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photos of yacht trying to cross Southport Bar...heli-rescue hapless yachties in Sydney Harbour...yachts and yacht shows...Sanctuary Cove photos...a day with Ballina Coastguard... and much more... | 28/05/2009
Some GPS satellites forecast to fail...Jessica Watson, 15, launches boat for round world sail...little boat sails 14 months are being abandoned...five things to tell your boat guests...and much more | 21/05/2009
Yacht washed up dry after crew abandonment...Coming soon: new antifoul 100% effective and 100% green...Mooloolaba Yacht Club coming to life...Your boat needs balls...all you must know to buy an outboard...and much more... | 14/05/2009
New radar brings sweeping change...kidnapped yachtie returns to Somalia to repair boat...new Bavaria...making anchoring safer...ISAF piracy guidelines...and much more... | 07/05/2009
EPIRB manufacturing errors...maiden voyage cat dismasted in Bass Strait...what inflatable should I have...all about staysails...Barrier Reef recovery buoys scientists...and much more | 30/04/2009
The crew that panicked...Med mooring made easy... desperate sailors throw children overboard...Gold Coast's Broadwater to be dredged...and much more | 23/04/2009
Wide Bay Bar claims another yacht ...the piracy game has changed with the first death...the hand-held VHF that swims...Captain Cook for the North West Passage...Fitting out a new cruising boat Part 4...and much more | 16/04/2009
Another yacht hijacked...cruising CUBA...the castaway dog who never gave up...fitting out a new cruising boat Part 3...and much more | 09/04/2009
Excalibur verdict...New world sailing speed records set in Victoria...$5,500 fine for creating a wash...fitting out a new cruising boat...flares - only the best...pirate murder, body now found...and much more | 02/04/2009
Latest pirate attacks, Madagascar and Thailand...how to learn to sail when you don't have time to get your feet wet...Moko the dolphin, rudder thief and whale rescuer...lots of prizes this week...and much more | 26/03/2009
Sailing for the Devil...new catamaran models out...holiday specials in the Whitsundays...Charter specials in Pittwater for Easter...fitting out the new cruising boat... piracy waning as Yemenis join the fight...and much more | 19/03/2009
Phillip Bay Blitz...midnight bulldozer raid destroys yacht club...Pete Goss in Melbourne... Louisiades Cruising Rally this August...Lazy Jacks or Dutchman - the argument for the Dutchman...and much more... | 12/03/2009
Sailing in the Australian Desert | 05/03/2009
News from the Desert... | 05/03/2009
Cruising couple arrest...Pete Goss to help bushfire victims...Gold Coast's sailing secrets...Sydney Harbour Week...Channel 16 'chatters' endanger sailor's life...and much more | 26/02/2009
Jeppesen C-map upgrade...Port Douglas in the news...Seawind celebrates strong sales...Cronulla Sailing Club sinking with bureaucracy... and much more | 19/02/2009
Captain Calamity of New Zealand... European yachts of the year, judged on their use...Darwin exhibition... Nemo in trouble...Treleavens in the Indies...and much more... | 12/02/2009
EPIRBs needed - can you help?...Arrest in Drew Gollan murder...Louisiades Rally on again...Whitsunday Sailing Club's Jim Hayes...Pete Goss arriving Melbourne next month... and much more | 05/02/2009
Australian Sailor's shooting death in Antigua...world's largest yacht - will it ever be finished...8 tips for sailing in coral waters...letter from the Indies...and much more | 29/01/2009
Get out and celebrate on Australia Day ...Inspiring story of seamanship...debris danger in English Channel...Piracy Doubled...dismasting of Side by Side...and much more... | 22/01/2009
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In June 2015 Nathaniel and Fergus Ogden will sail around Ireland in Lughnasa, an open 18ft9 Drascombe Lugger ... [more]  

A new research project being run by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is exploring attitudes towards risk and safety, and the various ways in which yacht sailors participate in their sport. ... [more]  

