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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

52 Cruising boats of all shapes and sizes, from all over the world, came together for the start of the 2015 “Multihull Solutions 2015 Sail 2 Indonesia Rally” run by the Island Cruising Association. ... [more]  

2015 Port2Port Down Under Rally - Back in 2009 Aussies John and Leanne Hembrow “cut the lines” and joined the community of Nautical Nomads (also known as cruisers or yachties) in search of adventure and new experiences and they found both! ... [more]  

Published today, a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlights a continuing trend in South East Asia in the hijacking of small coastal tankers by maritime pirates, averaging one attack every two weeks. ... [more]  

2015 Multihull Solutions Sail 2 Indonesia Rally – 52 Cruising boats of all shapes and sizes, from all over the world, came together for the start of the rally run by the Island Cruising Association. ... [more]  

Two Kiwi sailors had just seconds to grab life jackets and abandon their burning yacht after being woken by their skipper at midnight in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The 50 ft SV Sunny Deck was on its way from Acapulco, Mexico to Auckland when it caught fire about half way between Rarotonga and Tonga. ... [more]  

When Jan Griffith’s much-loved dog, Sophie Tucker, was washed overboard in stormy seas as the family were cruising on their yacht off Mackay on the east coast of Australia, she believed that her pet had drowned. ... [more]  

I'm standing on a beach and I see, a few hundred yards out, a mound of water heading right at me. It's not a wave, not yet, but a swollen patch of ocean, like the top of a moving beach ball, what sailors call a 'swell.' ... [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. ... [more]  

It's called the Coconut Milk Run – pejorative term that. The Coward's Way Out, it says, the Easy Way across the Pacific. I am not sure who's saying it. Presumably all those who have done polar circumnavigations, rounded the Horn, or visited the Antarctic by sailing boat. ... [more]  

With the current economic uncertainty in Greece, many cruisers are asking how the climate currently stands for visiting cruising yachts. Hopefully, this feedback from a number of noonsite contacts in Greece might help cruisers who are planning on heading to Greece soon ... [more]  

Cambodia - Clearance changes including increased costs by Rony Hill of Sail Cambodia and Andrey Mantula
Cruising yachts are no longer able to enter Cambodia through Koh Kong town near the border with Thailand. Sihanoukville is now the only clearance port for yachts clearing in and out of the country. Clearance charges have also been introduced. ... [more]  

Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas is probably the most beautiful anchorage we have ever been in. The island is volcanic with towering mountains, lush vegetation and stunning scenery. The population is around 600 and the two townships are nestled in the valleys between the mountain ranges. ... [more]  

From the old fort on the hill above Port Mathurin the tiny harbour can be seen clearly. All fourteen visiting cruising boats plus the bi-weekly supply ship make it a crowded place, and the yachts must move every week or so to provide clearance for the ship on arrival and departure. ... [more]  

“Inspired Insanity,” the 28 foot Southern Cross sailboat that took Donna Lange on a three-stop solo trip around the world in 2005-07, is going around again in 2015-16, this time non-stop. Rhode Islanders will see her leave from the Herreshoff dock, Sunday, July 26. ... [more]  

They are the lasting workhorse of many a cruising or sailing vessel, the inboard diesel engine. Some say they have a reputation for being finicky while others swear by their never-ending reliability. ... [more]  

International ocean scientists have issued an important warning to world leaders ahead of the November 2015 climate change negotiations in Paris (COP21). ... [more]  

Paul MacDonald, a director at Southern Spars, specialising in superyacht sales, is relocating from the company’s Auckland office to London, UK. By moving north, MacDonald will be closer to many of Southern Spars valued clients, improving the service that the company offers to its many European based customers. There will be a very senior member of staff on hand to meet with clients at short notice ... [more]  

If you put 10 boaters in a room with a working marine VHF radio, how many could call for help, call a friend, or share a navigational hazard with nearby boaters? ... [more]  

Niue was an unexpected haven for the World ARC yachts after what was a tougher than the usual passage. Some of the yachts missed Suwarrow as a result of a low-pressure trough that gave twenty-four hours of strong gale force winds, sailing direct to Niue. ... [more]  

Changes ahead for World Sailing - Interview with new ISAF CEO. *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team
Last week ISAF announced the appointment of a new CEO, Peter Sowrey. He is not a long time ISAF face, as his predecessor Jerome Pels was, little is known of him in the wider sailing world. ... [more]  

Middle East governments should consider easing restrictions on travelling between states to boost the region’s tourism industry and support the fast-developing yachting and cruise market, says Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of the UAE-based yacht and boat builder, Gulf Craft. ... [more]  

When there are no shops by SV Crystal Blues
If we had a mission statement for our cruising life it would be shaped by what we truly enjoy - that is travel by boat, to experience new cultures, cuisines and music. The past few months have offered a smorgasbord of this mix. ... [more]  

I think everybody who sails has vividly imagined some variation of this nightmare: you leave a crew member alone on deck for a while to catch some sleep below, and when you come back on deck you find your crew is missing. Disappeared, with no clue what happened to them ... [more]  

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]  

The visit of the Tall Ships to Belfast from July 2nd to fifth was anticipated with an enthusiasm which was fully justified by the numbers which became involved. ... [more]  

Tahuata Island – Freedom and adventure by Andrew and Clare Payne
We left the island of Huku Hiva last Wednesday within an hour of picking up our Long Term Visa for French Polynesia. Its not that we were sick of Huku Hiva, but we were anxious to see more of the Marquesas. ... [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]  

If you wanted to know where in America today are the most skilled, dedicated and enthusiastic group of young mariners, look no further than a suburb of Dallas to the home of Sea Scout Ship 1000, the SSS Enterprise, on Lake Ray Hubbard. ... [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]  

A sail-assisted five mast cruiseship with up to 310 passengers was forced to cancel an anchorage call off Dunmore East today due to strong winds and divert to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. ... [more]  

Sailing icon rescued from sinking yacht
2015 ARC Portugal – Algarve arrivals at Marina de Lagos
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers awarded the Medalla de Oro
Southern Spars offer July only special price on SouthernFurl booms
FPB 97-1 Sea Trials Reveal Wicked Performance
Dramatic rescue from flaming yacht
Thai charter licence for foreign-flagged vessels confirmed
Sailability, sailing for disabled people, begins round Ireland cruise
Mallacoota yacht search – Missing sailor may have made it ashore
OceansWatch appoints first Field Operations Yacht
Sediment makes it harder for baby Nemo to breathe easy
Chagos retrospective - A cruiser's paradise
2015 Summer Sailstice – Top ten reasons to sail this weekend
Sunsail to find out what happened to the missing boat and its crew
These Girls Can!
What do you expect from your lifejacket?
Families of missing SA yachtsmen launch crowd fundraising initiative
Salty Dawg Rally announces the schedule for the July Fourth Rendezvous
Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project gets green light
Schengen area cruiser’s survey needs your input
Volvo Ocean Race - Sailing needs more sponsors like Vestas Wind *Feature   
RYA urges to lobby Belgian Govt on tolerance for visiting UK yachts   
World Cruising Rallies converge on Marina de Lagos this June   
A challenging night on the Celtic Sea + Video   
2015 ARC Portugal - World Cruising rallies converge on Marina de Lagos   
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   
Sailboat Racing, Iditarod-Style—A look at the Race to Alaska *Feature   
2015 Pensacola a La Habana— Preliminary announcement of rally and race   
World-first voyage crew with Multiple Sclerosis reaches Australia   
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   
Mexico's Cruiser Paradise – Zihuatanejo   

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