|News for the Last 7 Days - Cruising Australia
German sailors freed by Philippine militants
By AP News/Sail-World, ,
4:11 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Two German sailors who went missing in April, after being abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants and held in a jungle encampment, have been freed. A Philippine official says the pair were released just hours after it had threatened to behead one if no ransom payment was made. ...
Grand opening for new Marina Lanzarote
By Cornell Sailing, ,
3:57 PM Wed 22 Oct 2014 GMT
Crowds flocked to Marina Lanzarote for the grand opening on Saturday October 18, where local and regional public officials led by Paulino Rivero, President of the Canarian Government lauded Mr. Jose Calero’s most impressive achievement to date. ...
Cold water boating hazards
By BoatUS, ,
9:10 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
Boating in cold weather can be exhilarating, but it also puts you at risk of falling into dangerously cold waters. Even boating in warm weather can be dangerous if the water is much colder than the air. ...
New Yachtsman’s Guide to Southampton Water
By RYA, ,
8:49 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
The Associated British Ports has produced a new Yachtsman’s Guide to Southampton Water. The information has been produced specifically for people who enjoy recreational activities afloat. The guide urges yachtsmen to keep in mind the number of large commercial ships servicing the Port of Southampton while the number of recreational craft afloat in local waters is increasing. ...
Sailing across the North Atlantic at 81
By Edward Cohen, Chicago, IL ,
1:30 PM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
A grew up Miami, Florida. My family moved there when I was a young child. Like many other children in the days before TV, I read a lot. I especially liked reading books that described heroic sailing adventures, Captain Horatio Hornblower’s Man-O-War vessel fighting the French, Sir Francis Drake’s exploits, Joshua Slocum who sailed around the world alone—these were my heroes. ...
New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind
By Sail-World, ,
10:28 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014 GMT
PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online.
By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ...
Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race - Registration now open
By Lisa Gabrielson, ,
4:09 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race have announced the opening of registration for its 20th anniversary, which will commence on June 19, 2015. Supported by the Beverly YC of Marion, Mass., the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club of Paget, Bermuda, and the Blue Water SC of Boston, Mass., the race is open to seaworthy yachts appropriate for an offshore ocean race as defined in the USSER. ...
MOB - Learn the 'Elevator' Recovery Technique!
By John Jamieson, ,
3:47 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Just the thought of falling overboard scares most sailors into a 'stay-aboard-at-all-costs' mindset. And yet this most serious of sailing emergencies does happen now and then. Recovery will be tough no matter what the marine weather conditions. ...
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? ...
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. ...
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? ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...