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

Australian cruiser manufacturer Maritimo finishes 2014 on a high note By Maritimo, , 3:20 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Celebrating its 10th anniversary the company's founder, Australian boating industry icon Bill Barry-Cotter, said conditions in international markets had continued to show improvement during the year. He said the launch of the new M65 cruising motoryacht this month and its public debut due in May next year should set the scene for another solid year for the company in 2015. ...
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Club Marine's all-new TeleClaims and Online Claims By Club Marine, , 1:35 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Available to Club Marine members via Club Marine’s Australian and New Zealand websites, Online Claims provides an intuitive, mobile-friendly way for members to lodge claims and get them moving – fast. 'Getting our members back on the water as soon as possible is Club Marine’s priority,' said Club Marine CEO Simon McLean. ...
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The Odyssey goes from strength to strength By Cornell Sailing, , 4:38 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 has truly been an Odyssey year, as our boats have criss-crossed the Atlantic on epic journeys, starting in January when the Atlantic Odyssey II yachts sailed from La Palma to Grenada, and followed by the summer adventure of the Blue Planet Odyssey yachts up in the High Arctic attempting the transit of the North West Passage. ...
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Eleonora 2 leads the advent of the ARC+ fleet into Saint Lucia By World Cruising Club, , 4:34 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Sailing within the ARC+ fleet, Alubat Cignale 18 Eleonora 2 crossed the ARC+ finish line at 07:38:46 local time after a fast 2100NM passage from Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. The international crew on board were in great spirits having enjoyed their 12 days at sea and are now looking forward to experiencing the delights of the Caribbean. ...
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Scientist explores mysterious food-borne illness: ciguatera By Katie Pitz, , 1:21 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Every year, thousands of people suffer from CFP, a poisoning syndrome caused by eating toxic reef fish. CFP symptoms are both gastrointestinal and neurological, bringing on bouts of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, muscle aches, and in some cases, the reversal of hot and cold sensations. Some neurological symptoms can persist for days to months to years after exposure. ...
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Bum breathing icon’s future in doubt By James Cook University, , 12:18 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
The white-throated snapping turtle (Elseya albagula) is notable for a number of reasons including its large size (five kilogram +) and ability to extract oxygen from the water via cloacal respiration ('bum breathing'). JCU’s Jason Schaffer has been studying turtles in Queensland rivers for the last eight years. His focus lately has been on the White-throated turtle. ...
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New Instructional Sailing Apps for Android now available By Linda Cullum, Dennis , 7:11 AM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Little Pines Multimedia has released a new series of instructional apps for Android available at their website Apps4Sailing.com, Google Play and Amazon. ...
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Three rescued from capsized boat in late night emergency By Ken McManus, , 3:01 AM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
A late night emergency operation has saved three people left clinging to the hull of their boat after it overturned north-west of Cook Island off the Far North Coast of NSW. ...
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Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice + Video By British Antarctic Survey, , 6:30 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access. The results, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience (Monday 24 November 2014), step up the pace of research in the polar regions aimed at understanding the dramatic sea ice changes in the context of climate change. ...
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Win $5000 Cash to Splash with Club Marine By Club Marine, Brighton, Victoria , 12:01 AM Fri 28 Nov 2014 GMT
For boat owners, what better way to start the coming boating season than with an extra $5000 cash to splash this summer. The possibilities are endless, from lashing out on new fishing gear, to overhauling the sails, upgrading the outboard or maybe a boatload of new water toys the whole family can enjoy. ...
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New exhibition takes kids on a Voyage to the Deep By Jude Timms, , 3:57 AM Thu 27 Nov 2014 GMT
This summer children are invited to release their inner aquanaut and explore the mysteries of the deep in an exciting new adventure land opening at the National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour – Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures. ...
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Oceanair debuts two new products at METS By Kiwi Yachting, , 9:52 PM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
Oceanair has launched two new producst at METS, the worlds largest international boatshow, held in The Netherlands. Oceanair’s innovative SKYSOL Mini pleated blind has been designed specifically for portlights with cost and quality in mind. The second new product released is SKYSOL Precision, a cost-effective, compact pleated blind for yacht windows ...
