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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]  

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 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 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]  

At a public meeting in Phuket last Friday, Ministerial approval was confirmed for foreign-flagged superyachts to be able to apply for a special charter licence to operate commercially in Thailand’s waters. This historic move is expected to provide a significant stimulus to yachting activity in South East Asia and to the future prospects for the whole boating industry. ... [more]  

On the 26th June, four sailing cruisers from Lough Foyle will set off from Greencastle in Donegal on a round trip passage of Ireland stopping at each Sailability Club around the coastline of Ireland. This is to promote Sailability - sailing for disabled people in Ireland ... [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]  

You can't have missed the ads showcasing Sport England's 'This Girl Can' campaign - to inspire females to get more active - over the past few months. ... [more]  

We all have some preconceived ideas about what a lifejacket is supposed to do. For able-bodied sailors, most have the advantage of being able to jump in the water to test their lifejackets themselves. For those with disabilities that process can be more challenging. ... [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]  

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]  

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]  

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has written to Belgian marinas and clubs with visitor moorings to encourage them to lobby for the current Belgian Minister for Finance to reinstate permission for visiting British yachts to use red diesel. ... [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]  

The sea state was moderate to rough. Not unusual for the Celtic Sea in mid-December, but challenging conditions for a 13m yacht. ... [more]  

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

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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
GoPro records close-up of great white shark off California
Ocean Debris - Global problem, local solutions
FUSION® unveils 750 And 650 Series Marine Entertainment Systems
Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way launched by White Seahorse Publishing
35th America’s Cup - Omega introduces new Seamaster timepiece
Chagos - An idyllic cruising paradise where time stands still   
A 6-year-old French girl dies after yacht sinks in mid-Atlantic   
BoatBook’s SailingLog is the world’s first automatic sailing logbook   
Cruising South- Emergency on board and rescue by Mexican Navy (Part I)   
World's first ocean cleaning system to be deployed in 2016   
OceansWatch runs annual expeditions to Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands   
2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally gets underway   
Fremantle to Bali - New start date officially announced   
NASA study shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf nearing collapse   
Volvo Ocean Race - A call to action over trash in the oceans   
The real-world benefits of AIS to cruising sailors   
2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris   
2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally postponed due to severe weather   
Summer Sailstice 2016 - Sail and win a Sunsail BVI charter!   
ARC Europe and ARC USA gets underway from Nanny Cay   
Bluewater Open Boat Weekend set to inspire offshore sailors   
Violent attack on a cruising couple while at rest at Petit Port, Haiti   
Greater Dublin Drainage initiative   
British man shot dead after armed robbers board his yacht   
Record fleet in Nanny Cay for World Cruising Club's Spring Rallies   

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