| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)
Costa Concordia - the $2.25 billion salvage operation ready to begin
By Media Services, ,
12:40 AM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
The biggest salvage operation of a passenger ship is poised to get underway in Italy. Two and a half years after she ran aground off the island with the loss of 32 lives in January 2012, the Costa Concordia will be pulled from the rocks and taken to the Port of Genoa for scrapping. ...
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles, more photos *Feature
By Sail-World.com, ,
10:24 PM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
Check out these additional photos from Paul and Sheryl Shard's voyage to Orkney and the Shetland Isles. ...
4.8 million Legos all at sea
By Adam Clark Estes, ,
5:35 PM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
Along the charming coast of Cornwall, England, there's a beach that's constantly blanketed in Legos. Tiny flippers, little plastic dragons, a brick here and there—these pieces have been washing ashore since a shipping accident in 1997 sent 4.8 million pieces into the sea nearby. And one-by-one, out they come. ...
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
By Miranda Powrie, Auckland ,
9:00 AM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
Miranda from Weta has put together a helpful video on how to steer a boat using just the sails, no tiller sailing.
It's a good training exercise, not only for learning how to sail faster but also just in case something happens to your rudder!
This is applicable to every sailor, in any class, and a great training exercise. ...
Boaties' heartbreak as storm rages
By Peter de Graaf, ,
6:32 AM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
The saddest story is that of the 52ft (16m) ketch Spirit of Nyaminyami, which had been moored near Pine Island in the Kawakawa River mouth but broke free in Tuesday evening's 50-knot (92km/h) winds. Its owner, understood to be an international sailor who had lived on his boat in the Bay of Islands for several years, was on board at the time but could do nothing to save the vessel. ...
FIXMYBOAT.com.au – Browse, compare and decide
By FixMyBoat, ,
4:11 AM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
FixMyBoat is an innovative online business that connects boat owners with businesses in the marine service industry. It creates a new and necessary direction for the marine industry, an online option that is the way of the future. ...
'Honey, Let's Go Boating!' next best-seller for Finkelstein *Feature
By Jeni Bone, ,
12:42 AM Mon 21 Jul 2014 GMT
The next boating Bible from dealer/broker and author, Darren Finkelstein is poised to release: 'Honey, let’s go BOATING!'
According to Darren, it was the logical next step after 'Honey Let’s Buy a Boat!' ...
2014 Brisbane Boat Show - Set to add new features
By John Daffy, Brisbane ,
8:18 PM Sun 20 Jul 2014 GMT
2014 Brisbane Boat Show - Organisers of the Brisbane Boat Show are exploring new options to widen the appeal of the boat show even further when it makes its return to the RNA’s Brisbane Showgrounds in mid-September. ...
In search of the Duroc
By Jack Binder, Coral Sea ,
1:41 PM Sun 20 Jul 2014 GMT
Startling discovery begins search for French Frigate lost in 1856. In 1982, Jack and Jude led an amateur radio expedition to Herald’s Beacon, a small sand cay atop Mellish Reef, five hundred miles east of Cairns, Australia’s furthest territory in the Coral Sea. ...
Tranquil, colourful and funky, Genoa Bay is a must stop for West Coast *Feature
By Deane Hislop, ,
11:06 AM Sun 20 Jul 2014 GMT
Genoa Bay is a quaint little settlement with a marina nestled in a quiet and picturesque bay on Canada's southeast Vancouver Island, at the south end of Sansum Narrows. It was named by pioneer settler Giovanni Baptiste Ordano in 1858 because it reminded him of his home in Italy. ...
Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows
By David Pacchioli, ,
8:55 AM Sun 20 Jul 2014 GMT
How can you follow a wisp of water within the turbulent immensity of the ocean? Jim Ledwell figured out a way. He developed a method to inject a harmless chemical tracer into the ocean and to track it over days, weeks, or months as it spreads through the swirling sea. ...
Dredging activity near corals can increase frequency of diseases
By ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies, ,
2:51 PM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
In a world-first study published on July 17th, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals. 'At dredging sites, we found more than twice as much coral disease than at our control sites,' says the lead author of the study, Joe Pollock, a PhD candidate from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. ...
