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Possible lead in search for missing South African sailors By Henrid du Plessis, , 4:49 PM Wed 25 Mar 2015 GMT
The families of three South African men who are lost at sea after setting sail from Cape Town on a luxury catamaran yacht for Thailand on December 14 have been given new cause for hope after a crowd search of satellite images appeared to have come up with a possible lead. ...

Evil in the dark - The joys of night sailing By Ken Gillstrom, , 3:41 PM Wed 25 Mar 2015 GMT
The human race seems to have an inherent fear of the dark. This fear is reinforced by books and movies that continually relate darkness with evil. ...

OceansWatch trials a climate change adaptation programme By OceansWatch, , 12:53 PM Wed 25 Mar 2015 GMT
In 2014 OceansWatch trialed a Climate Change adaptation program, in two communities in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands have been identified as one of the countries that will be most affected by the rising sea levels and increased storm conditions. The low coral atolls where OceansWatch work are especially vulnerable. ...

Mid-Island Sail Training event at Mark Bay By Bluewater Cruising Association, , 5:35 AM Wed 25 Mar 2015 GMT
The Bluewater Cruising Association Mid-Island Group is proud to host the second annual MIST event in Nanaimo, May 2 and 3. MIST is dedicated to the development of traditional sailing skills by practice in the “great water laboratory” at our doorsteps rather than by theory in a classroom setting. This is an excellent hands-on training experience on its own or in addition to V.I.C.E. ...

Doyle Sails chosen as sailmaker for new superyacht in build at YDL By Sail-World, , 8:08 AM Mon 23 Mar 2015 GMT
Doyle Sails have been chosen as the sail supplier to the 33.5m carbon German Frers sloop in build at YDL She will sport a full inventory of Doyle Stratis sails, tailored towards high durability ocean performance cruising. ...

Annapolis-to-Newport Race Committee announces new competition By Annapolis to Newport Race 2015, , 5:34 PM Sun 22 Mar 2015 GMT
A significant influx of performance cruising designs has enabled the Annapolis-to-Newport race committee to create a fun, new competition ...

Seasonal Cruising - The best of both worlds By Beth Cooper, , 5:21 PM Sun 22 Mar 2015 GMT
Lately I’ve become interested in people who are cruising part time. Perhaps part of me is dreaming of cruising again. ...

First scientific stop in the Azores for the Race for Water Odyssey By ISAF, , 5:52 AM Sun 22 Mar 2015 GMT
Having left Bordeaux (France) on March 15, the 'Race for Water Odyssey' scientific sailing expedition, which aims to protect the oceans from plastic pollution, arrived in the Azores on Friday. The expedition's first scientific data will be collected in this archipelago. ...

Coast Guard assists with sea turtle release off NC coast By US Coast Guard, , 4:46 AM Sat 21 Mar 2015 GMT
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island out of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, helped release 19 rehabilitated sea turtles off the North Carolina coast. ...

Vanuatu relief efforts – How you can help By Sue Richards, , 1:07 PM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
Tropical Cyclone Pam roared through the East Solomons and Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone during March 13th/14th. Winds are estimated to have reached 250kmph with gusts peaking at around 320kmph, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the Islands. ...

Cruise Underway to Baja Rally - Kick off dinner announced By San Diego Yacht Club, , 10:10 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
With a beautiful coastline, vibrant fishing locations and must-see destinations, it's no wonder why cruising to Mexico is a dream for many people. Now, the knowledge and safety of traveling with the CUBAR 2015 fleet allows those dreams to become a reality for first time cruisers and veterans alike. ...

OceansWatch aids Cyclone Pam victims By OceansWatch, , 8:57 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
Cyclone Pam has left a huge amount of damage in its wake through the North East Solomon Islands (Temotu) and Vanuatu. Some lives lost, many houses damaged or completely destroyed. Fruit trees gone, gardens washed away or covered in debris, just root crops left in most instances ...

Sailors band together to get relief to cyclone stricken Islanders By Caitlyn Ridgley, , 3:33 AM Thu 19 Mar 2015 GMT
On Thursday the 14th of March, Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific island nations of Vanuatu and the Solomon islands, leaving death and destruction behind. In Vanuatu the emergency has been big enough to trigger International Aid so whilst the job is massive, many planes are already arriving with supplies. ...

