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Luna Rossa beats NZL-92; BMW Oracle top of the table; Fisher's View | 27/04/2007
From the Blogs; No racing again at Valencia; Bob Fisher reports on the effects of doing nothing | 24/04/2007
Race schedule given further tune-up; Two jolts on second day of racing; Emirates Team NZ get a comfortable win | 23/04/2007
Five days lost out of Six; Bob Fisher reports; Corporate hospitality at the Louis Vuitton Cup | 22/04/2007
Racing gets underway to a surprise result; Allianz hosts video and birthday; Schedule is re-booted | 21/04/2007
Bob Fisher on Measurement; Four days of racing lost - what now? Musto Screensaver; Eric Doyle audio clip | 20/04/2007
Bob Fisher on the Race Schedule; No racing again in Valencia; Musto screensaver | 19/04/2007
Fisher on the lowlife shorelife; No racing again in windless Valencia; The Spanish way | 18/04/2007




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Time has slowed down - after two weeks here we are truly settled in. Cruising sail boats have been calling here for several decades. One of the main attractions was that you could live a 'Robinson Crusoe' lifestyle without bureaucracy infringing on your freedom. ... [more]  

A 6-year-old French girl who braved hours in the ocean with her father amid 10-meter (33-foot) waves after a yacht sank in the mid-Atlantic later died of hypothermia, Portuguese authorities said Thursday ... [more]  

The logbook, the ancient sailor’s diary, is undergoing a revolution with the launch of SailingLog – the world’s first automatic logbook – a new free application from Israeli development house, BoatBook. ... [more]  

When we left Vancouver in 2012, the skipper’s agenda was to go into blue water with Zwerver II, our 48’ steel ketch, that he (with some help from me) had completely refurbished over a six and a half years period. This boat is ready to take blue water. However, her crew hasn’t yet reached that state of readiness. ... [more]  

Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, today announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016. He made the announcement at Asia’s largest technology conference, Seoul Digital Forum, in South Korea. ... [more]  

Preparations are well under way for the start of the 2015 expeditions. Medical supplies for the clinics are being packed up, T-shirts for the reef guardian programme are being printed and the boats are nearly ready to set sail ... [more]  

Finally, the 2015 Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally got underway after two days of postponement with boats setting off to Bali, Indonesia at 10am this morning. ... [more]  

The official start date for the twenty boats participating in 2015 Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali is now 10 am WST time on Monday May 18 for the racing fleet and ten minutes later for the rally fleet. ... [more]  

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad and Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright have been invited to address a United Nations (UN) convention later this year focusing on the growing problem of rubbish in the oceans. ... [more]  

The real-world benefits of AIS to cruising sailors by David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor, Seattle, USA
AIS allows different vessels to automatically report their position (lat/lon), their speed, and their bearing, in addition to other germane information such as the vessel’s name, and its unique, nine-digit Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI). This information can be overlaid onto a MFD in order to dramatically increase situational awareness for all AIS-equipped mariners. ... [more]  

Sponsored by Ocean Conservancy and the Volvo Ocean Race, the 2015 Ocean Summit was hosted at the VOR Race Village earlier today and captured the interest of a wide audience at the Volvo Pavillon. ... [more]  

Severe weather warnings for gale force winds in Perth have caused the postponement of the 2015 Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally presented by Fremantle Sailing Club from tomorrow, Saturday 16 May at 10am to a date likely to be either Sunday 17 May or Monday 18 May - to be advised. ... [more]  

Sunsail Yacht Charters is honoring the 15th annual celebration by offering Summer Sailstice participants a chance to win a one-week BVI charter aboard a 40' monohull sailing from their Tortola base for the June 2016 Summer Sailstice celebration! ... [more]  

Yachts sailing under the flags of 20 different nations and crews from many more, set sail from Nanny Cay, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands on Saturday 9 May for their offshore adventures as part of two World Cruising Club Spring rallies; ARC Europe and ARC USA. ... [more]  

Over 100 aspiring bluewater cruisers are set to attend World Cruising Club's second annual Bluewater Open Boat Weekend hosted at Berthon Marina in Lymington on 16-17 May. They will have the opportunity to climb aboard a variety of ocean sailing boats, mingle with experienced cruisers and get expert advice to help set sail with the right boat, training, and equipment. ... [more]  

Our attackers were not fishermen, but traders sailing large, unmotorised dhows. During our short stay in Haiti we only met friendliness from the local fishermen and bought some crayfish. Friendliness was all round and no signs of pushing and touting. Our attackers were also entirely illiterate. They could not even distinguish between a Visa card and a Walmart card. ... [more]  

Police are asking the public’s assistance for information that could help them solve the murder of a British man on his yacht at Stuart Cove’s diving centre in western New Providence on Friday night (1st May 2015). ... [more]  

Record fleet in Nanny Cay for World Cruising Club's Spring Rallies by BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
A bumper fleet of over 50 boats from 20 different countries will take part in World Cruising Club's Spring rallies - ARC Europe and ARC USA - set to depart on Saturday 9th May from Nanny Cay, Tortola. ... [more]  

