| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising
By Kathy Mak, ,
2:30 PM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Some may say that the sailing experience of monohulls versus catamarans is as different as chalk and cheese. Until recently, Frank (my husband) and I never gave much thought to catamarans. We rarely saw them over the years of monohull sailing on the West Coast. ...
Death by Dinghy
By Allan Riches Brunei Bay Radio, ,
4:14 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Having operated adventure training organisations - trained staff and dealt with incidents, on land and water for more than thirty years - I've seen that the simple, the routine and the mundane are the most likely places to have problems. When embarking on a great adventure, stepping into the unknown or preparing for rough weather, we take precautions, wear safety equipment etc. ...
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time
By Scripps iInstitute, ,
3:31 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a 'playa,' are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. ...
Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub
By Stephen Chen, ,
2:04 PM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
China has edged a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in under two hours. New technology has made it easier for a submarine, or torpedo, to travel at extremely high speeds underwater. Turns out there is a high speed sailing application. It has nothing to do with cruising whatsoever, its just an interesting read. ...
Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000
By Mary Bickley, Sydney ,
8:13 AM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
Last chance to win a yacht worth $250,000 and support Sailors with disAbilities. Team Windcraft's yacht raffle in support of Sailors with disAbilities (SWD) closes very soon. The prize is a Hanse 345 yacht worth over $250,000 ready to sail away with 12 months Club Marine insurance. ...
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!
By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, ,
5:22 PM Thu 28 Aug 2014 GMT
I recently took a call from a member who had just returned home from a boating trip to Brittany. When in Brittany he found that about a third of the shore supply in marinas had reverse polarity. He says the French were disinterested but feels that members should be made aware of the dangers. ...
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is
By Nera Cornell, ,
7:47 PM Wed 27 Aug 2014 GMT
We’ve been stuck in ice, walking among ivory animal bones, talking with Canadian Inuit, and lots more over this 2014 summer. We’ve seen Dundas Harbour and the great Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Cuming inlet and the shaggy Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Beechey island with its Franklin graves and Gyrfalcons. ...
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean
By British Antarctic Survey, ,
6:01 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is published this week by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world spent the last four years compiling everything they know about ocean species from microbes to whales. ...
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys
By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, ,
8:28 PM Mon 25 Aug 2014 GMT
Sometimes in the life of a Galley Guy, opportunities to travel to great places just happen. However sometimes, life just gets in the way. This year our friends at Le Boat offered the Galley Guys a boat to travel through the Alsace region of France to savour the food and wines of this spectacular and lush corner of Eastern France. ...
Dangerous conditions for boaters from Queensland border to Sydney
By AAP Medianet, ,
6:35 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to impact the coastline from the Queensland border to Sydney from early Tuesday. ...
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin
By World Cruising Club, ,
2:42 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
Festina Lente and Civetta II arrived in Darwin early on August 23rd with the rest of the fleet likely to arrive over the next few days. Darwin marks the end of a free cruising period that started in Mackay during which the fleet have enjoyed cruising within the Great Barrier Reef along the north east coast of Queensland before sailing across the 'top end' of Australia. ...
Scarlet Runner circumnavigated the globe
By Rob Date, Melbourne ,
1:40 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
She was last in Sydney for the 2013 Sydney to Southport and has sailed on her own bottom across the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. She competed in Cape to Rio (second place), St Thomas race week, St Barths race week, Antigua race week, Guadeloupe to Antigua race ( first), Around Antigua race (second) and Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii ) ( first place in division and overall ). ...
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Rock stars of sea take to catwalk
By Fran Burke, Sydney ,
1:11 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
The event has grown to be a major highlight on the regatta’s event calendar and again this year the Henri Lloyd team did not disappoint. Held down on main stage Front Street Hamilton Island, the eagerly anticipated parade drew a huge crowd that seemed to never end as watchers took up best positions from the front row all the way up to the top levels of the Marina Tavern. ...
