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

Boaters urged to postpone boating until conditions subside By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 5:27 AM Fri 20 Feb 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services is urging boaters in northern NSW to take extra care and consider whether it is necessary to go boating during heavy rain and blustery conditions resulting from Cyclone Marcia. ...

Rottnest Island set for the annual Festival of Sail By Susan Ghent, Western Australia , 8:02 PM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
Picturesque Rottnest Island in Western Australia is the ideal backdrop for a weekend of yachting and social activities. Now in its fifth year, the two day Rottnest Festival of Sail will be held over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club now invites entries for this annual event. ...

Tropical cyclone Marcia set to hit Queensland coast possibly Cat 5 By, , 11:19 AM Thu 19 Feb 2015 GMT
High seas weather warning for Metarea 10 issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre Brisbane at 0907 UTC 19 February 2015. Hurricane force wind warning for North Eastern Area. ...

Cyclone Warning- Marcia heads for Queensland coast By, , 6:48 PM Wed 18 Feb 2015 GMT
Tropical Cyclone Marcia is moving quickly through the Coral Sea towards the Queensland coast. The recent movement has been to the southwest, and it is expected to maintain this general motion through to landfall on the eastern Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Bundaberg early on Friday. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to slowly intensify, with the possibility of reaching category 2 inte ...

Kite Controller gives wings to kayaks and canoes By Dan Tracy, Seattle , 4:47 PM Wed 18 Feb 2015 GMT
Pacific Sky Power is launching the Kite Controller, a redesigned reel-bar with a compression winch that maintains equal line lengths throughout the launch and retrieval. For kayaks and canoes, this system enables sailing with a kite. ...

Turkish visas put restrictions on cruisers in Turkey By The Cruising Association, , 3:34 PM Tue 17 Feb 2015 GMT
Boat owners cruising in Turkish waters are facing more difficulties because a new law regarding Residence Permits is confusing everyone concerned. ...

Eleuthera - A luxurious base to unwind yourself and explore islands By Clarity Nicoll, , 12:04 PM Tue 17 Feb 2015 GMT
I was ruined...completely and utterly ruined. At the young age of 22, my very first trip to the Caribbean was to Eleuthera, which is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place on earth. It will now be an uphill battle for me to surpass my visit there. ...

Australian first shellfish reefs are restored at Port Phillip Bay By The Nature Conservancy, , 10:15 AM Mon 16 Feb 2015 GMT
This is an in-water trial set-up, which will involve The Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club (APYAC) assisting Fisheries Victoria and University of Melbourne to load and deploy locally sourced limestone rubble and other materials etc. onto to the seabed ...

Fire at Middle Harbour Yacht Club caused $500,000 damage By Sail-World, , 9:39 AM Mon 16 Feb 2015 GMT
ABC Media reports that a fire has ripped through Middle Harbour Yacht Club at the Spit Mosman. Emergency services were called to the club just before 11:00pm on Sunday to find the building was well alight ...

OCA Series - Julie Salisbury shares her seven-year cruising adventures By Bluewater Cruising Association, , 4:35 PM Sun 15 Feb 2015 GMT
OCA Series - Face the fear with Julie Salisbury as she takes you on a journey at sea, encountering sharks and jellyfish, complete darkness alone 1,000 miles from land, battling malaria, a debilitating back injury, and being jilted in Malaysia and left alone with no money, friends, or home. ...

Dominica – An adventurous land definitely not for the faint of heart! By Elizabeth A. Kerr, , 10:22 AM Sun 15 Feb 2015 GMT
Dominica has been on 'the' list for quite some time now and when I actually get to do something on 'the' list, my heart skips a beat! Although Dominica still remains somewhat off-the-beaten track for boaters, it is located right in the middle of the chain of Caribbean islands and can be easily accessed from Antigua and Guadeloupe to the north or Martinique and St. Lucia to the south. ...

Galapagos - The Islands imposes stricter environmental inspections By Val Ellis, , 8:38 AM Sun 15 Feb 2015 GMT
Yachts arriving in the Galapagos are now subject to more stringent checks to prevent introduced species invading the Islands. ...

