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Salty Dawg Rally Seminar Series planned October 8 in Annapolis By Mike Martel, , 4:44 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
The Salty Dawg Rally will hold their 2014 Seminar Series in Annapolis, MD at Mears Pavilion, 519 Chester Avenue, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 7:45 a.m. until 5 o’clock p.m. the day before the US Sailboat Show begins. Mears Marina is conveniently located along Back Creek close to the show. ...
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Europe tightens up on skippers competency certification By Alex Blackwell/Sail-World.com, , 6:57 PM Wed 3 Sep 2014 GMT
Many European countries have adopted the requirement for the skipper of a vessel entering their waters to have an International Certificate of Competency (ICC - see attached form). Other documents and licenses will apparently no longer be accepted. ...
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World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail By World Cruising Club, , 6:03 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet made a spectacular sight today as they sailed across the start line in Darwin Harbour. After a morning of no wind Rally Control were relieved when a slight sea breeze filled in just before the start allowing all yachts to cross the line under full sail. First across the line was Celebrate followed closely by American Spirit II and Chika-Lu. ...
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NOAA expedition discovers ship’s timepiece silent for nearly 200 years By NOAA Research, , 4:59 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Using undersea robots, a team of NOAA-led marine archeologists discovered a ship’s chronometer where time has stood still for about 200 years at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. This was the latest discovery made as part of the Gulf of Mexico expedition by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. ...
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Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens By Jimmy Cornell, , 4:50 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
31 August was exactly three months since Aventura left London bound for Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage. Since then we have covered over 6000 miles and are now bound for St Johns in Newfoundland, having decided to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage due to persistent unfavourable ice conditions. ...
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A Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic 6.0 now available By Frank Virgintino, , 4:31 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
FreeCruisingGuides.com has announced the release of the sixth edition of A Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic 6.0. The sixth edition is entirely updated and includes an expanded discussion with additional charts of the Windward Passage as a 'very sailable' alternative entrance into the Caribbean and gateway to Caribbean islands frequently bypassed along more traditional routes. ...
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Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package' By Tamas Szekely, Budapest , 2:57 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Having given a serious consideration to feedbacks and remarks from cruisers after the Africa Europe Challenge opened for entries, the organizing team of the AEC have decided to introduce a so called Spectator’s Package so to make it possible for cruisers on a tight budget to take part in their events. ...
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, a popular cruising destination in Canada By Greg Nicoll, , 2:47 PM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
On a really clear day, from my homeport of the Port Credit Yacht Club, you can just see Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of the most popular cruising destinations in Canada. The trip to Niagara takes about an hour by car or about five hours under sail, most of the time. ...
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The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising By Kathy Mak, , 2:30 PM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Some may say that the sailing experience of monohulls versus catamarans is as different as chalk and cheese. Until recently, Frank (my husband) and I never gave much thought to catamarans. We rarely saw them over the years of monohull sailing on the West Coast. ...
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'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time By Scripps iInstitute, , 3:31 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a 'playa,' are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. ...
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20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act By NOAA Fisheries, , 7:09 PM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
NOAA announced on August 27th that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. ...
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A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! By Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, , 5:22 PM Thu 28 Aug 2014 GMT
I recently took a call from a member who had just returned home from a boating trip to Brittany. When in Brittany he found that about a third of the shore supply in marinas had reverse polarity. He says the French were disinterested but feels that members should be made aware of the dangers. ...
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OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash By Barby MacGowan, , 5:00 PM Thu 28 Aug 2014 GMT
Neither Garrod Clute (Bristol, Conn.), Ed Weschler (Chicago) nor Maggie Dunbar (Newport, R.I.) had ever been aboard a Tall Ship before, but when they arrived in Portsmouth, R.I. last week with over two dozen other teens aboard the 180-foot three-masted schooner Mystic one would have sworn they had been aboard for five weeks rather than five days. ...
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How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is By Nera Cornell, , 7:47 PM Wed 27 Aug 2014 GMT
We’ve been stuck in ice, walking among ivory animal bones, talking with Canadian Inuit, and lots more over this 2014 summer. We’ve seen Dundas Harbour and the great Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Cuming inlet and the shaggy Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Beechey island with its Franklin graves and Gyrfalcons. ...
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Boaters urged to attend anchoring meetings next week in Florida By BoatUS, , 5:56 PM Wed 27 Aug 2014 GMT
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting two public workshops on possible changes to Florida’s anchoring laws. If you are a boater or sailor and having a full range of anchoring and mooring options is an important part of your cruising in Florida, consider attending one of these meetings. ...
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New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean By British Antarctic Survey, , 6:01 PM Tue 26 Aug 2014 GMT
A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is published this week by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world spent the last four years compiling everything they know about ocean species from microbes to whales. ...
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Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, , 8:28 PM Mon 25 Aug 2014 GMT
Sometimes in the life of a Galley Guy, opportunities to travel to great places just happen. However sometimes, life just gets in the way. This year our friends at Le Boat offered the Galley Guys a boat to travel through the Alsace region of France to savour the food and wines of this spectacular and lush corner of Eastern France. ...
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World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin By World Cruising Club, , 2:42 AM Sun 24 Aug 2014 GMT
Festina Lente and Civetta II arrived in Darwin early on August 23rd with the rest of the fleet likely to arrive over the next few days. Darwin marks the end of a free cruising period that started in Mackay during which the fleet have enjoyed cruising within the Great Barrier Reef along the north east coast of Queensland before sailing across the 'top end' of Australia. ...
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Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature By Larry MacDonald, , 6:04 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
When one thinks of Tonga in the South Pacific, the mind conjures up images of a Polynesian paradise – white sand beaches on lush tropical islands, sprinkled like emeralds on a turquoise sea. Supplement that image with quiet anchorages, warm breezes and crystal-clear waters and its understandable why Tonga is considered one of the world’s premiere sailing destinations. ...
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A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014 By World Cruising Club, , 5:08 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
Six weeks ago 27 yachts arrived in Kiel, Germany for the start ARC Baltic 2014, the World Cruising Clubs inaugural sailing event cruising the Baltic Sea. Having completed the six week adventure sailing to six countries and six capitals, the event came to an end last weekend in Klintholm Havn on the picturesque island of Mӧn, Denmark. ...
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Where in the world are our strongest corals? By Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab, , 12:35 PM Fri 22 Aug 2014 GMT
The Palauan archipelago is a composed of more than 250 islands. Among these are about 200 known as the Rock Islands, due their tough limestone composition. These islands form a series of semi enclosed bays south of Palau's most populated island, Koror. ...
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