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World ARC 2014 reaches Australia By World Cruising Club, , 7:28 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
The World ARC Welcome Party and Prize giving event was held last night at the prestigious Clarion Hotel in the Mackay Marina Village, supported by Mackay Marina and Mackay Tourism. Crews gathered for welcome drinks in the poolside bar, before Event Manager Paul Tetlow introduced and thanked those individuals and local organisations which support the programme World ARC in Mackay. ...
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Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao By Caribbean Safety and Security Net, , 7:07 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
All ships transiting north of Curacao and Aruba are advised that the seismic survey ship Polar Duke will be conducting surveys in the area until 15 September 2014. The towed array is very large – 12 streamers 9000 meters long, and 900 meters wide. ...
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A Mooring in Iceberg Alley By Rebecca Jackson, , 8:45 AM Sun 27 Jul 2014 GMT
The fatal blow was definitely not the first hit. For 13 months, icebergs had plowed over Mooring SF1, again and again. They pushed the long line of underwater scientific instruments toward the seafloor in a Greenland fjord. Usually, these chunks of ice—sometimes as tall as a skyscraper and as wide as seven city blocks—would hold down SF1 for several hours and then move along. ...
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Boaters urged to speak up on 15%ethanol proposal By BoatUS/Sail-World, , 8:11 PM Fri 25 Jul 2014 GMT
It might seem like a local Chicago issue but could this be the foretaste of battles that will have to be fought by boaters world-wide in times to come. ...
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Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:09 AM Fri 25 Jul 2014 GMT
The Departure Planning tool from PredictWind can save huge amounts of time planning and give you more hours sailing. It does this by looking at four different departure dates that are separated by 24 hours, and assessing the weather to pick the best day to leave for a particular journey ...
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IMB reports worrying trend of piracy hijacks in Southeast Asia By ICC International Maritime Bureau, , 11:14 AM Thu 24 Jul 2014 GMT
In Southeast Asia, at least six known cases of coastal tankers being hijacked for their cargoes of diesel or gas oil have been reported since April this year, sparking fears of a new trend in pirate attacks in the area. Until then, the majority of attacks in the region had been on vessels, mainly at anchor, boarded for petty theft. ...
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Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water By Sail-World Cruising, , 7:19 AM Thu 24 Jul 2014 GMT
Two kayakers in Argentina were paddling off the coast of Puerto Madryn recently, when a whale took sudden and totally unexpected interest in their boat, swam beneath their vessel, and lifted it from the water. ...
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World ARC reaches half-way point in Australia By World Cruising Club, , 2:31 PM Wed 23 Jul 2014 GMT
Today Mackay, Queensland became the latest focus of interest for sailors from around the world as the first of 23 cruising boats arrived in Mackay Marina marking the half-way point in their circumnavigation under sail in the World ARC. ...
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Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 2) *Feature By Sheryl and Paul Shard, , 5:53 PM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and we experienced almost 24 hours of daylight on Fair Isle. In the wee hours there was almost a ghostly bluish light in the air similar to the light during an eclipse of the sun. It was bizarre to see sheep lying asleep while a few islanders tended their gardens at 2a.m. in a strange twilight. ...
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