| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)
Safety Advisory Notice - Don't be a victim of the silent killer
By RYA, ,
11:48 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
Earlier this year, three British seafarers lost their lives from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning on two separate boats and in 2013 two people passed away on a boat in the Lake District as a result of CO poisoning. This has led the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to offer a world-wide warning to all boaters. ...
Sailing Chart Symbol Secrets for Safer Navigation
By John Jamieson, ,
10:27 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
Imagine sailing along a coastline with multiple lights along the shore. Your GPS has proved unreliable in this area. What chart symbol and abbreviation secrets will help guide you to safe landfall? Here are some navigation 'quick tips' on symbols that will help boost your navigation knowledge for safer sailing worldwide! ...
Cruising boats flee Thailand after rules change
By Sail-World Cruising/Phuket News, ,
3:21 AM Sat 1 Mar 2014 GMT
Governments of the world beware. Countries popular with cruising sailors reap good economic benefits, but cruising yachts are designed to move, and cruising sailors will vote with their lifted anchors when authorities, by design or accident, make it difficult or more expensive for visiting yachts. Many countries have experienced this, and Thailand is only the latest. ...
Vale Lou Abrahams - A profile of the Doyen, (Pt I.)
By John Curnow, ,
10:09 PM Fri 28 Feb 2014 GMT
Earlier today, Australian time, the great Doyen of Victorian sailing passed away. Lou Abrahams, the softly spoken ocean racing legend will always be remembered for not only his contributions to the sailing, but dedication to making yachting a more female friendly sport. ...
Goodness. Gracious. A profile of the Doyen, Lou Abrahams. (Pt II.)
By John Curnow, ,
4:14 AM Fri 28 Feb 2014 GMT
In Part One, we got to see how Lou Abrahams made a start in boating and then racing, becoming one of the sport’s most iconic figures in the process. He joined a very select group of souls as a result of his long association with another Australian legend, the Sydney Hobart Race ...
Yacht of the Week: Sabot 50 from Fountaine Pajot
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
9:08 PM Thu 27 Feb 2014 GMT
When you stick to one thing you have a better than even chance of getting it right. The fact that French boat builder Fountaine Pajot sticks to catamarans means they really do it well.
In December 2013, they launched the new Saba 50, which took several of their previous attempts and combined many of their good features into a really lovely catamaran. ...
Product of the Week: DIY splicer for small diameters
By Ken Quant, ,
11:51 AM Thu 27 Feb 2014 GMT
If you do your own splicing, you'll just love this product of the week: Ronstan's new D-Splicer range of specialized rope splicing tools are designed to take the difficulty out of working with smaller diameter synthetic 12-strand or single braid lines. ...
Jimmy Cornell launches global race for amateurs
By David Glenn, ,
3:16 AM Wed 26 Feb 2014 GMT
Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. The World Odyssey will take competitors eastabout via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean in 2016/17. 'I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,' declares the three times circumnavigator who says he is responding to the aims and interests of amateur sailors. ...
Cruising sailors, don't swim in SOME tropical waters
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
8:15 PM Tue 25 Feb 2014 GMT
As a sailor one of the delights of going cruising, particularly in tropical waters, is the ability to jump off the boat when you anchor for that refreshing swim beside the boat. However, visiting sailors to Australia's north west won't be jumping off the boat any time soon after an incident at Cable Beach near West Australia's remote Broome. ...
Cruising sailors needed to help improve the world's charts
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:06 PM Tue 25 Feb 2014 GMT
If you've ever been in a situation where your GPS is telling you one thing while 'looking out the window' tells you another, you'll be engaged by a new initiative which is pleading for the help of cruising sailors to improve the world's charts - and therefore eventually the GPS result that you see on your electronic chart as well. ...
Maidentrip - teens inspired by Laura Dekker's movie
By Clementine Furber, WomensENews/Sail-World, ,
7:20 AM Tue 25 Feb 2014 GMT
Wherever the film has been shown, female teen sailors have reacted dramatically and positively to the documentary of teen sailor Laura Dekker's voyage around the world, completed long before her 17th birthday. One of them, Clementine Furber, writes movingly to WomensENews about how she was inspired by the other's journey: ...
Join Multihull Solutions for the Multihull Open Day, 1 March
By Multihull Solutions, ,
1:51 PM Mon 24 Feb 2014 GMT
Interested in owning a catamaran? Queensland's Gold Coast is the place to be. The team at Multihull Solutions is busy preparing for the Multihull Open Day on Saturday 1 March at our Gold Coast Sales Centre, home of the 'Out-of-Water Boat Show'. ...
Greek yacht tax delayed, but yachting already hurting
By Des Ryan, ,
10:03 PM Sun 23 Feb 2014 GMT
As we reported in January, the Greek Government has delayed the implementation of the new vicious tax on visiting yachts. However, some of the damage may have already been done. ...
