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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)

Yacht investigation follows 'large posh thing' incident By People's Republic of Cork, , 2:54 AM Fri 25 Apr 2014 GMT
Only the Irish could tell it. This story from the People's Republic of Cork this week: An investigation has been launched by the Royal Cork Yacht Club after a yacht was seen on the Northside of Cork city this week. ...
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Five rescued after writing giant SOS By Courier Mail/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:36 AM Fri 25 Apr 2014 GMT
Luckily, the five people stranded on a rocky outcrop in a remote part of the Whitsunday Islands had watched plenty of movies. They knew that, when stranded, the best chance of a good outcome was to write SOS in big letters in the sand - and it worked! Here's a story to remember next time you leave your dinghy on a beach... ...
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New cruising rally to Indonesia from NZ and Australia By Helen Horrocks, , 9:20 PM Thu 24 Apr 2014 GMT
This year, blue water sailors departing from New Zealand or Australia will be able to join a new annual cruising rally that takes in the best of Indonesia. ...
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How to Dock Your Boat with the 'Crabbing' Technique By John Jamieson, , 2:19 PM Thu 24 Apr 2014 GMT
Imagine that you need to dock your boat in a tight space between two yachts. And, you have a gusty wind to deal with that will make this a tough challenge. How can you combine rudder, throttle and crabbing angle for a smooth sailing solution? ...
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Boaters to have improved access to Cabbage Tree Harbour By AAP Medianet, , 3:09 AM Thu 24 Apr 2014 GMT
Boaters will have improved access to Cabbage Tree Harbour by the end of this year with major upgrade work to the Norah Head boat ramp at Bald Street in Norah Head to start on Monday. ...
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New cruising hydrogenerator produces power at just 2kts of speed By Tristan Campbell, , 8:27 AM Wed 23 Apr 2014 GMT
The newest hydrogenerators from Watt & Sea are lighter, have better hydrodynamics, and are more resistant to corrosion. The Cruising 300 and 600 Models are now available in New Zealand from Kiwi Yachting. Like their predecessors, a propeller on a retractable stern leg sits on the yachts transom, turning water movement into power, with as little as 2 knots boat speed. ...
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Irish student turns a mobile phone into a VHF radio By Niall Murray, Irish Examiner/Sail-World, , 8:36 PM Tue 22 Apr 2014 GMT
Whether we like it or not, many weekend sailors are going to sea depending on their mobile phones for reporting an emergency. This, naturally, is fraught with danger - you can be out of range, and you can't even contact the other boats in your vicinity. Now, thanks to an Irish student, that may be about to change, because he has invented a phone-case which turns the phone into a VHF radio! ...
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Operation Blue Water - 92 per cent compliance rate By Roads and Maritime Services, , 7:51 AM Tue 22 Apr 2014 GMT
During Operation Blue Water, held from 5 to 13 April, 884 vessels, 763 recreational vessels and 61 commercial vessels, were randomly checked by Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officers (BSO). ...
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Singapore Yacht Show – more than just a show By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 9:13 PM Mon 21 Apr 2014 GMT
The fourth Singapore Yacht Show closed its doors, shut its gates and pulled in the passerelle on the evening of Sunday 13th April amid a cacophony of boat horns and many more than three cheers. So what could be the interest for boat lovers from Australia and New Zealand to schedule to attend the next Singapore Boat Show? The following could be an indication of things to come. ...
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Birth of a tall ship - the amazing reconstruction of the Hermione By Sail-World Cruising, , 8:23 PM Mon 21 Apr 2014 GMT
The replication of a tall ship is no mean feat. The Hermione was a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy, and in 1780 ferried their General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War. She grounded and was wrecked in 1793. ...
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Record-breaker Americas circumnavigator off on research voyage By Sail-World Cruising, , 10:31 PM Sun 20 Apr 2014 GMT
Matt Rutherford, first sailor to complete a non-stop, single-handed voyage around North and South America, is about to depart with field scientist Nicole Trenholm on a nonstop sailing research voyage from California to Japan. By deploying a high-speed trawl net off the side of their sailing boat while underway, the expedition will survey of plastic marine debris in the ocean. ...
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'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' by Vincent Bossley By Noonsite Reviewer/Sail-World, , 8:59 PM Sun 20 Apr 2014 GMT
When you are contemplating setting off on your own sailing adventures, there's nothing like reading others' accounts. 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' is Vincent Bossley's account of his voyage written in a vivid style that sets it apart from a standard cruising blog. It evokes the many places he and his crew visited, from the crossing of the Atlantic to the delights of the South Pacific Ocean. ...
