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Celebrating 30 years Freedom of the Seas
By Sail-World Cruising,
6:28 AM Sun 16 Dec 2012
We all take it for granted, but our ability to sail the seven seas could be compromised by now if it weren't for United Nations actions just 30 years ago this week.
10th December 2012 marked the the thirtieth anniversary of the opening for signature of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). ...[more]
French sailor fined for sailing wrong way down British separation zone
By Joanne Rawlings/Sail-World Cruising,
11:15 AM Fri 7 Dec 2012
Separation zones of the world are the superhighways of the ocean. Sailing a yacht the wrong way down a separation zone you would think was a sport only for the suicidal. But one famed French sailor has just been hauled in front of British Justice for trying to beat the fastest sail round Britain record by doing just that.. ...[more]
Anchoring in Florida? Vital 'Tip Sheet' available
By D. Scott Croft/Sail-World Cruising,
6:31 AM Tue 23 Oct 2012
Since it was initially made available at no cost two years ago, some Florida boaters have called it one of the most useful documents to have aboard when anchoring in waters across the Sunshine State. Others are saying it's a great educational tool when they are confused about local and state anchoring regulations ...[more]
New deal coming for superyachts in Australia
By Sail-World Cruising,
9:43 AM Sun 21 Oct 2012
Red tape for superyachts wanting to visit Australia has been keeping away these mammoths of the sea according to the relatively new peak body for the Australian superyacht sector, Superyacht Australia. So, they are doing something about it. ...[more]
Move to licence USA boaters heralds greater safety
By Sophia Hall, WCPS880/Sail-World Cruising, ,
7:04 AM Mon 15 Oct 2012
Great oaks from little acorns grow, and the Suffolk County in New York may be spearheading the push for better sailing safety on USA waterways with their new 'Safer Waterways Act'. The new act came into force this week, only three months after three children died in a boating accident on Long Island Sound. ...[more]
Equipment Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 now available
By ISAF, ,
5:33 PM Sat 13 Oct 2012
While the just-announced International Sailing Federation(ISAF) 'Equipment Rules of Sailing' (ERS) are not applicable to the cruising sailor, they do form a good reference point for cruising sailors seeking safety on the water. The ERS for 2013-2016 are now available to download online and for the first time, as an iOS application ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January 2013. ...[more]
Flag Etiquette on a sailing boat today
By Des Ryan,
1:40 PM Sun 30 Sep 2012
Flag etiquette on a sailing boat is a tradition that has been handed down to us by generations of sailors and other mariners. Although often not appropriately respected, if you want to be considered a seasoned sailor, you will do well to observe and perpetuate the pride in old traditions. ...[more]
Historic new maritime laws passed for Australia
By The Hon Anthony Albanese, Media Statement,
5:51 PM Sat 8 Sep 2012
Federal Parliament recently passed historic new laws which regulate the safety of ships and seafarers and ensure shipping is conducted in a manner which protects Australia’s precious marine environment. ...[more]
Yacht Club reviews its safety - how does yours measure up?
By Jake Fish/Sail-World,
3:47 PM Fri 13 Jul 2012
Every sailing club, no matter where in the world it operates, has a responsibility to its members, especially the juniors, to operate as safely as possible. Here Dan Cooney describes to US Sailing how his yacht club, the Beverly Yacht Club(BYC), undertook a review of its safety operations, and what resulted. How does your club measure up? ...[more]
Australia's Lake Eyre native title decision - but what of the sailing?
By Sail-World Cruising round-up,
3:25 PM Tue 22 May 2012
This week, at the remote Finniss Springs Station south of the Oodnadatta Track, the Australian Federal Court is expected to recognise native title over one of Australia's most iconic lakes, Lake Eyre, where the Lake Eyre Yacht Club is based. The question is - once granted, will sailors again be able to sail on the lake? ...[more]
Lake Eyre native title decision - but will sailing again be allowed?
