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British couple rescued from burning yacht off Almeria coast By The Olive Press, , 12:04 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
A British couple was rescued off Spain's Almeria coast after their 21.6m yacht caught fire. The Coastguard and the 112 Emergency Coordination Service received several reports of a flare going up 12 nautical miles east of Carboneras at 11:30pm on Saturday. ...

Crystal Blues crew on board USS Carl Vinson By Neil and Ley Langford, , 11:27 AM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
We sail with just two crew most times, so it was amazing to visit a vessel with a ship's crew of 3000, plus another 3000 'passengers' being the various air wing teams deployed aboard. That's 6000 people on a ship that is 1000' long, and displaces 192,900 tons. ...

Vaughan Bullivant cuts Daydream Island price tag to $30 million By MarineBusiness-World, , 10:57 AM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
Nature’s Own founder Vaughan Bullivant had previously hoped to get around $65 million for the Daydream Island resort he paid $25 million for in 2000. But with his health deteriorating and the island failing to sell in two years, agents have convinced Mr Bullivant to lower his expectations — and the price — to about $30 million. ...

Update: Stunning finds from ancient Greek Shipwreck By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 9:10 AM Sun 12 Oct 2014 GMT
The rescued antiquities include tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue. The Antikythera wreck was first discovered in 1900 by sponge divers who were blown off course by a storm. ...

First World ARC arrivals touchdown in Port Louis, Mauritius By World Cruising Club, , 2:28 AM Sun 12 Oct 2014 GMT
After sailing approximately 2350 nautical miles, the first of the World ARC fleet has arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius. Nexus, the 17.90 meter Semi Custom Catamaran skippered by Russell Owen, arrived today in the late afternoon. Completing the passage in 13 days, a warm welcome ashore greeted them with offerings of fruit and rum! ...

Exploring sailors attitudes towards risk and safety By RYA Cruising, , 10:07 AM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
A new research project being run by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with the support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is exploring attitudes towards risk and safety, and the various ways yacht sailors participate in their sport. ...

Search for victims in challenging marine rescue test By Ken McManus, , 4:44 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Rescue specialists from the State’s south will take to the water off Batemans Bay to search for four 'victims' missing at sea as part of a major capability exercise this Sunday, October 12. The search will be the culmination of a two-day regional Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) designed to test agencies’ marine search and rescue practices and coordination. ...

Whale expert to join HMB Endeavour on Eden Voyage By Jude Timms, , 12:05 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
The Australian National Maritime Museum is delighted to announce that whale expert Geoffrey Ross from New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service will be joining the HMB Endeavour crew as a special guest when it embarks on a special whale-themed voyage from Sydney to Eden 27 - 31 October. ...

'Largest ever' U.S. Sailboat show cruises into Annapolis By Beth Crabtree, Correspondent, Capital Gazette, , 10:50 AM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Each year the U.S. Sailboat Show draws to Annapolis nearly 50,000 attendees and the world's most prestigious sailboat manufacturers. Here you will find the newest luxury cruising yachts, sleek racing hulls, trailerable sailboats, and small sailing dinghies. For the first time, the show, which continues through Monday, includes previously owned boats in a separate section known as Brokerage Cove. ...

Will your lifelines pass this sailing test? By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 9:13 AM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Most production sailboats have lifelines these days, but just how safe are they. Would they keep your sailing crew or partner, spouse or family members safe in all sailing weather-fair or foul? Put your lifelines to the test today with these five easy sailing tips. ...

Counter-Piracy Task Force Commanders meet in Muscat By NZDF, , 10:59 PM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
The Commanders of the ‘Big Three’ international counter-piracy task forces met in Oman recently to discuss how they can best work together to deter and defeat criminals who use the sea lanes for illegal purposes. ...

Typhoon Vongfong becomes 2014's most powerful storm By Becky Oskin, LiveScience, , 10:45 AM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
Super Typhoon Vongfong reached sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) this morning (Oct. 7), with gusts of up to 190 mph (306 km/h), according to the U.S Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ...

Royal Navy Commander tells of dramatic rescue in storm By The News, , 10:30 AM Wed 8 Oct 2014 GMT
The Commander in charge of the warship that helped rescue a stricken sailor says she is proud of her company. Conditions during the drama, which began with a May Day distress call on Monday afternoon, were intense, with heavy rain, wind, little light and an incoming electrical storm. ...

