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Red faces after authorities inadvertently aid boat thief to get away By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:14 PM Sat 5 Jul 2014 GMT
They called it the case of 'What do you do with a drunken sailor?' or 'How on earth did the authorities help this boat thief to steal a luxury yacht?' or 'From sea captain to pirate and back to sea captain'. Whatever, there are some red faces in Orange County this week as the word leaked out that local authorities had actually aided a drunk boat thief to get away after he had stolen a boat. ...

Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program By Andrew Golden, , 2:56 AM Sat 5 Jul 2014 GMT
Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its 2014 At The Helm program for this year’s Boat Show. Developed in conjunction with Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, At The Helm provides sailors and powerboaters of all experience levels the opportunity to take to the water in a vessel similar to their current boat, or one they may be interested ...

Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in page view *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, , 10:03 AM Fri 4 Jul 2014 GMT
The key boat buying demographic, the 40 to 65 age group, has embraced online media enthusiastically, with video, imagery and major feature stories providing much more information and entertainment than ever before. More and more people are choosing large-screen smartphones (phablets) over seven to eight-inch tablets says the key industry data group, the International Data Corporation (IDC). ...

New import permit for Mexico resolves impound problems By Capt. Pat Rains, , 8:11 AM Fri 4 Jul 2014 GMT
Licenciada Dina Madrid flew up from Mexico City to announce the newly released 10-year Temporary Import Permit (TIP) to a room packed with recreational boaters and marine industry representatives. ...

Captain Phillips and Obama admin wants pirates' nests eradicated By Exec., , 7:37 AM Thu 3 Jul 2014 GMT
Captain Phillips was held hostage by Somali pirates after they hijacked the ship he commanded, the Maersk Alabama, while sailing the Indian Ocean in April 2009. He was held hostage in a life boat for five days until U.S. Navy Seal snipers killed his captors. The new White House Plan highlights, 'Pirates require land-based support and access to weapons to commit acts of violence.' ...

Sail Estonia: a VERY new idea By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:56 PM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
Sail Estonia? Not usually on any roaming sailor's radar, Estonia, virtually a peninsula in the Baltic Sea, is a natural for roving sailors who are looking for fresh unexplored places with reasonable infrastructure. You can either charter there for a holiday, or make it part of a Baltic circumnavigation if you are taking your own boat. So what are the attractions? ...

Tie This 'Lifesaving' Bowline in Seconds - the easy way! By John Jamieson, Florida , 5:14 PM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
It was another perfect November day for frostbiting--until that 25-knot gust struck out of nowhere! With no time to release the mainsheet, I flipped the boat in shallow water, about two hundred yards from shore. The tiny 14-footer rolled 180 degrees before planting its mast firmly into the muddy bottom of Charleston Harbor. ...

A Beer Bummel on the Thames River By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, , 8:01 AM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
Sail-World North America's Greg Nicoll is one of the Canadian Yachting cruising Galley Guys who have made an art of being where the food and beverage action is. Here is one of their reports on cruising the Rivers of England. ...

Online weather routing - possible? Predict Wind says yes By Nancy Knudsen, , 11:08 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014 GMT
Everything else is getting automated, why not weather routing? PredictWind tells us that with their new weather routing tool, working out the fastest or most comfortable passage has never been easier. ...

Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention By BoatUS/Sail-World, , 8:35 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014 GMT
She seemed okay when you left her, after that last happy day, but a phone call a couple of days later telling you she had sunk destroyed all your sailing dreams for a long time to come. In fact, it could be the end of her. That’s because repairs on a sunken boat - whether unattended or underway - often cost more than the actual value of the boat. ...

The North West Passage calls: Who will answer this year? By Douglas Pohl/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:37 PM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
The great annual sailing adventure these days is not crossing the Atlantic, or even going around the world. It's not going solo, it's not even idiotically braving the Gulf of Aden. No, the greatest adventure of the current era is undoubtedly transiting the very uncertain conditions in the North West Passage. Douglas Pohl, the best North West Passage Watcher, tells who will be embarking in 2014. ...

Polish adventure sailor in second try at North West Passage By Nancy Knudsen, , 10:14 PM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
Every boat attempting to transit the North West Passage this year has its own story. Ryszard Wojnowski, Polish adventure sailor, had his own way of doing it. In his Lady Dana 44, he set sail from Sopot, Poland, on June 8, 2013, planning to circle the North Pole, including the North West Passage beginning on the Russian side in one season. However it was not to be... ...

