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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

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

At some risk of understatement, we refer to our recent Indian Ocean passage to Rodrigues as 'character building'. It was perhaps a little more than that.... ... [more]  

World ARC Rally - Exploring Tonga by World Cruising Club
Vava’u has proved to be another popular stopover on the World ARC route, with participants falling for the warmth of the Tongans and the simple way of life in this remote Pacific archipelago. ... [more]  

Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large portions of the Philippines in November 2013, was one of the strongest ocean storms ever recorded, killing at least 6,300 people. It set records for the strongest storm ever at landfall and for the highest sustained wind speed ever over one minute, hitting 315 kilometers per hour (194 miles per hour) when it reached the province of Eastern Samar. ... [more]  

Yachting has a close relationship with the ocean and in this edition of the race, in the leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, they passed through the Malacca Straits. Every skipper and several of the crew expressed their concern of the rising issue of debris in the ocean, in particular, plastic. A fantastic short film was created and can be seen below. Bouwe Bekking sums it up when he says ‘It’s not funny ... [more]  

So, you’ve made the decision to sail offshore. For most people, preparation for offshore sailing means getting the boat equipped and organized for a long passage; ensuring that all systems are working well and that all the checklists are getting ticked off. ... [more]  

In 2007, Nick Ward and his young family emigrated from England to Canada, by way of a two-year cruise from England to the Caribbean and the Eastern Seaboard of the USA. Nick’s wife, Gesa, didn’t relish the idea of an Atlantic Crossing with two young and active toddlers. So Nick, his father Dave and two friends made the passage to Antigua. ... [more]  

Sailing icon rescued from sinking yacht by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team
He has sailed nine times around the world, He broke world records in 1988 when he completed a triple circumnavigation of the world alone. But last night he was rescued from a sinking yacht. ... [more]  

This week, two World Cruising Club rallies converged on Marina de Lagos in southern Portugal marking the end of their multi-leg journeys to the Algarve. ARC Europe began six weeks ago in Nanny Cay, Tortola and Portsmouth, Virginia and the fleet has completed their west to east transatlantic adventure experiencing the island havens of Bermuda and the Azores en route. ... [more]  

The Beneteau factory in France together with the Pacific Region Yacht Agents, comprising Vicsail Beneteau (NSW) Sundance Marine (Victoria) Spirit Marine (QLD) Squadron Marine (WA) Yacht Finders Global (NZ) and Marine Corail Plaisance (Noumea), have combined their resources and will have a fleet of six luxury Beneteau yachts on display across all three of the Beneteau ranges. ... [more]  

The ninth annual Seawind Whitsunday Rally, hosted by Multihull Central last week, saw over half a dozen catamarans and thirty crew enjoy island hopping around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands for a week of social racing, sundowners plus onshore and offshore parties. ... [more]  

The Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas City Hall) has honoured the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) with the city's prestigious Medalla de Oro (Gold Medal) marking the 30th anniversary of the world's most popular sailing rally and its contribution to the city's maritime profile. ... [more]  

Southern Spars are offering their customers a special deal on SouthernFurl furling booms. For all orders placed in the month of July, customers will receive $500 off the usual price of their furling boom. ... [more]  

Is this the dawn of a new era in performance and efficiency? Dashew Offshore has just completed analysis of their FPB 97 initial passages and sea trials. This real world performance data, for both propulsion and the large solar array, shows just what is possible in modern yacht design. ... [more]  

Two New Zealand sailors and their Mexican skipper have been rescued from a liferaft 280km south of the tiny Pacific Ocean coral island Niue after their yacht caught fire just after midnight last night. ... [more]  

Searchers are hoping a yachtsman whose boat was found washed up on rocks in eastern Victoria may have made it to shore. ... [more]  

Yacht-based Charitable Organisation OceansWatch has recently appointed their first Field Operations Yacht to undertake programs on their behalf. OceansWatch CEO Chris Bone says, “It has been a long-standing wish of ours at OceansWatch to tap into the increasing number of skilled and committed sailors who want to make a real difference during their cruising years.' ... [more]  

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have discovered that suspended sediment damages fish gills and can increase the rate of disease in fish. ... [more]  

It is difficult to explain just how sensational Chagos is. Many people have asked how we occupy out time in such a deserted place, when in fact the time flew by. We were up at dawn most days, and always busy. There were fresh fish, an endless supply of coconuts, stunning sunsets, jungle tracks, beach picnics and of course the nearby islands and history to explore. ... [more]  

From the high Northern latitudes to much of the Southern Hemisphere it's prime sailing time. If not now, when? ... [more]  

On 12 February 2015, Sunsail reported as missing one of its 444 catamaran yachts, which was on its way from Cape Town, South Africa to Phuket in Thailand with three crew on board. ... [more]  

Marine Rescue specialists from the NSW Mid North Coast will take to the water off Port Macquarie to search for “victims” missing at sea as part of a major capability exercise this Sunday, June 21. ... [more]  