Earth Wind Map - with typhoons By Sail-World Cruising, , 11:22 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
The Earth Wind Map is an amazing project to visualize global weather conditions carried out by Tokyo based software engineer Cameron Beccario, resulting in a beautifully mesmerising depiction of the earth's winds. Weather data is produced by the Global Forecast System (GFS), operated by the US National Weather Service. Forecasts are produced four times daily and made available for download from NO ...

Unmanned aerial vehicle offers new view of killer whales By Rich Press, NOAA Fisheries, , 9:49 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to study killer whales from above. The device they're using is a remote-controlled hexacopter with a high-resolution camera mounted in its belly, and the photos it produces are beautiful and full of detail. The images offer an entirely new view of this species. ...

EU Naval Force strengthens ties in fight against piracy By EU NAVFOR Somalia, , 8:41 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
Having taken Operation Command of the EU Naval Force at the end of August, a priority for Major General Martin Smith MBE was to visit the Horn of Africa and the east African region to strengthen ties with the EU’s partners and highlight EU Naval Force’s commitment in the fight against Somali piracy. ...

Life on the Indian Ocean for the World ARC fleet By World Cruising Club, , 3:32 PM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
Since leaving the paradise of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands exactly one week ago, the World ARC fleet have made good progress towards their next destination of Port Louis, located on the western coast of Mauritius. Awaiting the fleet is a beautiful island with its blend of diverse cultures and religions including Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans. ...

Kawau facilities get new lease of life - your chance to join new club By Sail-World, , 9:38 AM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
The Yacht Club and facilities at Bon Accord Harbour which were mothballed by Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at the end of last season are to reopen at Labour Weekend. The Kawau Boating Club has been formed, and on October 7, signed a lease from the Squadron that will retain ownership of the property. ...

New equipment boosts NSW marine pollution response By Roads and Maritime Services, , 7:22 AM Tue 7 Oct 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services Maritime Director Angus Mitchell said the new marine pollution response equipment includes new booms to contain substances on the surface of the water, sorbent materials, anchor kits, pumps and temporary waste storage units for recovered oil and other substances. ...

TV awareness campaign calls on boaties to be safe on the water By Transport for NSW, , 6:22 AM Fri 3 Oct 2014 GMT
Maritime Management Centre General Manager Howard Glenn said the campaign aims to build on the success of last year’s campaign, which will continue to use the tag line ‘Wear a lifejacket. It never ruined a day on the water.’ 'Boating is a wonderful activity enjoyed by an estimated two million people each year in NSW,' Mr Glenn said. ...

Canadian shipwreck discovery solves 170-year-old mystery By Nationial Geographic, , 1:30 PM Wed 1 Oct 2014 GMT
'One of Canada's greatest mysteries has been solved,' said that country's Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier this month upon news that the wreck of one of two ships famously lost in a mid-19th-century Arctic expedition has likely been located. ...

British couple help stranded Syrian refugees to safety By BBC News - Sally Taft and Richard Irvine-Brown, , 10:12 AM Wed 1 Oct 2014 GMT
In the week that police in Cyprus had to persuade nearly 300 Syrian migrants to disembark from the cruise ship that had rescued them, one couple experienced a migrant rescue first-hand. Stephanie Kershaw-Marsh and husband Andy have spent the summer cruising on their boat around the coast of Turkey and Greece. ...

Blue Planet Odyssey yacht completes Northwest Passage transit By Cornell Sailing, , 6:19 PM Tue 30 Sep 2014 GMT
Michael Thurston, the owner of the Australian yacht Drina, sent us a message from Nome, Alaska, to inform us that he and his crew had reached the Pacific Ocean thus successfully completing a transit of the Northwest Passage. A late opening of the Bellot Strait allowed Drina to reach the central part of the Northwest Passage only by mid-September. ...

Dredging of Swansea Channel gets underway By NSW Government, , 6:06 AM Tue 30 Sep 2014 GMT
Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay have announced the successful tender for the dredging of Swansea Channel has been awarded to Neumann Dredging Pty Ltd. ...

World ARC fleet embarks on leg 11, across the Indian Ocean By World Cruising Club, , 8:45 PM Mon 29 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet departed the Cocos (Keeling) Islands this morning, embarking on the second longest sail of their circumnavigation; a 2350 nautical miles journey to Mauritius. Their stay in the tropical atoll has certainly been one to remember. ...

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