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

New import permit for Mexico resolves impound problems By Capt. Pat Rains, , 8:11 AM Fri 4 Jul 2014 GMT
Licenciada Dina Madrid flew up from Mexico City to announce the newly released 10-year Temporary Import Permit (TIP) to a room packed with recreational boaters and marine industry representatives. ...

Captain Phillips and Obama admin wants pirates' nests eradicated By Exec., , 7:37 AM Thu 3 Jul 2014 GMT
Captain Phillips was held hostage by Somali pirates after they hijacked the ship he commanded, the Maersk Alabama, while sailing the Indian Ocean in April 2009. He was held hostage in a life boat for five days until U.S. Navy Seal snipers killed his captors. The new White House Plan highlights, 'Pirates require land-based support and access to weapons to commit acts of violence.' ...

Sail Estonia: a VERY new idea By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:56 PM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
Sail Estonia? Not usually on any roaming sailor's radar, Estonia, virtually a peninsula in the Baltic Sea, is a natural for roving sailors who are looking for fresh unexplored places with reasonable infrastructure. You can either charter there for a holiday, or make it part of a Baltic circumnavigation if you are taking your own boat. So what are the attractions? ...

Tie This 'Lifesaving' Bowline in Seconds - the easy way! By John Jamieson, Florida , 5:14 PM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
It was another perfect November day for frostbiting--until that 25-knot gust struck out of nowhere! With no time to release the mainsheet, I flipped the boat in shallow water, about two hundred yards from shore. The tiny 14-footer rolled 180 degrees before planting its mast firmly into the muddy bottom of Charleston Harbor. ...

A Beer Bummel on the Thames River By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, , 8:01 AM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
Sail-World North America's Greg Nicoll is one of the Canadian Yachting cruising Galley Guys who have made an art of being where the food and beverage action is. Here is one of their reports on cruising the Rivers of England. ...

Online weather routing - possible? Predict Wind says yes By Nancy Knudsen, , 11:08 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014 GMT
Everything else is getting automated, why not weather routing? PredictWind tells us that with their new weather routing tool, working out the fastest or most comfortable passage has never been easier. ...

Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention By BoatUS/Sail-World, , 8:35 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014 GMT
She seemed okay when you left her, after that last happy day, but a phone call a couple of days later telling you she had sunk destroyed all your sailing dreams for a long time to come. In fact, it could be the end of her. That’s because repairs on a sunken boat - whether unattended or underway - often cost more than the actual value of the boat. ...

The North West Passage calls: Who will answer this year? By Douglas Pohl/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:37 PM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
The great annual sailing adventure these days is not crossing the Atlantic, or even going around the world. It's not going solo, it's not even idiotically braving the Gulf of Aden. No, the greatest adventure of the current era is undoubtedly transiting the very uncertain conditions in the North West Passage. Douglas Pohl, the best North West Passage Watcher, tells who will be embarking in 2014. ...

Polish adventure sailor in second try at North West Passage By Nancy Knudsen, , 10:14 PM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
Every boat attempting to transit the North West Passage this year has its own story. Ryszard Wojnowski, Polish adventure sailor, had his own way of doing it. In his Lady Dana 44, he set sail from Sopot, Poland, on June 8, 2013, planning to circle the North Pole, including the North West Passage beginning on the Russian side in one season. However it was not to be... ...

Crossing 'the Ditch' - how, when, where? (Why is easy) By John Martin, Island Cruising Association, , 8:27 PM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
New Zealand has some of the greatest cruising in the world, but many Australian sailors are put off by the horror stories they have heard about how difficult that crossing can be. Here, John Martin of the Island Cruising Association gives a few simple rules to achieve a pleasant and successful crossing - and to be rewarded with some dreamy cruising grounds. ...

Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance By Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, , 11:29 AM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s species conservation manager, Mark Read, urged whale-watching enthusiasts and visitors to keep a safe distance for the safety of these majestic creatures, as well as onlookers. ...

Whale research - new techniques expand for non-lethal methods By FishingBoating-World, , 8:45 AM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
We all love to see a whale off the bow, but the the Japanese Government maintains that you have to kill a whale to do scientific research. Scientific institutions world wide disagree. Non-lethal research tools continue to expand with scientists from Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions proposing a new technique. ...

Jessica Watson, solo sailing star, four years on... By Nancy Knudsen, , 7:02 AM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
What does a person do next when you have broken a world sailing record before you're old enough to drive a car? Jessica Watson became a household name for a while when she sailed around the world solo and non-stop before her 17th Birthday. Now, just over four years later, it's a very different story. ...

Americas solo non-stop circumnavigator crosses Pacific for research By Nancy Knudsen, , 12:01 AM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
Spending 309 non-stop days at sea is bound to change you, and Matt Rutherford, first sailor to complete a non-stop, single-handed voyage around North and South America, returned to the land determined to do something about the terrible pollution in our oceans. So he's just crossed the Pacific again for this new quest. ...

What is an El Niño and how will it affect my sailing? (Part 1) By NOAA/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:25 PM Sat 28 Jun 2014 GMT
El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, as opposed to La Niña, which characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. El Niño is an oscillation of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather around the globe. But what will it actually mean for cruising sailors? ...

The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea By Scott from s/v Rubicon, , 7:53 PM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
Nav lights on cruising boats are relatively easy to organise. Not so for tenders... A hilarous solution to an old problem goes horribly wrong on. ...

Sunrise broadcasting from the revitalised Abell Point Marina By Abell Point Marina, , 10:00 AM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
With the multi-million dollar development less than a month away from completion, Abell Point Marina on Queensland's tropical beach resort of Airlie Beach is fast becoming the destination of choice for yachties this cruising season. ...

Spike in water temperatures evidence of ‘irreversible’ El Nino *Feature By Alicia Villegas, , 12:48 AM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
Water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean rose drastically last week, prompting expectations of an upward warming trend that would confirm the development of El Nino. Water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean rose drastically last week, prompting expectations of an upward warming trend that would confirm the development of El Nino. ...

Sailing crew's battle to save yacht lost in the Indian Ocean By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 10:13 PM Thu 26 Jun 2014 GMT
The first terse report received had all the hallmarks of an impersonal official account - three people rescued from yacht in the Indian Ocean, - But it is the sailmail communication from the sailors themselves that contains the real story. Of particular note in this account is the many methods the quick-thinking-in-a-crisis skipper used to keep yacht Simanderal afloat while waiting for rescue. ...

Thermal imaging helping bulk carriers avoid collisions in port and in By Drew Valentine, , 4:37 PM Thu 26 Jun 2014 GMT
Bulk carriers are hard to manouver and from the bridge, small boats power and sail can be hard to detect at night.'One of the biggest dangers is that we may not see very small craft when entering harbours,' says Mr. Peter Robinson the Captain of the bulk carrier M.V. Golden Bay. 'Hitting one of these boats might not damage our ship, but the crew of the other boat could be killed. Avoiding collisio ...

Third CYCA Solas Trusts grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard By Jennifer Crooks, , 3:27 AM Thu 26 Jun 2014 GMT
CYCA Solas Trusts has provided a third grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) Brisbane for $24,147 to purchase a thermal imaging camera for use in offshore search and rescue missions and a new satellite phone communication system. ...

Sydney Int'l Boat Show - Beneteau Oceanis 38 offers innovative options By Beneteau, , 3:48 PM Wed 25 Jun 2014 GMT
NSW Beneteau Dealer Vicsail will provide visitors to the Sydney International Boat Show the opportunity to see firsthand why the Beneteau Oceanis 38 has broken new ground for those looking for a versatile yacht that offers a range of sailing options. ...

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