| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising USA
Most advanced VHF ever, just launched
By Ian Lockyer/Sail-World Cruising, Herne Bay ,
7:15 PM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
One of the most advanced marine VHF radios ever seen was launched at the METS in Amsterdam this week. The IC-M506 is packed full of features including integrated AIS receiver, NMEA2000 connectivity, ‘Last Call’ voice recording function, ‘Active Noise Cancelling’ technology plus, plus... ...
Columbus's Nina is almost ready to sail again in Texas
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, ,
12:46 AM Fri 22 Nov 2013 GMT
La Niña, or colloquially simply 'Nina', is almost ready to sail again! La Niña was one of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage towards the Indies in 1492. The others were the Pinta and the Santa Maria. ...
Greenpeace sailors protest drillers in the Tasman Sea
By Greenpeace/Sail-World Cruising, ,
11:50 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013 GMT
The Greenpeace sailing boat is dwarfed by the size of the ships around it, but it's not going anywhere any time soon.
In the continuing standoff between the drillers and the sailors, the Noble Bob Douglas drillship has moved into position in the Tasman Sea over an exploratory well off the coast of the New Zealand and will continue with its planned drilling operations. ...
Anchoring in a fast tidal flow - the Bahamian Mooring System
By Des Ryan,
4:13 AM Mon 18 Nov 2013 GMT
Sailing writer Des Ryan tells of his recent experience, a first time Bahamian Moor. He here shares his experiences and what he learned as a result: I just finished anchoring in Crookhaven River, where the tidal flow was amazing. This underlined the value of the Bahamian Mooring technique, which I had never used before. It proved fantastic. What is it? Read on... ...
ARC 2013 Official Opening Ceremony: Flags and Bands
By World Cruising Club,
7:25 PM Sun 17 Nov 2013 GMT
With one week to go before the ARC 2013 fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from across the world marched and danced behind their national flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina. ...
Saildrone completes Pacific crossing
By Des Ryan, ,
8:22 PM Sat 16 Nov 2013 GMT
They have been trying for years to cross the Atlantic with an automated sailing boat, and that challenge is still out there, but now a team of high-tech enthusiasts formed into a non-profit organisation in Alameda California have completed a crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii - a world record for an unmanned sailing boat. ...
Ocean Cruising Club: Call for nominations
By OCC/Nancy Knudsen,
7:29 PM Sat 16 Nov 2013 GMT
The Ocean Cruising Club - that international club of those who have cast off the docklines and sailed away to adventure - are seeking nominations for their annual awards. To qualify for some, one has to be a member of the global cruising club, but others are open to all. Do YOU know someone who deserves to be nominated? Here are the awards and criteria: ...
Rogue wave hits crew in yacht Great Britain - story includes Video
By Julia Wall-Clarke/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:28 PM Sat 16 Nov 2013 GMT
Rogue waves are one of the unknowns in the ocean, whether in 10 knots or 50. I have personally encountered a rogue wave in the Pacific which thoroughly pooped our boat when lightly running in around 10 knots of wind. Here is a 'close encounter' with a rogue wave by British yacht Great Britain. It occurred this week in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in the South Indian Ocean: ...
Gigantic iceberg sails north from the Antarctic
By Live Science/Sail-World Cruising,
6:41 AM Sat 16 Nov 2013 GMT
If you are contemplating ever sailing into the Southern Ocean, there's a new hazard that you might need to look out for. Live Science has reported that, after lingering in its birthing bay for nearly six months, an Antarctic iceberg measuring about 270 square miles, or the size of Singapore, is finally heading out to sea. ...
Seahawk arrives, first of Perini Navi 60m sailing yachts
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
10:36 PM Thu 14 Nov 2013 GMT
The Perini Navi Group, known for their 40-60m sailing yachts, but probably best known among cruising sailors for their iconic yacht the Maltese Falcon, have delivered the first of their new generation of 60m yachts, Seahawk. It is designed in collaboration with New Zealander Ron Holland ...
ARC and the challenge of an Atlantic crossing
By World Cruising Club, ,
5:31 PM Thu 14 Nov 2013 GMT
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has always been about the challenge of an Atlantic crossing, whether for first timers in a family cruising boat, or experienced sailors pushing for a personal best crossing time on a racing yacht. ...
When 'winterizing' means going sailing!
By Glenn McCarthy/Sail-World Cruising,
1:07 AM Wed 13 Nov 2013 GMT
When the weather gets too cold many winterize their boats, others (the lucky ones) head for warmer climes, but there's another category of sailors that just start to get excited as the world ices in - it's the ice boaters. Here we tell of the Renegades of Lake Michigan, and of the people who sail in them. ...
