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News for the Last 7 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)

Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts By Vanuatu Customs/Sail-World, , 7:34 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
Manager of Vanuatu Customs Border Control and Enforcement Stanley Trief has issued this letter regarding clarifications that make it easier for cruising yachts visiting Vanuatu. ...
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Multihull Central - Covering all the bases *Feature By John Curnow, , 6:07 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
Sometimes you hear of someone taking 30 years to become an overnight sensation. Maggie Beer went on record for saying just that, only the other day on TV. By that mark, Brent Vaughan has been building an experienced team for a long time and when the time came for the launch of Multihull Central, they too rapidly became a multihull sensation.. ...
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Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott By Anna Parker and the Sail-World Team, , 4:04 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
East Freemantle Yacht Club's John Tissott put together this lovely infographic on flags at sea. Great details on etiquette, dimensions, conventions at sea and more. ...
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Cruising lessons from ocean racers By Andy Schell, , 3:01 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
As reported on World Cruising Club, Andy Schell updates us on the Bermuda Race experience as well as cruisers vs racers. ...
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Marine Rescue volunteers celebrate new unit and $120,000 vessel By Ken McManus, , 4:58 AM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
The new Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes unit and its $120,000 rescue vessel will be formally commissioned in a dual ceremony on Sunday, August 3. ...
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Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu By B. J. Skane, , 7:16 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
Aiming to strengthen the protection of Vanuatu’s borders and facilitate the clearance of genuine small craft and travelers into and out of the country the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue has issued a Notice to Masters that clearly sets out the procedures waterborne visitors must follow. ...
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17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video By James Oxley, , 5:19 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
A 9-year-old schoolgirl who became trapped between giant rocks whilst playing on the beach at Aberaeron was dramatically rescued on July 10th. New Quay inshore RNLI lifeboat was called into action at 5pm after the alarm was raised that the girl was trapped inside the sea defences, as the tide was beginning to rise. ...
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Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video By Luke Blissett, , 5:03 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
A teenage girl who won a competition to choose the name of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) latest Shannon class lifeboat officially named the lifesaving vessel at a special ceremony at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, on July 17. ...
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Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch By Chris Bone, Vanuatu , 8:45 AM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
Any skippers with a little time on their hands and wanting to make a positive difference for the Oceans they love might want to have a look at www.oceanswatch.org who are currently looking for a volunteer skipper in the South West Pacific. ...
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Pantaenius Insurance - being seen in yellow, green and orange *Feature By John Curnow, , 6:55 AM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
So as to be clear, this is an unabashed and not-so-faint reference to the Tour de France, the US Masters and even the humble building site. It’s just that the notion of wearing something that is ‘hi-vis’ is entirely appropriate for the specialist marine insurer, Pantaenius. Since arriving in Australia a little over 18 months ago, they have had no trouble being see - all for the right reasons. ...
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Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas By Anne Ju, , 2:13 PM Wed 30 Jul 2014 GMT
In the 1800's moving lead lamps was a favoured method of pirates to induce ships to run aground where they could be plundered. Now it seems that fake GPS signals from 'spoofers' might become the 21st century equivalent. Hence the need for technology to be on step ahead. ...
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Sydney International Boat Show - Changed conditions on Sydney Harbour By Roads and Maritime Services, , 7:55 AM Wed 30 Jul 2014 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services Maritime Director Angus Mitchell said with extra ferry and commercial vessel movements around Darling Harbour and Glebe Island and boats being moved into the display area at Cockle Bay, there would be an increase in boating traffic. ...
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Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure By David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor, Seattle, WA , 2:23 PM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The mind has a funny way of distorting time. Take, for example, my first big offshore cruise. It was the summer of 1987, I was 11 years old, and my Dad and his buddies had sailed our newly acquired C&C 37 from our home in Connecticut up to Maine’s lovely Penobscot Bay, ...
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World Odyssey Race - Bringing back the Corinthian spirit By Cornell Sailing, , 12:40 PM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The World Odyssey Race 2016-2017 is a global race for amateur sailors with the aim of bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey Rally - Raising climate change awareness By Cornell Sailing, , 9:17 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The Blue Planet Odyssey is currently underway. The round-the-world sailing rally is aiming to raise awareness of the global effects of climate change and the most urgent issues facing our ocean. ...
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Pacific Circuit Rally - 2015 By Island Cruising Association New Zealand, , 7:55 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
Pacific Circuit Rally - This 'Sizzle Pack' will take you on a tour through the build up at Opua in the magical Bay of Islands – New Zealand. To the least cruised area of Tonga, the Ha’apai. To Fiji where the rally clears into Vanua Balavu in the 'Lau Group'. To the Mystical Islands of Vanuatu and onto the beauty of the French Loyalties. ...
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All Points Rally departs this November By Island Cruising Association New Zealand, , 7:34 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The All Points Rally departs from all major ports in the SW Pacific for Opua in New Zealand’s magical Bay of Islands. Boats joining the rally are assisted with weather info, resources and planning tools to help make the passage to NZ as easy as possible. ...
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Gold Coast Broadwater no closer to welcoming supermaxis *Feature By Jeni Bone, , 3:44 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The arrival of some of the world’s fastest and largest yachts at the end of this year’s Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race was another disappointment for those hoping to see the super maxis grace the Broadwater. ...
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2014 Magnetic Island Race Week Cruising North - One for Poppy? *Feature By John Curnow, , 2:56 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
Ordinarily, you’d think this was a tribute to dear ol’ Grandpa or a call to arms when preparing for racing. In a way, this is a bit of both. We’re paying homage to all those owners and crew who make the great migration, just like the whales, as well as a motivational speech for all the crews sailing to Far North Queensland. ...
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World ARC 2014 reaches Australia By World Cruising Club, , 7:28 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
The World ARC Welcome Party and Prize giving event was held last night at the prestigious Clarion Hotel in the Mackay Marina Village, supported by Mackay Marina and Mackay Tourism. Crews gathered for welcome drinks in the poolside bar, before Event Manager Paul Tetlow introduced and thanked those individuals and local organisations which support the programme World ARC in Mackay. ...
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A Mooring in Iceberg Alley By Rebecca Jackson, , 8:45 AM Sun 27 Jul 2014 GMT
The fatal blow was definitely not the first hit. For 13 months, icebergs had plowed over Mooring SF1, again and again. They pushed the long line of underwater scientific instruments toward the seafloor in a Greenland fjord. Usually, these chunks of ice—sometimes as tall as a skyscraper and as wide as seven city blocks—would hold down SF1 for several hours and then move along. ...
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Marine Rescue volunteers called to rescue out of fuel vessel updates By Ken McManus, , 5:18 AM Sun 27 Jul 2014 GMT
The cause of the problem was a faulty fuel pump that would not deliver fuel to the engine. Volunteers from Marine Rescue Bermagui reached the disabled vessel in approx 1 hour 15 mins and took it in tow. The return journey was uneventful and completed in three and a half hours. ...
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Marine Rescue volunteers called to rescue second vessel out of fuel By Ken McManus, , 6:06 AM Sat 26 Jul 2014 GMT
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Bermagui have again been called to rescue a fishing boat stranded far offshore after running out of fuel – only two days after an almost identical emergency operation ...
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Boaters urged to speak up on 15%ethanol proposal By BoatUS/Sail-World, , 8:11 PM Fri 25 Jul 2014 GMT
It might seem like a local Chicago issue but could this be the foretaste of battles that will have to be fought by boaters world-wide in times to come. ...
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