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Anatomy of a sailing boat collision - test your judgement By Chuck Fort, Boat US/Sail-World, 6:41 PM Fri 31 Aug 2012
Here's a chance to test your knowledge of the COLREGS (International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea) with this real example of a collision between two sailing boats, bow to bow: ...[more]

Hurricane precautions and preparations for boat owners By The Gowrie Group, , 10:56 PM Tue 28 Aug 2012
With the hurricane/typhoon season upon us in the northern hemisphere, here is some timely advice from The Gowrie Group about what to do when disaster threatens The key to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe threatening weather is planning, preparation and timely action. ...[more]

Occasional need for EPIRB? PLB's? Here's the solution (if in the US) By Boat US Foundation/Sail-World, , 1:30 PM Tue 7 Aug 2012
While some sailing boats are equipped with the latest of everything, there are many of us sailing who simply can't afford every gizmo ever made - no matter how good they are. If you are mostly in enclosed waters and only sail in the ocean once a year, can you really afford personal locator beacons for all the crew? If you live in America, there's a solution - which others could follow... ...[more]

Dog Overboard in amazing rescue By King 5/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:06 AM Mon 6 Aug 2012
They thought he was dead, and those that found him thought his feat was so amazing he should be renamed Phelps after the the recent Olympic swimming sensation. However his owner has resolved to put him in a life jacket when sailing in future. ...[more]

Canada increases boating safety dollars By Transport Canada/Sail-World, 7:07 AM Sun 15 Jul 2012
Canada's Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced additional funding for the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program. ...[more]

10 things to do if you are the 'Man' Overboard By US Sailing/Sail-World, 6:09 AM Sat 14 Jul 2012
Obviously, the best way to avoid MOB situations is to ensure your safety by systems that don't allow you to go overboard. However, have you thought through how actions you take in an overboard situation can increase your chance of recovery? Think it through now, before you are in a life challenging situation. ...[more]

US Hoaxes point to the general problem of hoax distress calls By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 8:44 AM Sun 1 Jul 2012
Two recent hoax distress calls in the USA, in New Jersey and Tampa, costing major disruption and hundreds of thousands of dollars, have drawn attention to the issue that is real and ongoing for rescue services, no matter in what country. Lt Commander Mia Dutcher, who supervises search and rescue missions in Tampa, maintains that, in the Tampa Bay area alone, they field 600-700 hoax calls a year. ...[more]

Taxpayers paid $330,000 for hoax rescue call By Sail-World, 10:14 AM Tue 19 Jun 2012
A hoax call about a yacht explosion earlier this week risked the lives of rescuers, diverted resources, and cost taxpayers at least $330,000, US Coast Guard officials have now revealed. ...[more]

Sabbath laws and 'who will pay' hampers search for missing sailors By Lee Mylchreest, 10:00 AM Mon 18 Jun 2012
Tonga's 'sabbatical laws' against Sunday trading and a question about who will pay the fuel bill for the rescue have hampered the ongoing search for two sailors - one British/Australian and one Australian - whose yacht broke up last week on the Tongan Island of Late. (See Sail-World_story) ...[more]

Satphone - to become mandatory for offshore sailors? By Nancy Knudsen, 1:29 PM Fri 15 Jun 2012
'For offshore voyages leisure sailors are recommended to carry a satellite form of communication.' These are the words of Britain's Maritime Coastguard Agency. This statement was the final statement at the end of a press release concerning the rescue of a solo sailor in a 22ft sailing boat headed for the Azores this week. ...[more]

Product of the Week: Hand-held laser flare, prize-winning Odeo By Sail-World Cruising, , 1:59 PM Wed 30 May 2012
Seawork International, commercial marine and workboat event now in its 15th year in Southampton, UK, annually attracts over 450 exhibitors and 7200 visitors from all over the world. This years Seawork International 'Spirit of Innovation' Award was won by our product of the week, Index Marine's Odeo Flare. ...[more]

Product of the Week: Hand-held laser flare, prize-winning Odeo By Sail-World Cruising, 10:42 AM Tue 29 May 2012
Seawork International, commercial marine and workboat event now in its 15th year in Southampton, UK, annually attracts over 450 exhibitors and 7200 visitors from all over the world. This years Seawork International 'Spirit of Innovation' Award was won by our product of the week, Index Marine's Odeo Flare. ...[more]

Every life jacket rescue a cause for hope By US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising, , 12:05 PM Mon 28 May 2012
Is the safety campaign on life jackets working? One will only know when enough time has passed and the statistics show the results, but every rescue where the sailors were wearing life jackets is cause for hope. This week the US Coast Guard rescued two in Lake Ontario from a sinking boat - and as both were wearing life jackets there were no casualties. ...[more]

US Sailing preliminary report on fatal yacht incident By Sail-World Cruising, 6:40 AM Sun 27 May 2012
The ocean, the world of the cruising sailor, has been often called 'the last freedom'. But this freedom brings the responsibility of good seamanship, so anything that enhances safety is like gold. We look at the results below of the US Sailing review of the tragic sea incident which took the lives of five sailors. The report highlights the necessity for keeping a safe distance off a lee shore. ...[more]

North American Safe Boating Week - on again this week By Sail-World Cruising, , 7:44 AM Sun 20 May 2012
North American Safe Boating Week, running every year since 1958 and including both the USA and Canada, is being held again this coming week. ...[more]

Dinghy danger: Crewman dies, no life jacket By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 7:31 AM Sat 12 May 2012
The crew of the 47ft Musketeer of Stutton had enjoyed an evening ashore and began the normal dinghy tender shuttle back to the boat. It was just before midnight, the seas were rough and the winds were high, but it was a normal transfer. When the dinghy didn't arrive, crew on the beach thought that the outboard engine may have failed. They couldn't have guessed that their crew mate had drowned. ...[more]

18 May: Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day By Sail-World Cruising/MCA, , 9:47 AM Wed 9 May 2012
The message does not seem to be getting through, so a multinational effort is on to make boaters wear life jackets AND YOU CAN HELP. It's the 'Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day'. ...[more]

Two fatal yachting incidents - what are the lessons? By Nancy Knudsen, 10:06 AM Mon 30 Apr 2012
One of the safer things about racing as opposed to cruising is the overarching care of race organisers, who plot routes and decide to call off a race if the weather dictates. But with two tragically fatal racing incidents off the coast of California in the past few weeks, is there anything that the cruising sailors can learn from these? ...[more]

US Coast Guard gets vocal on boating safety By US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:55 AM Fri 13 Apr 2012
The US Coast Guard wants boaters to return home safely and is getting vocal about it. Following a day in which Coast Guard boarding officers issued many notices of violations to boaters and sent them back to the dock for lacking required safety equipment, the Coast Guard is urging mariners everywhere to take advantage of free vessel safety checks and boating education courses. ...[more]

USA's 'Rescue 21' almost rolled out By Sail-World Cruising, 6:18 AM Wed 4 Apr 2012
This week the US Coast Guard is to celebrate the acceptance of the new Rescue 21 Communications System at Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine. With 40,625 miles of USA coastline now covered by Rescue 21, only a few outposts like Alaska, Hawaii and some inland areas are still waiting. So what is Rescue 21, how does it operate and why is it better? ...[more]

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