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Government sneaks through the 'Affordable Boat Act' By Nancy Knudsen, , 12:22 AM Tue 1 Apr 2014 GMT
Sitting until the early hours of the morning, the government has just sneaked in a new law called: 'The Affordable Boat Act' declaring that every family unit MUST purchase a new boat once they reach a certain level of combined income. These 'affordable' boats will cost an average of $54,000-$155,000 each, dependent on income, and will provide a much-needed boost to the economy. ...

Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned By, , 3:50 PM Mon 31 Mar 2014 GMT
The International Court of Justice - on Monday ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed. ...

Yacht of the Week: Kokomo III - and she could be yours By Lee Mylchreest, , 10:13 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
She was designed by Dubois and manufactured in New Zealand by Alloy Yachts, launched in 2010. She is just 58m in length, she is one of the finest fly bridge sailing sloops in the world, and she could be yours for just GBP40m (or around USD66m). She is Kokomo III; but if you sail on her, you won't want to take a crowd - she can accommodate just 10 guests. ...

Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world By Asia News Network/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:17 PM Sun 30 Mar 2014 GMT
We all have different reasons sailing - the competition, the fresh air, the sense of freedom, or merely the love of the sea in all its moods. A few of us even give up everything else to sail away into the sunset. But what does it take for two NON-sailors to decide to sail around the world? The answer: some life-shattering event, as happened to Singaporean non-sailor, Ng Yong Seng. ...

Mysteries of the seas, happening right now - missing, sunk, foul play By Lee Mylchreest, , 10:39 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
It's true that most of Sail-World's tales of the sea involve suspense, achievement and/or a hedonistic delight with the waves and sun, sunsets and moonlight. But there are others, stories half told, mysteries which blackly hint at a dark finish, and those are happening around us every week too. Here are this week's, in the Atlantic, the Timor Sea and the Caribbean: ...

Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter By Des Ryan, , 9:25 PM Sat 29 Mar 2014 GMT
Last week we told of a sailing voyage from Moscow to the White Sea - or reverse. Now here's an opportunity to sail with experienced sailors from Norway to the White Sea in Russia to join up with the previous itinerary. ...

Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:11 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Sailing is not only the most enjoyable of all sports or lifestyles, it can be a life-changing event for those with a background of hardship. Out there on the waves, the problems on land seem to fall away into the wake, whether it is planned or not. So Germany's 'Fleet of Hope' sets and example each year about how young people can be helped, just by taking them sailing. ...

3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters By Haemus/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:29 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
How far back in history does sailing - or boating - go? Archeologists have been continually surprised over the years, and now a boat dating from 1200BC has been discovered, not in Egypt but in Croatian waters, an incredible 3,200 years old - and it's in pretty good shape. ...

Product of the Week: the LineGrabber By Des Ryan, , 7:47 PM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Simple, effective, floats, cheap and it works! Music to a sailor's heart, so the LineGrabber, if you haven't tried one already, should be a winner for most cruising sailors. While there are various knots and mechanical devices that can attach an intermediate tie-off point onto a line, often the best solution is the most simple. ...

Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay By Paul Shard, British Virgin Islands , 3:22 AM Fri 28 Mar 2014 GMT
Paul Shard, successful author and sailing TV host, is currently aboard a Southerly 49 sailing boat Distant Shores II in the British Virgin Islands with his co-star and wife, Cheryl. Here he describes the method of mooring that can confuse the unaccustomed, so-called 'Med Mooring'. ...

Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water! By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 8:15 PM Thu 27 Mar 2014 GMT
It started as a seemingly ordinary low pressure center, but it is now transforming into the wildest of dangerous bombs, with hurricane force winds and damaging floods along coastal regions. This storm threatening Canada poses a dire threat to all mariners, since it will pack winds over 85mph, and waves over 45 ft. The message is clear. Don't be on the water. ...

Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat? By RYA/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:14 PM Thu 27 Mar 2014 GMT
In 2013, a mother and her 10 year old daughter died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in a cabin cruiser. More recently two fishermen, who were found dead on their boat, are believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning because the boat’s cooker was left on for heat on a cold night. Sailors should make themselves aware of what equipment on your boat gives off carbon monoxide ...

Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation By Nancy Knudsen, , 9:57 PM Tue 25 Mar 2014 GMT
One of the delights of sailing around the world is the children that you meet - not the children in the local ports, but the children on boats who are home-schooled, socially skilled, intellectually advanced, responsible and mature beyond their years. However, this is not widely known among 'land lubbers' which is why British/American sailors Kim and Simon Brown are having such a hard time. ...

New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone By Jim Rhodes/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:57 PM Tue 25 Mar 2014 GMT
One of this year's Pittman Award Winners, an Inreach satellite communicator (See Sail-World story), has announced a new development that could be a winner for part time cruisers: contract-free plans, and you can get them on your smart phone. ...

Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly By Tom Cunliffe, Lymington , 7:01 PM Mon 24 Mar 2014 GMT
So, you like cruising, but you don't like all that running around on deck, messing about with sails? You really want a power boat, but you want to be eco-friendly? Maybe this boat, designed by one of the world's most famous long term sailors, is for you. ...

No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make By Des Ryan, , 5:09 AM Mon 24 Mar 2014 GMT
What can you learn from these videos? When in doubt, don't! is a saying that well applies to the sailing world. Learning to anticipate that whatever could go wrong often does makes for a prudent sailor, and the other saying that's great for the prudent sailor is that The best mistakes to learn from are other people's. Enjoy watching from a safe and dry spot! ...

Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea By Ivan Dementievsky, RBTH/Sail-World, , 8:31 PM Sun 23 Mar 2014 GMT
I realized there is no Cote d’Azur with sandy beaches and emerald water in my country Russia. However, I had a strong tailwind, the northern sky and a crew that turned this trip into one of the best adventures of my life. ...

Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:00 PM Sat 22 Mar 2014 GMT
So you thought that land and ice yachting took place only in Europe or America, maybe in the deserts of Australia? Think again. The Indian Army is right now on a five day land yacht adventure across the Great Rann of Kutch, the largest salt water desert in the world located in north western India. ...

A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant By Renate Johns, , 9:29 PM Fri 21 Mar 2014 GMT
As long as you have a smart phone of some sort, the digital world has made a dramatic entrance into the sailing world in the last few years. Now, it seems the days of haunting the paint shops and asking innumerable questions of those patient marine-store types might just be over. Here's another App (this time from Interlux) that could revolutionise the way you decide painting questions.. ...

Air warms but water slower - be careful, sailors, of hypothermia By US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising, , 12:25 AM Fri 21 Mar 2014 GMT
The air is getting warmer, the water is getting a little warmer and more and more sailors are venturing forth to sail into the coming spring. But caution, say our coast guards, because the water warms much more slowly than the air and if you end up in the water hypothermia can be a real threat. ...

Volunteer Canadian rescue team homeless - any offers? By Des Ryan, , 8:39 PM Thu 20 Mar 2014 GMT
Sometimes it's tough being a volunteer rescuer. Take the Search and Rescue team in Squamish, north of Vancouver in Canada. They formed in 2009, they've been involved in 66 emergency marine incidents, they have no government funding, they're one of the only rescue stations on the B.C. coast that has two dedicated high-speed vessels, and they're homeless. ...

Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record By Oman Sail, , 7:32 PM Thu 20 Mar 2014 GMT
British quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister (42), and Omani Nashwa Al Kindi (32) have sailed into the record books aboard a 28ft Dragonfly trimaran to claim two new trans-ocean records. Although they crossed the finish line in Oman last night, the official welcome took place at The Wave, Muscat earlier today. ...

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