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All together now – US Sailing invites everyone to sail By Ken Quant, , 1:49 AM Fri 17 Apr 2015 GMT
US Sailing is inviting literally everyone to sail ‘together’ for the 15th annual, worldwide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing. For current sailors this means starting their summer of sailing by hoisting sails on the summer solstice weekend of June 20/21. For non-sailors it’s an invitation connect with sailing at one of the thousands of sailing programs and facilities that are open ...

Sea Whisper's adventures continue – Vanuatu By Lionel Dobson and Barbara Erickson, , 5:07 PM Thu 16 Apr 2015 GMT
After a four day passage from Fiji to Vanuatu, at 0900h August 25th Sea Whisper enters Lenakel on the island of Tanna to clear Customs and Immigration ...

Aid for Vanuatu – Cyclone Pam Aftermath By Jennifer Handley, , 4:45 PM Thu 16 Apr 2015 GMT
Bluewater Cruising Association members who have had the good fortune to sail to Vanuatu and explore this amazing archipelago will have felt heartsick when the country was levelled by Cyclone Pam last month ...

Crusing sailors search for Piner’s Shoe Road - Tasmania By Jack Binder and Judith Binder, , 10:21 AM Thu 16 Apr 2015 GMT
Early in March, stored up with fresh food and grog, under headsail alone we sailed from Mill Bay, a wonderfully secure hideaway next to the tiny hamlet of Strahan in western Tasmania. ...

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu - OceansWatch to aid Cyclone Pam victims By OceansWatch, , 9:49 AM Thu 16 Apr 2015 GMT
OceansWatch New Zealand is collecting funds for the cyclone relief effort and is being guided as to how the money should be spent by their Solomon Islands directors. ...

50 Shades Of Blue - South Ari Atoll and Lux Resort By SV Crystal Blues, , 4:18 PM Wed 15 Apr 2015 GMT
Never Mind 50 Shades Of Grey - here there are 50 Shades Of Blue. We spent three delightful days on the Lagoon at Dhigurah, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. ...

Waves setting records around Irish Coast By Ireland Afloat, , 12:34 PM Wed 15 Apr 2015 GMT
The waves just keep getting higher off Ireland's coast! ...

OceansWatch vacancies - Yacht Skipper and Marine Biologists By OceansWatch, , 4:51 AM Wed 15 Apr 2015 GMT
This year we shall have two (possibly three) project yachts in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, the 46’ double ender, Anna Rose and the 38’ Wharram, Tiki Catamaran, Anam Cara. One or two yachts will require a skipper. Both yachts will be prepared to NZ Category One safety standards. ETD New Zealand late May and return late November. An Immediate start is required for the skipper. ...

Cruising in Male, Maldives By SV Crystal Blues, , 11:16 AM Sun 12 Apr 2015 GMT
Male was a surprise to us - certainly more sophisticated and 'switched on' than we expected. From a cruising sailors perspective, it is an excellent place to provision before exploring the atolls and offers a complete range of boating support services. ...

Secchi APP- smart way for seafarers to track effects of climate change By, , 2:49 PM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change ...

Calgarians survive days in Honduran jungle following pirate attack By Ryan White, , 9:29 AM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
A retiredCanadian couple from Calgary encountered pirates in the Caribbean Sea and lived to tell their tale. Loretta Reinholdt and her husband, Andy Wasinger, volunteered to act as the crew for a captain planning to transfer a 17 metre (55 foot) mono hull sailboat from Belize to Roatan in Honduras. ...

Google Earth Charts - A new aid to navigation By SV Crystal Blues, , 8:50 AM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
We have multiple electronic charting systems aboard Crystal Blues, with multiple sources of navigation data. But they are all inaccurate in many parts of the world. In some cases smaller nations simply can't afford to fund extensive maritime surveys. ...

Missing sailor - I survived by staying inside, rationing By Tom Foreman Jr., , 8:21 AM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
The man rescued from a disabled sailboat off the North Carolina coast responded to critics of his story on Monday, explaining that he avoided sunburn and blisters by staying in the vessel's cabin and that he survived by rationing food and water. ...

