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Ten boat safety checks every skipper needs to make By John Jamieson, , 2:16 PM Fri 31 Jan 2014
Do you have a safety check list over the chart table on your boat - or anywhere else? Have you added the three most important bilge pumps to your boat safety check list? Does your sailing crew know the location of survival equipment, fuel shutoff valve and how to test a seacock? ...[more]

In-mast furling - is it the 'no-no' we've always believed? By Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:42 PM Sun 5 Jan 2014
In the inevitable cockpit-sundowner chat, in-mast furling has always been a 'no-no'. But is it true? Or is the cockpit-sundowner chat just scare-mongering? Here Des Ryan looks at a few of the issues. ...[more]

Deaf British yachtsman receives RYA Sailability Award By Susie NationGrainger, , 11:28 AM Tue 3 Dec 2013
Gerry Hughes, a teacher from Glasgow, was presented with the first ever RYA Sailability Personal Endeavour Award on ITV’s Surprise Surprise (Sunday 01 December) in recognition of his historic voyage as the first deaf yachtsman to sail single-handedly around the world via the Five Great Capes. ...[more]

HMS Bounty rescuers receive top IMO Bravery Award for hurricane rescue By IMO/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:37 AM Sun 1 Dec 2013
An IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013 went to two American rescuers involved in the HMS Bounty rescue. The American rescuers were presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on this week at IMO Headquarters in London. ...[more]

Product of the week: One Sailor MBS for single-handed docking By nk, 11:02 AM Wed 13 Nov 2013
Sailing single-handed poses its own challenges, and one of the principle of these is docking without assistance. While at sea with plenty of room, aiming the boat in the direction you want is done with a lot of flexibility. However when it comes to docking the boat, wind, currents and the characteristics of the boat can make it tricky. Now there's a neat aide to make it easier. ...[more]

South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron receives CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant By Jennifer Crooks, , 6:53 AM Tue 12 Nov 2013
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron with $8,900 to purchase marine radios and a weather station for the Squadron Country Flotilla bases plus new brackets to house radio and radar antennas. ...[more]

Get your DSC-equipped VHF hooked up right By BoatUS/Sail-World, 12:57 PM Tue 29 Oct 2013
With summer approaching fast, it's time to make sure you have a VHF on board working to the maximum. If you have a basic VHF, checking the connections for corrosion, inspecting the antenna and doing a simple radio check may be all that it takes. ...[more]

Ten inducted into the USA's National Sailing Hall of Fame By NSHOF, 12:30 PM Tue 29 Oct 2013
The United States National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) has inducted ten of the sport’s significant contributors into the National Sailing Hall of Fame during ceremonies held for the first time in the organization’s hometown, and on the site of its future facility at City Dock in the historic waterfront district of Annapolis. ...[more]

Evolution Autopilot - top honours in Marine Electronics Awards By Sail-World Cruising, , 9:56 AM Mon 14 Oct 2013
Looking for a new autopilot? It's worth considering this one. The Evolution Autopilot by Raymarine has won top honours at the 2013 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, winning the NMEA-BWI Technology Award. ...[more]

Product of the Week: Safer and easier docking - SlideMoor By Sail-World Cruising, , 5:59 AM Mon 30 Sep 2013
This docking system, as the manufacturers say, is not a universal solution, but brings together many of the advantages of a floating dock with the appeal of a traditional fixed dock. The system, called SlideMoor, makes docking safer and easier while mitigating the risks associated with tidal change, wind and wave activity. ...[more]

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: another prestigious award in Monaco By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, , 12:51 PM Sat 21 Sep 2013
Probably the most honoured sailor in yachting history, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been honoured again. 'I really had no idea I was going to the recipient of such a prestigious title', he said after the award presentation, which was held during the Monaco Classic Week. ...[more]

New Zealand honours Coastguard volunteers By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, , 11:31 AM Wed 18 Sep 2013
The New Zealand Coastguard community has come together to honour the year’s achievements at the National Coastguard Gala Awards Evening last weekend. ...[more]

Mountain bike torch great for tough sailing conditions By Des Ryan, 12:44 AM Tue 17 Sep 2013
Cruising sailors benefit, not only from the research that goes into high tech racing, but also from research into other markets. This was the case for Exposure Marine, which initially developed torches for the professional mountain bikers, and this led to producing torches which are incredibly powerful, superlight, and corrosion resistant, and therefore ideal for marine conditions. ...[more]

Product of the Week: Drawer fridge for cool-keeping and accessibility By Sail-World Cruisng, 10:07 AM Mon 16 Sep 2013
Tired of having to turn upside down to reach that special bottle at the very bottom of your super efficient sailing boat refrigerator? Now Dometic Marine WAECO have come up with a new cool 'CoolMatic CRD-50 Drawer Fridge' with a freezer compartment. The new, spacious drawer fridge gives boat owners convenient slide-out access to your refreshments. ...[more]

Bravery awards for Brighton yacht crew By The Standard/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:10 AM Mon 2 Sep 2013
BRAVERY awards have been presented to a yacht crew who rescued sailors near Port Campbell. Brighton sailors Grant Dunoon, Klaus-Peter Fecht, Ross Fisher and Kim Walker received a group bravery citation for rescuing six sailors from a sunken yacht off Port Campbell in Victoria in April last year. ...[more]

Rig your own sailing boat? Yes, you can! By RYA/Sail-World Cruising, , 10:43 AM Sun 25 Aug 2013
Do you rig your own boat? No? Do you even tune it yourself? How confident are you that you are doing it right? The Royal Yachting Association has come up with some timely help in the form of a new book entitled the RYA Rigging Handbook. ...[more]

Product of the Week: The LED ringed switch By Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising, 1:54 PM Fri 23 Aug 2013
There can be few things more valuable on a boat than being able to turn equipment on and off without the necessity to turn on a light - which may wake sleeping crew or destroy your night vision. That's where this week's Product of the Week, comes in, the LED-ringed switch. ...[more]

Product of the Week: The LED ringed switch By Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising, 12:32 PM Fri 23 Aug 2013
There can be few things more valuable on a boat than being able to turn equipment on and off without the necessity to turn on a light - which may wake sleeping crew or destroy your night vision. That's where this week's Product of the Week, comes in, the LED-ringed switch. ...[more]

Blackwells' Ten Tips for Voyaging Inexpensively By Alex and Daria Blackwell/ Sail-World Cruising, , 6:29 AM Tue 20 Aug 2013
Alex and Daria Blackwell, long-time cruising sailors and authors of the anchoring bible 'Happy Hooking', sail a 1976 Bowman 57 ketch ‘Aleria’. Here, with their Ten Tips, they make one of the strongest arguments for why you should not wait for that perfect boat or win the lottery before you go cruising: ...[more]

Mantus Anchor - out for a practical test run By Alex and Daria Blackwell/ Sail-World Cruising, 10:17 AM Fri 16 Aug 2013
Alex and Daria Blackwell, authors of 'Happy Hooking, the Art of Anchoring' recently took the Mantus Anchor, one of the 'new generation' anchors, out for a test run, and here is their response: ...[more]

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