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News for the Last 7 Days - Cruising Australia

A guide to steering without a rudder + Video - a must read and watch!! By CCA/Michael Keyworth, , 7:39 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Lost your rudder at sea? Michael Keyworth perfected a way to steer using drogues. To engineer this solution, he removed the rudder from his own boat(!), and experimented with different method, and has summarized his technique in this terrific article. ...
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You scratched my seagrass! By Steven Katona, Newport, RI , 5:35 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Sailors for the Sea publishes monthly articles that translate the language of marine science into fascinating articles about ocean health. ...
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Cocos Keeling Islands - Yet another paradise for the World ARC fleet By World Cruising Club, , 2:17 PM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Following a relatively short stopover in Christmas Island, eleven of the World ARC fleet have now arrived in their next paradise, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. From first settlement in 1826 by English merchant Alexander Hare, through decades of administration by the Clunies-Ross dynasty, most island inhabitants had little freedom or contact with the outside world. ...
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Hurricane Odile: Two Brits missing in Mexico after yacht overturns By Jessica Best, , 8:26 AM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood, from Wolverhampton and London, were in La Paz in Baja California when Hurricane Odile hit the Baja California peninsula last Sunday. It is thought their yacht overturned, and the couple have not been seen since. The couple is thought to have been living in La Paz for around a year. Mr Whitehouse is believed to be a scuba diving instructor in the city. ...
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Sailor texts girlfriend for help after yacht sinks in Bristol Channel By KenMcCormick, , 7:40 AM Mon 22 Sep 2014 GMT
This might be the Texting and Facebook generation but boaters need to use VHF radio says volunteer rescuers from Weston-super-Mare's lifeboat station who rescued a yachtsman whose boat sank in the middle of the Bristol Channel and who then texted his girlfriend. ...
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Gas safety: don’t let it go off the boil By RYA Cruising, , 5:14 PM Sun 21 Sep 2014 GMT
Earlier this year two men died in their bunks of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the highly toxic fumes given off from a poorly maintained butane gas cooker. The cooker which was located in the wheelhouse had been lit to heat the wheelhouse and sleeping area. A carbon monoxide alarm was not fitted. ...
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Arctic sea ice summer minimum 2014: A scientific perspective By British Antarctic Survey, , 4:30 PM Sun 21 Sep 2014 GMT
The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land and Arctic sea ice is the thin layer of frozen ocean water that forms and grows during the winter, and melts in the summer. Dr Jeremy Wilkinson from the British Antarctic Survey provides a scientist’s perspective on the trend for decreasing Arctic sea ice. ...
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British Virgin Islands, a taste of Caribbean cruising By Freecruisingguides.com, , 4:38 PM Sat 20 Sep 2014 GMT
The Virgin Islands are an archipelago. That part, which is a British overseas territory, is commonly referred to as the BVI. About 30,000 people live in the BVI, most of which live on the island of Tortola. The BVI are comprised of about 50 islands the majority of which are not inhabited by humans. ...
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Genoa International Boat Show 2014 responding to a changing market By Event Media, , 3:46 AM Sat 20 Sep 2014 GMT
Visitors to this year’s his year's Genoa International Boat Show will find the event 'renewed and more dynamic', adapting to the needs of an industry that is just beginning to see Spring at the end of a long hard Winter. Exhibitor numbers are up on last year, with sailing boats and small-to-medium sized motor boats leading the charge. The show will have a new layout ...
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The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show By Greg Nicoll with Frank Leffelaar and Friends, , 4:49 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
The Galley Guys hit the Vancouver International Boat Show running. All day long, we were checking out new boats, looking into ice lockers, peeking into storage compartments, seeing what’s new for gourmet cooking onboard and being forced to live on 'show food' by day. ...
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Are you ready to enter that marina? By Captain John Jamieson, Florida , 4:40 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
Are you ready to enter that narrow canal or passage ahead that leads into the marina? Have you prepared your boat and crew for the unexpected? No matter if it's a brand new marina or the one you use as 'home base', docking preps will be the same each and every time. ...
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Cruising the Bay of Quinte and Thousand Islands By David Platt, , 3:02 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
Each summer, in a Canadian cruising tradition, thousands of Western Lake Ontario sailors join the annual summer migration to the Bay of Quinte and the Thousand Islands. ...
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RYA asks for your help via AIS usage or non-usage survey By Louise Nicholls, , 2:36 PM Fri 19 Sep 2014 GMT
The RYA is working to improve its understanding of the number and spread of leisure boaters either using or not using AIS on board their vessels, in order to quality assure our data as we update the RYA’s Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating. ...
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Ten safe and clean refueling tips for boaters By BoatUS, , 4:54 PM Thu 18 Sep 2014 GMT
Unlike an automobile, recreational boats have special safety needs when it comes to refueling. Stern drive or inboard powered boats have closed engine compartments where volatile gasoline vapors don’t easily dissipate, and older gasoline powered boats are the riskiest to refuel as their brittle fuel hoses can crack, leaving gas in the bilge after a fill-up. ...
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World ARC fleet moored at Christmas Island By World Cruising Club, , 1:17 AM Thu 18 Sep 2014 GMT
For the next 72 hours the majority of the World ARC fleet will be moored in Flying Fish Cove on Christmas Island. The crews will have been planning their 48 hours stopover here before leaving Bali so they can make the most of it. Christmas Island is one of the jewels of the Indian Ocean and has a lot to offer. 63% of its land mass is made of National Park which is home to many endemic species. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey welcomed to Bora Bora By Doina Cornell, , 6:10 PM Wed 17 Sep 2014 GMT
Three-time President of French Polynesia, Gaston Tong Sang, and current mayor of Bora Bora, has written a strong letter of support for the Blue Planet Odyssey, assuring the fleet a warm Polynesian welcome when they arrive there in 2015. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt By Sail-World, , 10:16 AM Wed 17 Sep 2014 GMT
Do you want to win a trip of a life time to any port of call along the Round the World Race in 2015? Great, because it is simple! All you have to do is design, scribble, write or draw a T-Shirt design and submit it online at www.ecsix.com/contest. 'You don’t have to be a designer to win, we are after the best creative idea that fits our brand' says ECsix’s Scott Vogel. ...
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Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons By Australian Maritime Safety Authority, , 8:50 PM Mon 15 Sep 2014 GMT
You might not be 'down under but here is a cautionary tale!- The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to ensure they dispose of their obsolete and unwanted distress beacons correctly after emergency services spent more than six hours homing a beacon eventually found dumped in bushland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over the weekend of 6-7 September. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall in the US By Jimmy Cornell, , 5:58 PM Mon 15 Sep 2014 GMT
Blue Planet Odyssey - We made landfall the morning of Saturday, September 13th at 0900 local time as we passed Race Point at the entrance into Cape Cod Bay. Since leaving St John’s less than one week ago we had covered 1109 miles, at an average of just under seven knots. ...
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World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali By World Cruising Club, , 5:06 PM Mon 15 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet made a great sight on September 14th as they sailed across the start line at the entrance to Benoa Harbour, Bali. Before leaving Bali International Marina, Arsa, a tour guide who had looked after the fleet during their week-long stay, visited yachts to perform a traditional Hindu blessing. It was a beautiful way to send off the fleet and a very special moment for many. ...
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