Demystifying Croatian requests for taxation documents on yachts By RYA, , 1:55 PM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
Croatian Customs will not accept anything other than a T2L to prove community status and they are demanding this evidence in unusual circumstances such as requiring it before allowing owners to store their boat ashore. ...

Whale research - new techniques expand for non-lethal methods By FishingBoating-World, , 8:45 AM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
We all love to see a whale off the bow, but the the Japanese Government maintains that you have to kill a whale to do scientific research. Scientific institutions world wide disagree. Non-lethal research tools continue to expand with scientists from Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions proposing a new technique. ...

Jessica Watson, solo sailing star, four years on... By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:07 AM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
What does a person do next when you have broken a world sailing record before you're old enough to drive a car? Jessica Watson became a household name for a while when she sailed around the world solo and non-stop before her 17th Birthday. Now, just over four years later, it's a very different story. ...

Americas solo non-stop circumnavigator crosses Pacific for research By Nancy Knudsen, , 12:01 AM Sun 29 Jun 2014 GMT
Spending 309 non-stop days at sea is bound to change you, and Matt Rutherford, first sailor to complete a non-stop, single-handed voyage around North and South America, returned to the land determined to do something about the terrible pollution in our oceans. So he's just crossed the Pacific again for this new quest. ...

What is an El Niño and how will it affect my sailing? (Part 1) By NOAA/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:25 PM Sat 28 Jun 2014 GMT
El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, as opposed to La Niña, which characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. El Niño is an oscillation of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather around the globe. But what will it actually mean for cruising sailors? ...

The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea By Scott from s/v Rubicon, , 7:53 PM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
Nav lights on cruising boats are relatively easy to organise. Not so for tenders... A hilarous solution to an old problem goes horribly wrong on. ...

ARC Portugal concludes in Marina de Lagos By World Cruising Club, , 2:06 PM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
The 20th Edition of ARC Portugal came to a conclusion on Wednesday night when everyone gathered for a farewell supper and prize giving in Marina de Lagos. It was a chance to celebrate and reflect the achievements, challenges and friendships made over the last three and a half weeks. ...

Spike in water temperatures evidence of ‘irreversible’ El Nino *Feature By Alicia Villegas, , 12:48 AM Fri 27 Jun 2014 GMT
Water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean rose drastically last week, prompting expectations of an upward warming trend that would confirm the development of El Nino. Water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean rose drastically last week, prompting expectations of an upward warming trend that would confirm the development of El Nino. ...

Sailing crew's battle to save yacht lost in the Indian Ocean By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 10:13 PM Thu 26 Jun 2014 GMT
The first terse report received had all the hallmarks of an impersonal official account - three people rescued from yacht in the Indian Ocean, - But it is the sailmail communication from the sailors themselves that contains the real story. Of particular note in this account is the many methods the quick-thinking-in-a-crisis skipper used to keep yacht Simanderal afloat while waiting for rescue. ...

Five Top Tips for selecting the best boatyard By BoatUS, , 8:33 PM Wed 25 Jun 2014 GMT
How do you know that the boatyard in front of you is a good one? Recommendations from other boaters is the best way, but sometimes that's not possible. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has been getting feedback from their members and have some tips. They are equally valid here in Australia or New Zealand. ...

RYA Onboard gets half a million youngsters on the water By Emma Slater, , 9:17 AM Wed 25 Jun 2014 GMT
Half a million youngsters of all ages and backgrounds have experienced sailing and windsurfing through the RYA OnBoard (OB) programme. RYA Sport Development Manager, Duncan Truswell explains: 'When OB was created back in 2005, we set ourselves the ambitious target of introducing half a million kids to the sport in ten years. ...

Tips for selecting the best boatyard By BoatUS, , 2:58 AM Wed 25 Jun 2014 GMT
While boatyards are busy, summer may be a better time to have repair work done on the boat. Why? The typical boatyard and shop warranty on labor is 90 days, giving boaters the time needed to use the boat and ensure a correct repair. But where does a boater go to get repairs done right? ...

Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts By Sail-World, , 11:52 AM Tue 24 Jun 2014 GMT
As part of the PredictWind forecast site and app redesign Predictwind have increased the features to which the free accounts have access. All Free accounts have been extended to a full seven day forecast. Now the seven day forecast is the standard across all PredictWind packages. ...

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