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Skysol Frame Large: A new shading solution for sunroofs By Marina Arnold, , 10:06 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Oceanair is proud to introduce the SKYSOL Frame Large, an elegant custom-built blind that solves the challenges of providing essential overhead shading, UV protection and natural temperature regulation. Designed to shade the largest of custom sized sunroofs, SKYSOL Frame Large features a unique track system that enables it to be curved, following the contours of any yacht. ...

Governor’s Cup Yacht race - Great for cruisers and racers alike By Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, , 5:36 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Entries are now open for the truly unique Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from False Bay Yacht Club near the historic Simon’s Town, South Africa to Jamestown, St Helena Island – one of the world’s best kept secrets. ...

EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone By Sail-world, , 8:46 AM Sat 6 Sep 2014 GMT
The yacht's two French crewmembers had put out a mayday signal after they suffered engine failure. The mayday was picked up by the German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), which is operating with the EU Naval Force whic hcame to their aid. But then came a second mayday and a second rescue. ...

Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinates rescue of solo sailor By Australian Maritime Safety Authority, , 7:27 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre coordinated the rescue of a solo sailor in distress about 70 nautical miles north of Lord Howe Island overnight. AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) detected the man’s 406MHz distress beacon about 10.10am yesterday morning. The man also activated the distress function on his spot tracker. ...

An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse By Greg Nicoll, , 3:30 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
Cheerful and very enthusiastic were the first two things that struck me as I entered the Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal booth at the Toronto International Boat Show. 'Come to Montréal', they said. 'See what we have done to our harbour. Get immersed in the port’s new life and sense the energy that is everywhere around the Old Port.' ...

Dinghy Safety - More to think about By Kim Klaka, , 12:40 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
A strong offshore breeze at Rottnest Island odd Fremantle West Australia represents a significant risk to people going to and from shore or between boats. ...

Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony By Bronwen Ince, , 4:19 AM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
On Saturday, September six, the Southport Yacht Club will celebrate the opening of its 68th Boating and Sailing Season with the Club’s Annual Sail Past and Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony. ...

World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time By World Cruising Club, , 9:09 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
While the World ARC fleet are enroute to Bali it is interesting to note that not only have the crews commenced the second half of the rally program, they will also be entering the Indian ocean for the first time. ...

Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 4:59 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
Pack a sailing seabag and you'll want to carry those essential items for sea. Here's one handy piece of sailing gear that will free your hands, illuminate a chart at night, help you reef a sail on a starless night, or find a tool below in total darkness. Pass this one along to your sailing crew--wherever you sail or cruise! ...

New earlier date for ICA’s Cruising Prep Seminar proving popular By ICA’s Cruising Prep Seminar, , 7:37 AM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
Spaces are filling up fast for the two-day event, which takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2014 at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS). This year’s Cruising Preparation Seminar was originally scheduled to take place in mid-December. ...

World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail By World Cruising Club, , 6:03 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet made a spectacular sight today as they sailed across the start line in Darwin Harbour. After a morning of no wind Rally Control were relieved when a slight sea breeze filled in just before the start allowing all yachts to cross the line under full sail. First across the line was Celebrate followed closely by American Spirit II and Chika-Lu. ...

Techno-Sciences chosen for AUS/NZ MEOSAR Infrastructure Deployment By Elodie Cally, , 4:03 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
Techno-Sciences, Inc., a recently-acquired company of McMurdo Group, the end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness division of Orolia (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO), today announced that it has been chosen by the Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to deploy their next-generation satellite-aided search and rescue systems. ...

Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions By Ken McManus, , 12:25 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Point Danger has rescued a 52 foot cruiser taking water in rough, dark conditions 14 nautical miles (26km) offshore south of Tweed Heads tonight. The crew on board Point Danger 30 located the vessel with two men on board off Kingscliff, escorting it safely back to port at Tweed Heads, arriving just after 7.30pm. ...

2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia By Mandurah Boat Show, , 3:51 AM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - WA’s biggest boat show, the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show, will be on again this October at Mandurah Ocean Marina, and this year will offer more activity for families. ...

Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens By Jimmy Cornell, , 4:50 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
31 August was exactly three months since Aventura left London bound for Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage. Since then we have covered over 6000 miles and are now bound for St Johns in Newfoundland, having decided to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage due to persistent unfavourable ice conditions. ...

World ARC participants tour Litchfield National Park By World Cruising Club, , 4:39 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
The tour to the Litchfield National Park ran on August 30th with 52 World ARC participants. The rushing waters and rugged vistas that made life difficult for the early miners, loggers, and graziers now provide a focus for the park and a highlight for visitors. Participants had the opportunity to walk along set trails around stunning waterfalls or take a refreshing swim in the water holes. ...

Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package' By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 2:57 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Having given a serious consideration to feedbacks and remarks from cruisers after the Africa Europe Challenge opened for entries, the organizing team of the AEC have decided to introduce a so called Spectator’s Package so to make it possible for cruisers on a tight budget to take part in their events. ...

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