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Product of the Week: Marine Film By Lee Mylchreest, , 8:43 PM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
There's nothing more annoying when you have lovingly restored your hull to perfect than to have some unthinking other come along and scratch it. Or maybe the dock was not as rubbery as you thought and after you leave you find a scratch. But just keeping some marine film in a locker can take the stress out of life until you get a chance for a proper repair - it's this week's Product of the Week ...

The jury is back: Storms deeper and stronger from world pollution By, , 7:54 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
Are storms getting worse, or is it just my imagination? No, for the first time, scientists have proved it, with the all-too-graphic statement, 'The aerosols formed by human activities from fast-growing Asian economies do impact storm formation and global air circulation downstream. They tend to make storms deeper and stronger and more intense, and these storms also have more precipitation.' ...

Annapolis Book of Seamanship - the latest update By Des Ryan, , 1:07 AM Fri 18 Apr 2014 GMT
While many many things changed in the last 31 years in sailing, nothing has changed about the value of good seamanship, an eternal skill, not aided by the most dramatic of technological breakthroughs. This is why the 'Annapolis Book of Seamanship' no matter which version, will never be truly out of date. That doesn't mean that the extensive update by author John Rousmaniere isn't worthwhile ...

Britain's RYA Push the Boat Out begins May 17 By Susie NationGrainger, , 10:00 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
People of all ages and abilities residing in the UK will have the opportunity to discover sailing on 17-18 May with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Push the Boat Out. The nationwide event will see hundreds of sailing clubs from Stromness to Torpoint holding open days and taster sessions to inspire their local communities to get involved in the sport. ...

Rescue of Canadian sailor by Swedes north of New Zealand By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:04 PM Thu 17 Apr 2014 GMT
Recently we published the news story of the rescue, while it was underway, of solo Canadian cruising sailor Art Munneke (See Sail-World_story) by a commercial ship, giving full credit to them for going off course to rescue Munneke. Here now is the graphic account of his survival. ...

Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day By BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:49 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
About 70% of the Earth is covered by water – and that’s where you’ll find recreational boaters spending their time. With Earth Day's arrival on April 22, what can boaters do to help keep the waters they enjoy clean and healthy? Here are three easy tips from the BoatUS Foundation that any boater can do: ...

Christmas Caribbean Rally - It's on again in 2014 By Louay Habib, , 9:34 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
After the inaugural 2013 Christmas Caribbean Rally, Sailing Rallies are pleased to announce that the 2014 transatlantic event is set to be even better. Once again the event is attracting a varied international fleet with five different nationalities already registered among the entries for 2014. ...

Austrian sailor crosses the Atlantic in 4.9m FIPOFIX in 87 days By Renate Johns, , 8:47 PM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
The attempt to cross the Atlantic in almost the smallest boat ever - at just 4.9m - had to be abandoned by Austrian extreme-adventure sailor Norbert Sedlacek twice because of energy supply and autopilot problems, but third time lucky when Norbert's son, Harald, took over the helm of the tiny FIPOFIX for the next attempt, successfully completing the journey in 87 days, arriving in Palm Beach USA th ...

Piracy down but Somali pirates? Yes they are still there. By nk, , 2:52 AM Mon 14 Apr 2014 GMT
While it's only the most the reckless (and silent) cruising sailor who dares brave the Gulf of Aden or any Somali waters these days, commercial ships are still transiting the dangerous zone. So it is the experiences of these trading vessels that can guide us about when the danger might be gone - and it's not. ...

3G/4G Hi-Speed Coastal Marine Broadband System, just launched in UK By Sail-World Cruising, , 8:56 PM Sun 13 Apr 2014 GMT
It gets better all the time. British sailors can rejoice over the ever-increasing speeds of marine broadband. Now there's a new 3G/4G Hi-Speed Coastal Marine Broadband System, just launched. ...

British rescuers go for their own circumnavigation challenge By Derby Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:59 PM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
Whether they are cruising sailors or racers, sailors are forever setting challenges for themselves - to sail a new ocean, to be first or fastest to achieve a goal. The rescuers, on the other hand, are usually there to pick up the pieces when plans go awry. Now there's a group of rescuers keen to change that. ...

How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans By Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea, , 2:27 AM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
Sailors-for-the-Sea, whose core aim is to 'educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans,' regularly produces an Oceans Watch Essay, and this time it is by Sandra Whitehouse, Ph.D. Senior Policy Advisor Ocean Conservancy, who talks about how sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans, in a USA context. ...

Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years By AFP/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:06 AM Sat 12 Apr 2014 GMT
A message in a bottle, the traditional sailor's way of getting messages back to the world about their plight, which was thrown in the sea in Germany 101 years ago is believed to be the world's oldest. It has now been presented to the sender's granddaughter. ...

