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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising Australia

Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts By Vanuatu Customs/Sail-World, , 7:34 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
Manager of Vanuatu Customs Border Control and Enforcement Stanley Trief has issued this letter regarding clarifications that make it easier for cruising yachts visiting Vanuatu. ...
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Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott By Anna Parker and the Sail-World Team, , 4:04 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
East Freemantle Yacht Club's John Tissott put together this lovely infographic on flags at sea. Great details on etiquette, dimensions, conventions at sea and more. ...
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Cruising lessons from ocean racers By Andy Schell, , 3:01 PM Fri 1 Aug 2014 GMT
As reported on World Cruising Club, Andy Schell updates us on the Bermuda Race experience as well as cruisers vs racers. ...
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Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu By B. J. Skane, , 7:16 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
Aiming to strengthen the protection of Vanuatu’s borders and facilitate the clearance of genuine small craft and travelers into and out of the country the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue has issued a Notice to Masters that clearly sets out the procedures waterborne visitors must follow. ...
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17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video By James Oxley, , 5:19 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
A 9-year-old schoolgirl who became trapped between giant rocks whilst playing on the beach at Aberaeron was dramatically rescued on July 10th. New Quay inshore RNLI lifeboat was called into action at 5pm after the alarm was raised that the girl was trapped inside the sea defences, as the tide was beginning to rise. ...
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Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video By Luke Blissett, , 5:03 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
A teenage girl who won a competition to choose the name of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) latest Shannon class lifeboat officially named the lifesaving vessel at a special ceremony at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, on July 17. ...
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RYA Sea Survival Handbook – 2nd edition now available By Emma Slater, , 12:49 PM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
The RYA Sea Survival Handbook – second Edition is the official text for the RYA Basic Sea Survival Course and the RYA-ISAF Offshore Safety Course and supports ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival courses. So if you’re attending a sea survival course or taking your boat offshore, whether for racing or cruising, this book is a must read. ...
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Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch By Chris Bone, Vanuatu , 8:45 AM Thu 31 Jul 2014 GMT
Any skippers with a little time on their hands and wanting to make a positive difference for the Oceans they love might want to have a look at www.oceanswatch.org who are currently looking for a volunteer skipper in the South West Pacific. ...
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Lobster Thermidor - Making Julia proud By Greg Nicoll with Andy Adams and John Armstrong, , 7:13 PM Wed 30 Jul 2014 GMT
Chester Race Week- what more can a Galley Guy say? Lots of boats, top notch race committee work, full on competitive racing, fantastic people, too much wind, not enough wind, mega rain, hot and steamy weather, spectacular scenery, fun parties, lots of handshakes, big-time hugs, a non-stop supply of Goslings dark rum... ...
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Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas By Anne Ju, , 2:13 PM Wed 30 Jul 2014 GMT
In the 1800's moving lead lamps was a favoured method of pirates to induce ships to run aground where they could be plundered. Now it seems that fake GPS signals from 'spoofers' might become the 21st century equivalent. Hence the need for technology to be on step ahead. ...
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Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure By David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor, Seattle, WA , 2:23 PM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The mind has a funny way of distorting time. Take, for example, my first big offshore cruise. It was the summer of 1987, I was 11 years old, and my Dad and his buddies had sailed our newly acquired C&C 37 from our home in Connecticut up to Maine’s lovely Penobscot Bay, ...
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World Odyssey Race - Bringing back the Corinthian spirit By Cornell Sailing, , 12:40 PM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The World Odyssey Race 2016-2017 is a global race for amateur sailors with the aim of bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa By Cornell Sailing, , 12:16 PM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The two yachts taking the 2014 Northern route, Aventura and Suilven, had been playing catch up since both left Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland on Saturday 19th July. Suilven had anchored in a bay and joined Aventura shortly after she sailed past, through the narrow channel north of Disko Island, dotted with impressive icebergs, and out into the Davis Strait. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey Rally - Raising climate change awareness By Cornell Sailing, , 9:17 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The Blue Planet Odyssey is currently underway. The round-the-world sailing rally is aiming to raise awareness of the global effects of climate change and the most urgent issues facing our ocean. ...
