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The jury is out: Storms deeper and stronger because of pollution By, , 7:54 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
??????Are storms getting worse, or is it just my imagination? No, for the first time, scientists have proved it, with the all-too-graphic statement, 'The aerosols formed by human activities from fast-growing Asian economies do impact storm formation and global air circulation downstream. They tend to make storms deeper and stronger and more intense, and these storms also have more precipitation.' ...

Annapolis Book of Seamanship - the latest update By Des Ryan, , 1:07 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
While many many things changed in the last 31 years in sailing, nothing has changed about the value of good seamanship, an eternal skill, not aided by the most dramatic of technological breakthroughs. This is why the 'Annapolis Book of Seamanship' no matter which version, will never be truly out of date. That doesn't mean that the extensive update by author John Rousmaniere isn't worthwhile ...

Rescue of Canadian sailor by Swedes north of New Zealand By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:04 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Recently we published the news story of the rescue, while it was underway, of solo Canadian cruising sailor Art Munneke (See Sail-World_story) by a commercial ship, giving full credit to them for going off course to rescue Munneke. Here now is the graphic account of his survival. ...

Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day By BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:49 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
About 70% of the Earth is covered by water – and that’s where you’ll find recreational boaters spending their time. With Earth Day's arrival on April 22, what can boaters do to help keep the waters they enjoy clean and healthy? Here are three easy tips from the BoatUS Foundation that any boater can do: ...

Christmas Caribbean Rally - It's on again in 2014 By Louay Habib, , 9:34 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
After the inaugural 2013 Christmas Caribbean Rally, Sailing Rallies are pleased to announce that the 2014 transatlantic event is set to be even better. Once again the event is attracting a varied international fleet with five different nationalities already registered among the entries for 2014. ...

Austrian sailor crosses the Atlantic in 4.9m FIPOFIX in 87 days By Renate Johns, , 8:47 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
The attempt to cross the Atlantic in almost the smallest boat ever - at just 4.9m - had to be abandoned by Austrian extreme-adventure sailor Norbert Sedlacek twice because of energy supply and autopilot problems, but third time lucky when Norbert's son, Harald, took over the helm of the tiny FIPOFIX for the next attempt, successfully completing the journey in 87 days, arriving in Palm Beach USA th ...

Piracy down but Somali pirates? Yes they are still there. By nk, , 2:52 AM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
While it's only the most the reckless (and silent) cruising sailor who dares brave the Gulf of Aden or any Somali waters these days, commercial ships are still transiting the dangerous zone. So it is the experiences of these trading vessels that can guide us about when the danger might be gone - and it's not. ...

How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans By Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea, , 2:27 AM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
Sailors-for-the-Sea, whose core aim is to 'educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans,' regularly produces an Oceans Watch Essay, and this time it is by Sandra Whitehouse, Ph.D. Senior Policy Advisor Ocean Conservancy, who talks about how sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans, in a USA context. ...

Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years By AFP/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:06 AM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
A message in a bottle, the traditional sailor's way of getting messages back to the world about their plight, which was thrown in the sea in Germany 101 years ago is believed to be the world's oldest. It has now been presented to the sender's granddaughter. ...

Sailing lesson, Number One hot tip: Watch the video By, , 8:43 PM Thu 10 Apr 2014 GMT
This latest sailing video contains a very hot sailing tip. Not that you'll (probably) be able to understand a word, but don't let that deter you. The anonymous TV reporter was about to interview the Mayor of 'Kampen ' in the Netherlands about Sailing in Kampen, when this incident happened. ...

IYRS Boats and careers to be launched on May 31st By Melissa Flaherty, , 9:38 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
The International Yacht Restoration School(IYRS), a long-respected private nonprofit school in Rhode Island, USA, focused on training for the marine and composites industries, is again celebrating its successes of the past year. On May 31, students from IYRS’ three accredited programs will graduate, and the students from the Boatbuilding and Restoration Program will launch their boats. ...

Celebrating Canada's National Volunteer Week By Sail Canada, , 9:28 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
Sail Canada is looking for sailing volunteers who go 'above and beyond' in their role. Canada's National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) is a time to celebrate and thank the many Canadians who donate their time and energy throughout the year. It is also a time to raise awareness of the vital contributions made by volunteers that enrich our communities and our lives. ...

Using Gmail and your newsletters have stopped arriving? Latest Update By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 4:42 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
Are you finding that emails you want end up in Gmail's Spam bin, or just don't appear at all? We have uncovered the reason, and there is a solution. Are you using Gmail, and noticed that your sailing newsletters have stopped arriving? Last year Google introduced a new feature to its Inbox, which rated incoming emails as being 'Primary', 'Social' or 'Promotions'. It just changed your Inbox ...

Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 11:33 PM Mon 7 Apr 2014 GMT
Yet another solo sailor has been rescued by a commercial ship, this time a car carrier, after his yacht was rolled and holed during a storm in the South Pacific. Canadian sailor Art Munneke, a member of the SaltSpring Island Yacht Club, had survived for five days after the incident, augmenting his electric bilge pump with hand pumping. When the bilge pump failed he let off his EPIRB. ...

Sailing without effort - holidaying in a gulet By Lee Mylchreest, , 8:50 PM Mon 7 Apr 2014 GMT
So you love sailing holidays but not all the family does, or you want a really lazy time on the water - a 'real' holiday. Why not go sailing on a traditional Turkish gulet to sail in either Turkish or Greek waters? Someone else will sail the boat, someone else will prepare the meals - sorry you'll have to do the swimming and snorkelling and sunbaking yourself. ...

Yacht of the Week: Moody 41 By Des Ryan, , 1:14 AM Mon 7 Apr 2014 GMT
As cruising boats as well as racing yachts get faster, glitzier and, above all, longer, there are still those of us who want the yacht we sail to be elegant rather than glitzy, fast enough but not to the exclusion of comfort, and a size that is 'just right' for short-handed sailing rather than as long as you can afford. Enter the Moody 41, our yacht of the week. ...

Dutchman's 'real' Noah's Ark benefits from film's success By Sail-World Cruising, , 1:12 AM Sun 6 Apr 2014 GMT
The film 'Noah' might be doing well at the box office, but it has also engendered some renewed interest in the 'real' reproduction of Noah's Ark, moored on a canal in The Netherlands. ...

Two separate remote baby rescues sure to raise questions By Lee Mylchreest, , 11:02 PM Sat 5 Apr 2014 GMT
It was already a week of rescues. Now the rescue of two babies from sailing boats, one because of illness in the Pacific and one because of a dismasting near Cape Horn, will raise questions - about the foolhardiness of taking small children sailing in remote locations - by all but the most inveterate of cruising sailors. ...

Dramatic MOB Pacific cold-water rescue - the personal account By Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:02 PM Fri 4 Apr 2014 GMT
Whether you are cruising or racing, a Man Overboard is a Man Overboard, and this graphic account of the difficulty of a sailing boat crewed with beefy professional and experienced sailors getting their crew member back on board should have every cruising sailor taking the integrity and use of their life jacket and tethering gear very seriously. ...

Merchant Shipping Chalks Up Another Rescue - Tanker Saves Yacht Crew By Handy Shipping Guide/Sail-World, , 8:32 PM Fri 4 Apr 2014 GMT
It's something every cruising sailor should be aware of. A crew of three have been plucked from the Atlantic - not by a rescue organisation, but, again, by a merchant ship. There's yet another tale of a dramatic rescue by a merchant vessel of the crew of a stricken yacht sinking some fifty miles south of Balboa on the coast of Panama, and again it's thanks to world-wide assistance of AMVER. ...

Check this sailing gear more often during the season By John Jamieson, Florida , 1:20 AM Fri 4 Apr 2014 GMT
Master sailor, offshore racer, sailmaker and author Brian Hancock tells a tale of a transatlantic delivery that turned into a nightmare in his classic 'Maximum Sail Power'. The crew had checked their sailing gear, sails, and lines. And all looked under control--or so they thought. ...

Laura Dekker honoured by OCC Award of Merit in New Zealand By OCC/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:54 PM Wed 2 Apr 2014 GMT
If Laura can't come to the OCC, the OCC is coming to Laura. Laura Dekker, youngest ever solo circumnavigator, is to be honoured by the Award of Merit from the world wide Ocean Cruising Club in her birth city of Whangerai in New Zealand, by local members of the Ocean Cruising Club in a ceremony this coming Saturday, 5th April, because her planned trip to London for the awards has fallen through. ...

Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know? By BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:43 PM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
How much do you know about fuel spills? What do you do first, second and then...? This course, sponsored by BoatUS Foundation is aimed at those who operate marinas, but the information is excellent for all to know, no matter where in the world you are, and if you have ever had to fuel your own boat. ...

Smaller but plenty of space: The Nautitech Open 40 By Des Ryan, , 9:03 PM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
With new cruising boats getting longer and longer, the desire for a smaller boat with plenty of space is still alluring to the seasoned sailing couple. The smaller the boat the easier to handle, the smaller the boat the smaller is the expense of the fittings, and you'll never even think of needing to take crew to handles the big blows or cross oceans. Enter the brand new Nautitech Open 40 ...

Product of the Week: Chafe guards save lines from friction By Des Ryan, , 2:16 AM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
Chafing is something the cruising sailor is constantly aware of, particularly on the longer journey where it might be difficult to replace items chafed to their danger point. Even when lines rub against dock hardware, their service life is significantly reduced. This can be remedied with jury-rigged arrangements, but there's nothing like a purpose built chafe protector for a good night's sleep ...

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