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Murray rejoins Cup fray...Nicholson on Vestas Wind disaster + recovery | 19/12/2014
A Big Week: Extreme Sailing, World Sailing Cup, Volvo finish and more | 16/12/2014
A Big Week: Extreme Sailing, World Sailing Cup, Volvo finish and more | 14/12/2014
Confessions of a Volvo navigator...America's Cup opens its books | 09/12/2014
America's Cup gets underway ... Volvo Ocean Race wreck and rescue | 03/12/2014
America's Cup on countdown..Volvo breakout...New products launched | 30/11/2014
The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? | 23/11/2014
Paralympians need your support...Volvo underway...America's Cup moves | 20/11/2014
Bay of Islands auction...Volvo In Port ... New boatspeed App...49ers | 17/11/2014
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race: The best of Leg 1 | 12/11/2014
Tight Volvo finish...Wild Oats for Transpac ... Kiwi 49ers win in Rio | 09/11/2014
Broaching in the Southern Ocean...Carnage in the Atlantic...And more | 05/11/2014
Volvo action compresses...Optimists in Argentina...Classic on a Kite | 30/10/2014
A Record is broken...Is another about to be set...Optimist Worlds | 27/10/2014
Volvo Leg 1 decided? Buy into Sailing Paradise...Optimists from Worlds | 22/10/2014
Safer Boating Week launched against a backdrop of tragedy | 16/10/2014
An upset in the Volvo OR ... Con Thode remembered ...Spectacular 18's | 13/10/2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 1 - Veterans lead fleet towards Gibraltar | 12/10/2014
Hottest sailing property nominated...49erFX crew self-analyse...VOR go | 09/10/2014
Volvo fires up...North Sails Young 88's Owners...Ups and downs in Nice | 06/10/2014
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Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

US Sailing is inviting literally everyone to sail ‘together’ for the 15th annual, worldwide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing. For current sailors this means starting their summer of sailing by hoisting sails on the summer solstice weekend of June 20/21. For non-sailors it’s an invitation connect with sailing at one of the thousands of sailing programs and facilities that are open ... [more]  

Sea Whisper's adventures continue – Vanuatu by Lionel Dobson and Barbara Erickson
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 ... [more]  

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 ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

The waves just keep getting higher off Ireland's coast! ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

Be sure to read your dock contract carefully, or you may be surprised to find that you can be held legally responsible for damages and injuries, even if you or your boat were not the cause. It all could be in the fine print of the marina or boatyard dock contract that hundreds of thousands of boat owners sign this time of year as the boating season returns. ... [more]  

Cruising in Male, Maldives by SV Crystal Blues
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. ... [more]  

Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

‘Crikey! What are we expected to do with this?’ Yarmouth RNLI Coxswain Howard Lester’s reaction to the sight of a 180m car carrier with a 45° list ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

Salish Sea Pilot guides - 'Almost free' by Jim Burgoyne, Victoria
Nothing feels more altruistic than offering cruising guides as free downloads. And it made the folks at Salish Sea Pilot pretty popular at dock parties, too. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

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? ... [more]  

NV Charts, a leading provider of charting products for navigation, announces the release of all chart sets, beginning with their popular Bahamas chart sets, in new Atlas style format. The new format applies to their newly updated chart sets for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016. ... [more]  

The Caribbean Sail Training Foundation announced today that one of their member vessels, the full rigged Tall ship Danmark, will visit the Caribbean Islands of Grenada on April 26th 2015 and St.Maarten-St.Martin on May 4th, 2015. ... [more]  

A look ahead - Two new forward-looking sonar systems by David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor
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 ... [more]  

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. ... [more]  

Members of the OCC elected Jon Sanders of Australia and Les Powles of Great Britain as Honorary Members of the OCC at the Annual General Meeting held in London at the HQS Wellington on the 28th March 2015. Members attending the Tenth AGM voted unanimously to approve the proposed legendary sailors. Regional events are planned to celebrate their elections in Australia and the UK ... [more]  

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 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
Coast Guard assists with sea turtle release off NC coast
Vanuatu relief efforts – How you can help
Cruise Underway to Baja Rally - Kick off dinner announced
OceansWatch aids Cyclone Pam victims
Sailors band together to get relief to cyclone stricken Islanders
Pirate life - An unforgettable experience
Sailors band together to get aid to cyclone stricken Pacific Islanders
Sointula -Beguiling Canadian destination just outside the Broughtons
Kwakume Inlet, British Columbia - An excellent all-weather anchorage
Largest glacier in East Antarctica is melting due to warm ocean water
Race for Water Odyssey - A unique race against oceans of plastic
Does age matter? Maybe not if you're a wandering albatross
Deterioration in United States - Venezuela relations impact cruisers
Missing South African yacht search focuses west of Perth, Australia
Dinghy anchoring - important for crusing sailors
Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new South Pacific island
Public consultation opens on new Marine Conservation Zones   
Boaters reminded of the dangers from exhausts   
Sam Fortescue recalls an exhilarating sail in the Caribbean   
Plans for fleet of UK tidal lagoons unveiled   
Sydney-Hobart contender Endorfin sets sights on Fremantle to Bali   
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   


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