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All Points Rally departs this November By Island Cruising Association New Zealand, , 7:34 AM Tue 29 Jul 2014 GMT
The All Points Rally departs from all major ports in the SW Pacific for Opua in New Zealand’s magical Bay of Islands. Boats joining the rally are assisted with weather info, resources and planning tools to help make the passage to NZ as easy as possible. ...
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World ARC 2014 reaches Australia By World Cruising Club, , 7:28 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
The World ARC Welcome Party and Prize giving event was held last night at the prestigious Clarion Hotel in the Mackay Marina Village, supported by Mackay Marina and Mackay Tourism. Crews gathered for welcome drinks in the poolside bar, before Event Manager Paul Tetlow introduced and thanked those individuals and local organisations which support the programme World ARC in Mackay. ...
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Venezuelan Port Control lift recent port restrictions. By Caribbean Safety and Security Net, , 7:19 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
On July 26th, the Port Captain of Puerto Cabello, VZ has communicated that 'receiving vessels from Aruba and Curacao is now strictly prohibited.' There is no further detail available at this time, so it is not clear if this applies to all vessels arriving from, or those flagged in Aruba and Curacao, or both. ...
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Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao By Caribbean Safety and Security Net, , 7:07 PM Mon 28 Jul 2014 GMT
All ships transiting north of Curacao and Aruba are advised that the seismic survey ship Polar Duke will be conducting surveys in the area until 15 September 2014. The towed array is very large – 12 streamers 9000 meters long, and 900 meters wide. ...
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A Mooring in Iceberg Alley By Rebecca Jackson, , 8:45 AM Sun 27 Jul 2014 GMT
The fatal blow was definitely not the first hit. For 13 months, icebergs had plowed over Mooring SF1, again and again. They pushed the long line of underwater scientific instruments toward the seafloor in a Greenland fjord. Usually, these chunks of ice—sometimes as tall as a skyscraper and as wide as seven city blocks—would hold down SF1 for several hours and then move along. ...
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Boaters urged to speak up on 15%ethanol proposal By BoatUS/Sail-World, , 8:11 PM Fri 25 Jul 2014 GMT
It might seem like a local Chicago issue but could this be the foretaste of battles that will have to be fought by boaters world-wide in times to come. ...
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Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:09 AM Fri 25 Jul 2014 GMT
The Departure Planning tool from PredictWind can save huge amounts of time planning and give you more hours sailing. It does this by looking at four different departure dates that are separated by 24 hours, and assessing the weather to pick the best day to leave for a particular journey ...
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IMB reports worrying trend of piracy hijacks in Southeast Asia By ICC International Maritime Bureau, , 11:14 AM Thu 24 Jul 2014 GMT
In Southeast Asia, at least six known cases of coastal tankers being hijacked for their cargoes of diesel or gas oil have been reported since April this year, sparking fears of a new trend in pirate attacks in the area. Until then, the majority of attacks in the region had been on vessels, mainly at anchor, boarded for petty theft. ...
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Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water By Sail-World Cruising, , 7:19 AM Thu 24 Jul 2014 GMT
Two kayakers in Argentina were paddling off the coast of Puerto Madryn recently, when a whale took sudden and totally unexpected interest in their boat, swam beneath their vessel, and lifted it from the water. ...
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World ARC reaches half-way point in Australia By World Cruising Club, , 2:31 PM Wed 23 Jul 2014 GMT
Today Mackay, Queensland became the latest focus of interest for sailors from around the world as the first of 23 cruising boats arrived in Mackay Marina marking the half-way point in their circumnavigation under sail in the World ARC. ...
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Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 2) *Feature By Sheryl and Paul Shard, , 5:53 PM Tue 22 Jul 2014 GMT
June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and we experienced almost 24 hours of daylight on Fair Isle. In the wee hours there was almost a ghostly bluish light in the air similar to the light during an eclipse of the sun. It was bizarre to see sheep lying asleep while a few islanders tended their gardens at 2a.m. in a strange twilight. ...
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