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Ascension Island Welcoming Committee
by SV Crystal Blues
Crystal Blues arrived at Ascension Island last Wednesday, May 25, after a 750 nautical mile passage from St. Helena. Crystal Blues arrived at Ascension Island last Wednesday, May 25, after a 750 nautical mile passage from St. Helena. For the last three hours we were escorted by a pod of large bottle nose dolphins, doing the usual surfing on our pressure wave.
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How cigarette filters cause untold damage to marine life
by Hannah Gould – The Guardian
The majority of cigarette waste that ICC collects from beaches is the result of improper disposal. Micro plastics have been talked about for a while and now microfibres are getting the attention they deserve, but there is one 'pest' that is clearly a huge problem for us all. It is the butt and it might look like a pellet of food to marine life, but the damage it causes to them and ultimately us is almost on par with the original smoke.
Posted on 30 May
Making six-pack holders edible for marine life
by Maxine Perella – The Guardian
Instead of killing animals, packing design will provide them with food, explains Saltwater Brewery co-founder Chris Gove Clearly not putting plastic into the oceans is something we all need to consider as second nature. But if it were to happen, at least something that was potentially edible could work a lot better than the options. A Floridian brewery is at least having a good crack at it.
Posted on 30 May
Two pearls in the middle of the Pacific
by World Cruising
After the departure from Raiatea the yachts visited the atoll of Suwarrow to anchor in its peaceful lagoon After the departure from Raiatea the yachts visited the atoll of Suwarrow to anchor in its peaceful lagoon; it’s a special place, where no one lives and is only accessible by boat.
Posted on 29 May
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Niue - Part 3
by Ocean Crusaders
Our second day on land in Niue started at a reasonable hour. We headed straight across the island to Lakepa Village. Our second day on land in Niue started at a reasonable hour. We headed straight across the island to Lakepa Village. The drive across the middle took in so many different types of vegetation, you thought you were in different countries every five minutes. One minute you are amongst trees and grass fields, then you are in a dense rain forest and then you switch to tropical bushland.
Posted on 29 May
Dream Yacht Charter appoints Christian Brewer to UK Sales team
by Dream Yacht Charter
A passionate sailor, he has represented UK in many European and World Championships in Keelboats and Catamarans to date A passionate sailor, he has represented the UK in many European and World Championships in Keelboats and Catamarans to date, winning 16 championships including 15 National titles and one European Championship. He was also reserve for the 1988 Olympics in the International Tornado Class.
Posted on 27 May
Early sun on Beaulieu water lights the underside of oaks
by Royal-Southern
It wasn't quite like John Betjeman's poem when the hardy bunch of mid week ralliers sailed round to Bucklers Hard. It wasn't quite like John Betjeman's poem 'Youth and Age on Beaulieu River' when the hardy bunch of mid week ralliers sailed round to Bucklers Hard.
Posted on 27 May
Planning and completing your SEAbattical
by John Curnow
If getting out into the big blue before you have finished working in this life is part of your dreams... If getting out into the big blue before you have finished working in this life is part of your dreams, then this new book could well be for you. Its author, Brent Vaughan, has been around boats all his life and for the last twenty years has also worked inside the marine industry.
Posted on 27 May
Survival doesn't come easy - shorthanded or in the Volvo Ocean race
by Suellen Hurling, RAYC
Four sailors who were competing in very different campaigns, spoke about their experiences in the middle of the ocean At a seminar hosted by Royal Akarana Yacht Club, four sailors who were competing in two very different campaigns, spoke about their experiences in the middle of the ocean. About the reality of saying goodbye to loved ones. About the terror of thinking they may not come out alive. But they did. It wasn't their time to go.
Posted on 26 May
Defying the six myths about cruising life
by Tricia and Jim Bowen
We realized that there are some aspects of cruising that are usually left out of blogs. I was chatting with some other cruisers about blogs. Lots of us write them. Personally, I enjoy keeping friends and family up to date with what we’re up to and where we’re going. I know that some of you are living vicariously through our crazy adventures, but we realized that there are some aspects of cruising that are usually left out of blogs – the more mundane and stressful parts of cruising.
