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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

What can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm? By BoatUS, , 8:42 PM Sun 19 Oct 2014 GMT
If a car or truck's vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person behind the wheel, what can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm? ...
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World ARC - A complete fleet in Mauritius By World Cruising Club, , 3:02 PM Sat 18 Oct 2014 GMT
The Cauden Basin in Port Louis has come alive with rally atmosphere over the last week. Transformed to a vibrant marina with yachts dressed overall, boat parties and welcoming new arrivals has made for a great spectacle and an exciting place to be. ...
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Dutch boy on a mission to rid the world's oceans of floating plastic *Feature By Vibeke Venema, , 4:50 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Boyan Slat is a 20-year-old on a mission - to rid the planet's oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work - and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day? ...
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Galley Guys take on Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race By Greg Nicoll, , 4:44 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Tell me what self-respecting Galley Guy could possibly (while on the beautiful island of Barbados) turn down an opportunity to tour the famous Mount Gay Rum Distillery? For sure, not this Galley Guy! Sadly, the other Galley Guys did not get the call. ...
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Nv Charts releases new Bahamas Northwest chart set update for 2015-16 By Nv Charts, , 12:16 PM Fri 17 Oct 2014 GMT
Nv charts announces the release of their newly updated chart set for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015-2016 in paper and digital format. ...
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Becalmed - delivering aid supplies to Haiti by sailboat By Ray Thackeray, Haiti , 1:34 PM Thu 16 Oct 2014 GMT
We are northwest of the southern peninsula of Haiti lying within radar range south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and drifting in the current in the direction of Port-au-Prince at less than a knot. ...
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70-year-old sailor skippers £100m cocaine yacht + Video By UTV, , 8:04 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
The 60ft Makayabella was stormed by elite members of the Irish Navy some 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head - Ireland's most southerly point - in the early hours of Tuesday, September 23rd. Five men, including the three onboard the yacht and another two in England, have been arrested and police are hunting for a sixth man in connection with the seizure. ...
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Sidney Spit, A pearl among Gulf Islands parks By Cherie Thiessen, , 7:01 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
A pearl among Gulf Islands parks, this sandy haven is ideal for hiking, beachcombing, birding, fishing…or just hanging. Sidney Spit is a park of superlatives. With the best sandy shores, the best sunsets, the best crabbing and some of the best hiking in the Gulf Islands, it’s no wonder it’s a hit with just about all who visit – for a few hours, a day or a week. ...
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Venture in Prince William Sound By Tony Fleming, , 6:21 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Vast, magnificent and remote, Prince William Sound offers the ultimate adventure for cruisers on North America’s West Coast. Few cruising boats visit beautiful and remote Prince William Sound. Some 2,800 square miles in area and situated at the very northern tip of the Gulf of Alaska, this inland sea has a coastline equal to that of Oregon and California combined. ...
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Help stop spreading of the invasive Quagga mussel By Sail-World.com, , 5:54 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Is the Quagga mussel in your cruising waters?The Quagga mussel has been discovered for the first time in the UK. The discovery was made by Environment Agency teams carrying out routine water quality testing on River Wraysbury. It has subsequently been found in the nearby Wraysbury reservoir too. ...
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Ten personal 'sailing essentials' for cruising on someone else's boat By John Jamieson/Sail-World, , 4:58 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
Cast off on a cruise on someone else's boat and you'll want to remember to pack those basic essentials that form the foundation of your personal 'sailing ditty bag'. Each sailor will have their own ideas of the best gear to bring aboard. But here are some pieces of gear I've found to come in handy time and again, day after day. ...
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Eleventh Malacca Straits passage for SV Crystal Blues By Neil and Ley Langford, , 3:17 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
This was our eleventh Malacca Straits passage, and it turned out to be just like some of the others - a pain in the neck. Keeping in mind that the boat hadn't been actively used for fifteen months, we started cautiously with a 40 mile passage from Singapore to Pulau Pisang. ...
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Southern Spars team celebrates 25 years of success and innovation By Sail-World, , 7:05 AM Tue 14 Oct 2014 GMT
The Southern Spars team celebrates the company’s 25th year in operation with a continuous wave of innovation and ongoing expansion of its global operation. The company now employs 550 people worldwide with manufacturing or service facilities in New Zealand , South Africa, USA, Denmark, Sri Lanka and Spain. ...
