| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Canada
Solo sailor dies from mast fall after Customs boards his boat
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
4:51 AM Wed 19 Jun 2013 GMT
Was he fleeing from Customs officers or was it a tragic mistake? Uncertainty surrounds reports of a solo sailor's death when he fell 40 ft from his mast shortly after his yacht, Windrose, was boarded by Customs officers and he climbed the mast. The incident occurred at St Mary's Harbour in the Scilly Isles on Monday at around 8.30pm. ...
Sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad
By Des Ryan, UK ,
8:28 PM Mon 17 Jun 2013 GMT
So you'd like to sail the Northwest Passage but -can't get away from the office, haven't got a boat, don't like cold water sailing? Now here's the next best thing: You can do it on your iPad! ...
Kito De Pavant (Groupe Bel) establishes new world record
By John Reed, WSSR / Sail-World,
6:34 PM Mon 17 Jun 2013 GMT
The World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSR) has announced the establishment of a new World Record by Kito De Pavant (FRA). Pavant sailed singlehanded Monohull 60 foot 'Groupe Bel' from Marseille to Carthage. ...
Apps4Sailing.com releases free app for Android users
By Linda Cullum, Vermont ,
6:08 PM Mon 17 Jun 2013 GMT
Apps4Sailing.com has released Parts of a Sailboat, Learn to Tie Knots and one free app, How to Turn a Sailboat for Android users on Google Play. The free app features 'Coming About: Turning a sailboat into and through the wind' ...
Survival story of the week: Rescue after two days in air bubble
By K P Waran, Valencia ,
12:07 AM Mon 17 Jun 2013 GMT
Survival story of the week: Truth, as we know, can be stranger than fiction, but some stories told as true, almost defy belief. As a cruising sailor, going to the bottom of the ocean in your boat is every mariner's nightmare, but here, from Africa, comes the story of amazing survival by a crew member on a tug boat, sent to the bottom by a giant wave. ...
Tall Ships to commemorate bicentennial of the War of 1812
By Jim Fox, Special to QMI Agency,
8:32 PM Sun 16 Jun 2013 GMT
The Tall Ships are preparing for a summer tradition on the Great Lakes. These majestic sailing vessels will sail to fifteen Ontario ports this summer to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Toronto’s waterfront is the place to be as it will be the only port to host a full fleet of 16 ships as they travel throughout Ontario. ...
Omani kids and a passion for sailing
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, Valencia, Spain ,
5:46 PM Sun 16 Jun 2013 GMT
If you think that kids in your neck of the woods love sailing, you should see how the kids in Oman, such a recent leisure sailing country, are rushing to get a chance to get on the water and learn to sail. ...
Francis Joyon shatters North Atlantic record by more than 16 hours
By Mer et Media,
2:41 PM Sun 16 Jun 2013 GMT
In his quest to beat the North Atlantic record, Francis Joyon on board IDEC, has smashed Thomas Coville’s 2008 record by 16 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds. Joyon completed his journey in a time of 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds. ...
Perfect Storm in a Calm Setting - Carbon Monoxide incident *Feature
By J.G.Merritt, SAMS-AMS - BoatU.S.,
5:07 AM Sun 16 Jun 2013 GMT
As often happens, a near catastrophe—two people almost being killed-- was caused by a series of seemingly small events, each of which occurred at precisely the right (or perhaps 'wrong') time. Of particular interest to me, as the surveyor assigned to do the initial investigation, was that the events taken individually were not necessarily significant, but on the whole were deadly important. ...
Something to ponder - Is your GPS system 100% safe?
By Simon Jinks, RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
1:41 AM Sun 16 Jun 2013 GMT
Is your GPS system 100% safe? Even if you have multiple redundancies on board your sailing boat, what happens if the signal actually fails? How could that happen and what about the alternatives to GPS now being rolled out? Would they be a solution? - or if not, now that fewer and fewer sailors are carrying complete paper charts, what IS the solution? ...
Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is concerned
By Joanne Groenenberg, MCA,
9:46 PM Sat 15 Jun 2013 GMT
Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is concerned - and other safety-oriented organisations may well be too. The MCA is concerned because they are aware of the development and marketing of hand-held non-pyrotechnic devices or Electronic Visual Distress Signals (EVDS) that are being offered as alternatives to pyrotechnic flares. ...
Full speed ahead to The Lizard for Francis Joyon, IDEC
By Mer et Media,
4:26 PM Sat 15 Jun 2013 GMT
Traveling some 650 miles over the past 24 hours, Francis Joyon is close to his own 24-hour solo sailing distance record of 666 miles. This figure alone divulges the incredible performance the sailor from Locmariaquer has achieved since setting out from New York on Wednesday. ...
Irresponsible activation of EPIRBs - bush walkers and sailors
By Nancy Knudsen,
11:23 PM Fri 14 Jun 2013 GMT
In a case that, to my knowledge has not been replicated in the sailing world, the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) launched an investigation into claims that a bush walker had activated the beacon because he was running late. It is an interesting case for the sailor because of multiple opinions among sailors that often sailors activate their beacon because they are frightened. ...