A brand new sailing catamaran just launched by Fountaine Pajot is set to shake up the world’s popular 40’ market. Replacing the enormously successful Lipari 41 and Mahe 36, the design of the new Fountaine Pajot 40 has drawn inspiration from the shipyard’s famous Helia 44 and Saba 50, offering superb luminosity and a spacious cockpit that comfortably accommodates eight people at its dining table ... [more]  

Sale prices for all types of boats sold at our last regular boat auction, held at Runaway Bay on Sunday 24th May 2015 increased by around 15 to 20% . The enquiry level for this auction was the best we have seen in the last two years, with a very strong interest coming from throughout Australia. ... [more]  

Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast for the NSW coast up to the Northern Rivers. ... [more]  

Families of missing SA yachtsmen launch crowd fundraising initiative by Marsha Miller, Citrus Heights, California
The families of three South African yachtsmen who went missing in the Indian Ocean in January have launched a crowd fundraising initiative in the hope of finding their loved ones. ... [more]  

The Salty Dawg Rally (SDR) announced today the schedule for the annual fourth of July Rendezvous in Bristol, R.I., and also announced that registration for the Fall 2015 Rally has opened. The Salty Dawg Rally is a cruising rally that has quickly grown to be the most popular and largest Rally in the U.S. ... [more]  

Changed boating conditions on Newcastle Harbour this Sunday by Transport Roads and Maritime Services
Boaters are reminded to keep clear of a section of Newcastle Harbour this weekend for the safe staging of an aerobatics display. ... [more]  

Sailors in areas of the world with big tidal ranges need to follow this subject. The building of a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay has been given planning consent by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. This is the first tidal lagoon project to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate. ... [more]  

OCC Member Kingsley Ross has created a survey to help quantify the economic impact on cruising areas caused by restrictions on visa terms for cruisers from outside the Schengen agreement area who visit by yacht. We urge cruisers who have any experience with this matter to please take a few moments to supply input to this important survey. ... [more]  

Owner of the Irwin 52 Cutter Ketch is considering all offers as the owner has returned home to the USA and requires the vessel to be sold. ... [more]  

When Sydney sailor James Berman flew down to Hobart to coach two of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s champion young sailors this weekend he wasn’t expecting such an eventful day on the River Derwent. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Sailing needs more sponsors like Vestas Wind *Feature by Rob Kothe and Richard Gladwell
The Volvo Ocean Race is about to start Leg 8, with the fleet expanding to seven boats with the re-entry of Team Vestas Wind. And the their comeback is one of the remarkable stories of sailing. When Team Vestas Wind ran aground most observers felt that was the end of the journey for Vestas in yachting sponsorships, but they did not count on the determination of sponsors and team. ... [more]  

Following a three-day weather delay, crews of yachts taking part in World Cruising Club's annual ARC Portugal waved good bye to Plymouth's Mayflower Marina for the first leg of their sail south to the Algarve coast of Portugal. ... [more]  

2015 ARC Portugal - World Cruising rallies converge on Marina de Lagos
Museum reveals exciting plans for the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival
North Sails NZ - Top America's Cup sail designer rejoins Norths in NZ
Get ahead of the Weather with PredictWind Forecast Alerts.
Cook Islands have increased their fee schedule for visiting yachts
Chagos To Rodriguez - Best cruising lifestyle
2015 Fremantle to Bali –Rally boats crossed the finish line!
2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally – The fleet arrives in Bali
The Race for Water Odyssey is setting off for Hawaii
Upturned hull spotted in Indian Ocean, may be missing SA catamaran
Pantaenius Insurance – How good does it get? *Feature
Sailboat Racing, Iditarod-Style—A look at the Race to Alaska *Feature
Lifejackets help save lives during safety campaign
New Privilège Serie 6 a revolution in multihull design
Two veterans of Fremantle to Bali Race arrive just 15 minutes apart
2015 Pensacola a La Habana— Preliminary announcement of rally and race
World-first voyage crew with Multiple Sclerosis reaches Australia
Multihull Solutions sets new records at Gold Coast Boat Show events
Fremantle to Bali Race - Playground first rally boat across the line
FEMA Hurricane Prep Week May 24-30 - BoatUS has preparation guides
Fremantle to Bali Race - Is there a doctor in the house?   
Stricken yacht remains missing at sea   
New NEEL 65 heralds world’s largest ever production cruising trimaran   
2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Indian takes line honours   
Mexico's Cruiser Paradise – Zihuatanejo   
Fremantle to Bali Race - Just a cooee from the finish line for Indian   
Dangerous conditions for Northern NSW boaters   
GoPro records close-up of great white shark off California   
Pulse packs a punch at 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show   
Ocean Debris - Global problem, local solutions   
2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Spare a thought for Wasabi   
Fremantle to Bali Race - Light winds encourage different tactics   
Changed boating conditions on the Manning River next weekend   
Chagos - An idyllic cruising paradise where time stands still   
A 6-year-old French girl dies after yacht sinks in mid-Atlantic   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - The biggest ever Expo now open   
27th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - Day one wrap up   
2015 Fremantle to Bali Race - Hopes alive for Indian and Wild Side   
BoatBook’s SailingLog is the world’s first automatic sailing logbook   
Cruising South- Emergency on board and rescue by Mexican Navy (Part I)   

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