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Secchi APP- smart way for seafarers to track effects of climate change By, , 2:49 PM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change ...

Calgarians survive days in Honduran jungle following pirate attack By Ryan White, , 9:29 AM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
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. ...

Google Earth Charts - A new aid to navigation By SV Crystal Blues, , 8:50 AM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
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. ...

Missing sailor - I survived by staying inside, rationing By Tom Foreman Jr., , 8:21 AM Sat 11 Apr 2015 GMT
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. ...

The real horsepower is at 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo By Gold Coast Marine Expo, , 2:36 AM Fri 10 Apr 2015 GMT
2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - The world’s leading marine engine and generator brands have been confirmed for the 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo – ensuring it will once again be a true showcase of ‘all things aquatic’. ...

Severe weather warning for Perth Metro, please check your boats By Royal Perth Yacht Club, , 10:01 AM Thu 9 Apr 2015 GMT
The Bureau of Meteorology has released severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for people in the Central West, Lower West, South West and South Coastal forecast districts ...

Bluewater Open Boat Weekend – Choosing for offshore cruising By World Cruising Club, , 12:46 PM Wed 8 Apr 2015 GMT
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. ...

ZKG’s: Zhik’s fun range of amphibious shoes for sailing and watersport By Liz Rushall, UK , 9:57 AM Wed 8 Apr 2015 GMT
Zhik’s ZKG’s are a stylish, colourful and fun range of shoes that are designed to get wet, and are equally at home on the high street too. The high grip ZK™ soft sole is Zhik’s proprietary rubber formula and tread pattern, designed to instantly expel water from underneath the sole and achieve exceptionally high levels of grip in the wet, whilst also maintaining excellent levels of durability ...

Research shows volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating By British Antarctic Survey, , 11:42 AM Tue 7 Apr 2015 GMT
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. ...

Fukushima radioactivity detected along shoreline of British Columbia By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, , 10:10 AM Tue 7 Apr 2015 GMT
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. ...

NSW Maritime alert – Dangerous surf conditions forecast By Roads and Maritime Services Media, , 9:06 AM Tue 7 Apr 2015 GMT
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast to impact the coastline from the South Coast of NSW to the Hunter region from tomorrow. ...

Swirling currents deliver Phytoplankton Carbon to ocean depths By WHOI, , 7:25 AM Sun 5 Apr 2015 GMT
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? ...

A look ahead - Two new forward-looking sonar systems By David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor, , 6:30 PM Thu 2 Apr 2015 GMT
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 ...

Race for Water Odyssey crew arrive in Bermuda By Race for Water Media, , 12:54 PM Thu 2 Apr 2015 GMT
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. ...

NEEL 45 Trimarans making a splash with Australian cruisers By Kate Elkington, , 4:59 AM Thu 2 Apr 2015 GMT
More Australians have purchased an innovative NEEL 45, in a reflection of the trimaran’s increasing popularity for world cruising. The most recent new owners bought the incredible trimaran from Multihull Solutions after conducting extensive international research into the best vessel for speed, performance and comfort. ...

Stay safe this Easter with the new MarineRescue App By Ken McManus, , 8:57 PM Wed 1 Apr 2015 GMT
Boaters have been encouraged to make sure they have the new MarineRescue App on board to help them stay safe on the water this Easter. ...

Stark reminder of consequences of not following safe boating rules By Roads and Maritime Services, , 3:34 PM Tue 31 Mar 2015 GMT
A 30-year-old Narara man received a nine-month suspended jail sentence in Woy Woy Local Court today after pleading guilty to serious offences under marine legislation. ...

Boaters encouraged to continue safe behaviour ahead of Easter weekend By Transport Roads and Maritime Services, , 6:24 AM Tue 31 Mar 2015 GMT
Boaters are reminded safety remains the highest priority across all NSW waterways during Easter with skippers urged to take extra care in the last weekend of the boating season. ...

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