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Tres Hombres - another sailing cargo ship
By Nancy Knudsen,
7:08 AM Tue 8 May 2012
Along with the large-scale desecration of the planet in so many spheres are signs that aware activists are making small inroads into how to live sustainability - and getting back to sailing is part of the plan. One of these is a sail cargo company that has been operating out of Den Helder in Netherlands for the last 3 years - The Fair Transport company and their sailing ship the Tres Hombres. ...[more]
Another Solar Odyssey - around the USA's 'Great Loop'
By Cirina Catania, Technorati/Sail-World,
7:29 AM Mon 7 May 2012
Just as Swiss/German inspired spectacular-looking Turanor PlanetSolar has completed the world's first ever circumnavigation on a craft powered by solar alone, a new venture is being prepared to traverse the entire 'Great Loop' of the United States in a very different-looking solar craft. ...[more]
PlanetSolar - she's arrived! First around the world on solar energy
By Sail-World Cruising round-up,
6:22 AM Sun 6 May 2012
On Friday 4th May, after precisely 32,401nm, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar arrived back into the Hercule Harbour in Monaco, thereby achieving the first around-the-world voyage with solar energy! ...[more]
The Waterfront Challenge - calling all sailors
By Home Port Marketing/Sail-World, ,
7:54 AM Sun 29 Apr 2012
The Waterfront Cleanup Project Awards, sponsored by Interlux in the USA is a program that many other countries, who don't yet have such a program, could emulate.
The USA-based 2012 Interlux Waterfront Challenge is underway and community organizations should apply now. ...[more]
Bottom paint matters - San Diego waterways get a thumbs-up
By Taylor Hill, The Log/Sail-World, ,
10:24 AM Fri 27 Apr 2012
If you ever feel irritated by the fact that your anti-fouling doesn't work like it used to, be reassured by how much you are helping sealife to survive. In San Diego, California, new studies have found that using non-toxic bottom paint is actually having a marked effect - more than anticipated - on the sealife of the area. ...[more]
Solar-powered yacht's circumnavigation - in the home stretch
By Sail-World Cruising,
10:41 AM Wed 18 Apr 2012
Turanor Planet Solar, the largest solar yacht in the world, has conquered the Red Sea and the Suez Canal and arrived in the Mediterranean. With the threat of pirates keeping all prudent sailors away from the Gulf of Aden approach to the Red Sea, theirs is not only a solar power triumph but also a pretty unusual voyage. ...[more]
Royal Yacht Squadron leads the armada against windfarm plan
By Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,
6:59 AM Mon 9 Apr 2012
Britain's most prestigious sailing club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, is orchestrating a campaign against the largest wind farm ever planned in the world, off the south coast of England. It fears the Navitus Bay wind farm could impact on the main sailing route from the Isle of Wight to the south west, including the Fastnet Race, which starts in Cowes and finishes in Plymouth. ...[more]
Where the whales are
By Nicholas Woods, ,
5:10 PM Fri 6 Apr 2012
There are patches in the ocean where right whales congregate to feed. Nobody knows how these patches form. But understanding why they do would certainly help design policies to conserve marine animals - and perhaps help cruising sailors to avoid contact. Nicholas Woods, in this Oceans Watch Essay, here describes an expedition into an Atlantic Ocean patch, located in the 'Great South Channel': ...[more]
GreenBlue wants a report card
By Emma Slater/Sail-World,
10:53 AM Mon 19 Mar 2012
The UK division of GreenBlue wants a report card from the British sailing fraternity. Emma Slater writes:Take part in The Green Blue Survey 2012 and tell us what you think about the work of The Green Blue and you could be in with a chance of winning two fabulous directors chairs from Reefer Sails ...[more]
Sailing ketch Irene - goodbye billionaires, hello cargo!