Cruising under Power - Turning to the Dark Side? By John Martin, , 3:19 PM Sat 14 Feb 2015 GMT
Cruising under Power - With more and more members trading in the sails for the power option we thought we’d take a look and see if taking on the Power option really was turning to the Dark Side! ...

50th Newport Bermuda Race - Rousmaniere looks back at 46th Thrash 2008 By John Rousmaniere, , 2:41 PM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
50th Newport Bermuda Race - When I wrote my history of the race, A Berth to Bermuda, in 2006, one theme wove its way through the narrative: Anyone who wishes to win the oldest of all ocean races must be prepared to be bold in choosing strategy and tactics. Jim McCurdy designed Carinas and sailed with the Nyes, as did his daughters, Hope and Sheila. ...

Research finds alarming levels of plastics wastes in Oceans By Shalini Saxena - Science, 2015., , 12:53 PM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
About five percent of our land-based mess (12.7 million metric tons of plastic) estimated to wind up in the water. Since their invention roughly 75 years ago, plastics have become increasingly prevalent in the consumer marketplace. Today, we use and dispose of plastics on a daily basis, in products like bottled water and grocery bags. Plastics now represent a significant portion of the solid waste ...

Standards Australia committee issues lifejacket safety standards By Neil Patchett, , 8:20 AM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
The Maritime Management Centre in NSW is calling on members of the boating public to have their say on a draft paper reviewing lifejacket safety standards in Australia. ...

Polish crew sets new record for furthest south ever sailed by a yacht By Andrew Dare, Antarctica , 6:02 AM Fri 13 Feb 2015 GMT
At 20.29 UTC, Captian Piotr Kuzniar, & his 10 man polish crew onboard the 67 foot yacht Selma, reached the edge of the ice in the Ross Sea, at 78,43.S in the Bay of Whales, just over 100 nautical miles farther south then the previous record. ...

Boat ramp sinking - You have to laugh By Mark Furler, , 3:55 AM Thu 12 Feb 2015 GMT
A Sunshine Coast driver has had that horrible sinking feeling after his car went under water at a local boat ramp. ...

Setouchi International Yacht Rally preview By John Martin, , 3:47 PM Tue 10 Feb 2015 GMT
Setouchi International Yacht Rally - Long time members Colin and Marion on Avant Garde got the opportunity of a lifetime sailing on the Setouchi Yacht Rally and spend some time cruising the Japanese Inland Sea, they loved it and the rally is being run again this year. Here are a few comments from Colin. ...

Cruising yacht disappears in Bay of Islands By Matthew Theunissen, , 1:08 PM Mon 9 Feb 2015 GMT
A cruising yacht has vanished from Opua and its owners fear it may have been sailed overseas.Could this happen to your yacht? Retired Whangarei couple Carol and Stephen Holland have owned the 14m cutter Harlech for 13 years and taken it on two trips to the South Pacific. ...

Marine Rescue NSW rescue three boaters on hazardous North Coast bar By Ken McManus, , 1:29 AM Mon 9 Feb 2015 GMT
Early this morning a man suffered suspected spinal injuries when he and two companions were thrown from their 5m runabout as it flipped end-to-end on the hazardous Nambucca River Bar. ...

Getting your gear (wheel) on By Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy Sail-World, , 3:28 PM Sun 8 Feb 2015 GMT
On our new format Sail-World website you can see a Setting Gear Wheel on the top right hand side of each page of the website. This gives you the ability to decide the site layout you like best. ...

Offshore preparedness the focus of operation ‘Blue Water’ By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 11:07 AM Sat 7 Feb 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officers will be out in force on NSW waterways from today as part of Operation Blue Water with zero tolerance to boaters not carrying the correct safety equipment or following lifejacket laws. ...

Updated disposal options for unwanted beacons By Marine Rescue NSW, , 6:28 AM Sat 7 Feb 2015 GMT
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging owners of emergency beacons to dispose of their unwanted beacons correctly. ...

Boat Docking Secrets - How to Avoid Springline Snap-back By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 4:06 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015 GMT
Docking your boat will always be easier with spring lines. But too much tension on a spring could create a hazard for you, your sailing crew or partner. Practice this easy 'springing-under-control' exercise to become master and commander of your small sailboat--wherever you sail or cruise! ...

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