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ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria By World Cruising Club, , 6:37 PM Sun 9 Nov 2014 GMT
The second edition ARC+ Cape Verde set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday 9 November, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. A brisk northerly wind provided near perfect sailing, with just a one metre swell making it a little rock and roll for some. The 51 boat fleet are set to enjoy some textbook tradewind sailing for the first part of their Atlantic crossing. ...

First ARC Bahamas boats make landfall in the Caribbean By World Cruising Club, , 4:30 PM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
After a brief respite back in Amish Country, where the Rally Control team was based after the Portsmouth pre-departure program, we’re back on the road and back in the islands. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the warm Caribbean welcome we’d grown accustomed to over the past couple years. ...

First arrivals of World ARC fleet enter Richard’s Bay, South Africa By World Cruising Club, , 4:22 PM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
Today marked the first arrivals of the World ARC fleet to Richard’s Bay, South Africa. After a week at sea, Celebrate who departed La Reunion one day prior to the fleet, moored safely in the Zululand Yacht Club (ZYC). NDS Darwin shortly followed before a busy night of arrivals and few days ahead as the fleet make landfall. ...

No room for complacency in Gulf of Guinea By Julian Menendez, , 10:34 AM Sat 8 Nov 2014 GMT
Unconfirmed reports of a pirate attack off the Nigerian coast show the area is still volatile and there must be no room for complacency says leading maritime security company MAST. Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said: 'Complacency costs sailors lives. Professional security advice should be sought before entering the region, ensuring that both physical and medical security risks are addressed.' ...

250 kilos of cocaine seized from UK-bound yacht in joint operation By National Crime Agency, , 6:22 PM Fri 7 Nov 2014 GMT
A UK-bound yacht carrying an estimated 250 kilos of cocaine has been intercepted in the Caribbean, following a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the French authorities. The UK-registered vessel SY Hygeia of Halsa was boarded by French Customs Coast Guard off Martinique on Monday 3 November as it began a trans-Atlantic crossing. ...

New Rayglass ProJet on duty at Auckland Airport By Mike Rose, , 8:34 PM Thu 6 Nov 2014 GMT
Auckland Airport has chosen an innovative Rayglass ProJet to help protect its flights from the possibility of bird strike. The airport’s Rayglass ProJet, named Kaitiaki Rangi or 'Guardian of the Skies', operates around the edges of the airport’s runways, scaring away the birds, especially swans, that sometimes congregate on the nearby banks ...

Caribbean 1500 fleet are getting their sea legs By World Cruising Club, , 5:03 PM Thu 6 Nov 2014 GMT
'The later you are, the more excited dogs are to see you.' That’s Club Carp’s ‘dog quote of the day,’ from day one at sea. They’ve taken to a daily dog quote to lighten up their at-sea logs a little bit, and it’s definitely lightened our heart’s a little bit here at the rally office. ...

The reliability of C-Map electronic charts in the Arctic By Jimmy Cornell, , 10:46 PM Wed 5 Nov 2014 GMT
During this summer I completed a 8500-miles voyage in the North Atlantic that took me from London, UK, to Annapolis, USA, via Greenland and Arctic Canada. Throughout this voyage I used exclusively C-map electronic charts produced by Jeppesen. ...

Know your charts and sail clear of deadly rocks and reefs! By John Jamieson, , 7:04 PM Wed 5 Nov 2014 GMT
How can you tell which rocks or reefs will cover or uncover with the tide each day? It pays to be very familiar with the symbols on nautical or electronic charts. For instance, what do the symbols that look like 'plus-signs' or 'asterisks' mean? Read this excerpt from John Jamieson's newest eBook 'Chart Symbols Made Easy' to find out more. ...

ARC New Zealand – Fleet of nine to take part in inaugural edition By World Cruising Club, , 6:17 PM Wed 5 Nov 2014 GMT
Back in July the World ARC bid a fond farewell to a small group of yachts with big plans to spend a full year in the South Pacific. While the World ARC fleet continued ever westwards this adventurous group have made the South Pacific dream their own as they have meandered for long months through the tropical waters of Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. ...

ARC+ Seminars Programme commences By World Cruising Club, , 6:12 PM Wed 5 Nov 2014 GMT
Tuesday was an intense day of seminar presentations for the ARC crews as they listened to experienced sailors and professionals sharing their knowledge and experience on differing topics to help them in their final preparations for their Atlantic crossing with ARC+. ...