By Sail-World Cruising round-up,
2:28 PM Tue 22 May 2012
This week, at the remote Finniss Springs Station south of the Oodnadatta Track, the Federal Court is expected to recognise native title over Lake Eyre. The question is - once granted, will sailors again be able to sail on the lake? ...[more]
Att Sydney sailors: Anchoring threat to Quarantine and Manly Cove West
By Nancy Knudsen,
4:34 PM Sun 20 May 2012
Attention Sydney sailors: Have your say on proposed anchoring restrictions in Quarantine Bay and Manly Cove West. NSW Maritime bureaucracies have put out an Issues Paper for Public Consultation which could potentially forbid anchoring in these two bays in order to protect the sea grass in the bays. They are asking for your feedback on several options. ...[more]
How to stay sailing longer than 90 days in the Med
By Nancy Knudsen,
11:00 AM Tue 13 Mar 2012
Sailors cruising in the Mediterranean this spring are likely to feel a little cramped for room. Turkey, without the three month limit on visitors to Europe (a three month 'revolving door' visa), has long been a haven for those who want to escape from EU regulations and remain sailing in Europe longer than three months. While Turkey's new regime is a bit of a game-changer, there IS a way.. ...[more]
Italy saw the light, but Greece drives visiting yachts away
By Sail-World Cruising/Southeast Europe Times, ,
8:07 AM Sat 10 Mar 2012
Italy may have just seen the light and eliminated a proposed berthing tax on foreign yachts, but Greece, among all its other problems, is still suffering from a bureaucracy which is driving would-be visiting yachts away to easier and cheaper countries like Turkey and Montenegro. ...[more]
Italy rethinks! - no berthing tax for foreign yachts
By Nancy Knudsen, ,
7:11 AM Sat 3 Mar 2012
Cruising sailors thinking of sailing in Italian waters any time soon can relax about the cost. A new law coming into effect in May 2012 would have incurred a 'berthing tax' to stay in Italy. The tax has been amended so that only Italian-owned yachts are affected. The tax would have cost 10 euros every day for yachts from 14-17 metres, and reached as high as 703 euros a day for mega yachts. ...[more]
Greece and Italy tough on yachts but Bermuda makes it easier
By Renate Johns,
9:56 AM Tue 21 Feb 2012
While Greece and Italy are putting up barriers to visiting yachts by charging berthing taxes and other fees Bermuda is making it easier for visiting yachts by streamlining their visa process, allowing it happen while the yacht is still enroute. This comes after last year's lengthening of the maximum period of time that yachts can visit. ...[more]
European inspectors focus on yacht safety
By Jake DesVergers, The Triton/Sail-World, ,
9:07 AM Wed 28 Dec 2011
One year ago Europe revised its marine inspection regime for visiting vessels to include, for the first time, yachts. While superyachts might make more of a target, cruising yachts can also be inspected. Here Jake DesVergers, chief surveyor for the International Yacht Bureau, reports for The Triton on what Year One has taught. If you are thinking of cruising Europe any time soon, take note. ...[more]
Tax on anchoring: Cruising sailors must pay to 'Save Italy'
By Des Ryan,
7:40 AM Fri 23 Dec 2011
Roving Mediterranean cruisers are being given one more reason to head for lower cost regimes like Croatia or Turkey. The Italian government is planning to tax you for anchoring in, or even outside, its ports. ...[more]
RYA protests over eBorders for sailors
By Louise Nicholls, ,
12:14 PM Wed 21 Dec 2011
Every year, more than 200m passengers cross the UK border. The UK Border Agency use an electronic system, e-Borders, to carry out checks on travellers before they begin their journey. Now it is planned that this system be extended to cover recreational sailors. However, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is protesting at the change, as Louise Nicholls, RYA Communications Manager, writes: ...[more]
'New Era' as Indonesia welcomes yachts up to three years
By Sail-World Cruising round-up, ,
12:48 AM Tue 13 Dec 2011
Could it become as popular as Thailand? A meeting between a superyacht organisation and an Indonesian Head of Customs confirms the willingness of Indonesia to welcome cruising yachts to their country, which has long been infamous for expense and bureaucratic difficulty to obtain permission to cruise the extraordinary coastline. ...[more]
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