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Greek sailing coastlines - do they want cruising sailors or not?
By Des Ryan, ,
1:19 AM Fri 20 Dec 2013 GMT
If you are thinking of sailing in Greece any time soon, you may become confused when you seek more information. Last month the authorities slapped a new tax on yachts which sail, moor or anchor in Greek waters. This would naturally tend to cause yachts to vote with their raised anchors and sail off to friendlier countries like Turkey and Croatia. ...
Too close for comfort - the glacier is not your friend
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
7:24 PM Tue 17 Dec 2013 GMT
For all you sailors who dream of sailing at high latitudes one day - or are even doing it now - this is a video you need to watch, to give you one more tool in your armoury to get you past glaciers safely. ...
Falling overboard - just as easy from a dinghy
By Cape Coral Sail and Power Squadron/Sail-World, ,
11:12 PM Mon 16 Dec 2013 GMT
There's much talk about falling overboard from sailing boats, but don't forget it's much easier to fall overboard when you are in a dinghy or other small craft, simply because it might seem a more innocent activity. ...
Improve halyard tension by video from UK Sailmakers
By Adam Loory, UK Sailmakers, ,
10:35 PM Mon 16 Dec 2013 GMT
UK Sailmakers is building a library of instructional videos titled 'Sail with Confidence' to help sailors become better at sail trim and boat handling. ...
24 Years of Cruising - Lessons Learned *Feature
By Sheryl Shard, ,
7:18 PM Mon 16 Dec 2013 GMT
This fall Paul and Sheryl Shard, bestselling authors and award-winning filmmakers, are celebrating 24 years of international cruising - 24 years of magical places they've sailed to and amazing people they've met. Since this is a time that so many people are heading south on their first cruise we invited them to share some thoughts on lessons learned exploring the world by sailboat. ...
'We're rescuing Santa Claus!' - the rescue of a long distance sailor
By Des Ryan/The Reporter, ,
3:46 AM Sat 14 Dec 2013 GMT
On November 05 this year, the coal ship Athina L had been called by AMVER to a yacht in trouble in their piece of the ocean. But when the Philippino crew arrived at the rescue scene, they had one reaction: 'We're rescuing Santa Claus!' ...
Notice to Seafarers: Accidental EPIRB activation - What to do next?
By Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club, ,
7:44 PM Fri 13 Dec 2013 GMT
Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club member and co-author of 'Happy Hooking: The Art of Anchoring' tells us she has just received this notice from the radio licensing authority in Ireland: ...
Shazzam! It's Azzam
By Des Ryan, ,
7:05 PM Fri 13 Dec 2013 GMT
Of course, she has no sails, but measuring 180m she's the longest yacht in the world. She has a power of 94,00hp, a top speed of over 30 knots and was built in a superyacht nanosecond of just four years. She's Azzam and she is now delivered to her somewhat mysterious owner! ...
Anatomy of a collision - yacht and bulk carrier
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
11:34 PM Thu 12 Dec 2013 GMT
What are the factors most likely to cause a collision at sea? What mistakes should the cruising sailor NOT make? How much can we rely on a good lookout by ships that we pass? The investigation of this non-fatal collision between a Swiss-flagged yacht and an Australian bulk carrier carries some significant messages for how we should all act when sailing an open seaway. ...
ARC+ - sailing south 'until the butter melts'
By World Cruising Club/Sail-World, ,
7:39 PM Thu 12 Dec 2013 GMT
First there was the ARC, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, consisting of a simple hop across the Pacific. But the good oil always said that to cross the Atlantic you should 'sail south until the butter melts' and then turn west. Now the World Cruising Club is heeding that advice and offering 'ARC+', adding a Cape Verde stopover, and the first, very successful ARC+ is just finished. ...
Increased entry period for yachts visiting NZ bonus for marine sector
By Kate Gordon-Smith, Auckland ,
8:22 AM Wed 11 Dec 2013 GMT
New Zealand’s marine and tourism industries will benefit in a number of ways following the Government’s decision to extend the temporary import entry (TIE) period for visiting superyachts and cruising yachts to New Zealand from the existing 12 months to 24 months. ...
Stanley Paris, 76->solo, non-stop, fastest ever - the adventure begins
By Lee Mylchreest,
10:50 PM Tue 10 Dec 2013 GMT
Dr Stanley Paris, life-long adventure-seeking New Zealander but long-time resident of Florida, tells his story as he sets out to circumnavigate the world solo and non-stop in the fastest ever time, at the age of 76. Here is his first report: ...
