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Three Defensive Docking Strategies for Sailors by Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 11:04 PM Thu GMT
Keep emergency docking plans at the forefront of your 'what if' mindset. Just in case that boat pulls out ahead of you or your engine conks out in restricted waters. Practice these defensive docking strategies to be prepared for the unexpected in close quarters.
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With PredictWind’s Weather Routing tool, working out the fastest or most comfortable passage has never been easier. We give you a three step navigation explanation with diagrams - and you are ready to go to plot your favorite cruising route, avoiding rough seas and high winds, or try being a Volvo Ocean Race navigator
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Sail-World Cruising Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell by Sail-World Cruising, , 12:13 AM Wed GMT
Sail-World Cruising's founding editor is moving on from the cruising website and weekly e-Magazine that she began in 2005. After over eight years at the helm of the site, Nancy Knudsen will no long edit the world-wide e-magazine, which goes to 53,000 subscribers weekly in the northern and southern hemispheres.
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Baby Nemos finding their way home by ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies, , 7:39 AM Sun GMT
The paper has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, a journal that aims to link physics and biology. Professor Wolanski, from TropWater and the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, said fish larvae showed they used the two senses to find their way home.
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Will the Olympics make a difference to Rio pollution? *Feature by Jeni Bone, , 10:28 PM Sat GMT
As the football World Cup wraps up in Brazil, Brazil's President says the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be a top priority . The next fixture on the calendar for Rio is Aquece Rio, the first of the sailing test events, to be held 2 to 9 August, 10 Olympic classes will compete of Marina da Gloria, an area notorious for accumulating rubbish on its foreshores and its foul-smelling water.
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Africa Europe Cruising Challenge now open for entries by Székely Tamás, , 2:51 PM Sat GMT
Following several years of preparatory work of building strong diplomatic connections with the participating countries, Africa Europe Challenge is to organize their first series of cruising events starting in October, 2014. The programs will be brought together by two cruising yacht rallies, the Europe-Morocco challenge 2014 and the Europe-Cape Verde Challenge 2014 which are officially opened for
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The real ‘Supermoon’ story by Sail-world.com, , 9:21 AM Sat GMT
World-wide media is trumpeting the first 'supermoon' sighting of the year on Saturday, the phenomenon is actually not as rare as one might think, NASA Science News reported.
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Warm and noisy welcome for Oceans of Hope in La Rochelle by Sailing Sclerosis, , 8:06 AM Sat GMT
Oceans of Hope has arrived in La Rochelle, France, to a great welcome reception from the members of the Association Française de Sclérosés en Plaques (AFSEP) who sounded air horns and cheered as they arrived.
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Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 1) by Sheryl and Paul Shard, , 4:20 PM Thu GMT
Award-winning filmmakers and sailing authors, Paul and Sheryl Shard, have been cruising internationally since 1989. Sail-World Cruising has featured many of their adventures. Here is part one of yet another, courtesy of Canadian Yachting.
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Enjoy these images from Paul and Sheryl Shard's voyage to Orkney and the Shetland Isles.
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The Galley Guys' favourite shrimp recipe by Andy Adams and John Armstrong, , 12:22 PM Thu GMT
John was lucky enough to get the assignment and spent the next year in the air over India. During his time on assignment there, he developed a great affection for both the people and the cuisine of India. His shrimp curry recipe is an easy-to-make, longtime favourite that tastes exotic and rich.
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BoatUS speaks out about 'Ethanol-at-all-cost Agenda' by BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:08 PM Tue GMT
Boat US, the USA's leading advocate for recreational boaters, is asking: 'Are wise American consumers of gasoline being pushed to use a fuel that doesn’t work in their boats?
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Tidal current installations will increase boating hazards by Sail-world.com, , 11:49 AM Tue GMT
While this news centres on a problem in England, it provides a heads up on what could happen in your own cruising waters in years to come, as a range of marine energy sources are explored.. Of the 12 zones and sites announced the RYA is particularly concerned with plans to place a tidal current installation in Strangford Lough.
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Eco-Sailboat of the future - Catherine Chabaud at work by Nancy Knudsen, , 12:05 AM Tue GMT
You might already say that sailing boats, with their low power requirement, their solar and wind powered electricity, their self-contained watermakers and their generally environmentally aware owners, are already way ahead of the game in sustainability, but that's not good enough for one group, who are creating the 'Eco-Sailboat':
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The final touch - which wax should I use on my boat? by Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:25 PM Mon GMT
Polishing or waxing your boat after cleaning it will not only make it look as though someone really loves her, it will protect her against the harsh environment. So you go to the local marine store: The choices are many - 'Cleaner Wax', 'Straight Paste Wax', 'Wash & Wax', 'Polymner Wax'(whatever that is) and a score of other names, all promising the best. How can you tell which one to use?