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Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Marine Electrics Seminar By Sail-World Cruising, , 9:16 PM Sat 19 Apr 2014 GMT
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is to hold another of their very popular Information Evenings at the yacht club in Rushcutter's Bay in Sydney on 6th May. Rob Starkey will present a segment called 'Marine Electronics: Basics and Management at Sea and Away from the Marina'. ...
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Product of the Week: Marine Film By Lee Mylchreest, , 10:23 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
There's nothing more annoying when you have lovingly restored your hull to perfect than to have some unthinking other come along and scratch it. Or maybe the dock was not as rubbery as you thought and after you leave you find a scratch. But just keeping some marine film in a locker can take the stress out of life until you get a chance for a proper repair - it's this week's Product of the Week ...
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The jury is back: Storms deeper and stronger from world pollution By phys.org/Sail-world, , 7:54 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Are storms getting worse, or is it just my imagination? No, for the first time, scientists have proved it, with the all-too-graphic statement, 'The aerosols formed by human activities from fast-growing Asian economies do impact storm formation and global air circulation downstream. They tend to make storms deeper and stronger and more intense, and these storms also have more precipitation.' ...
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Annapolis Book of Seamanship - the latest update By Des Ryan, , 1:07 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
While many many things changed in the last 31 years in sailing since this book was first published, nothing has changed about the value of good seamanship, an eternal skill. This is why the 'Annapolis Book of Seamanship' no matter which version, will never be truly out of date. That doesn't mean that the extensive update by author John Rousmaniere isn't worthwhile ...
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NZ's Marlborough Sounds gets active about safety By Sail-World Cruising, , 12:46 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the New Zealand Police are linking up to spread the word on safety to recreational boaties in the Marlborough Sounds this Easter. ...
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Rescue of Canadian sailor by Swedes north of New Zealand By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:04 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Recently we published the news story of the rescue, while it was underway, of solo Canadian cruising sailor Art Munneke (See Sail-World_story) by a commercial ship, giving full credit to them for going off course to rescue Munneke. Here now is the graphic account of his survival. ...
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Dangerous surf conditions to affect the entire NSW coast this weekend By Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit, , 7:36 AM Wed 16 Apr 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to affect the entire NSW coast this weekend. ...
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Pam, 90-year-old pearling lugger, to sail again By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 12:05 AM Tue 15 Apr 2014 GMT
Nothing embodies colour and raw drama of the history of Broome's pearling industry more than the splendid old pearling luggers which sailed the waters of north west Australia during the so-called 'glory' days of the boom in pearling. Now, after being sunk and neglected and given up as scrap over 40 years ago, one of these graceful old vessels will sail again. ...
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Christmas Caribbean Rally - you could be crew By Louay Habib, , 9:43 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
After the inaugural 2013 Christmas Caribbean Rally, Sailing Rallies are pleased to announce that the 2014 transatlantic event is set to be even better. Getting to the Canary Islands in a boat by next Christmas might be a bit of a challenge, but you COULD go as crew if you're after some adventure... ...
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Austrian sailor crosses the Atlantic in 4.9m FIPOFIX in 87 days By Renate Johns, , 8:47 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
The attempt to cross the Atlantic in almost the smallest boat ever - at just 4.9m - had to be abandoned by Austrian extreme-adventure sailor Norbert Sedlacek twice because of energy supply and autopilot problems, but third time lucky when Norbert's son, Harald, took over the helm of the tiny FIPOFIX for the next attempt, successfully completing the journey in 87 days, arriving in Palm Beach USA th ...
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Piracy down but Somali pirates? Yes they are still there. By nk, , 2:52 AM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
While it's only the most the reckless (and silent) cruising sailor who dares brave the Gulf of Aden or any Somali waters these days, commercial ships are still transiting the dangerous zone. So it is the experiences of these trading vessels that can guide us about when the danger might be gone - and it's not. ...
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Be safe on the water over the long weekends By Ken McManus, , 11:49 AM Sun 13 Apr 2014 GMT
Easter and Anzac day long weekends - Commissioner Stacey Tannos said volunteers would be on duty at MRNSW units along the coastline and inland on the Alpine Lakes and Murray River at Moama over the dual long weekends. 'This will be a great chance for boaters to get out on the water before putting their boat into hibernation for the winter lay-off,' he said. ...
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Abell Point Yacht Club welcomes revival By Luke McCaul, , 8:07 AM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
In conjunction with the launch of the revitalised Abell Point Marina brand, the marina has announced it will throw support behind the Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) as part of the vision to create a destination marina. ...
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