Follow This Sailing Tip from an Ancient Custom
By John Jamieson,
8:22 PM Tue 10 Dec 2013 GMT
John Jamieson (Captain John) here discusses just why all sailors take off our shore footwear any time we get on a sailing boat: Imagine if you could put the fibers of the rug, carpet, tile, or flooring in your home under a microscope. And be able to analyze all of the stuff you see. . ...
Six months later, missing schooner Nina's families just won't give up
By Nancy Knudsen,
11:17 PM Mon 9 Dec 2013 GMT
They still won't give up. It's six months since the disappearance of the schooner Nina between New Zealand and Australia with six Americans and one English crew on board, but the families still haven't given up. ...
Lighted boat parade - find the one nearest to you
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
7:59 PM Mon 9 Dec 2013 GMT
It's that time of year again, and the lighted boat parades are happening across America. In Petaluma, for instance, just north of San Francisco, last Saturday, a flotilla of lighted boats brought glad tidings to the Petaluma Turning Basin in a holiday tradition that has endured more than three decades. ...
Bermuda to the Land of the Midnight Sun - a sailing adventure
By Nancy Knudsen,
4:56 AM Mon 9 Dec 2013 GMT
You may have to fly, sail or swim there, but if you have a few dollars to spare you'll need to get to Bermuda for the adventure of a life-time next year. In June 2014 there will be an opportunity to sail from Bermuda to Iceland across the subtropical and subpolar gyres of the North Atlantic, to study microplastic pollution abundance and affects on life in the ocean. ...
How to make your sailing club thrive
By Tom Hubbell, US Sailing/Sail-World,
7:49 PM Sun 8 Dec 2013 GMT
How to make your sailing club thrive - reflections of a President: These reflections come from Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing, the governing body for the sport of sailing in the United States, but they apply to sailing clubs the world over. How does YOUR sailing club rate? ...
Leading Cuban Marina head hails new regulations for yacht visits
By Sail-World Cruising,
1:33 AM Sun 8 Dec 2013 GMT
A couple of weeks ago we brought you news of the new friendliness of Cuba towards cruising sailors. Now a delighted Jose Escrich, Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club and most prominent of those working towards increasing yacht tourism to Cuba, has filled in some of the details. ...
Maintaining a Home Base while Cruising - The Pros and Cons
By Sheryl Shard,
11:45 PM Fri 6 Dec 2013 GMT
My husband, Paul and I, have been cruising for many years and just returned to our Southerly 49 sailboat, Distant Shores II, in the Caribbean where we'd stored her for a few weeks while we were home on a work visit to Canada. Being home got me thinking about the pros and cons of maintaining a home base while cruising, so today I thought I'd share our experiences. . ...
San Francisco Bay's biggest boat show ever set for January 2014
By Shelbi Okumura,
8:35 PM Fri 6 Dec 2013 GMT
From luxury motor yachts to personal watercrafts, all that is new and hot in the world of boating takes over McCovey Cove and Pier 48 for the first ever Progressive® Insurance San Francisco Boat Show® Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, 2014. ...
Seasickness glasses wins DAME award
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:05 PM Fri 6 Dec 2013 GMT
One of our recent 'Products of the Week' was the strangely-named Boarding Ring, and it has now won a coveted DAME Award, the world's number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories. ...
BoatUS speaks up for boaters at EPA Ethanol Hearings
By Boat US, ,
12:55 AM Fri 6 Dec 2013 GMT
The blending of ethanol into the USA's gasoline supply was the topic of a hearing held this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. ...
Victoria, circumnavigator, crosses the Atlantic in style
By Des Ryan/Sail-World round-up, ,
12:17 AM Fri 6 Dec 2013 GMT
Ferdinand Magellan would be astonished. The sailing ship Victoria (Nao Vittoria), a replica of the sailing ship which was the first to successfully circumnavigate the world, is having a cushy ride across the Atlantic, courtesy of of the DYT Yacht Transport's semi-submersible yacht carrier, from Palma de Mallorca to Port Everglades in Florida. ...
Yachties respond to Typhoon crisis in the Philippines
By Lee Mylchreest,
10:57 PM Tue 3 Dec 2013 GMT
Sail-World Cruising has been contacted by some yachties who have responded to the crisis in the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haikan/Yolanda, and they are appealing for help from sailors around the world. ...
Remove the mast, check the rigging - at home!
By Simon Grain, J24 Australia/Sail-World,
10:01 PM Tue 3 Dec 2013 GMT
Taking your mast out and checking your rigging on a 'standard' size cruising boat - say 35-50ft - is something that the rigger does when you ask him to. However, with a smaller boat, such as a J24, it can easily and conveniently be done at home - if you know how. We have found this new excellent series of instructions, so read on as Luke Matthews writes the detail of just how it's done: ...
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