|News for the Last 7 Days - Cruising (Northern hemisphere)
Yacht Track Library - an ingenious new tool for cruising sailors
By Daria Blackwell/Sail-World Cruising,
12:56 AM Tue 21 May 2013 GMT
At Sail-World Cruising we're always on the lookout for extra navigation aids to assist the cruising sailor, and we have found a beauty this week - and it needs your help to make it even better! ...
Incredible Jeanne crosses equator - one more leg to victory
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
11:09 PM Mon 20 May 2013 GMT
The incredible Jeanne Socrates has crossed the equator! In her third attempt to circumnavigate the world non-stop the indomitable 70-year-old sailor has crossed the equator for the last time and 'merely' has to make it back to her starting point in Victoria, Canada, to become the oldest female to have circumnavigated the world solo, non-stop and unassisted. ...
Guam sailors cruise to the remote Maug Islands
By Lacee A.C. Martinez, GuamPDN/Sail-World, ,
12:02 AM Mon 20 May 2013 GMT
To most of us Guam is a remote island in the Marianas somewhere in the western Pacific Ocean, best known as a US military base. But Guam, naturally, is not remote to the leisure sailors who live there. It's Maug that is remote - so remote that few sailors had ever ventured there, until Jim, Wayne and Bill, Guam sailors, set off recently in a 38ft Galaxie and told their story to Pacific Daily News. ...
Eight Safety Tips for a safe boating season
By US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:33 PM Sun 19 May 2013 GMT
As winter is finally loosening its grip and the beginning of the 2013 boating season is slowly beginning, the US Coast Guard urges boaters and leisure sailors to make the most of the season by keeping it as safe as possible. Here's eight safety tips so you will survive and enjoy your boating/sailing season: ...
Another 'couldn't cope' rescue - sailor 'too tired' to continue
By Lee Mylchreest,
5:29 AM Sun 19 May 2013 GMT
Joshua Slocum had no autopilot but slept during his circumnavigation in 1895 by lashing the wheel and setting the sails. In 2006 some friends of ours lost steering altogether then sailed 1400nm by setting the sails. More and more rescues are occurring because many a modern sailor can't cope with the challenges, witness this appalling story, flashed across the sailing world this week: ...
'The greatest mismatch of vessel and peril of the sea': Bounty suit
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, ,
2:41 AM Sun 19 May 2013 GMT
Even though the official investigations into the sinking of the HMS Bounty last October have not yet produced reports, the tragic death of one of the crew, Claudene Christian, is already the subject of a law suit against the current owner of the Bounty, businessman Robert Hansen, and the Bounty Organisation itself, for $90million. ...
10th Tahiti Pearl Regatta - see the images by Morgan Rogers
By Morgan Rogers/Sail-World Cruising, Raiatea ,
2:37 AM Sun 19 May 2013 GMT
The Tahiti Pearl Regatta (TPR), from 8-12 May, offered a festive and fun meeting, within preserved and enchanting islands. This year the TPR sailed from Raiatea to Bora Bora, Taha'a and Huahine, from 8 to 12 May 2013. They even pretended sometimes they were racing ...
PlanetSolar - four days faster across the Atlantic
By Planetsolar/Sail-World Cruising, ,
2:03 AM Sun 19 May 2013 GMT
PlanetSolar, the huge alien-looking vessel powered completely by solar power, reached St. Martin and beat its own record for a trans-Atlantic crossing! Because there aren't any other vessels remotely resembling PlanetSolar, the record was a closed-shop affair. Still, they were four days more skillful, technologically superior - or lucky - since the last time they crossed the Atlantic. ...
From Canada to France with the Spirit of Adventure
By Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges,
9:43 PM Fri 17 May 2013 GMT
Calling all sailors in Canada with adventure in their hearts: The Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges team is announcing the first trip to St Pierre to celebrate St. Bastille Day in France. Imagine departing historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and sailing into the Atlantic all the way to France..in less than two days. ...