Posted on 25 May
Tiny Giants - Marine Microbes revealed on a grand scale
by Hilary Kotoun
Marine Microbes revealed on a grand scale is a photography exhibit created by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes revealed on a grand scale is an inspiring photography exhibit created by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the only independent research laboratory in the world that focuses on microbial oceanography. The exhibit is brought to Newport, RI by Sailors for the Sea and hosted at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum from May 15th to June 19th.
Posted on 25 May
Donna Lange to complete second solo circumnavigation
by Sail Twice Around Team
Severe Pacific storms forced her to go through Panama Canal instead of sailing around the bottom of South America When Donna Lange brings her boat to the Herreshoff Museum dock in Bristol, RI, at the end of this month (May 2016), she will have sailed alone for ten months. Severe southeastern Pacific storms forced her to go through the Panama Canal instead of sailing around the bottom of South America as planned.
Posted on 25 May
ARC USA draws to a close in Portsmouth, VA
by World Cruising
ARC USA came to a close last night with a farewell supper in Olde Town Portsmouth at the Bier Garden ARC USA came to a close last night with a farewell supper in Olde Town Portsmouth at the Bier Garden, a popular German restaurant that also hosts events for the start of the ARC Caribbean 1500 in the fall - it must be the 200+ beers and great Bavarian food!
Posted on 25 May
2016 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 32 – Niue part 2
by Ocean Crusaders
2016 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade - Our anchorage on the south east corner of Niue was perfect. Our anchorage on the south east corner of Niue was perfect. We got a great night’s sleep and in the morning woke up to find the wind had rotated around to the south quicker than expected. We had breakfast and set off on a slow journey around the northern end of the island. We were in no hurry as we needed the swell to die off on the west coast and that would take hours, if not days.
Posted on 25 May
Changing media horizons
by Michael Ford
Barry Pickthall has been elected Chairman of the Yachting Journalist’s Association Barry Pickthall, the former yachting correspondent to The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, has been elected Chairman of the Yachting Journalist’s Association which represents the interests of some 250 specialist media from as far afield as Australia, Caribbean, China, Europe, Gulf States, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and USA.
Posted on 24 May
Flying fish pie?
by SV Crystal Blues
No, we really aren't that hungry! We did have a recipe for Flying Fish Pizza, but they smell so bad we tossed the recipe Every morning I walk the deck, looking for problems, wear points, chafe etc. and invariably I'll find two or more of these creatures in the gunnels.
Posted on 24 May
Plastic in the Pacific – Part 31 – Niue part 1
by Ian Thomson
The trip from Maupiti to Niue is 1020nm, we could have gone via the Cooks Islands. The trip from Maupiti to Niue is 1020nm. We could have gone via the Cooks Islands, however Raratonga is fairly south of the direct path, and Aituataki doesn’t have the depth in the channel suitable for anything other than catamarans. So a direct path to Niue was the best option.
Posted on 23 May
SouthernFurl In-Boom furling systems withstand Sydney Hobart test
by Sail-World.com NZL
Southern Spars design team have developed the SouthernFurl Boom smaller budgets and yachts from 35-70 feet. Have you ever scared your family when you got stuck with too much sail up when you should be reefed? Southern Spars’ range of SouthernFurl booms are the answer – letting you reduce sail quickly and easily without leaving the safety of the cockpit.
Posted on 23 May
Boatless at MIST
by Nikki Tate-Stratton
Fabio and I met at the base of cliff at land-locked Skaha Bluffs. I had returned from weeks of sailing in the Caribbean Fabio and I met at the base of a cliff at the land-locked Skaha Bluffs near Penticton. I had just returned from six weeks of sailing in the Caribbean, crewing for my brother on a chartered catamaran.
Posted on 22 May
Cruising through the St Helena
by SV Crystal Blues
After a week being tourists here in St Helena we're starting to relax - this is an unusually laid back and special place After a week being tourists here in St Helena we're starting to relax - this is an unusually laid back and special place. Thousands of miles from anywhere, with a population of just 4000 souls, visiting St. Helena is like a compact lesson in world history.
Posted on 22 May
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