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat
By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, ,
8:06 PM Sat 23 Aug 2014 GMT
When we first published an article on Sail-World Crusiing about the danger of the trip by dinghy from the shore back to your boat in a strong offshore breeze, it struck a chord with our readers. Have you had any such experiences? ...
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature
By Larry MacDonald, ,
6:04 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
When one thinks of Tonga in the South Pacific, the mind conjures up images of a Polynesian paradise – white sand beaches on lush tropical islands, sprinkled like emeralds on a turquoise sea. Supplement that image with quiet anchorages, warm breezes and crystal-clear waters and its understandable why Tonga is considered one of the world’s premiere sailing destinations. ...
A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014
By World Cruising Club, ,
5:08 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
Six weeks ago 27 yachts arrived in Kiel, Germany for the start ARC Baltic 2014, the World Cruising Clubs inaugural sailing event cruising the Baltic Sea. Having completed the six week adventure sailing to six countries and six capitals, the event came to an end last weekend in Klintholm Havn on the picturesque island of Mӧn, Denmark. ...
Where in the world are our strongest corals?
By Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab, ,
12:35 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
The Palauan archipelago is a composed of more than 250 islands. Among these are about 200 known as the Rock Islands, due their tough limestone composition. These islands form a series of semi enclosed bays south of Palau's most populated island, Koror. ...
Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea
By Pendana Blog, ,
6:51 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
News from far north Queensland has come in of incredible efforts of a crew on the high seas to save one yacht from being lost at sea. Boats involved in this mayday situation included a Nordhavn 47 called Southern Star (Rob and Jo), a Bavari 40ft Ocean yacht named Oda (Per and Elizabeth) and a Dutch built Koopmans 48ft called Stormvogel (Peter and Heidi). ...
ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks
By World Cruising Club, ,
5:55 PM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Over the last six weeks the ARC Baltic fleet have sailed nearly 1800 nautical miles, visiting six countries and six capitals. The rally has now arrived in the final destination on the small picturesque island of Møn with its iconic white cliffs, located 130km south of Copenhagen, Denmark. ...
By Neil and Ley Langford, ,
9:29 AM Mon 18 Aug 2014 GMT
Almost two years since we last applied anti-fouling paint, and the barnacles are starting to grow on our hull once again. Frustrated with barnacles blocking our raw water intake, in April this year we installed an Ultrasonic Antifoul System on Crystal Blues. ...
Cornell turns back from the North West Passage
By Jimmy Cornell, ,
2:15 PM Sun 17 Aug 2014 GMT
Our stop at Beechey Island was tinged with sadness, not only because of the tragic events of all those years ago, but also by the decision to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage this summer. With the ice situation showing little improvement, even if a late transit may become possible, we could face the prospect of being unable to reach the Pacific before the seas started to ice up ...
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science
By Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues, ,
12:25 PM Sun 17 Aug 2014 GMT
Antarctica includes about one-tenth of the planet's land surface, nearly 90% of Earth's ice and about 70% of its fresh water. Its encircling ocean supports Patagonian toothfish and krill fisheries, and is crucial for regulating climate and the uptake of carbon dioxide by sea water. ...
Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group
By Global Nation Inquirer, ,
8:24 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Military officials say they have verified that two German tourists, who went missing last April, were abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and are being held 'unharmed' by the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen in their jungle encampments in the south. ...
Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways
By Rob Jordan, ,
5:17 PM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Stanford researchers look for freshwater mussels as part of a study of bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways. Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, herbicides and flame retardants are increasingly showing up in waterways. New Stanford research finds that a natural, low-cost solution – clams and mussels – may already exist for these contaminants of emerging concern, or CECs. ...
Two rescued in tow from 13km offshore
By Ken McManus, ,
6:14 AM Sat 16 Aug 2014 GMT
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Central Coast and Terrigal have saved two men on board a sinking open runabout about 13km east of Terrigal this morning. ...
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