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PredictWind launches new Offshore Application for Mac and PC By Mike Scullin, , 9:20 PM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore. Accessing GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS forecasts and Satellite Imagery is now a simple task with the unique and user friendly interface. ...
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Govt eases yacht permits for marine tourism boost By The Jakarta Post, , 11:59 AM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
The government will expedite permitting for yachts wanting to enter the country’s ports, from taking weeks to taking one day only, with an online one-stop service protocol under the management of the Foreign Ministry, said Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo. ...
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FLIR M625 Review – Let there be light! By James - pendanablog, , 11:09 AM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
As an investment in a FLIR camera is not inexpensive or even one that can be taken quickly due to having to carefully think through the installation process, we thought long and hard about the perceived benefits of the system. At the end of the day we decided to go ahead with the FLIR camera and also decided, that we would pair the FLIR thermal camera with the new Furuno TZ9. ...
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Results in from ‘Operation Go Easy on the Alcohol’ By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 3:55 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
More than 1211 vessel safety checks and 127 random breath tests were carried out during Operation Go Easy on the Alcohol with one person charged with operating a vessel with a low range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) and 30 fines for lifejacket breaches. ...
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29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail By World Cruising Club, , 3:26 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
The 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail today bound for Saint Lucia following a delayed start due to strong winds locally in the harbour of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday. For only the third time in the rally's history, the decision was made to delay the start, initially planned for 12:30 on Sunday 23 November by 20 hours. ...
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Sometimes the waiting is just as good as the journey By Sam Llewellyn, , 10:16 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
We set out for the summer cruise from a harbour in northwest Scotland. There were three boats out of the normal four. The fourth was somewhere to the south of us, and had promised to catch up if we waited for a night in the anchorage behind the island at the end of Loch Hourn. ...
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Tips on boating with dogs By BoatUS, , 10:13 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
Some dogs were born for the water, others less so. The key to boating with dogs, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is taking it slow and making safety number one. ...
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Four Tips - How to safely truck your boat over the road By BoatUS, , 10:02 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
A North American tale but the same applies world-wide. Steffen Schmidt wanted to move his sailboat from Seattle to Rhode Island. Schmidt was not unfamiliar with hiring boat transportation services, and had done it once before with no issues. But this time was different: the boat was delivered in Wickford, Rhode Island with its mast gashed and mangled; the prop and cutlass bearing damaged. Then pro ...
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Atlantic Odyssey – Emergency Medi-Vac from Cocojet III By Cornell Sailing, , 9:59 PM Mon 24 Nov 2014 GMT
Atlantic Odyssey skipper Nicolas Hauzy had to be evacuated from his yacht on Saturday evening after he broke his ankle in rough seas. Nicholas was attempting to fix a fault in the hydraulic steering when the accident happened around 1200 GMT on Saturday 22 November. ...
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ARC 2014 - ARC start delayed By World Cruising Club, , 3:33 PM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
ARC 2014: Strong winds blowing through the harbour of Las Palmas have caused ARC organisers World Cruising Club to announce a delay to the start of ARC 2014. Whilst the front that has brought 4 days of heavy rain squalls to Gran Canaria is passing through, locally strong winds make it unsafe to manoeuvre boats in the harbour. ...
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Antarctic ‘ghost mountains’ preserved by ice sheet By British Antarctic Survey, , 10:00 AM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
Reporting this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, an international team of scientists describe how they were surprised to discover that the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains show little sign of erosion, and that its saw-toothed towering crags resemble the modern ranges like the European Alps or Rocky Mountains. ...
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Clear the Decks! By Paul Shard, Bahamas , 7:33 PM Sat 22 Nov 2014 GMT
Twenty-five years ago when Sheryl and I were building and outfitting our first boat, 'Two-Step', a Classic 37, we tried to imagine sailing her in a storm. We did a lot of research about storm tactics and as a result we designed the deck layout so we could handle most tasks from the cockpit and bought heavy weather sails. ...
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Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS By Brendan Maxwell, , 6:04 PM Sat 22 Nov 2014 GMT
The world’s largest sailing media group, Sail-World.com, held its first continental group meeting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) this week. METS is the world’s largest B2B Marine show and this year it had a record 1358 exhibitors and more than 21,000 Marine industry representatives. ...
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