Sailing lesson, Number One hot tip: Watch the video By, , 8:43 PM Thu 10 Apr 2014 GMT
This latest sailing video contains a very hot sailing tip. Not that you'll (probably) be able to understand a word, but don't let that deter you. The anonymous TV reporter was about to interview the Mayor of 'Kampen ' in the Netherlands about Sailing in Kampen, when this incident happened. ...

IYRS Boats and careers to be launched on May 31st By Melissa Flaherty, , 9:38 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
The International Yacht Restoration School(IYRS), a long-respected private nonprofit school in Rhode Island, USA, focused on training for the marine and composites industries, is again celebrating its successes of the past year. On May 31, students from IYRS’ three accredited programs will graduate, and the students from the Boatbuilding and Restoration Program will launch their boats. ...

Celebrating Canada's National Volunteer Week By Sail Canada, , 9:28 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
Sail Canada is looking for sailing volunteers who go 'above and beyond' in their role. Canada's National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) is a time to celebrate and thank the many Canadians who donate their time and energy throughout the year. It is also a time to raise awareness of the vital contributions made by volunteers that enrich our communities and our lives. ...

Royal Yachting Association says: First timers, come sail with us! By Susie NationGrainger, , 8:58 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
At Britain's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) they know that sailing is a sport for all and they want to prove it! They are looking for people who’ve never been out on a boat or windsurfer but would love to. They want to take them out on the water, film their first day and show just how easy it is to get hooked. ...

Singapore Sailing seeks ISAF recognized training By ISAF, , 4:46 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
ISAF Member National Authority Singapore Sailing has applied to ISAF for the accreditation of its National Sail Training Program after the 2014 ISAF Development Symposium in South Africa. ...

Using Gmail and your newsletters have stopped arriving? Latest Update By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 4:42 PM Tue 8 Apr 2014 GMT
Are you finding that emails you want end up in Gmail's Spam bin, or just don't appear at all? We have uncovered the reason, and there is a solution. Are you using Gmail, and noticed that your sailing newsletters have stopped arriving? Last year Google introduced a new feature to its Inbox, which rated incoming emails as being 'Primary', 'Social' or 'Promotions'. It just changed your Inbox ...

Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 11:33 PM Mon 7 Apr 2014 GMT
Yet another solo sailor has been rescued by a commercial ship, this time a car carrier, after his yacht was rolled and holed during a storm in the South Pacific. Canadian sailor Art Munneke, a member of the SaltSpring Island Yacht Club, had survived for five days after the incident, augmenting his electric bilge pump with hand pumping. When the bilge pump failed he let off his EPIRB. ...

Sailing without effort - holidaying in a gulet By Lee Mylchreest, , 8:50 PM Mon 7 Apr 2014 GMT
So you love sailing holidays but not all the family does, or you want a really lazy time on the water - a 'real' holiday. Why not go sailing on a traditional Turkish gulet to sail in either Turkish or Greek waters? Someone else will sail the boat, someone else will prepare the meals - sorry you'll have to do the swimming and snorkelling and sunbaking yourself. ...

Yacht of the Week: Moody 41 By Des Ryan, , 1:14 AM Mon 7 Apr 2014 GMT
As cruising boats as well as racing yachts get faster, glitzier and, above all, longer, there are still those of us who want the yacht we sail to be elegant rather than glitzy, fast enough but not to the exclusion of comfort, and a size that is 'just right' for short-handed sailing rather than as long as you can afford. Enter the Moody 41, our yacht of the week. ...

Dutchman's 'real' Noah's Ark benefits from film's success By Sail-World Cruising, , 1:12 AM Sun 6 Apr 2014 GMT
The film 'Noah' might be doing well at the box office, but it has also engendered some renewed interest in the 'real' reproduction of Noah's Ark, moored on a canal in The Netherlands. ...

Two separate remote baby rescues sure to raise questions By Lee Mylchreest, , 11:02 PM Sat 5 Apr 2014 GMT
It was already a week of rescues. Now the rescue of two babies from sailing boats, one because of illness in the Pacific and one because of a dismasting near Cape Horn, will raise questions - about the foolhardiness of taking small children sailing in remote locations - by all but the most inveterate of cruising sailors. ...

Dramatic MOB Pacific cold-water rescue - the personal account By Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:02 PM Fri 4 Apr 2014 GMT
Whether you are cruising or racing, a Man Overboard is a Man Overboard, and this graphic account of the difficulty of a sailing boat crewed with beefy professional and experienced sailors getting their crew member back on board should have every cruising sailor taking the integrity and use of their life jacket and tethering gear very seriously. ...

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