Product of the week: One Sailor MBS for single-handed docking
12:02 AM Wed 13 Nov 2013 GMT
Sailing single-handed poses its own challenges, and one of the principle of these is docking without assistance. While at sea with plenty of room, aiming the boat in the direction you want is done with a lot of flexibility. However when it comes to docking the boat, wind, currents and the characteristics of the boat can make it tricky. Now there's a neat aide to make it easier. ...
First ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas, Canary Islands
By Sarah Collins, World Cruising Club/Sail-World, ,
7:30 PM Mon 11 Nov 2013 GMT
The first ARC+ has set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday 10 November. A brisk north Easterly wind provided great sailing conditions. 43 yachts carrying 183 crew members crossed the start line at 1300 and headed south, providing a stunning sight from ashore. ...
Beneteau in financial loss, but things are looking up
By Beneteau Group/Des Ryan, ,
8:54 PM Sun 10 Nov 2013 GMT
When the Beneteau Group records a financial loss for the year, you know things have been tight. Arguably the most successful boat builder in the world reported an operating loss of -€1.3m in the Boat division for the year. However this was a better than forecast and it's not all bad news, with the 2014 season expected to mark the global boat market's first growth in 5 years, around 3-5 percent ...
Salty Dawg Rally: aftermath of Gulf Stream storm havoc
By Mike Hixenbaugh,PilotOnLine/Sail-World round-up,
8:37 PM Sun 10 Nov 2013 GMT
The woes of some of the boats in the Salty Dawg Rally in crossing the Gulf Stream during stormy weather have drawn critics and defenders alike. In any rally there is no doubt that each skipper is required to make his or her own call as to their departure and all other decisions during a rally. ...
Classic yacht Ingomar reproduction seeks buyer to finish
By Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
11:43 PM Sat 9 Nov 2013 GMT
If you have a few dollars lying around this could be the buy of the century. Replica of 1903 classic yacht Ingomar is seeking a buyer to finish construction at Front Street Shipyard in the USA. The two-masted topsail gaff-rigged schooner was scheduled to be launched in 2013, but unless a buyer can be found that promise will certainly not be met. ...
One yacht's account of Salty Dawg Rally crossing
By Andrew and Clare Payne/Sail-World,
7:28 PM Sat 9 Nov 2013 GMT
Andrew and Clare Payne, long time live-aboard cruising sailors on their boat Eye Candy, this year joined the Salty Dawg Rally to make their way south to the Caribbean. Here is their graphic description of how they crossed the Gulf Stream and dodged the fronts successfully while others ran into trouble: ...
Sailing and swimming with manatees - Oceans Watch Essay
By Roger Reep Professor, Uni of Florida/Sail-World, ,
10:26 PM Fri 8 Nov 2013 GMT
As a fourth generation Floridian in my seventh decade of living, I am interested in preserving the health of the natural environment for my children and grandchildren. This includes the coastal estuaries that link marine and freshwater environments. Manatees in Florida deal with motorized boat traffic throughout much of their range. Florida has about 2000 miles of complex coastline ...
Caribbean-bound yachts head south - five rescues in 24 hours
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
9:55 PM Fri 8 Nov 2013 GMT
Are they going unprepared for the conditions? As rally boats make their way south down the American east coast to the Caribbean to escape the winter, the US Coast Guard is stretching to assist boats who get into trouble and call an emergency. On Friday the Coast Guard rescued a fifth boat after four boats off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina were reported in distress Thursday. ...
Two solo sailor Septuagenarians doing oldest/fastest circumnavigations
By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, ,
4:14 AM Fri 8 Nov 2013 GMT
There must be something in the cow's milk in New Zealand the way they breed sailors. Now there is not one, but there are two Kiwi-born septuagenarian solo sailors off to try to break records to see who is the oldest, or the oldest/fastest solo sailor to do a circumnavigation. ...
AMVER and the Liberians rescue solo sailor 700nm offshore
By US Coast Guard/Sail-World,
7:28 PM Thu 7 Nov 2013 GMT
AMVER has done it again. Thanks to the Automated Mutual-Assistant Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) and a Liberian ship, a solo sailor has been rescued 700nm west of Cape Cod in Massachussetts USA. The Liberian-flagged Athena L has been enrolled in the global system of AMVER since October, 2011 and came swiftly to the aid of the dismasted yacht. ...
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