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

Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000 By Mary Bickley, Sydney , 8:13 AM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000 and support Sailors with disAbilities. Team Windcraft's yacht raffle in support of Sailors with disAbilities (SWD) closes very soon. The prize is a Hanse 345 yacht worth over $250,000 ready to sail away with 12 months Club Marine insurance. ...
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A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, , 5:22 PM Thu 28 Aug 2014 GMT
I recently took a call from a member who had just returned home from a boating trip to Brittany. When in Brittany he found that about a third of the shore supply in marinas had reverse polarity. He says the French were disinterested but feels that members should be made aware of the dangers. ...
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How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is By Nera Cornell, , 7:47 PM Wed 27 Aug 2014 GMT
We’ve been stuck in ice, walking among ivory animal bones, talking with Canadian Inuit, and lots more over this 2014 summer. We’ve seen Dundas Harbour and the great Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Cuming inlet and the shaggy Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Beechey island with its Franklin graves and Gyrfalcons. ...
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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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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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Dangerous conditions for boaters from Queensland border to Sydney By AAP Medianet, , 6:35 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to impact the coastline from the Queensland border to Sydney from early Tuesday. ...
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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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Scarlet Runner circumnavigated the globe By Rob Date, Melbourne , 1:40 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
She was last in Sydney for the 2013 Sydney to Southport and has sailed on her own bottom across the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. She competed in Cape to Rio (second place), St Thomas race week, St Barths race week, Antigua race week, Guadeloupe to Antigua race ( first), Around Antigua race (second) and Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii ) ( first place in division and overall ). ...
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Rock stars of sea take to catwalk By Fran Burke, Sydney , 1:11 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
The event has grown to be a major highlight on the regatta’s event calendar and again this year the Henri Lloyd team did not disappoint. Held down on main stage Front Street Hamilton Island, the eagerly anticipated parade drew a huge crowd that seemed to never end as watchers took up best positions from the front row all the way up to the top levels of the Marina Tavern. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science By Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues, , 12:25 PM Sun 17 Aug 2014 GMT
Antarctica includes about one-tenth of the planet's land surface, nearly 90% of Earth's ice and about 70% of its fresh water. Its encircling ocean supports Patagonian toothfish and krill fisheries, and is crucial for regulating climate and the uptake of carbon dioxide by sea water. ...
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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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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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Two rescued in tow from 13km offshore By Ken McManus, , 6:14 AM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Central Coast and Terrigal have saved two men on board a sinking open runabout about 13km east of Terrigal this morning. ...
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Enhancing boating safety in the Mallacoota region By Shipmate Marine Directory, , 5:53 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
Coast Guard Victoria will establish a VHF Marine Distress and Monitoring service for the East Coast of Victoria from Point Hicks to Gabo Island in addition to the Flotilla operations at Mallacoota. Mallacoota will become a very popular boating destination for recreational boaties when the new boat ramp at Bastion Point is opened in November this year. ...
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July piracy and maritime crime report issued by ReCAAP By Maritime Security News, , 5:36 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
ReCAAP ISC has issued its piracy and maritime crime report for July 2014 and notes that there were 14 reported incidents of maritime crime and piracy during that month, as opposed to 21 reported in June. ...
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Australian Maritime Safety Authority responses result in rescue of 13 By Australian Maritime Safety Authority, , 1:49 PM Fri 15 Aug 2014 GMT
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority responded to three separate emergency beacon activations in one day on 12 August, resulting in the rescue of thirteen people. Just after 3pm AEST AMSA detected an emergency beacon registered to a five metre fishing vessel approximately 41km North East of Darwin near the Vernon Islands. ...
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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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