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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

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Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 11 – Destination Barbados *Feature by Ian Thomson, Plastic in the Pacific
Barbados was on our destination list for three main reasons. First of all it is the closest island to the Canary Islands, so why pass it. ... [more]  

The Barbados National Sailing Championships were held over five weekends starting in September and culminating in a final presentation on November 1st. Here is a selection of images taken by visiting Ocean Crusaders crew. ... [more]  

2015 ARC Caribbean 1500 – After a three-day weather delay thanks to late-season Hurricane Kate, and a fast passage at sea for most, the ARC Caribbean wrapped up in Tortola with the final prize giving on Monday, November 23, just in time for crews to get home for Thanksgiving. ... [more]  

If your an offshore sailor- this is a MUST READ. Every now and then, you come across a story of life changing importance. This is one of those. ... [more]  

Participants and guests of the 2015 Down Under Rally were entertained and engaged during the first ever Down Under Rally 'Welcome Week' here in Newcastle, Australia. ... [more]  

An Atlantic Crossing is a huge bucket list tick for both Annika and I. Neither of us had done it before and it would be the furthest from land either of us have ever been. Only one other crossing on our route home will be longer, the Galapagos to Marquesas which stands at 3,300nm. This leg would be 2,600nm as the crow flies but the traditional route will always take you almost to the Verde ... [more]  

Not convinced global warming is speeding up? Take a look at these two charts from NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency. According to their datasets, October 2015 was the hottest month since global records began. ... [more]  

I am writing to try to recap the highlights and learnings from Week One of the projected 16-19 week solo, circumnavigation record attempt. ... [more]  

Years and months of intense planning and preparation finally paid off today as the yachts taking part in ARC 2015 made their way out of Muelle Deportivo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this morning. There was an air of excitement throughout the marina as the ocean adventure truly begins for 1125 sailors and even a few rain squalls throughout the morning could not dampen the spirits of the eager crew ... [more]  

A study has found that coral with high levels of fat or other energy reserves can withstand the impact of annual coral bleaching events, compared to coral with lower levels of fat reserves. ... [more]  

Simrad's HALO™ Pulse Compression Radar, the world’s first high-performance recreational solid-state, open-array radar system with pulse compression technology, has won the prestigious 2015 Design Award METS (DAME) in the Marine Electronics category at the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... [more]  

The US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee has awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medals to a sailboat’s crew for their heroic efforts displayed during the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race, hosted by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. The award ceremony and dinner took place at Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, Conn. on Friday, November 13. ... [more]  

El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of what is known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle. ... [more]  

After a nine-month journey, Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) arrived in Bordeaux, France, today, concluding an unprecedented human and scientific adventure that began on 15 March and which took the team to 17 locations across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. ... [more]  

Could this be sailing's top safety gear? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida
Look over most production sailboats or powerboats today, and you can bet you will see a lack of grab rails. We are often told that we shouldn't sail without loading up on safety equipment like personal flotation devices, safety harnesses, EPIRBs, survival flares, or liferafts. But for some reason, grab rails seem to end up near the bottom of the heap. ... [more]  

After five days sheltering from strong southerly winds, we departed Basaruto in Mozambique with a decent weather window, in company with six other vessels. ... [more]  

The 2015 edition of the METSTRADE show was opened for business on Tuesday 17 November with the traditional Breakfast Briefing at RAI Amsterdam. ... [more]  

In 2016, the 'International Aegean Sailing Rally', the competition organized by the Hellenic Offshore Club, will complete 53 years of life. Fifty-three years of challenges and seamanship in one of the most difficult sea areas of the Mediterranean. This is a highly demanding event and it requires early planning. For that reason HORC organizing committee has carefully planned the route of 2016 race. ... [more]  

METS Joint win for Dame Design Award by Sigrid van der Wel - METSTRADE
The prestigious DAME Design Award has gone to joint winners for the first time in its 25-year history. Jury chair Bill Dixon presented the overall DAME award to the Lume On™ LED light from Spinlock and the Electric Stabilising Fin and Interceptor System from Humphree during the opening ceremony of the METSTRADE show in RAI Amsterdam ... [more]  

A strong and mature El Niño continues in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The majority of international climate outlook models indicate that the 2015-16 El Niño will strengthen slightly before the end of the year and this means it could be amongst the strongest ever. ... [more]  

HanseYachts AG CEO Dr. Jens Gerhardt and Judel/Vrolijk and Co-Managing Director Torsten Conradi signed a renewal of the contract for designing all our upcoming Hanse, Dehler and Varianta models for the next three years. ... [more]  

2015 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers – Sailing crews from 30 nations create carnival atmosphere with flags and bands. With one week to go before the ARC 2015 fleet leave Las Palmas for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from the 179 yachts already berthed in the marina took part in the official ARC 2015 Opening Ceremony. ... [more]  