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
3:45 PM Sun 18 Mar 2012
Last month the British sailing ship Irene, a 1907 West Country trading ketch bought and restored by owner Dr Leslie Morrish in 1965 and restored again after a fire in 2003, set off from Plymouth on what may turn out to be an historic attempt to set the model for the return of sail power for cargo transport. ...[more]
Climate Change misconceptions and realities - an Ocean Watch Essay
By Ocean Watch/Sail-World Cruising,
10:24 AM Wed 14 Mar 2012
The issue of climate change has received so much attention in recent years that it has become difficult for interested policymakers to separate facts from fiction, let alone the cruising sailor. But the natural world and its health is vital to the world of the cruising sailor, so we reprint this Ocean Watch Essay ...[more]
Gulf of Aden crossing and a pirate rendezvous - PlanetSolar
By Raphaël Domjan,
9:23 AM Tue 6 Mar 2012
The crew of Turanor PlanetSolar, the largest solar-powered yacht on the planet and aiming to be the first to complete a circumnavigation, now break their radio silence to give the story of their trepidatious journey through the Gulf of Aden. Here, Raphaël Domjan, co-founder and expedition leader, tells the story: ...[more]
New theory: Neanderthals were great sailors
By Sail-World Cruising/phys.org, ,
7:50 AM Fri 2 Mar 2012
Last week Sail-World published a story about a 4,500-year-old Egyptian felucca being restored from a burial site. But that story pales considerably if the findings of an archaeologist, George Ferentinos of the University of Patras in Greece, are found to be true. He says that Neanderthals sailed the Mediterranean possibly hundreds of thousands of years ago, long before humans. ...[more]
America pauses on E15 - study bill passes
By Boating Industry Association/Sail-World, ,
9:59 AM Sat 11 Feb 2012
The lobbying has worked. A United States House Committee voted this week to approve a fund for a 'comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes.' ...[more]
Whales, whales and more whales in Southern California
By The Log/Sail-World Cruising, ,
11:44 AM Fri 3 Feb 2012
Sailors in Southern California are being treated to the magnificent sight of hundreds of whales off the coastline this year,quoted as the best sightings in 10 years. Gray whales are migrating south in record numbers and killer whales -- or orcas -- are also making sporadic showings. ...[more]
Solar ship PlanetSolar takes security forces for Gulf of Aden crossing
By PlanetSolar/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:57 AM Tue 17 Jan 2012
Turanor PlanetSolar, huge solar-powered yacht nearing the end of its global circumnavigation, is about to embark on the most dangerous section of its voyage, the pirate zone of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Without mentioning the word 'arms' PlanetSolar have announced that they have taken on high security specialists led by no less than a former chief of the Swiss armed forces. ...[more]
Adventure sailing and marine protection - OceansWatch's winning combo
By Nancy Knudsen, ,
12:22 PM Sun 15 Jan 2012
With a focus on island communities and the ocean environment, OceanWatch International is an organisation of sailors making the world a better place, as well as offering willing volunteers some fabulous sailing experiences. The formula is working and Ocean Watch members are increasing in both enthusiasm and numbers by the day.
Here are two case studies: ...[more]
Whale Wars - Australian protesters transferred from Japanese whaler
By Sea Shepherd,
5:30 PM Sat 14 Jan 2012
The three Australian protestors on the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 were successfully transferred to the ACV Ocean Protector this afternoon and will be brought back to Australia. ...[more]
Marina sets example with solar farm
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
12:37 PM Mon 9 Jan 2012
Ocean Village Marina in Southampton in the UK is leading the way into a Green future with its new 220 panel solar farm.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator and operator of Ocean Village, is showing how it is forging ahead with its green agenda by installing the solar farm. ...[more]
Plastic pollution: Have you caught a 'bagfish' lately?
By Sailors for the Sea/Sail-World Cruising, ,
1:14 PM Sat 7 Jan 2012
Sailors for the Sea is an organisation started by sailors for sailors, whose mission it is to educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. This first article about 'Sailing and the Environment' talks of the ubiquitous 'bag fish' that abound in many enclosed waterways and often in the ocean, and is courtesy of Sailors for the Sea: ...[more]
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