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ARC Baltic sets sail to discover Europe's 'east sea' by World Cruising Club/Sail-World, , 4:20 PM Mon GMT
A fleet of 27 yachts from 10 different nations have set sail on an exciting summer of exploring the fascinating Baltic Sea with World Cruising Club's new rally, ARC Baltic. Departing from the Schilksee Marina in Kiel, Germany on 7 July, the six week cruising rally features stopovers in six capital cities, visits to remote anchorages, tours of historical sights, and wonderful sailing in between.
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Another boom death. Australian sailor dies, hit by swinging boom by Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 1:03 AM Mon GMT
Another boom death. An Australian sailor who was seriously injured after being hit by a boom on a yacht during a storm off Pulau Bidan, 19 nautical miles from Penang in Malaysia, has died. Wrong information provided to the maritime authorities on the location of the yacht led to a delay in the rescue operation of the woman, according to local authorities.
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Galley Guru vital to the life of the cruising sailor by Lee Mylchreest, , 12:05 AM Mon GMT
There's one sailing event, that, unlike bad storms and blissful moments, repeats reliably over and over every day when sailing - the necessity to eat. It may even assume a greater than usual emphasis, to relieve the necessary routine of repetitive watches, or be the climax to a happy day on the water.
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Sailing in the ocean will rarely scratch your topsides, but the wrong wind in a marina can be fatal to your paint-job, or worse. That's why this e-Book is a winner, and we are reprinting this story because of the many people who had problems obtaining it the first time...
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Heart-stopping moment as whale capsizes Zodiac by Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 8:15 PM Sun GMT
The first thing I thought when I saw this video was 'It could happen to me in the dinghy!' Staying away from whales when in your dinghy is not only for the sake of the whales, but you just can't predict the whale. This rare video was taken by fixed camera on the RIB from which they were photographing two blue whales.
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If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 1:21 PM Sun GMT
Many people say that climate change has already doomed coral reefs but the report shows that loss of parrotfishes and other grazers has been far more important than climate change for Caribbean reef destruction so far.
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Climate change could stop fish finding their friends by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 12:37 PM Sun GMT
Climate change models predict that carbon dioxide levels and ocean acidity will more than double before the end of the century. To investigate if this would affect social recognition in fish, schools were kept under elevated levels of carbon dioxide, similar to those projected for 2100 by models produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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What a government does to promote yacht tourism is always vital, causing cruising sailors to arrive in droves or flee to cheaper or more friendly cruising grounds. Now tropical Vanuatu is taking the game to a whole new level, with one cruising couple spending years researching to make Vanuatu's welcome the very best in the South Pacific.
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Vessels in harbour are encouraged to use a remembrance sound signal as may be decided and permitted by the local port authorities at 1700 UTC. This being the hour of the first shot fired in the conflict.
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Criminal charges mooted for owners of sunk HMS Bounty by Lee Mylchreest, , 2:42 AM Sun GMT
There have been investigation after investigation, and report after report, but now the U.S. Coast Guard investigation report has now been released, 19 months after the HMS Bounty sank during Hurricane Sandy. Prosecutors are considering criminal charges against the management company responsible for The Bounty, CNN reports.
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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.
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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
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Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature by Brendan Maxwell, , 10:03 AM Fri 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).
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New import permit for Mexico resolves impound problems by Capt. Pat Rains, , 8:11 AM Fri 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.
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Captain Phillips and Obama admin wants pirates' nests eradicated by Sail-world.com/Maritime Exec., , 7:37 AM Thu 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.'
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Sail Estonia: a VERY new idea by Nancy Knudsen, , 8:56 PM Tue 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?
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Tie This 'Lifesaving' Bowline in Seconds - the easy way! by John Jamieson, Florida , 5:14 PM Tue 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.
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A Beer Bummel on the Thames River by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, , 8:01 AM Tue 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.
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Online weather routing - possible? Predict Wind says yes by Nancy Knudsen, , 11:08 PM Mon 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.
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Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention by BoatUS/Sail-World, , 8:35 PM Mon 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.
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The North West Passage calls: Who will answer this year? by Douglas Pohl/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:37 PM Sun 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.
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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...
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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.
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Whale research - new techniques expand for non-lethal methods by FishingBoating-World, , 8:45 AM Sun 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.
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Jessica Watson, solo sailing star, four years on... by Nancy Knudsen, , 8:07 AM Sun 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.
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