Hoegh Osaka rescue - Four lifeboats, one massive mission + Video By Mairead Dwane, , 9:42 AM Fri 10 Apr 2015 GMT
‘Crikey! What are we expected to do with this?’ Yarmouth RNLI Coxswain Howard Lester’s reaction to the sight of a 180m car carrier with a 45° list ...

Bluewater Open Boat Weekend – Choosing for offshore cruising By World Cruising Club, , 12:46 PM Wed 8 Apr 2015 GMT
Bluewater Open Boat Weekend – More than just a boat show, more than a seminar, and more than simply a cruiser rendezvous; this event is a truly unique combination of all three and more still. ...

Salish Sea Pilot guides - 'Almost free' By Jim Burgoyne, Victoria , 6:10 PM Tue 7 Apr 2015 GMT
Nothing feels more altruistic than offering cruising guides as free downloads. And it made the folks at Salish Sea Pilot pretty popular at dock parties, too. ...

Research shows volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating By British Antarctic Survey, , 11:42 AM Tue 7 Apr 2015 GMT
New research published today in the journal Science Express (Thursday 26 March) describes how the ice shelves around Antarctica are thinning and therefore allowing more of the ice sheet behind them to flow into the sea. ...

Fukushima radioactivity detected along shoreline of British Columbia By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 10:10 AM Tue 7 Apr 2015 GMT
Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have for the first time detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in a seawater sample from the shoreline of North America. ...

Swirling currents deliver Phytoplankton Carbon to ocean depths By WHOI, , 7:25 AM Sun 5 Apr 2015 GMT
Just as crocus and daffodil blossoms signal renewal and the start of a warmer season on land, a similar 'greening' event—a massive phytoplankton bloom—unfolds each spring in the Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to the Arctic. But, what happens to all that organic material produced in the surface ocean? ...

NV Charts launches new compact atlas format for Bahamas Chart sets By Mike Martel, , 8:25 AM Sat 4 Apr 2015 GMT
NV Charts, a leading provider of charting products for navigation, announces the release of all chart sets, beginning with their popular Bahamas chart sets, in new Atlas style format. The new format applies to their newly updated chart sets for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016. ...

Sail Training Vessel Danmark coming to the Caribbean By Jan Roosens, , 2:11 AM Fri 3 Apr 2015 GMT
The Caribbean Sail Training Foundation announced today that one of their member vessels, the full rigged Tall ship Danmark, will visit the Caribbean Islands of Grenada on April 26th 2015 and St.Maarten-St.Martin on May 4th, 2015. ...

A look ahead - Two new forward-looking sonar systems By David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor, , 6:30 PM Thu 2 Apr 2015 GMT
While the rigors and competitive pressures of the Volvo Ocean Race are far different than the average coastal or bluewater cruise, the simple fact remains that a head-on collision with a rock, a submerged container or a whale shark are sober-minded concerns. Fortunately, today’s state-of-the-art marine-electronics technology can help keep your vessel and your crew safe, provided your speed is low ...

Race for Water Odyssey crew arrive in Bermuda By Race for Water Media, , 12:54 PM Thu 2 Apr 2015 GMT
The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) crew arrived today in Bermuda, the second witness island of the expedition. The crew will stay on the British Archipelago for six days in order to collect scientific data, enabling an initial global assessment of ocean pollution caused by plastic waste. ...

Ocean Cruising Club - Two legendary sailors elected honorary members By Ocean Cruising Club, , 10:23 AM Wed 1 Apr 2015 GMT
Members of the OCC elected Jon Sanders of Australia and Les Powles of Great Britain as Honorary Members of the OCC at the Annual General Meeting held in London at the HQS Wellington on the 28th March 2015. Members attending the Tenth AGM voted unanimously to approve the proposed legendary sailors. Regional events are planned to celebrate their elections in Australia and the UK ...

RNLI support a lugger round Ireland By Gail MacAllister, , 2:49 PM Fri 27 Mar 2015 GMT
In June 2015 Nathaniel and Fergus Ogden will sail around Ireland in Lughnasa, an open 18ft9 Drascombe Lugger ...

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