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Channel 16 blocked by careless radio operators By Portsmouth/Sail-World Cruising, 7:21 AM Sun 24 Oct 2010
Private yachts are putting lives at risk by accidentally blocking the airwaves, the coastguard in Britain has warned. Rescue personnel have been unable to find vessels in distress because pleasure boats have left their radios transmitting, blocking the Solent coastguard's emergency frequency ...[more]


Rescue 21 - taking the 'search' out of 'search and rescue' By Lee Mylchreest, , 10:39 AM Sat 23 Oct 2010
Getting to a rescue site in the least possible time is one of the vital elements of a successful rescue, and it's new technology that is helping the U.S. Coast Guard do their jobs by taking the 'search' out of search-and-rescue missions. ...[more]


AISnet Base Station makes AIS data available on the web By Sail-World Cruising, , 7:14 AM Tue 19 Oct 2010
Digital Yacht, British manufacturer of marine navigation and communication equipment, has developed a new shore-side AIS network receiver named AISnet, which, for instance, your marina could install. ...[more]


Sailing Tip of the Week: Don't forget the simple stopper knot By Grant Headifen, , 7:12 AM Sun 17 Oct 2010
Whether you’re learning to sail or are an advanced sailor, this tip is basic stuff but excellent to remember if you don’t like going up the mast....and the tip is: Never forget to check all your stopper knots are in place (Also instructions on how to tie one) ...[more]


Product of the Week: GOST immobiliser, to help prevent dinghy theft By Sail-World Cruising, , 7:56 AM Sat 16 Oct 2010
Worried about security for your dinghy? Maybe you need, not a ghost, but a GOST on board... The GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies - formerly Paradox Marine) Immobilizer is a start up prevention system for single-engine outboard boats, yacht tenders, RIBs and PWCs. ...[more]


Satellite phone evaluation by Frost & Sullivan By Frost & Sullivan, , 7:43 AM Wed 6 Oct 2010
Satellite phones are becoming a 'must have' for sailors adventuring beyond their home shores. Here, Frost & Sullivan evaluates features and performance of satellite phones. The company has been commissioned to carry out evaluations on satellites four times, the first time commissioned by Global Star, then three times by Iridium. Here are the results of their latest evaluation: ...[more]


Yacht dismasted: What to do differently? By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:09 AM Tue 28 Sep 2010
'The best mistakes to learn by are other people's.' They were exiting the river, being guided by navigation markers, and put up their genoa. There was a sudden torrential downpour, giving nil visibility. Moments later, they hit a Marker Post and the mast came down. The question that might occupy the minds of all active sailors is: What could they (should I in the future) have done differently? ...[more]


Suddenly Alone - would you or your crew know what to do? By Des Ryan, 6:37 AM Sat 25 Sep 2010
One of the nightmare scenarios for sailing couples is the loss or incapacitation of one of the parties. That's why the Seven Seas U's webinar 'Suddenly Alone' on the October 7th is a vital knowledge gain, not only for couples, but for all who sail short handed. The charm of the course is that you can take it anywhere in the world, online. ...[more]


'Seven Seas U' - adding to your cruising knowledge by WEBINAR By Des Ryan, 7:14 AM Mon 20 Sep 2010
One of the world-wide organisations that the new cruising sailor quickly gets to learn about is the Seven Seas Cruising Association. But are you aware of the 'Seven Seas U', their online teaching arm? This is the place where you can add to your cruising knowledge at home, through the miracle of the webinar. No matter where you are in the world, all you need is the internet. ...[more]


Sailor's aid or sailor's nightmare - the tides explained By Grant Headifen, 9:15 AM Sat 18 Sep 2010
As sailors, we all know that tides come twice a day, vary according to the moon, and, depending on where you are sailing are either unimportant, reasonably important, or critically important to a successful completion of your voyage. But why the moon? and if the moon only circles the earth once a day, why are there two tides? Here, Grant Headifen of Nauticed, explains ...[more]