BCA Rendezvous - Sailing the Salish Sea by Bluewater Cruising Association
Come and join us at the BCA V.I. Rendezvous while sailing the Salish Sea! Mark your calenders for this fun event ... [more]  

Earlier this morning BoatUS sent the following media alert that includes a discussion of Florida House Committee Bill HWSS 15-06. This bill has been updated by the House and is now named House Derelict Vessel Bill and known as HB 7123. ... [more]  

The families of three South African men who are lost at sea after setting sail from Cape Town on a luxury catamaran yacht for Thailand on December 14 have been given new cause for hope after a crowd search of satellite images appeared to have come up with a possible lead. ... [more]  

The human race seems to have an inherent fear of the dark. This fear is reinforced by books and movies that continually relate darkness with evil. ... [more]  

In 2014 OceansWatch trialed a Climate Change adaptation program, in two communities in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands have been identified as one of the countries that will be most affected by the rising sea levels and increased storm conditions. The low coral atolls where OceansWatch work are especially vulnerable. ... [more]  

Mid-Island Sail Training event at Mark Bay by Bluewater Cruising Association
The Bluewater Cruising Association Mid-Island Group is proud to host the second annual MIST event in Nanaimo, May 2 and 3. MIST is dedicated to the development of traditional sailing skills by practice in the “great water laboratory” at our doorsteps rather than by theory in a classroom setting. This is an excellent hands-on training experience on its own or in addition to V.I.C.E. ... [more]  

Doyle Sails have been chosen as the sail supplier to the 33.5m carbon German Frers sloop in build at YDL She will sport a full inventory of Doyle Stratis sails, tailored towards high durability ocean performance cruising. ... [more]  

A significant influx of performance cruising designs has enabled the Annapolis-to-Newport race committee to create a fun, new competition ... [more]  

Lately I’ve become interested in people who are cruising part time. Perhaps part of me is dreaming of cruising again. ... [more]  

Having left Bordeaux (France) on March 15, the 'Race for Water Odyssey' scientific sailing expedition, which aims to protect the oceans from plastic pollution, arrived in the Azores on Friday. The expedition's first scientific data will be collected in this archipelago. ... [more]  

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island out of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, helped release 19 rehabilitated sea turtles off the North Carolina coast. ... [more]  

Tropical Cyclone Pam roared through the East Solomons and Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone during March 13th/14th. Winds are estimated to have reached 250kmph with gusts peaking at around 320kmph, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the Islands. ... [more]  

With a beautiful coastline, vibrant fishing locations and must-see destinations, it's no wonder why cruising to Mexico is a dream for many people. Now, the knowledge and safety of traveling with the CUBAR 2015 fleet allows those dreams to become a reality for first time cruisers and veterans alike. ... [more]  

Cyclone Pam has left a huge amount of damage in its wake through the North East Solomon Islands (Temotu) and Vanuatu. Some lives lost, many houses damaged or completely destroyed. Fruit trees gone, gardens washed away or covered in debris, just root crops left in most instances ... [more]  

On Thursday the 14th of March, Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific island nations of Vanuatu and the Solomon islands, leaving death and destruction behind. In Vanuatu the emergency has been big enough to trigger International Aid so whilst the job is massive, many planes are already arriving with supplies. ... [more]  

Recently I sailed from Torquay to Granville with the founder of the Rockfish Seafood chain, Mitch Tonks and The Seahorse, Dartmouth chef, Jake Bridgewood. ... [more]  

On Thursday the 14th of March, Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific island nations of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, leaving death and destruction behind. In Vanuatu the emergency has been big enough to trigger International Aid so whilst the job is massive, many planes are already arriving with supplies. ... [more]  

On BC’s long and storied coastline, theambitious cruiser’s bucket list is sure to contain literally hundreds of high-profile 'don’t-miss' spots.But over the years, one destination popped up regularly in our conversations with cruisers and landlubbers alike, people whose opinions we trusted. They spoke of this place reverently and urged us not to miss it ... [more]  

