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News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)

Dangerous conditions for boaters from Ulladulla to Port Macquarie By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 2:05 AM Sat 18 Apr 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to impact the coastline from Ulladulla to Port Macquarie from Monday. Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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Changed boating conditions at Sans Souci for first weekend of May By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 4:50 AM Thu 16 Apr 2015 GMT
Boaters are reminded to keep clear of a section of Botany Bay at Sans Souci in the first weekend of May for the safe staging of jet-ski races. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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H2O Kids Holiday Camp - 'Best camp ever!' By H2O Sports Academy Australia, Lake Macquarie, NSW , 5:44 PM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
28 kids aged between seven and thirteen years took part in the second H2O Kids Holiday Camp at the H2O Sports Academy Australia from seven - nine April. The kids rated the camp as the best they'd ever been on. When you read through the list of activities they participated in over the three-day residential camp, you'll understand why. ...
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Secchi APP- smart way for seafarers to track effects of climate change By secchidisk.org, , 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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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The real horsepower is at 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo By Gold Coast Marine Expo, , 2:36 AM Fri 10 Apr 2015 GMT
2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - The world’s leading marine engine and generator brands have been confirmed for the 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo – ensuring it will once again be a true showcase of ‘all things aquatic’. ...
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Severe weather warning for Perth Metro, please check your boats By Royal Perth Yacht Club, , 10:01 AM Thu 9 Apr 2015 GMT
The Bureau of Meteorology has released severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for people in the Central West, Lower West, South West and South Coastal forecast districts ...
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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. ...
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ZKG’s: Zhik’s fun range of amphibious shoes for sailing and watersport By Liz Rushall, UK , 9:57 AM Wed 8 Apr 2015 GMT
Zhik’s ZKG’s are a stylish, colourful and fun range of shoes that are designed to get wet, and are equally at home on the high street too. The high grip ZK™ soft sole is Zhik’s proprietary rubber formula and tread pattern, designed to instantly expel water from underneath the sole and achieve exceptionally high levels of grip in the wet, whilst also maintaining excellent levels of durability ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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NSW Maritime alert – Dangerous surf conditions forecast By Roads and Maritime Services Media, , 9:06 AM Tue 7 Apr 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to impact the coastline from the South Coast of NSW to the Hunter region from tomorrow. ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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NEEL 45 Trimarans making a splash with Australian cruisers By Kate Elkington, , 4:59 AM Thu 2 Apr 2015 GMT
More Australians have purchased an innovative NEEL 45, in a reflection of the trimaran’s increasing popularity for world cruising. The most recent new owners bought the incredible trimaran from Multihull Solutions after conducting extensive international research into the best vessel for speed, performance and comfort. ...
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