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

Vanuatu - Cyclone Pam brings deaths and, destruction By Sail-World, , 8:58 AM Sat 14 Mar 2015 GMT
Reports that at least eight people have so far been killed by cyclone Pam, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall, which tore through Vanuatu leaving a trail of destruction. ...

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 ...

Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swim - Changed boating conditions By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 5:52 AM Fri 13 Mar 2015 GMT
Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swim - Boaters are advised changed boating conditions will be in place at Jetty Beach at Coffs Harbour on Sunday 29 March. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Mastervolt - reliability for round the world racers By NZL, , 11:12 AM Wed 11 Mar 2015 GMT
Mastervolt was chosen as the official electrical supplier to the race because of its integrated, technologically advanced systems and rugged components that can handle the abusive conditions of this around the world race. Throughout the race, the systems have provided the reliability that the racers require. ...

Superior adds the EDGE II to Birkenhead Point Marina By Superior Jetties, , 9:12 PM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Superior Jetties recently completed an upgrade to the historic Birkenhead Point Marina, adding berths, a floating office and brilliant handrail system, EDGE II. ...

Boaters reminded of the dangers from exhausts By RYA, , 3:39 PM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Boaters are being reminded of the fire risk from exhaust gases and uninsulated exhaust pipes, following the fire on board ECC Topaz and her subsequent sinking. ...

Plans for fleet of UK tidal lagoons unveiled By Isobel Smith, , 2:38 PM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Plans for a fleet of tidal lagoons across the UK have been unveiled by a company called Tidal Lagoon Power. The six lagoons, four in Wales, one in Somerset and one in Cumbria, aim to produce eight percent of the UK’s electricity for 120 years. ...

Sydney-Hobart contender Endorfin sets sights on Fremantle to Bali By Marina Valmadre, , 11:40 AM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Fremantle Sailing Club has confirmed the official start date for the 2015 Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali as Saturday May 16 when both race and rally entries will start at 10.00 am off North Mole. ...

French cruising sailor fined for concealing food by NZ Biosecurity By Sophie Ryan / Ssil-World Cruising, , 10:36 AM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
A French cruising sailor who couldn't part with her pate has become the first person convicted by a New Zealand court for deliberating concealing bio-security goods on a visiting yacht. ...

Big hurricanes reached US during prehistoric periods of ocean warming By WHOI, , 10:00 AM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Intense hurricanes, possibly more powerful than any storms New England has experienced in recorded history, frequently pounded the region during the first millennium, from the peak of the Roman Empire into the height of the Middle Ages, according to a new study ...

Statewide compliance operation to encourage boaters to slow down By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 4:12 AM Tue 10 Mar 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services is reminding boaters to travel at a safe speed during Operation Slowdown, a statewide operation which starts on Saturday. ...

Winners announced as MHYC's Sydney Harbour Regatta comes to a close By Di Pearson, , 1:47 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s tenth anniversary Sydney Harbour Regatta came to a close tonight with winners announced after what competitors described as 'a perfect day’s sailing. ...

Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters By Jenny Barchfield, , 2:56 AM Sun 8 Mar 2015 GMT
Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. ...

Former Olympian Nicole Livingstone supports lifejacket safety By Taylor Campbell, , 9:29 AM Sat 7 Mar 2015 GMT
Transport for NSW Maritime Management Centre today announced a partnership with former Olympic swimmer, Nicole Livingstone to support a state-wide water safety campaign. ...

Help search for missing yacht online By, , 10:50 AM Thu 5 Mar 2015 GMT
The public can help search for a missing South African catamaran crew through an online tool, their families said on Wednesday. The families fear for the yachtsmen's safety, as they last made contact via satellite phone on 18 January and missed their estimated date of arrival ...

Dangerous surf conditions for boaters By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 1:27 AM Thu 5 Mar 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters about dangerous surf conditions forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) for the next couple of days. ...

Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta - Overall report By Melvyn (Mel) Steiner, Sydney , 5:11 PM Wed 4 Mar 2015 GMT
The 2015 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta - organised and run by the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto, is done and dusted, but the memories live on. Final tallies are still being worked on, but it is now expected that the event will raise $30,000 in support of the charities – mostly the Hunter Branch of the NSW Cancer Council with a smaller amount going to Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue. ...

What do you know about this Yacht Collision with a Manly Ferry?? By, , 6:54 PM Tue 3 Mar 2015 GMT
Sunday afternoon squall on Sydney Harbour and a Manly ferry is blasting its horn as an apparently out of control yacht, with sail number 1152 was in danger of colliding with the ferry.Watch the video No reaction from the yacht, its headsails and main luffing it continued on an altered path and does hit the stern of the ferry. Thankfully it seems without major damage or crew injury. ...

Seven Days, 960 Miles thrilling voyage By Neil & Ley - SV Crystal Blues, , 4:47 PM Tue 3 Mar 2015 GMT
Last night the winds finally lifted a little and moved more to the north. So Crystal Blues finally had 'a bone in her teeth', with the apparent wind at 75 degrees to starboard, 9 knots true, and we were skating along in the dark at 6 to 7 knots, flying the mainsail, genoa and staysail. ...

BRIG lifestyle captured in print By Sirocco Marine, , 1:57 AM Tue 3 Mar 2015 GMT
Sirocco Marine, exclusive distributor for the BRIG brand of premium RIBS in Australia, recently took to local waters to shoot a lifestyle-themed brochure for its current range. ...

New WA home for BRIG By Sirocco Marine, , 9:35 PM Mon 2 Mar 2015 GMT
South Fremantle is now home to a new BRIG headquarters, the only authorised BRIG agent in Western Australia. ...

Waterscape 2015 campaign sneak peak By Superior Jetties, , 12:12 PM Mon 2 Mar 2015 GMT
Superior Jetties has undertaken a major photo shoot for its Waterscape pontoon and soon to be released range of Waterscape furniture, which will form part of its 2015 global marketing campaign. ...

NSW Governor to launch Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards By, , 9:15 AM Mon 2 Mar 2015 GMT
The Governor of NSW David Hurley is to be the patron of the new Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards which will be launched on Wednesday, March 4, at Government House, Sydney ...

Peter Boyd joins Doyle Sails NZ for Bay of Islands and Pacific Islands By Ellie Brade, , 1:15 AM Mon 2 Mar 2015 GMT
Doyle Sails has announced that effective immediately, Peter Boyd will be acting as their representative in the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is a key location for Doyle, particularly with a high percentage of Doyle’s cruising customer base clearing out of Opua. Based in Paihia, Peter will also be spending regular time in the Pacific Islands and can provide support to Doyle cruisers ...

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