European Yacht of the Year Nomination: Dehler 32 By Des Ryan, , 7:20 PM Sat 11 Sep 2010
If you're wanting a small boat that will be good for cruising but also competitive if you want to join the occasional race, it might pay to look at the new Dehler 32. The new Dehler 32 has been nominated in category performance cruiser for the prestigious international award of European Yacht of the Year. The yacht is a both a comfortable cruiser and a successful racer. ...[more]


Admiralty chart cut - does it signal the end of paper charts? By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:45 AM Fri 10 Sep 2010
Could the high use by leisure sailors of electronic charts eventually spell the end of paper charts as we know them? In a move that has alarmed and disappointed the UK's Royal Yachting Association(RYA), the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the discontinuation of some Admiralty charts, citing expense as the reason. ...[more]


Non-Stop Weekend Workout for Marine Rescue Volunteers By Ken McManus, Marine Rescue, 2:44 PM Tue 7 Sep 2010
Volunteer crews from Marine Rescue units were working non-stop in last weekend’s appalling conditions. Their marine radios were alive with an unprecedented number of calls for help, reports of vessels adrift from moorings and grounded vessels ...[more]


The tough EPIRB that fooled them all By Nancy Knudsen, , 6:22 AM Sun 5 Sep 2010
It was just after 1300 when the distress call came in last week - a good time, given that there were still some hours of light for a search. For the Coastguard station, monitored by volunteers, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) distress was a signal to spring into action, adrenaline up. Half drunk coffee was forgotten, all knew their jobs ...[more]


Dye in holding tanks - coming to a harbour near you? By The Log/Sail-World Cruising, , 5:42 AM Sat 4 Sep 2010
The routine is spreading, and is it a sign of things to come the world over? - California's Log reports that, beginning this month, visiting boats on Newport Harbor guest moorings will be inspected by Harbor Patrol officers and have a dye tablet placed in their holding tanks, to indicate leaks or illegal dumping of sewage. ...[more]


Yachtsman dies after yacht scaffolding fall By Sail-World Cruising, , 9:14 AM Wed 1 Sep 2010
You don't have to fall from the top of the mast to lose your life when working on your boat. A sailor from Lyttelton, just south of Christchurch in New Zealand has died from head injuries received when he fell from scaffolding while working on his yacht. ...[more]


Electronic Charts - great but dangerous to rely on By Sail-World Cruising, 7:09 AM Mon 30 Aug 2010
The introduction of electronic charting has been a boon to all leisure sailors, but caution needs to be exercised. The Australian Hydrographic Service (AHS) says that mariners may be putting their lives at risk by relying on electronic navigation charts that are not up-to-date.. ...[more]


Anchoring 101 - Smart boating tips By Smart Boating, 7:44 AM Sun 29 Aug 2010
Let's face it. Most of us who cruise around well serviced local areas, be it Pittwater or Airlie Beach, tend to pick up a mooring buoy when we stop for lunch or overnight. But what if there are no moorings free in your favourite sunset spot? Are you confident you can anchor for the night instead? And what if your engine fails and you find yourself drifting towards a lee shore? ...[more]


Three more sailors' lives saved by EPIRB By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:34 AM Sat 28 Aug 2010
It's happened yet again. The lives of three French sailing crew have been saved by their EPIRB - and a friendly passing container ship. The yacht, 500 nautical miles off its expected course sent the emergency alert this week while were sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. ...[more]


Satphone at sea: The How When Where and Why By Georgie Roberts, 4:39 PM Fri 27 Aug 2010
Deciding you need satellite communications on a boat is a no-brainer - great to stay in touch with loved ones, and another vital safety link when you go to sea. But deciding the best solution in terms of cost and value is a little trickier. NOT getting it right can be very expensive. Here Georgie Roberts, of British satellite communications provider, MailASail, offers some smart advice: ...[more]


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