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

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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Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage By Claire Duffin, , 5:11 PM Thu 14 Aug 2014 GMT
When Clive and Jane Green set sail from Wales, their intended destination was Spain, a relatively short hop over the Atlantic. Sixteen years later however, and they have only just returned home, having turned their experimental seven-day getaway into a 58,000-mile round-the-world voyage. ...
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World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast By World Cruising Club, , 3:26 PM Thu 14 Aug 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet have been continuing to make their own way around the east and north coasts of Australia during this free cruising period of the rally. The crews have over four weeks to make the distance around to Darwin and at the halfway point, most of the fleet have reached the port of Cairns, in the middle of Australia's Coral Coast. ...
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Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution By Vanuatu Customs, , 9:44 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
The skipper of a yacht of French national was penalised by Lenakel Customs for calling into the undeclared port of Port Resolution on the island of Tanna unannounced. The vessel was on its way from Tarawa, Kiribati to Bundaberg, Australia on 5th August 2014. ...
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Galley Guys on the Malty Seas By Greg Nicoll, , 4:57 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
It started with an Internet search on malts and ended with an invitation that was too good to be true for any decent Galley Guy not to accept: fly to Scotland, drive peacefully through the Scottish countryside and come to rest at the end of a single-lane road on the Isle of Skye, only to witness a flotilla of eighty yachts which we were joining. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video By Nera Cornell, , 4:47 PM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
Well, since the last of my Blue Planet Odyssey logs, we have acquired a new experience to tick off our bucket-lists. By our decision to sail to Arctic Bay, we were unfortunately way-laid by ice floes. As the ice thickened about us, and leads became less frequent, we decided to turn back to Lancaster Sound. ...
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2014 National 4x4 Outdoors Show: Popularity of caravanning and camping By Clare Arthurs, , 3:51 AM Wed 13 Aug 2014 GMT
2014 4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo - Families interested in camping and caravanning will be spoilt for choice at this year's 2014 National 4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo on 22-24 August at the Melbourne Showgrounds. ...
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Last chance to join 2014 Multihull Solutions Whitsunday Rendezvous By Kate Elkington, , 8:31 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
There are now only limited places still available to join the event from 1-7 September, which is now recognised as Australia’s premier power and sail multihull cruising rally. Multihull Solutions urges those who are considering participating in the event to sign up now to avoid missing out on a week they’ll never forget! ...
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Dangerous conditions for boaters from this evening By Roads and Maritime Services, , 8:06 AM Tue 12 Aug 2014 GMT
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore. Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf. ...
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Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure By nk, , 9:03 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
When most cruising sailors reach their seventies they wonder how long they will keep cruising. They don't start designing their 'perfect' cruising boat with a plan to sail it through the Northwest Passage. That's because they are not Jimmy Cornell. ...
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Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence By Julia Beaty, Newport, RI , 4:14 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
A sea of choices. Many of us flock to the coasts during the summer to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, a break from the heat and delicious seafood. In today’s globalized world, even those of us who live far from the coast have access to a plethora of seafood choices in our local restaurants and grocery stores. ...
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Risks to penguin populations continues By British Antarctic Survey, , 8:14 AM Mon 11 Aug 2014 GMT
Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcity (where fisheries compete for the same resources), being caught in fishing nets, oil pollution and climate change. ...
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Dangerous conditions for boaters from this afternoon By AAP Medianet, , 2:29 AM Mon 11 Aug 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 southern NSW coast from this afternoon and extend north to Seal Rocks tomorrow. ...
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ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm By World Cruising Club, , 9:42 PM Fri 8 Aug 2014 GMT
After a period of cruising through what was for most their first experience of the Finnish Archipelago, the warm welcome received from the NJK in Helsinki set the tone for what has been a great weeks' sailing, relaxing and exploring this beautiful region of the Baltic. ...
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Follow these tips when anchoring By Alex and Daria Blackwell, , 6:48 PM Thu 7 Aug 2014 GMT
Unless you are far offshore, at one point or another you will to need to park your boat. This may be because you want to or because you need to. In either case you have three choices. You can go to a dock, which lacks many of the plus points of being away from land. You can pick up a mooring, which often has a number of challenges and unknowns associated with it. ...
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Swedish couple rescued off Cook Islands By Martime NZ, , 7:23 AM Thu 7 Aug 2014 GMT
An elderly Swedish couple were rescued on Wednesday from their dismasted yacht 125 nautical miles (231km) north-east of the Cook Islands. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) detected a beacon alert from the 11.2m (37 foot) Blue Horizon at around 5.15pm yesterday (5 August), with satellite phone contact also established with the yacht via the Swedish Joint Rescue Coordination Cent ...
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Elaine Fowler, RPAYC's first female life member elected By Lisa Ratcliff, , 3:18 AM Thu 7 Aug 2014 GMT
At the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s AGM held last month, long-serving member Elaine Fowler was elected the club’s first female Life Member. ...
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Refurbished Protector project 'better than buying new' By Mike Rose, , 10:45 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
The comprehensively refurbished Rayglass Protector, Sea Three, is now 'almost better than new', according to proud New Zealand owner Dale Smith. Dale Smith says he is amazed at the incredible job the Rayglass workshop team has done in restoring the well-used 12.5-metre Protector. ...
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Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady By Greg Nicoll, Andy Adams and John Armstrong, , 3:07 PM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
They say: what you dare to dream, dare to do. Quit your job, sell your house, kiss family and friends goodbye and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime. We suggest you give yourself a bit of time to plan and adjust though. It’s quite a jump from Bay Street to Montego Bay. Why not start by warming up to the tropics with some amazing island food and a good book? ...
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Discover science of maritime exploration at National Maritime Museum By Jude Timms, , 7:52 AM Wed 6 Aug 2014 GMT
The Australian National Maritime Museum – in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Young Scientists – presents Endeavouring Science. Step back in time more than 200 years on board HMB Endeavour – a replica of the ship James Cook commanded on his 1770 voyage to Australia. ...
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Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Jack Gale training centre born By Lisa Ratcliff, Pittwater , 8:16 AM Tue 5 Aug 2014 GMT
A large crowd gathered at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club to witness the first sod of earth turned for the club’s new training centre development and the official naming of the facility. ...
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Multihull Central launches Aquila range at SIBS *Feature By Jeni Bone, , 1:45 AM Tue 5 Aug 2014 GMT
Multihull Central has been chosen to provide sales, marketing and brokerage for the Aquila Power Catamaran range of models, announcing the new acquisition to its brands at this year's Sydney Boat Show. ...
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If all else fails read the instructions!! By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, , 9:50 PM Mon 4 Aug 2014 GMT
'If all else fails read the instructions'. I am sure that many of us have heard or even used that phrase, particularly at times when we have bought something new and can’t wait to get it home, unpack it, plug it in, switch it on and expect it to work like clockwork.mWhen nothing happens we grab the instructions and try to work out what went wrong. ...
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