The Cheeki Rafiki accident to me was very simple, the keel broke off due to the modern way keels are being fitted. No crew sailing across the Atlantic in a modern Cat 1 yacht should expect the keel to break off even if it hits or had hit something previously. ... [more]  

The delivery of this summer's Baltic 4 Nations Rally, as well as all the events and activities of Sailing Rallies Ltd has been taken over by the world's leading sailing rally specialists World Cruising Club, organisers of the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) ... [more]  

Almost a year ago the Beneteau First 40.7 Cheeki Rafiki was found capsized 720nm off the coast of Nova Scotia. The UK Government agency, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has completed its investigation into the incident and released a 76 page report. ... [more]  

With their small size, inflatable life jackets keep you cool on a hot day, allow you to freely move around the boat, cast a line or raise sail, and come in a variety of belt and harness styles. While inflatables have a reputation for comfort, they do require a little preparation for the season that’s best done at least a day before your first outing. ... [more]  

Capsizing on open water can mean life or death to a boater suddenly finding themselves bobbing in the sea. As a wall of thunderstorms approached Galveston Bay late one day last week, two kayakers suddenly found themselves in the water, unable to re-board their swamped craft – and made two near fatal mistakes, captured on video. ... [more]  

At least one sailor has died and at least four are missing after severe weather hit 57th Dauphin Island Race on Saturday afternoon, on Mobile Bay, Alabama ... [more]  

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announces sea turtle defense campaign Operation Jairo, to take place this summer in three regions critical to nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings – southeastern Florida, Honduras and Costa Rica. ... [more]  

In all aspects of our lives, communicating is an essential skill that we use to make friends, build relationships and carry out everyday functions at work and play. ... [more]  

Pantaenius has enhanced it`s well established insurance solutions for charter clients with new benefits which enables them to be tailor made to the needs of the sailors. ... [more]  

Continuing our journey south, we spent two nights in the protected fishing boat harbour at Kudahuvandhoo, South Nilandhe Atoll. As you can see from the image at right, the locals people gave us a very warm welcome. ... [more]  

The Ocean Summit on Marine Debris during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, next month has attracted a stellar list of expert speakers to bring attention to a ‘growing catastrophe’. ... [more]  

Caribbean Sail Training announced today that the Port De Marigot in St.Martin will host once again one of their member vessels, the full-rigged Tall ship Danmark, on the Galisbay pier on Saturday May 2nd for an open ship day. The 252 feet (77 m) in overall length sail training vessel Danmark will be open to the public for viewing from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm. ... [more]  

At 02:30 April 20th, four brave women pushed off from the docks in Horseshoe Cove, located in the shadow of the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. ... [more]  

Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race – Following the participation of Craig Carter’s Carkeek 47 yacht Indian in the 2014 Sydney-Hobart, where Indian finished 17th out of the 118 starters, boat captain Paul Eldrid said everything they had learned during the race plus a healthy respect for the weather would be drawn on when Indian races in the mega event, which starts Saturday May 16 ... [more]  

S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup of Caribbean at Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announces Operation Milagro
The Ocean Cleanup launches mega expedition
All together now – US Sailing invites everyone to sail
Sea Whisper's adventures continue – Vanuatu
Aid for Vanuatu – Cyclone Pam Aftermath
Crusing sailors search for Piner’s Shoe Road - Tasmania
Solomon Islands and Vanuatu - OceansWatch to aid Cyclone Pam victims
50 Shades Of Blue - South Ari Atoll and Lux Resort
Waves setting records around Irish Coast
OceansWatch vacancies - Yacht Skipper and Marine Biologists
What’s really in your marina dock contract?
Cruising in Male, Maldives
Secchi APP- smart way for seafarers to track effects of climate change
Calgarians survive days in Honduran jungle following pirate attack
Google Earth Charts - A new aid to navigation
Missing sailor - I survived by staying inside, rationing
Hoegh Osaka rescue - Four lifeboats, one massive mission + Video
Bluewater Open Boat Weekend – Choosing for offshore cruising
Salish Sea Pilot guides - 'Almost free'
Research shows volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating   
Fukushima radioactivity detected along shoreline of British Columbia   
Swirling currents deliver Phytoplankton Carbon to ocean depths   
NV Charts launches new compact atlas format for Bahamas Chart sets   
Sail Training Vessel Danmark coming to the Caribbean   
A look ahead - Two new forward-looking sonar systems   
Race for Water Odyssey crew arrive in Bermuda   
Ocean Cruising Club - Two legendary sailors elected honorary members   
RNLI support a lugger round Ireland   
RNLI research project - Exploring attitudes towards risk and safety   
BCA Rendezvous - Sailing the Salish Sea   
BoatUS - Anchoring restrictions under review by Florida Legislature   
Possible lead in search for missing South African sailors   
Evil in the dark - The joys of night sailing   
OceansWatch trials a climate change adaptation programme   
Mid-Island Sail Training event at Mark Bay   
Doyle Sails chosen as sailmaker for new superyacht in build at YDL   
Annapolis-to-Newport Race Committee announces new competition   
Seasonal Cruising - The best of both worlds   
First scientific stop in the Azores for the Race for Water Odyssey   


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