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Archaic 5mph speed limit for sailing boats soon to change
By The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
5:39 PM Fri 7 Oct 2011
While it's power boats that get most of the criticism for speeding on waterways and ignoring the rules, one US waterway has so restricted speed that yachts involved in racing have been in danger of being booked for speeding. However, common sense will soon prevail in Newport Harbor in California where the 5 mph speed limit has been hampering sailing boats as well as power boats for over 100 years ...[more]
Red tape cut for visiting St Lucia - a model for other countries?
By Des Ryan, ,
3:42 PM Tue 4 Oct 2011
Awkward red tape always makes visiting a country less likely for the cruising sailor. Some nations make it so difficult intentionally that no cruising sailor visits - think of Saudi Arabia or Algeria. Others are simply ignorant of the value of visiting yachts. St Lucia in the Caribbean could be used as a model by all yachties who want to encourage their own country to make visiting easier: ...[more]
UK's Royal Yachting Association publishes manifesto
11:53 AM Fri 9 Sep 2011
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the UK's national body for representing the interests of all boating activities, has, for the first time, found it necessary to publish a manifesto, with the following statement: ...[more]
Ferry has its day in court: New Zealand sailboat skipper fined
By Maritime New Zealand,
9:54 AM Wed 31 Aug 2011
A New Zealand skipper is convicted and fined for ignoring basic safety rules for the avoidance of collisions at sea. The skipper will have to pay over NZ$5,000 for his deliberate act. ...[more]
Foreign yachts fined in Europe for 'wrong' fuel
By Lucy Chabot Reed, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising, ,
3:45 PM Sun 14 Aug 2011
Admittedly they were megayachts, but the warning is clear for all cruising sailors are headed for Europe after being in America, even for a short time. Two megayachts have been boarded and fined thousands of dollars by German customs officers in Kiel for having red-tinted fuel in their tanks. ...[more]
Heavy handed financial police scare boats away from Italy
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
6:08 PM Sat 6 Aug 2011
It's not only on land that Italians are suffering financially. Marina operators are complaining that, between new checks being carried out by Italian financial police, the flight of yachts to other countries and the fact that so many boats in marinas are for sale, the year 2011 is forecast to be even worse than 2009 and 2010. ...[more]
Quit picking on the Little Guy - Boating publisher speaks out
By Nancy S Michelmas/Sail-World,
9:01 AM Wed 27 Jul 2011
Like many sailing and boating grounds in the world, the sailors in the waterways of the USA are feeling an increasing load of regulations and less and less 'freedom of the sea.' This has led Nancy Michelmas, publisher of BoatU.S, to write of the subject and what can be done about it in the United States. Readers from other countries might sympathise! ...[more]
Why cruising yachts avoid Australia -what's wrong with our regulations
By Lesley Grimminck,
6:58 AM Fri 22 Jul 2011
Lesley Grimminck is the long time and highly respected president of the Bundaberg Yacht Club, which operates the annual Port2Port rally from Vanuatu, welcoming both circumnavigating international yachts and Australian homecoming yachts with a grand week of festivities to mark the end of the cruising season. However, according to Lesley, international yachts are now avoiding Australia. Read why: ...[more]
Bermuda: More red carpet, less red tape
By Bernews/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:03 AM Tue 31 May 2011
Bermuda has long been concerned about illegal immigrants, allowing yachts only a three week stay before an involved process for an extension. Now the country is recognising the value of the yachting fraternity by allowing yachts a three month stay. ...[more]
Fiji copes with yachting boom
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:38 AM Mon 30 May 2011
Fiji is having to expand its customs and immigration facilities to cope with a yachting boom. According to the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji(BAF) thirty-two officers are to be recruited because of the increase in workload created by the recent influx of yachts, particularly superyachts. ...[more]
Westerly Owners Association speaks up on UK coastguard changes
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
6:38 AM Mon 2 May 2011
UK's strongly supported Westerly Owners' Association (WOA) has come out swinging against the government's plans to change the way that the coastguard operates on the coastlines of Britain. ...[more]
Mediterranean inspection warning this season: yachts are included
By Stuart Biesel, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising, ,
6:40 AM Wed 6 Apr 2011
There is quite a stir in the air these days about the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and vessels being detained in the Mediterranean. There are Flag State circulars, various management company memos, e-mails and media articles all with warnings. Let’s have a look at the who, what, where and why of the Paris MoU and how this may impact yachts in the Mediterranean this summer. ...[more]
Yachts in Europe: new marine safety inspections from Jan 2011
By Sail-World/Capt. Jake DesVergers, The Triton, ,
10:43 AM Mon 3 Jan 2011
Yacht owners in or intending to visit Europe Russia or Canada take note. From Jan. 1, 2011, the member states of the Paris 'Memorandum of Understanding' (MOU - an administrative agreement between 27 mostly European maritime authorities) will implement a New Inspection Regime (NIR) for ships and could have a significant impact on yachts, according to a chief surveyor for International Yacht Bureau ...[more]
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