Look like a seasoned old salt on your first sail - some nautical terms
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
7:51 PM Sun 23 Feb 2014 GMT
So you've just bought your first boat, or you've been invited on board someone else's boat for a sail. What you'll need is some nautical terms to show the rest of the crew how cool you are. You don't want to look like a land lubber when you're trying to impress the Sunday crowd. ...
Music and sailing - British musician embarks on Folkboat Venture
By Des Ryan, ,
1:44 AM Sun 23 Feb 2014 GMT
Sailing being a kind of music in itself, sailing and music seem to go together as smoothly as Harley and Davidson. It's not a rare thing to find that many of your fellow boats in an anchorage have some kind of musical instrument. So British musician Phil Beer's will take time out for a 'Folkboat Venture' - a series of five-day music and sailing workshops. ...
Calling all roving sailors - your chance to help a marine survey
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
3:21 PM Sat 22 Feb 2014 GMT
New Zealand and Australian sailors, here is your unique chance to make a difference in the marine scientific world, just because you are a sailor with a smart phone, helping as 'Citizen Scientists' with a plankton survey for Plymouth University. The process is simple and fun and it's vital to our knowledge of the oceans and climate change. ...
How to clean your waterline in between slips
By Martin Flory/Sail-World, ,
7:46 PM Fri 21 Feb 2014 GMT
To properly clean a waterline, boat owners must know what type of bottom paint they have. This is important so the paint isn't removed or damaged while taking care of the waterline. Here, Shurhold offers the tips and tools to clean this important area. ...
Visit Sail Expo at Pittwater - and maybe win $15,000
By Damian Devine/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:25 PM Fri 21 Feb 2014 GMT
Sydney-siders and any other sailor or boat owner close enough, you won't want to miss the Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo in the lovely grounds of one of Sydney's most active cruising clubs, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, affectionately known as the 'Alfred's'. Not only that, but be there and you just could win a boating holiday valued at $15,000 ...
How would your yacht affected by MARPOL rules for Ships in Europe?
By Peter Dawson-Ball KJ AFRIN FCMI ACIB TEP, Guernsey ,
1:00 PM Fri 21 Feb 2014 GMT
If you are heading to Europe for a sail, this information may be vital: How do the rules and regulations about the environment that exist for big ships and other domestic legislation affect the lives of cruising sailors voyaging from country to country? This article, not an exhaustive study, has detailed information on Canada, Europe and the Mediterranean as well as a general overview. ...
Cruising Prep Seminars Well Received in Australia
By Helen Horrocks, ,
2:43 AM Fri 21 Feb 2014 GMT
The Island Cruising Association’s (ICA’s) series of Cruising Preparation Seminars currently taking place in Australia have so far been extremely well received, with sell-out crowds at all the major centres. More seminars are scheduled to take place in NSW and Queensland between now and the end of March, and there are still plenty of spaces left at Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns. ...
Queensland now home to more than a quarter of a million boats
By Marine Queensland, ,
6:03 PM Thu 20 Feb 2014 GMT
Queensland has firmly cemented itself as the nation’s boating capital with over a quarter of a million vessels now registered across the state. ...
Sailing robot Honey Badger that could sail itself around the world
By Adam Fisher, ,
9:37 AM Wed 19 Feb 2014 GMT
On October 1, the 19-foot craft was set loose in the San Francisco Bay with a simple command lodged in its electronic brain: Sail to Hawaii. For 2,248 nautical miles the boat did the rest. ...
New Wilsecure system holds your gear in place - ashore and afloat *Feature
By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ ,
5:45 PM Tue 18 Feb 2014 GMT
Do you get frustrated and annoyed when your dive bottles, chilly bins, water tanks get thrown around while you’re out on your boat? If you do then there's a new solution, for this annoying and potentially dangerous situation.
Wilsecure Track and Bracket Systems is an innovative product which has a wide and varied range of uses in the marine environment. ...
Use These GPS 'Safety Circles' for Easy Navigation!
By John Jamieson, ,
2:56 AM Tue 18 Feb 2014 GMT
Imagine sailing along a coastline in good conditions. Suddenly fog, thicker than pea-soup or New England chowder cloaks your boat beneath a shroud of mist. Shoals pockmark the sailing route to starboard. Discover two ways to use your GPS to avoid grounding or damage to your hull, keel, rudder or propeller. ...
Adventurous skipper wanted for voyage in the South Pacific
By Chris Bone/Sail-World Cruising, ,
2:06 AM Tue 18 Feb 2014 GMT
Adventurous sailor and qualified skipper is wanted by a marine conservation organisation for a voyage in the South Pacific commencing in Auckland. If you are a qualified sailor who loves the natural environment and has some time to spare, here could be the opportunity for a grand adventure. ...
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