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Maine-to-Massachusetts Cruising Yacht Rally announced By Marion Bermuda Race, , 5:23 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
The Marion Bermuda Race and Harraseeket Yacht Club are thrilled to announce a cruising yacht rally from Maine to Marion in advance of the 2015 Marion to Bermuda race. Called the M2M2B, the rally will be an enjoyable and convenient way for Maine-based yacht skippers to sail from Maine to Marion, MA as they stage their boats for the 2015 Marion-Bermuda race. ...
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All-night air and sea search for lone sailor By Lauren Hockey, , 4:42 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
Volunteer lifeboat crews from the South coast of the UK battled high winds and large seas in complete darkness the night of October 6th to help search for a lone sailor stranded in the Solent. Lifeboats from Bembridge and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight launched around 6.45pm on Monday (6 October) after HM Coastguard received a distress call from an individual on a trimaran. ...
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Inshore reefs of the GBR especially vulnerable to ocean acidification By Australian Institute of Marine Science, , 3:29 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) revealed in a peer-reviewed journal, PLoS One on October 9th that inshore reefs are particularly vulnerable to Ocean Acidification (OA)* on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). 'We found that inshore reefs were particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification (OA) during the wet season. ...
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Estimating the diversity of life By Australian Institute of Marine Science, , 3:09 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
How many species are on Earth? Answering this simple question is not easy, but essential if we are to understand impacts of global change and manage environmental resources successfully. Without baseline knowledge of how many we have or what we have in different places, how do we know what we have lost, or might lose and how do we manage these natural resources to minimise extinctions? ...
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NOAA and Coast Guard join to preserve historic World War I shipwreck By NOAA/Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, , 3:00 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
NOAA, with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, will manage the historic wreck of Diamond Shoal Lightship No. 71, the only American lightship to be sunk by enemy action during World War I. The two agencies signed a formal agreement between NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Coast Guard’s Historian's Office last month. ...
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British couple rescued from burning yacht off Almeria coast By The Olive Press, , 12:04 PM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
A British couple was rescued off Spain's Almeria coast after their 21.6m yacht caught fire. The Coastguard and the 112 Emergency Coordination Service received several reports of a flare going up 12 nautical miles east of Carboneras at 11:30pm on Saturday. ...
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Crystal Blues crew on board USS Carl Vinson By Neil and Ley Langford, , 11:27 AM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
We sail with just two crew most times, so it was amazing to visit a vessel with a ship's crew of 3000, plus another 3000 'passengers' being the various air wing teams deployed aboard. That's 6000 people on a ship that is 1000' long, and displaces 192,900 tons. ...
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Vaughan Bullivant cuts Daydream Island price tag to $30 million By MarineBusiness-World, , 10:57 AM Mon 13 Oct 2014 GMT
Nature’s Own founder Vaughan Bullivant had previously hoped to get around $65 million for the Daydream Island resort he paid $25 million for in 2000. But with his health deteriorating and the island failing to sell in two years, agents have convinced Mr Bullivant to lower his expectations — and the price — to about $30 million. ...
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Update: Stunning finds from ancient Greek Shipwreck By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 9:10 AM Sun 12 Oct 2014 GMT
The rescued antiquities include tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue. The Antikythera wreck was first discovered in 1900 by sponge divers who were blown off course by a storm. ...
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First World ARC arrivals touchdown in Port Louis, Mauritius By World Cruising Club, , 2:28 AM Sun 12 Oct 2014 GMT
After sailing approximately 2350 nautical miles, the first of the World ARC fleet has arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius. Nexus, the 17.90 meter Semi Custom Catamaran skippered by Russell Owen, arrived today in the late afternoon. Completing the passage in 13 days, a warm welcome ashore greeted them with offerings of fruit and rum! ...
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Exploring sailors attitudes towards risk and safety By RYA Cruising, , 10:07 AM Fri 10 Oct 2014 GMT
A new research project being run by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with the support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is exploring attitudes towards risk and safety, and the various ways yacht sailors participate in their sport. ...
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Nuno Navigator joins RYA member benefits portfolio By Emma Slater, , 12:25 PM Thu 9 Oct 2014 GMT
Nuno Navigator is an easy to use marine navigation program for use on laptops and desktop computers with charting, planning and route monitoring facilities based around fast, clear, precise and professional grade charts. Simply plan your route as you would on a paper chart but with all the benefits and convenience of electronic navigation. ...
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