Sail-World Site Upgrade
By The Editorial Team,
10:17 PM Fri 14 Jun 2013 GMT
Please note this site is currently undergoing an upgrade and for next few hours, while we have the latest news, some of the stories from over the last week won't be displayed. These will all appear in a rush shortly.
So if you are looking for news from the last few days, please log back on later. ...
Five tips to extend the life of your costly sailing control lines
By John Jamieson,
6:02 PM Fri 14 Jun 2013 GMT
Sailing rope costs are going up like most everything else. And you will want to extend the life of your expensive halyard, outhaul, reefing, and other running rigging lines as long as possible. Follow these easy sailing tips to success! ...
Uncertainty remains in Francis Joyon's North Atlantic record chase
By Mer et Media,
4:42 PM Fri 14 Jun 2013 GMT
It was once more with a remarkably calm voice for a sailor at the helm of a 30-metre machine speeding along at between 25 and 30 knots that Francis Joyon confirmed his ETA at the finish, in other words that he is due to cross the legendary line marking the finish of the North Atlantic crossing off The Lizard at the southern tip of Cornwall on Sunday evening. ...
Francis Joyon to reach halfway mark to The Lizard this evening
By Mer et Media, ,
5:05 PM Thu 13 Jun 2013 GMT
Francis Joyon, aboard his maxi-trimaran, IDEC, is on course to reach the halfway point of his journey between New York and The Lizard this evening. While at lunchtime today, based on the mathematics, he was some 100 miles off the pace set by the current record-holder, Thomas Coville, the skipper of IDEC said he was pleased with the first part of the crossing. ...
Gathering of Old Gaffers are sailing round Britain
By Nancy Knudsen,
4:14 AM Thu 13 Jun 2013 GMT
The Old Gaffers Association is celebrating their Jubilee - 50 years is a long time to be an association for any class of boat, and they are celebrating by circumnavigating Britain, while raising money for the RNLI in the process. ...
Turks and Caicos Islands reef rampage by superyacht
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
8:54 PM Wed 12 Jun 2013 GMT
One of the Caribbean's most pristine environments has been badly damaged by a rampaging superyacht. The superyacht Captain, when spoken to, told nearby divers, 'I have a cruising licence and I can do what I want!' It was the volunteers - and then a passing group of scientists - who were the first to respond to the reports that the superyacht had badly damaged the coral reef. ...
Solomons Islanders get their first 'Marine Protected Area'
By Nancy Knudsen, ,
8:56 PM Tue 11 Jun 2013 GMT
The work that New Zealander Chris Bone and his team at OceansWatch have been doing assisting South Pacific Islanders to cope with climate change effects and ocean pollution for the last few years is bearing rich fruit these days. The Solomon Isand's Provincial Goverment have agreed to register a Marine Protected Area on the remote Rennell Island. ...
Francis Joyon sets off on North Atlantic record attempt aboard IDEC
By Mer et Media,
5:03 PM Tue 11 Jun 2013 GMT
Francis Joyon initiated his attempt to smash the outright solo sailing record this morning at 09:15:20 hrs UTC (11:15:20hrs CET). In order to beat the current record of 5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds held since July 2008 by Thomas Coville on his trimaran Sodebo, Joyon and his maxi-trimaran IDEC will have to cross the latitude of The Lizard by 0445hrs UTC (0645hrs CET) on 17th June. ...
Set sail on the voyage of a lifetime, to Australia and New Zealand
By Sail-World Cruising,
5:31 AM Tue 11 Jun 2013 GMT
Set sail in 2013 on a tall ship voyage of a lifetime, to Australia and New Zealand, from Canada, Britain, the Netherlands or Indonesia. On the way there will be stops in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney before heading off to Auckland in New Zealand. ...
Francis Joyon ready to tackle solo Atlantic crossing aboard IDEC
By Mer et Media,
5:22 PM Mon 10 Jun 2013 GMT
The French sailor, Francis Joyon is prepared to set off early tomorrow (Tuesday 11th June) to take on the solo Atlantic crossing aboard his maxi trimaran IDEC. He is expected to cross the official starting line at the foot of Ambrose Light off New York between 0000hrs and 0600hrs GMT (0200hrs – 0800hrs CET). ...
Boating Dogs and their Captains sail the West Coast
By Amanda Spottiswoode, Salt Spring Island ,
3:50 PM Mon 10 Jun 2013 GMT
In the maze of islands straddling the border between Vancouver and USA, doggie boaters, like cruising sailors in many parts of the world, have had to rely on perfunctory walks ashore with their boating owners. Now there’s a travel guide for four-legged cruisers in ‘South Islander, Memoirs of a Cruising Dog’. ...
Using your phone to control your MFD on any size boat
By Sail-World Cruising,
4:32 AM Mon 10 Jun 2013 GMT
Using an App on your smart phone or tablet to control your Multifunction Display has just been made possible for any size of boat. Raymarine’s just released new a65 and a67 WiFi multi-function displays (MFDs) deliver all the powerful practicality of the company’s award-winning e-series and c-Series MFDs in compact, affordable and easy-to-use units that are ideal for boats of 9 metres and under. ...
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