enjoyed cruising within the Great Barrier Reef along the north east coast of Queensland before sailing across the 'top end' of Australia. ...
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Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 8:06 PM Sat 23 Aug 2014 GMT
When we first published an article on Sail-World Crusiing about the danger of the trip by dinghy from the shore back to your boat in a strong offshore breeze, it struck a chord with our readers. Have you had any such experiences? ...
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European Odyssey visits Porto By Cornell Sailing, , 7:11 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
Perhaps the European Odyssey left Porto with a bit of the saudade, a nostalgic longing that characterizes the Portuguese fado music. Certainly, we all felt that we weren’t in Porto long enough — that next time, we will spend more time here. ...
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Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature By Larry MacDonald, , 6:04 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
When one thinks of Tonga in the South Pacific, the mind conjures up images of a Polynesian paradise – white sand beaches on lush tropical islands, sprinkled like emeralds on a turquoise sea. Supplement that image with quiet anchorages, warm breezes and crystal-clear waters and its understandable why Tonga is considered one of the world’s premiere sailing destinations. ...
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A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014 By World Cruising Club, , 5:08 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
Six weeks ago 27 yachts arrived in Kiel, Germany for the start ARC Baltic 2014, the World Cruising Clubs inaugural sailing event cruising the Baltic Sea. Having completed the six week adventure sailing to six countries and six capitals, the event came to an end last weekend in Klintholm Havn on the picturesque island of Mӧn, Denmark. ...
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Where in the world are our strongest corals? By Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab, , 12:35 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
The Palauan archipelago is a composed of more than 250 islands. Among these are about 200 known as the Rock Islands, due their tough limestone composition. These islands form a series of semi enclosed bays south of Palau's most populated island, Koror. ...
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Baltic 4 Nations fleet arrive into Stralsund City Marina By Sailing Rallies, , 6:02 PM Thu 21 Aug 2014 GMT
After some fantastic sailing down the Danish East Coast, the Baltic 4 Nations fleet headed on to the second nation of the trip arriving into Stralsund City Marina, Germany on Wednesday afternoon. Crews had the opportunity to visit the Ozeaneum, winner of European Museum of the Year in 2010 as well as admire the incredible sights and gothic architecture that this Hanseatic city has to offer. ...
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Huff of Arklow nearing completion, expected on the water next month By Afloat.ie, , 2:00 PM Tue 19 Aug 2014 GMT
The restoration of the classic yacht 'Huff of Arklow' is approaching completion in Cornwall and anticipation is building to see the 1951 John Tyrrell & Sons build back on the water in her original form next month. The unique yacht designed by the famous Uffa Fox was built for Douglas Heard, a well-known Dublin yachtsman and the first president of the Irish Yachting Association. ...
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Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea By Pendana Blog, , 6:51 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
News from far north Queensland has come in of incredible efforts of a crew on the high seas to save one yacht from being lost at sea. Boats involved in this mayday situation included a Nordhavn 47 called Southern Star (Rob and Jo), a Bavari 40ft Ocean yacht named Oda (Per and Elizabeth) and a Dutch built Koopmans 48ft called Stormvogel (Peter and Heidi). ...
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ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks By World Cruising Club, , 5:55 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Over the last six weeks the ARC Baltic fleet have sailed nearly 1800 nautical miles, visiting six countries and six capitals. The rally has now arrived in the final destination on the small picturesque island of Møn with its iconic white cliffs, located 130km south of Copenhagen, Denmark. ...
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Helen Island, Palau -a beautiful and unique place By Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab, , 11:07 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
The island is inhabited only by three park rangers who patrol the area against illegal fishing and poaching and monitor the reefs and protect wildlife. For instance, they gather new turtle hatchling and allow them to grow up under protection before re-releasing them into the wild due to otherwise high levels of mortality and dwindling turtle populations. ...
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Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here By Sail-World, , 10:30 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Bart’s Bash will take place on Sunday 21st September 2014, and is set to become the world's biggest yacht race. To date over 2364 sailors and 588 yacht clubs from 50 different countries have signed up to be competitors. Each club makes its own race within a 24hr period on that date. Most are aiming for a huge spectacular start line with juniors competing alongside seniors in a unique event. ...
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Barnacle Busting By Neil and Ley Langford, , 9:29 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Almost two years since we last applied anti-fouling paint, and the barnacles are starting to grow on our hull once again. Frustrated with barnacles blocking our raw water intake, in April this year we installed an Ultrasonic Antifoul System on Crystal Blues. ...
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From Penguins to Polar Bears By Cherie Winner, , 7:21 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
But the effects of climate change may be greatest in Earth’s Polar Regions. In Antarctica and the Arctic, thinner ice is covering less area for a shorter time each year, and that ice loss threatens organisms whose lifestyles depend on it, ranging from algae at the bottom of the food chain to polar bears at the top. Conservation efforts for polar species, however, are especially challenging. ...
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Cornell turns back from the North West Passage By Jimmy Cornell, , 2:15 PM Sun 17 Aug 2014 GMT
Our stop at Beechey Island was tinged with sadness, not only because of the tragic events of all those years ago, but also by the decision to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage this summer. With the ice situation showing little improvement, even if a late transit may become possible, we could face the prospect of being unable to reach the Pacific before the seas started to ice up ...
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A cruising guide to the ABC Islands - Spanish Edition By Frank Virgintino, , 8:52 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Free Cruising Guides has announced the forthcoming release of the Cruising guide to the ABC islands in Spanish. The Cruising guide to the Dominican Republic and the Cruising Guide to Puerto Rico are currently available in Spanish and this guide will mark the third in the series. ...
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Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group By Global Nation Inquirer, , 8:24 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Military officials say they have verified that two German tourists, who went missing last April, were abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and are being held 'unharmed' by the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen in their jungle encampments in the south. ...
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NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel By National Coastwatch, , 7:21 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has been allocated a national licence by OFCOM for the use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Channel 65 will facilitate communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. ...
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Positive news for cruising boats in Greece By The Cruising Association, , 5:29 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
After months of controversy regarding the new Greek circulation tax, the Greek government has introduced two changes which cut harbour dues. Until August 1 harbour dues in Greece were collected by the Hellenic Coast Guard, colloquially known as Port Police or PP. ...
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Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways By Rob Jordan, , 5:17 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Stanford researchers look for freshwater mussels as part of a study of bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways. Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, herbicides and flame retardants are increasingly showing up in waterways. New Stanford research finds that a natural, low-cost solution – clams and mussels – may already exist for these contaminants of emerging concern, or CECs. ...
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Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging? By SkipperTips.com, , 1:05 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
A critical rigging pin had backed out--with just an eighth of an inch of thread to hold the fitting together. We needed a solution now--and fast. What now skipper? Screw pin shackles are often forgotten parts of your boat's standing rigging and anchor ground tackle system. Here are just a few ways this super sailing gear works aboard your boat. ...
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