Having cruised the BC coast for several decades, we enjoy sharing information about the remote northern anchorages we’ve discovered over the years. However, the truth is that we haven’t really 'discovered' many of our favourite spots but were told about them by fellow mariners we have met out on the water – veteran boaters who’ve been more than happy to come aboard for a visit, unfurl a few charts ... [more]  

The largest glacier in East Antarctica is melting due to warm ocean water, according to Australian scientists. Until recently, the 74-mile-long (120km) Totten Glacier was thought to be surrounded by cold waters and therefore very stable and unlikely to shrink. ... [more]  

Race for Water Odyssey - A unique race against oceans of plastic by International Union for Conservation of Nature
A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France ... [more]  

A new study of the wandering albatrosses breeding on the sub-antarctic island of Bird Island (off South Georgia) reveals that age doesn't matter when foraging. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE last month, shows that even when the birds reach old age, any reduction in muscle function and visual acuity didn't appear to affect their foraging behaviour. ... [more]  

All US citizens now require a visa for entry into Venezuela, and these must be obtained prior to entry. Arrival at any port , or an encounter with any official without the appropriate visa could result in denial of entry, or possibly detention and seizure. Travel to Venezuela by US flagged yachts or carrying US citizens should be considered at this time to be HIGH RISK. ... [more]  

A desperate search for the crew of a missing yacht is focused on an area 2200 nautical miles west of Perth. As reported by Perth Now Sunday Times ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

A new island has been formed in the South Pacific after the eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga ... [more]  

Everyone with an interest in our seas is invited to give their views on whether 23 sites in English waters should become Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The 23 sites proposed will cover 10,810 square kilometres of our seas, protecting important seabed habitats and species. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

Sailing is most fun, we are all told, when you stay warm and dry, the sea is benign and the wind a balmy Force 4-5. This I know to be untrue from previous cruises, but my view was confirmed once again during a recent sailing holiday out west ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

French cruising sailor fined for concealing food by NZ Biosecurity
Big hurricanes reached US during prehistoric periods of ocean warming
Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters
Help search for missing yacht online
Jonathan Nimerfroh captures nearly frozen waves on camera
Coast Guard continues search for San Diego sailor
Salty Dawg Rally™ announces Spring 2015 Rally schedule
Dutch Chief Mate suspended following tragic yacht incident
OceansWatch plans new expeditions to the Solomon Islands
Sailors for the Sea, Cruising Club of America team up to protect ocean
Last call for 'Safety at Sea' and 'Great Lakes Wind Forecasting'
European Commission has deemed a Greek cruising tax to be lawful
Rescued Australian father and son are recovering fast
10 tips from BoatUS for owners and renters
Australian father-son duo delays trip back home
Father and son ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime
10 ways to protect yourself from an unwanted shark encounter
Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners honored
Baja Ha-Ha Cruise Rally – Overall report
Oceans of Hope - A global voyage to change perceptions of Sclerosis
Cyclone Warning- Marcia heads for Queensland coast   
Wayne Ingram to enter life raft survival to raise funds for hospital   
Fusion® unveils 750 and 650 series marine entertainment systems   
Turkish visas put restrictions on cruisers in Turkey   
Eleuthera - A luxurious base to unwind yourself and explore islands   
RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is full of activities to entertain whole family   
Discover Nautor's Swan history, features and behind-the-scene stories   
OCA Series - Julie Salisbury shares her seven-year cruising adventures   
Dominica – An adventurous land definitely not for the faint of heart!   
Galapagos - The Islands imposes stricter environmental inspections   
Cruising under Power - Turning to the Dark Side?   
Eight Bells - BoatUS Founder Richard Schwartz passes   
50th Newport Bermuda Race - Rousmaniere looks back at 46th Thrash 2008   
Research finds alarming levels of plastics wastes in Oceans   
Polish crew sets new record for furthest south ever sailed by a yacht   
ARC USA Rally - Offshore Passage Opportunities offers crew berths   
Setouchi International Yacht Rally preview   
Cruising yacht disappears in Bay of Islands   
Getting your gear (wheel) on   
Caribbean Safety and Security Net 2014 year end report   


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