World ARC heading out of the Pacific
By World Cruising, ,
1:01 PM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
Ideal conditions helped the World ARC fleet get well underway on Leg Seven of their circumnavigation as they leave astern the island of Efate in Vanuatu. Moderate easterly winds made for a downwind start across the entrance to Port Vila Bay. A few yachts were encouraged by the light conditions to fly their coloured sails making for a beautiful sight. ...
Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt
By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), ,
8:24 AM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
In the last 40 years, ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet increased four-fold contributing to one-quarter of global sea level rise. Some of the increased melting at the surface of the ice sheet is due to a warmer atmosphere, but the ocean’s role in driving ice loss largely remains a mystery. ...
Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast
By Transport Roads and Maritme Services, ,
5:35 AM Sat 19 Jul 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions for the whole NSW coast. ...
Three Defensive Docking Strategies for Sailors
By Captain John Jamieson, Florida ,
11:04 PM Thu 17 Jul 2014 GMT
Keep emergency docking plans at the forefront of your 'what if' mindset. Just in case that boat pulls out ahead of you or your engine conks out in restricted waters. Practice these defensive docking strategies to be prepared for the unexpected in close quarters. ...
Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature
By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, ,
7:36 AM Thu 17 Jul 2014 GMT
US based Satellite telephone company Iridium Communications failed to give New Zealand rescuers details of a dramatic final message from a missing yacht Nina until the US State Department intervened, a detailed review of the search effort has revealed. ...
Dangerous conditions for boaters Byron Bay to Eden
By Roads and Maritime Services, ,
7:24 AM Thu 17 Jul 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. ...
PredictWind's Weather Routing opens your navigation options - try it!
By Sail-World.com, ,
3:47 AM Thu 17 Jul 2014 GMT
With PredictWind’s Weather Routing tool, working out the fastest or most comfortable passage has never been easier. We give you a three step navigation explanation with diagrams - and you are ready to go to plot your favorite cruising route, avoiding rough seas and high winds, or try being a Volvo Ocean Race navigator ...
Auckland on the Water Boat Show: Two new Bavaria yachts on display
By Isla McKechnie, ,
10:06 AM Wed 16 Jul 2014 GMT
This year’s Auckland On Water Boat Show will play host to two yachts, new to New Zealand. Bavaria’s Vision 46 and Cruiser 41 are both Farr Yacht-designed to cater to cruising sailors who enjoy spending as much time as they can onboard. ...
AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success!
By Asia Pacific Superyachts, ,
3:02 AM Wed 16 Jul 2014 GMT
Tahiti enjoys a year-round tropical climate, cooled by the Pacific trade winds. The average air temperature is about 27°C, and the water of the lagoons is more or less constant at 26°C making this destination the perfect sailing escape and a perfect setting for AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti. ...
Sail-World Cruising Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
12:13 AM Wed 16 Jul 2014 GMT
Sail-World Cruising's founding editor is moving on from the cruising website and weekly e-Magazine that she began in 2005. After over eight years at the helm of the site, Nancy Knudsen will no long edit the world-wide e-magazine, which goes to 53,000 subscribers weekly in the northern and southern hemispheres. ...
Book review: Weather - you like it or not
By Ivan B. Signorelli, ,
3:46 AM Tue 15 Jul 2014 GMT
Back in the days before radio was widely available, before forecasts were sometimes accurate and you could get your weather reports in the middle of the ocean through a satellite, a good sailor relied on his instincts, experience and tried and tested knowledge. ...
Research shows marinas tops for economic, social benefit
By Marina Industries Association, ,
2:41 AM Tue 15 Jul 2014 GMT
Independent research carried out for the Marina Industry Association (MIA) has highlighted a wide range of benefits that marinas deliver for local communities. The research was conducted by the Michigan State University based Recreation Marine Research Centre and is summarised in a 130 page report called the ‘2013 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey’. ...
Vaavud launches generation 2 wind meter
By Vaavud, Copenhagen ,
10:05 PM Mon 14 Jul 2014 GMT
Vaavud, the company that created the world’s first wind meter that transforms smart phones into high tech meteorological tools aims to further revolutionize mobile wind measurement with a second generation wind meter. ...