Pirate life - An unforgettable experience By Henry Bomby, , 3:38 PM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Recently I sailed from Torquay to Granville with the founder of the Rockfish Seafood chain, Mitch Tonks and The Seahorse, Dartmouth chef, Jake Bridgewood. ...

Sailors band together to get aid to cyclone stricken Pacific Islanders By Daria Blackwell, , 12:52 PM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
On Thursday the 14th of March, Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific island nations of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, leaving death and destruction behind. In Vanuatu the emergency has been big enough to trigger International Aid so whilst the job is massive, many planes are already arriving with supplies. ...

Sointula -Beguiling Canadian destination just outside the Broughtons By Duart Snow, , 12:08 PM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
On BC’s long and storied coastline, theambitious cruiser’s bucket list is sure to contain literally hundreds of high-profile 'don’t-miss' spots.But over the years, one destination popped up regularly in our conversations with cruisers and landlubbers alike, people whose opinions we trusted. They spoke of this place reverently and urged us not to miss it ...

Kwakume Inlet, British Columbia - An excellent all-weather anchorage By Anne Vipond and William Kelly, , 10:44 AM Wed 18 Mar 2015 GMT
Having cruised the BC coast for several decades, we enjoy sharing information about the remote northern anchorages we’ve discovered over the years. However, the truth is that we haven’t really 'discovered' many of our favourite spots but were told about them by fellow mariners we have met out on the water – veteran boaters who’ve been more than happy to come aboard for a visit, unfurl a few charts ...

Largest glacier in East Antarctica is melting due to warm ocean water By Sarah Griffiths for Mailonline, , 11:37 AM Tue 17 Mar 2015 GMT
The largest glacier in East Antarctica is melting due to warm ocean water, according to Australian scientists. Until recently, the 74-mile-long (120km) Totten Glacier was thought to be surrounded by cold waters and therefore very stable and unlikely to shrink. ...

Race for Water Odyssey - A unique race against oceans of plastic By International Union for Conservation of Nature, , 11:00 AM Tue 17 Mar 2015 GMT
A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France ...

Does age matter? Maybe not if you're a wandering albatross By British Antarctic Survey, , 3:06 PM Sun 15 Mar 2015 GMT
A new study of the wandering albatrosses breeding on the sub-antarctic island of Bird Island (off South Georgia) reveals that age doesn't matter when foraging. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE last month, shows that even when the birds reach old age, any reduction in muscle function and visual acuity didn't appear to affect their foraging behaviour. ...

Deterioration in United States - Venezuela relations impact cruisers By CSSN, , 1:27 PM Sun 15 Mar 2015 GMT
All US citizens now require a visa for entry into Venezuela, and these must be obtained prior to entry. Arrival at any port , or an encounter with any official without the appropriate visa could result in denial of entry, or possibly detention and seizure. Travel to Venezuela by US flagged yachts or carrying US citizens should be considered at this time to be HIGH RISK. ...

Missing South African yacht search focuses west of Perth, Australia By Perth Now, , 12:43 PM Sun 15 Mar 2015 GMT
A desperate search for the crew of a missing yacht is focused on an area 2200 nautical miles west of Perth. As reported by Perth Now Sunday Times ...

Dinghy anchoring - important for crusing sailors By Active Captain, , 7:42 AM Sat 14 Mar 2015 GMT
The issue happens most any time you want to bring your dinghy to the beach. Dragging the dinghy up onto the sand and rocks is damaging. Add a little tide to the landing and it can present tough challenges, if not a situation where your dinghy is floating off while you're walking along the beach. ...

Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new South Pacific island By Roland Hughes, , 2:17 PM Fri 13 Mar 2015 GMT
A new island has been formed in the South Pacific after the eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga ...

Public consultation opens on new Marine Conservation Zones By RYA, , 3:58 PM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Everyone with an interest in our seas is invited to give their views on whether 23 sites in English waters should become Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The 23 sites proposed will cover 10,810 square kilometres of our seas, protecting important seabed habitats and species. ...

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