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Another boom death. Australian sailor dies, hit by swinging boom By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 1:03 AM Mon 7 Jul 2014 GMT
Another boom death. An Australian sailor who was seriously injured after being hit by a boom on a yacht during a storm off Pulau Bidan, 19 nautical miles from Penang in Malaysia, has died. Wrong information provided to the maritime authorities on the location of the yacht led to a delay in the rescue operation of the woman, according to local authorities. ...
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Galley Guru vital to the life of the cruising sailor By Lee Mylchreest, , 12:05 AM Mon 7 Jul 2014 GMT
There's one sailing event, that, unlike bad storms and blissful moments, repeats reliably over and over every day when sailing - the necessity to eat. It may even assume a greater than usual emphasis, to relieve the necessary routine of repetitive watches, or be the climax to a happy day on the water. ...
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'Boat Handling in Marinas' by Rob Gibson - and how to get it reliably By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:21 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Sailing in the ocean will rarely scratch your topsides, but the wrong wind in a marina can be fatal to your paint-job, or worse. That's why this e-Book is a winner, and we are reprinting this story because of the many people who had problems obtaining it the first time... ...
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Heart-stopping moment as whale capsizes Zodiac By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 8:15 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
The first thing I thought when I saw this video was 'It could happen to me in the dinghy!' Staying away from whales when in your dinghy is not only for the sake of the whales, but you just can't predict the whale. This rare video was taken by fixed camera on the RIB from which they were photographing two blue whales. ...
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If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 1:21 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Many people say that climate change has already doomed coral reefs but the report shows that loss of parrotfishes and other grazers has been far more important than climate change for Caribbean reef destruction so far. ...
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Climate change could stop fish finding their friends By ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, , 12:37 PM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
Climate change models predict that carbon dioxide levels and ocean acidity will more than double before the end of the century. To investigate if this would affect social recognition in fish, schools were kept under elevated levels of carbon dioxide, similar to those projected for 2100 by models produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). ...
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Vanuatu ups their welcome to cruising sailors with new approach By Lee Mylchreest, , 5:42 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
What a government does to promote yacht tourism is always vital, causing cruising sailors to arrive in droves or flee to cheaper or more friendly cruising grounds. Now tropical Vanuatu is taking the game to a whole new level, with one cruising couple spending years researching to make Vanuatu's welcome the very best in the South Pacific. ...
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Criminal charges mooted for owners of sunk HMS Bounty By Lee Mylchreest, , 2:42 AM Sun 6 Jul 2014 GMT
There have been investigation after investigation, and report after report, but now the U.S. Coast Guard investigation report has now been released, 19 months after the HMS Bounty sank during Hurricane Sandy. Prosecutors are considering criminal charges against the management company responsible for The Bounty, CNN reports. ...
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Red faces after authorities inadvertently aid boat thief to get away By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:14 PM Sat 5 Jul 2014 GMT
They called it the case of 'What do you do with a drunken sailor?' or 'How on earth did the authorities help this boat thief to steal a luxury yacht?' or 'From sea captain to pirate and back to sea captain'. Whatever, there are some red faces in Orange County this week as the word leaked out that local authorities had actually aided a drunk boat thief to get away after he had stolen a boat. ...
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Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, , 10:03 AM Fri 4 Jul 2014 GMT
The key boat buying demographic, the 40 to 65 age group, has embraced online media enthusiastically, with video, imagery and major feature stories providing much more information and entertainment than ever before. More and more people are choosing large-screen smartphones (phablets) over seven to eight-inch tablets says the key industry data group, the International Data Corporation (IDC). ...
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Sail Estonia: a VERY new idea By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:56 PM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
Sail Estonia? Not usually on any roaming sailor's radar, Estonia, virtually a peninsula in the Baltic Sea, is a natural for roving sailors who are looking for fresh unexplored places with reasonable infrastructure. You can either charter there for a holiday, or make it part of a Baltic circumnavigation if you are taking your own boat. So what are the attractions? ...
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Tie This 'Lifesaving' Bowline in Seconds - the easy way! By John Jamieson, Florida , 5:14 PM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
It was another perfect November day for frostbiting--until that 25-knot gust struck out of nowhere! With no time to release the mainsheet, I flipped the boat in shallow water, about two hundred yards from shore. The tiny 14-footer rolled 180 degrees before planting its mast firmly into the muddy bottom of Charleston Harbor. ...
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A Beer Bummel on the Thames River By Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong, , 8:01 AM Tue 1 Jul 2014 GMT
Sail-World North America's Greg Nicoll is one of the Canadian Yachting cruising Galley Guys who have made an art of being where the food and beverage action is. Here is one of their reports on cruising the Rivers of England. ...
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Online weather routing - possible? Predict Wind says yes By Nancy Knudsen, , 11:08 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014 GMT
Everything else is getting automated, why not weather routing? PredictWind tells us that with their new weather routing tool, working out the fastest or most comfortable passage has never been easier. ...
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Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention By BoatUS/Sail-World, , 8:35 PM Mon 30 Jun 2014 GMT
She seemed okay when you left her, after that last happy day, but a phone call a couple of days later telling you she had sunk destroyed all your sailing dreams for a long time to come. In fact, it could be the end of her. That’s because repairs on a sunken boat - whether unattended or underway - often cost more than the actual value of the boat. ...
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