| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)
Americans and Kiwis to tackle ocean acidification
By MPI NZ,
8:49 PM Mon 2 Dec 2013 GMT
Around sixty shellfish aquaculture experts will converge on Nelson this week to attend a joint New Zealand-United States workshop to consider the best ways to future-proof New Zealand’s shellfish aquaculture industry from ocean acidification. ...
ARC Caribbean 1500 wraps up in Tortola
By World Cruising Club USA,
8:19 PM Mon 2 Dec 2013 GMT
The 2013 ARC Caribbean 1500 - the 24th edition of the annual cruising rally - came to a close in Tortola with the final prizegiving on Thursday, November 14. Despite sometimes challenging conditions offshore, the entire fleet arrived unscathed in Nanny Cay in time for prizegiving. ...
Team Windcraft on board with Sailors with disABILITIES
By Deb Jeffreys, ,
11:11 AM Mon 2 Dec 2013 GMT
Struggling to stay afloat, Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD) has been buoyed by a pledge of support that includes fund-raising initiatives from the Windcraft Group, a Sydney-based boating company. ...
Gladstone Marina Achieves Gold Anchor Accreditation
9:04 AM Mon 2 Dec 2013 GMT
The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is pleased to announce Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Gladstone Marina has been awarded MIA Gold Anchor rating for its services and facilities. ...
New yacht charter opportunities for 2014
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
10:40 PM Sun 1 Dec 2013 GMT
Not all of us can afford the time and/or the money to sail over the horizon for months and years at a time. (But why not?) So chartering a yacht in a distant or exotic port is the next best alternative. Here we bring you what one of the world's leading charter organisations, Sunsail, with 800 yachts in 27 destinations worldwide, is offering new for the 2014 season. ...
New boating destination: Land of the Thousand Lakes
By Le Boat/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:56 PM Sun 1 Dec 2013 GMT
Sailed everywhere and running out of destinations? Here's a new one - the Land of the Thousand Lakes, the Masurian Lakes of Poland. There's only one rub: they are motor boats not sailing boats, but you'll be on the water and definitely having fun in a destination almost unknown to the outside world of boating. ...
New free smartphone app for New Zealand sailors
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
4:05 AM Sun 1 Dec 2013 GMT
A free new smartphone app gives water users across New Zealand easy access to any information they need when heading out onto the water. The MarineMate application for iPhone and Android devices has up-to-date tide information adjusted for daylight savings, safe boating checklists, and regulatory information on 5 knot zones, towing lanes and swimming areas. ...
Double record circumnavigation attempt delayed by weather
By Des Ryan,
3:42 AM Sun 1 Dec 2013 GMT
A New Zealander - but Florida based - sailor planning to sail around the world breaking two world records, beginning and ending in Florida, had to take a rain check Saturday because of bad weather. Dr. Stanley Paris had planned to set out Saturday afternoon in his 63ft Farr designed sloop, but weather delayed his voyage until Sunday morning. ...
HMS Bounty rescuers receive top IMO Bravery Award for hurricane rescue
By IMO/Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:37 PM Sat 30 Nov 2013 GMT
An IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013 went to two American rescuers involved in the HMS Bounty rescue. The American rescuers were presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on this week at IMO Headquarters in London. ...
Perth sailors: the inside story on antifouling, 11 December
By Royal Perth Yacht Club, ,
7:02 PM Sat 30 Nov 2013 GMT
Antifouling is one of those subjects that must be addressed on an annual basis, that is in a state of a continual flux because of changing technology, and that is subject to more and more regulation. Perth sailors will be treated to the inside story at the Royal Perth Yacht Club on 11th December. ...
Disability accessible Tallship on World circumnavigation
By Philippa Williams, Nelson ,
2:54 AM Sat 30 Nov 2013 GMT
We are on board the Lord Nelson, a square rigged sail training ship operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The JST is a British based charity that strives to promote sailing as an activity open to everyone, regardless of individual's physical capacity. Andy, Allen and myself have all signed up as voyage crew for one leg of Nellie world circumnavigation - and we are all enjoying ourselves immensely ...
Vanuatu to Australia Rally identified as favourite for drug cartel
By ACBPS/Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:52 PM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
For some months Sail-World has been reporting on the occasional swoop on yachts carrying drugs on sailing boats from South America into Australia. There has been a growing tendency for drug importers to the South Pacific to use the low profile nature of a sailing boat, but now, in a confidential report, the Port2Port Rally from Vanuatu to Australia is identified as a favourite for the drug trade. ...
