Snowbirds, lightning, cooking, night navigation and more...

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 25 Oct 2012

Snowbirds, lightning, cooking, night navigation and more...

On the serious side, there's a court trial underway in which two British sail-trainers are accused of failing in their responsibilities to their clients.

Court case - Liquid Vortex rescue  .. .

In the jubilation stakes Italian sailors are congratulating the first-ever Italian sailing boat to negotiate the Northwest Passage and electronics firm Furuno are basking in yet another win for their 'TimeZero Touch' technology.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has published newly formulated universal guidelines for boat building, which would make great reference material for anyone wanting to build their dream boat. However you have to be a member to get access to the information, so I guess they are using it as a membership drive as well.

If you are anywhere near Florida there's a new tip sheet out for anchoring, and cruisers are hailing it as very useful; and no matter where you sail there's a new free website to check out, , for knowledge-sharing and boat-swapping.

Much more too, so browse the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Great New Cookbook for all Boaters
Carolyn Shearlock,
When good friends Carolyn Shearlock and Jan Irons began cruising with their husbands, they discovered that boat cooking IS different from cooking ashore. The space is smaller, there's no grocery store 5 minutes away, you have fewer prepared foods and electric appliances, and food storage is much different.... [more]
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'TimeZero Touch' a chart plotter winner with 'pinch and zoom'
BW Media,
The technology just gets better and better. Furuno TimeZero Touch has just won the 'Product of the Year' from The British Marine Electronics Association (BMEA) Conference 2012, which took place last week in Southampton. The product's multi-function display, with 'pinch and zoom' feature familiar to iPhone and iPad users, is the most advanced chart plotter and weather station currently available.... [more]
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Want to build a boat? See free, newly formulated universal guidelines
Sail-World Cruising,
Want to build a boat? There are some free, newly formulated universal guidelines. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has published new and amended Global Conformity Guidelines for construction standards.... [more]
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British sail-trainers on trial over injury/dramatic rescue of novices
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Many a sail-training organisation across the world will be sobered by events in Britain this week. A trial has started for two British sail-trainers over a May 2011 storm and the dramatic rescue of paying novices, after a MAIB investigation identified failings in the trainers and the organisation.... [more]
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Anchoring in Florida? Vital 'Tip Sheet' available
D. Scott Croft/Sail-World Cruising,
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]
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Remembering Titanic – 100 years to close 11th November
Jude Timms,
Time is running out for Sydneysiders to see the National Maritime Museum's memorial exhibition Remembering Titanic – 100 years. The exhibition, which has captivated thousands of visitors since it opened, must close on the 11th November. Arguably one of the most significant events of the 20th century, the sinking of Titanic has captivated people and generated controversy for decades.... [more]
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Floating snowbirds in the rush to drift south
Dawn Bryant, Myrtlebeachonline/Sail-World,
As the northern hemisphere winter approaches, there's an American and Canadian phenomenon which takes place every year. It's the floating 'snowbirds' who are in a slow rush to drift south to warmer climes. Some take to the Atlantic Ocean, others drift down the Inland Waterway.... [more]
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Lightning at sea: Myth and Reality
Des Ryan,
Lightning strikes, like collisions with whales or floating containers, cannot be planned against if you are already at sea, and thunderstorms are among the most violent forces of nature. Here Des Ryan separates fact from fiction.... [more]
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Mooring buoys to protect precious coral reefs
Lee Mylchreest,
Mooring buoys are being acknowledged around the world as the best way to preserve our coral and sealife in popular sailing and anchoring areas. Now another Florida area is moving to copy the world trend. Is the coral in your precious cruising grounds similarly protected? Or are sailors still destroying the coral with every sinking anchor?... [more]
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Lord Nelson gives his name to Britain's circumnavigating tall ship
Daily Echo/Sail-World Cruising,
Britain's most famous ever disabled sailor, Lord Nelson, has given his name to the tall ship which has just departed Britain as the first vessel of its kind to sail around the world with a crew of disabled sailors. The Jubilee Sailing Trust's (JST) ship has left Southampton on its 23-month 50,000 mile journey.... [more]
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First ever Italian boat conquers the Northwest Passage
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Since 2007, when the first dramatic signs of global warming began to make the once-dreaded Northwest Passage possible to transit, about 40 boats have transited. But there are no guarantees and it's still one of yachting's prime adventures. Last month another first. The first Italian sailing vessel... [more]
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Invasive sea squirt species confirmed in Strangford Lough
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has confirmed that a colonial sea squirt discovered in a recent survey of marinas and harbours is the invasive non-native species Didemnum vexillum commonly known as ‘carpet sea squirt'. The identification was confirmed when larvae from the samples were examined by microscope at the NI Environment Agency laboratories in Lisburn to confirm the species.... [more]
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Sailing Navigation Secrets - How to Pass Through a 'Flashing Gate'
John Jamieson,
Imagine that you need to enter an unfamiliar channel just after sunset. You have an injured crew aboard and must get him or her to a medical facility as soon as possible. You proceed with caution from buoy to buoy. Up ahead you see a row of blinking yellow lights strung across the channel from bank to bank. There are no other alternative channels, and deadly shoals surround you on both sides.... [more]
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Ice-sheet retreat can halt due to long phases of climate warming
British Antarctic Survey,
Ice-sheet retreat can halt temporarily during long phases of climate warming, according to scientists. A UK team led by Durham University has found that the geometry of channels underneath the ice can be a strong control on ice behaviour, temporarily masking the signals of retreat.... [more]
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Largest cruiser-sourced database of sailing destinations now online
Mauro Calvi,
This is something that every cruising sailor in the world should know about. Whether you are sailing in the Australia coral reefs, looking for a marina in Florida, or planning your upcoming cruise in Croatia, is about to become as indispensable as your navigation software and your marine charts. And it's available for free!.... [more]
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EPIRB plays critical role in remarkable coastal rescue
Matthew Heap,
Some would argue that solo yachtsman Glenn Ey is an unlucky man, with his beautiful 11 metre vessel Streaker rolled by a rogue wave and dismasted off the Australian south east coast this week.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's a Supercat! (Pt. II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world's economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va...... [more]
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