Digital Media Locker plus Blue Tooth connection for a dry iPhone
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:58 PM Fri 17 May 2013 GMT
Using an iPhone on board sailing boats is becoming more and more common as the marine Apps increase, but this product of the week does much more than protect your iPhone in a hazardous environment. We thought it was worth featuring, with its new Blue Tooth connection. ...
Francis Joyon's legendary quest on hold in New York
By Mer et Media,
9:32 PM Thu 16 May 2013 GMT
On a legendary record quest, Francis Joyon is at North Cove Marina in New York taking care of his maxi trimaran IDEC. On Thursday 16th May, the official stand-by began as he awaits a weather opportunity to tackle the North Atlantic record between Ambrose Light and the Lizard. ...
Leisure sailors wanted to help track effects of climate change
By Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club/Sail-World,
9:31 PM Thu 16 May 2013 GMT
This is your chance to do something valuable while you sail. As a leisure sailor you and other seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study to record the effects of climate change, using a simple piece of equipment you can make yourself at home and an iPhone or Android app. ...
Ten quick tips to make boat cleaning less of a chore.
By Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:28 AM Wed 15 May 2013 GMT
If you put off cleaning your boat, you are inviting expensive trouble, but cleaning can be such a chore. Here are ten quick common sense tips from Shurhold to make your cleaning go faster and be more effective. ...
British circumnavigating disabled sailor wins RNLI Youth Award
By Amy Cada,
9:56 PM Tue 14 May 2013 GMT
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been presented with a cheque for over £17,000 from Natasha Lambert, a young sailor born with cerebral palsy who achieved the amazing feat of sailing around the Isle of Wight on 9 September 2012. She has now been honoured with the RNLI Youth Supporter Award. ...
4 Atlantic attempts, 4 rescues, 4 boats lost: is this a record?
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
8:37 PM Tue 14 May 2013 GMT
'The greatest risk in life is in not taking one.' These were the words of 72-year-old British sailor and author Trevor Wilson when he was rescued for the fourth time in an Atlantic crossing attempt, just 70 miles off the United States coastline. Each Atlantic crossing attempt, some of which succeeded, ended with the loss of his boat, usually called Erma. ...
2013 Superyacht Awards:...and the sailing yachts were...
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
12:23 AM Tue 14 May 2013 GMT
This month in Istanbul, among a heady collection of outrageously luxurious yachts and extraordinary designs, several sailing yachts received awards in the 2013 Superyacht Awards. The event was a glamorous event in true superyacht style, held at the Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski. ...
British sailors - how to win a visit from the British sailing team
By Susie NationGrainger/Sail-World Cruising, ,
11:51 PM Mon 13 May 2013 GMT
British sailors, is your club or centre taking part in RYA 'Push the Boat Out' this weekend (18-19 May)? If the answer is yes then you could be in with a chance of winning a visit to your club, from one the UK’s leading sailors. ...
AMVER to the rescue - again - of four sailors
By US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:53 PM Mon 13 May 2013 GMT
This grainy night photo shows a sailor in his dismasted yacht waving to rescuers during a rescue which, thanks to AMVER, was carried out by a combination of the US Coast Guard and a good Samaritan crew ...
Superyacht or violin? Yacht designer finds the synergies
By Lee Mylchreest/Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:39 PM Mon 13 May 2013 GMT
Just when we thought that every bizarre shape possible had been used by superyacht designers, created by every possible strange inspiration of the owner or the designer, there's another. A superyacht is to be designed in the mode of a Stradivarius violin, by UK designer Alex McDiarmid. ...
Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Currents snare more victims
By Event Media, ,
6:48 PM Mon 13 May 2013 GMT
In the Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally, the infamous tidal runs near the entrance to Benoa Harbour, where the finish line is located, have claimed two more victims. Brian Todd’s 49 footer Sue Sea, which was comfortably closing in on the finish as darkness fell, appears to have been dragged north of the line by the current. ...
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