Three days visa free for cruising sailors to Russia - new bill
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
10:39 PM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
It's a changing world for those thinking of sailing over the horizon, particularly if you want to visit the northern hemisphere. In the last couple of weeks Greece has hiked its charges for visiting yachts dramatically, Cuba is holding out a welcome flag to cruising sailors, and now Russia is starting to recognise that 'yacht tourism' is a valuable commodity. ...
Melbourne sailors beware: Marine algal blooms off St Kilda Yacht Club
By Sally Bateman/Sail-World,
7:41 PM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
Melbourne sailors beware. The recent combination of warm weather and rain has resulted in the appearance of several marine algal blooms in far northern Port Phillip Bay off St Kilda Yacht Club and in Hobsons Bay in the last week. ...
Festival of Sails - 100th entry announced
By Lisa Ratcliff, ,
11:56 AM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
2014 Festival of Sails is to be held from Thursday 23rd until Monday 27th January 2014. The clock ticking down to the close of the special Festival of Sails early bird entry fee at midnight this Saturday, November 30th, has sparked a rush of interest and online registrations. ...
Storm creates yacht havoc in Thailand's Phuket
By Jeff Zika/Sail-World Cruising,
4:07 AM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
As leisure sailors, we all like to think that, while the ocean is not our friend, we can overcome its wildest of rages if we display good seamanship. But that's at sea. Recently Phuket, Thailand, experienced a major storm which the best seamanship in the world couldn't prevent from heart-breaking, destructive damage to some of the finest of yachts. ...
Boaties urged to clean their hull bottoms to protect NZ waters
By Lesley Patston, ,
2:08 AM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
Boat owners, and especially owners of moored yachts and launches, are being urged to thoroughly clean their hulls before heading away this summer. ...
Cuba holds out a five year welcome flag to cruising sailors
By Sail-World Cruising,
1:57 AM Fri 29 Nov 2013 GMT
While it has always been, in recent history, a 'no-no' for Americans to sail to Cuba, Australians and New Zealanders just love the place. Now, Cuba is doing its best to hold out the welcome mat, simplifying entry procedures and allowing yachts to remain in Cuba for five years. ...
Reminder for boaters to avoid the Georges River
By Roads and Maritime Services, ,
2:50 AM Thu 28 Nov 2013 GMT
With the weekend drawing near, people are reminded to avoid boating on the Georges River after a recent incident which resulted in a large quantity of diluted but untreated waste water entering the river. NSW Health is advising people to avoid all contact with the Georges River from Macquarie Fields to Botany Bay until at least Saturday. ...
Satellite imaging for search and rescue - coming of age
By Bruce Dorminey, Forbes/Sail-World Cruising,
2:38 AM Wed 27 Nov 2013 GMT
Two leaders in the field of search and rescue have stated that it won't be long before satellite imaging is all part of the matrix when a sailing boat sounds an alarm or goes missing in the ocean - and this could make all the difference. ...
World Oceans Day appeals for funds
By Alyssa Isakower/Sail-World,
11:04 PM Tue 26 Nov 2013 GMT
World Ocean Day has recently launched an online fundraiser to raise funds to make World Oceans Day 2014 an even better opportunity for ocean celebration and action. Last year there were over 600 events held in 70 different countries - help us take this event to the next level! ...
NSW govt launches Sydney Harbour Boating Destinations Plan
By Minister for Roads and Ports,
7:32 PM Tue 26 Nov 2013 GMT
The NSW Government has launched The Destinations Plan, an initiative designed to increase the number of services and amenities available to the general boating public on Sydney Harbour. ...
2014 Festival of Sails - Fiftieth entry announced
By Lisa Ratcliff,
4:44 PM Tue 26 Nov 2013 GMT
2014 Festival of Sails - Royal Geelong Yacht Club Commodore Ian Murray is pleased to announce that Michael Culhane’s Northshore 38, Weekend Option, is the 50th entry. Culhane’s prize is having a story written about him, and he enjoyed the opportunity to talk about what brings he and his 38-footer from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron back year after year ...
Yacht of the Week: Hanse 415
By Des Ryan, ,
12:30 AM Tue 26 Nov 2013 GMT
So there's a new Hanse 415 out this year, combining precision building (well they're German aren't they) and excellent styling. Not only that, the new boat also shows a nice ease of handling which belies how well it sails. It's an ideal boat for a family cruiser, but can turn on a great show of speed. ...
Book Review: Self-sufficient Sailor, by Lin and Larry Pardey
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
11:40 PM Mon 25 Nov 2013 GMT
This book is a reprint of earlier advice, and an update, but don't let that put you off. It is full of ideas and wisdom on how to sail in comfort and safety without large cash outlays, something the Pardeys have been famously promoting for many years. All sailors, whether or not they plan to sail over the horizon, will find valuable insights. ...
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