OK, Sit up and pay attention, THIS is a life exam subject and when you reach the Pearly Gates, your results today will count towards your final destination ... [more]  

In our last edition we had just departed Almerimar Spain en-route to the Canary Islands. We had waited for a weather window having had a week of westerlies so when the easterlies hit, it was time to go. ... [more]  

El Niño disrupts the marine food web + Video by
Since the spring of 2015, observations collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA indicate El Niño conditions in the equatorial Pacific have been strengthening to a magnitude similar to events in 1997–98 and 1982–83 ... [more]  

Dead silence falls over Tasiilaq. Whatever mid-winter daylight appeared briefly in this village on the southeast coast of Greenland is long gone, leaving the afternoon pitch black. A fresh layer of snow from the morning covers the ground, reflecting the darkness around it. The vacuum of space is clear, and stars glint behind snow-covered mountains. ... [more]  

When you stop to think about it… sailing is pretty amazing. From a historical perspective, through its role in travel, trade and war, it was the absolute hinge of western civilization for hundreds of years. Through that time, sailors’ slang and terminology became rooted in the English lexicon and still exists profoundly to this day. ... [more]  

On this date, in 1963 a cook aboard a trawler called Ísleifur II – sailing south of Iceland – spotted a column of dark smoke rising from the surface of the sea. The ship’s captain thought it be a boat on fire and turned his vessel to investigate. What they found was an island in the process of being born: explosive volcanic eruptions originating from below the sea surface, belching black columns o ... [more]  

To anyone who has been on an airliner hit by lightning, the flash and crack of the strike are vivid memories. It certainly gets your attention and when you land, all the technicians definitely run to the aircraft and give it a very close inspection. So now that we have heightened your senses, let us all remind ourselves that a lightning strike is not always fatal, ... [more]  

To anyone who has been on an airliner hit by lightning, the flash and crack of the strike are vivid memories. It certainly gets your attention and when you land, all the technicians definitely run to the aircraft and give it a very close inspection. So now that we have heightened your senses, let us all remind ourselves that a lightning strike is not always fatal, ... [more]  

On the road by SV Taipan
We Left Fernandina beach and Taipan on Saturday 23rd August. On Friday we hauled her out of the water and made her fast on the big cradle at Tiger Point Marina ready for storage for a few months during the worst part of the Hurricane season ... [more]  

Music is an international language. Since we don't speak French or Creole, it was music that helped us connect on a very personal level with the local folk in Port Mathurin, Rodrigues ... [more]  

Annual snow accumulation on West Antarctica’s coastal ice sheet increased dramatically during the 20th century, according to a new study published last week in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters. The last three decades saw more snow build up on the ice sheet than at any other time in the last 300 years. ... [more]  

Madagascar To Mozambique – Things that go bang in the night
The Moken Sea Nomads through the eyes of photographer Cat Vinton
How To be the worst marina guest
Theyr launches free Weather and Ocean Forecasting App for mariners
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 8 – Destination Spain
World Cruising Club's ARC+ 2015 sets sail
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 7 – Destination Italy *Feature
2015 Q3 IMB Piracy Report – Southeast Asia cracks down
Friends of the sea launch Seabin street waste solution
The great fresh water seas
Winterization and Ethanol blended fuels
Could you dock your sailboat under bare poles?
A night of courage and loss + Video
Au Revoir Madagascar and thanks for all the fish
Island cruising preparation seminars coming up
2015 Tropical Cruising – Passage Planning – From the SW Pacific to NZ
30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 6 – Destination Greece
Plastic in the Pacific Part 5 - Preparing for a world-wide cruise
Sail 2 Indonesia Rally overall
Porcupine reaches Kickstarter goal in 48 hours - Stretch goal released   
AIS transponders mandatory on all foreign craft in Thai waters   
Last port - Mahajunga, Madagascar   
First pictures of French sailor with kitten tucked under his sweater   
The Helleville Festival of Sail   
The strongest storm ever - Hurricane Patricia set to hit Mexico   
Seven money-saving sailing tips   
Self-regulating corals protect skeletons against ocean acidification   
2015 Down Under Rally – International cruising yachts arrive   
Needlefish – A very dangerous fish   
Leaping Lemurs in Madagascar   
Cruising the Caribbean – Free Cruising Guides unveils new website   
Research projects doubling of surface melting of Antarctic ice shelves   
If you want light - buy your own lighthouse!   
Chesapeake Bay - Climate Change   
A new life for Anam Cara   
The sad end of Harrier of Down   
10 years ago this week - An adventure begins   
2016 Boat of the Year nominees announced   
Madagascar - Nosy Hara Marine Park   

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