Regattas, New LITE video, new Corsair Pulse 600 and much more By Multihull Central, , 7:37 AM Wed 5 Nov 2014 GMT
Multihull Central is enjoying some time on the water again, with their Multihull Twilight series underway in Sydney and two of their major Seawind - Corsair regattas being held in November including the upcoming Pittwater event. Multihull Central hope to see 25 or more boats participate in this exciting weekend, including the new Seawind 1160 LITE. ...

World ARC - Sailing south of Madagascar to Richard's Bay, South Africa By World Cruising Club, , 7:28 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Sailing to complete their final passage of the Indian Ocean, the World ARC fleet are underway to Richard’s Bay in South Africa, a 1400 nautical miles passage. The departure destination of La Reunion was full of activities and opportunities of adventure. ...

25th Caribbean 1500 heads to sea By World Cruising Club, , 12:13 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
It was a busy morning on the docks for the 25th Caribbean 1500. Conditions were much more favorable for the start of an offshore passage today with the sun shining and winds 12-15 knots out of the NW. Crews mentioned they were pleased that the start had been delayed 24hrs. ...

29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ready to set sail By World Cruising Club, , 6:35 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
This November, more than 240 boats and 1200 people, including 34 children aged under 16, will take part in the 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2700NM across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia. ...

2014 Beneteau Cup - Cup full of Beneteau fun on Sydney Harbour By Lisa Ratcliff, , 4:01 AM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 Beneteau Cup - The cup runneth over for Beneteau owners in November with tomorrow’s internationally recognised Melbourne Cup then later in the month the annual Beneteau Cup Sydney Harbour. ...

Victorian Government promises $65 million Better Bay Plan By Mark Lee, , 6:31 PM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine today unveiled a $65 million Better Bay Plan and announced that commercial netting in Port Phillip Bay and Corio Bay will be phased out. Dr Napthine said the comprehensive plan focused on preserving and rehabilitating one of the state’s best assets, while also building important community infrastructure to enable more people to enjoy Port Phillip Bay. ...

New study finds oceans arrived early to earth By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 3:27 PM Sun 2 Nov 2014 GMT
While some hypothesize that water came late to Earth, well after the planet had formed, findings from a new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) significantly move back the clock for the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system. ...

World Cruising Club’s second ARC+ event off to a great By World Cruising Club, , 5:54 PM Sat 1 Nov 2014 GMT
The World Cruising Club’s second ARC+ event got off to a great start today when the event Check-In desks opened at 9 o’clock this morning. One of the first skippers to complete arrive was David Smith. David and his wife Soy are joining ARC+ for the second time and for a fifth transatlantic crossing on board their catamaran Easy Rider. ...

Caribbean 1500 - More German Bier and the start of the Seminar Program By World Cruising Club, , 9:26 PM Fri 31 Oct 2014 GMT
Day two for the Caribbean 1500 and the rally wrapped up last night back at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA. Several boats had arrived throughout the afternoon and evening, so we had a larger crowd than the night before, which kept the Kolsch flowing. ...

A light on the horizon By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, , 8:45 PM Thu 30 Oct 2014 GMT
RYA Cruising Manager, Stuart Carruthers, looks at the development of an international standard for LED navigation lights. A couple of years ago I wrote two consecutive articles for the RYA magazine on the pros and cons of the LED navigation lights that were on the market at the time. ...

Could this be the knot that never fails? By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 8:26 PM Thu 30 Oct 2014 GMT
What qualities make a 'need to know' sailing knot? I believe they include easy to tie, easy to untie, above average safety and security, and one that can be tied in trying conditions like rough seas, nighttime, or rain squalls. The tough but super simple to tie 'Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches' can be used to tie up small craft to a mooring ring. ...

Clock running on countdown to the 25th Caribbean 1500 By World Cruising Club, , 10:33 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
The weather at Ocean Marine has been downright summery. Temperatures touched 80º both yesterday and today. Despite some mid-afternoon clouds and the threat of rain, it’s cleared again this evening and the setting sun is casting a golden glow over the rally fleet. ...

Ten crucial actions to save the Great Barrier Reef By WWF Australia, , 4:36 PM Wed 29 Oct 2014 GMT
WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society have released a 10-point plan to save the Great Barrier Reef, in response to the Queensland Government’s Draft Reef 2050 strategy. ...

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