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2016 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 29 – Bora Bora round two
by Ian Thomson
2016 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade - Our sail across from Raiatea to Bora Bora was once again a nice, quick sail. Our sail across from Raiatea to Bora Bora was once again a nice, quick sail. On the way into Bora Bora we wanted to drop off at the site of the shark dive about 1nm south of the entrance. The swell was rolling around the point and we thought we wouldn’t be able to jump in, but as we got closer, that section of the reef seemed to have very little wind chop and not much swell either.
Posted today at 4:17 am
Greenland ice sheet melting was thought to be outlandish
by Peter Hannam
If all the ice melted in Greenland's ice mass, the world's sea level would rise by seven metres. If all the ice melted in Greenland's ice mass, the world's sea level would rise by seven metres. As it is the world's second largest mass of ice, any change is significant. So when the first data of the season came in, the scientists thought it was outlandish, so checked again. Alas, it was accurate
Posted today at 4:08 am
Another one bites the dust
by Crystal Blues
Day 7 of our passage north-west, we find ourselves prompted by yet another song title - yes, another one bites the dust. Day seven of our passage north-west and we find ourselves prompted by yet another song title - yes, another one bites the dust. This time it's our HF/SSB radio that is refusing to function.
Posted today at 3:57 am
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 28 – Raiatea and Tahaa round two
by Ian Thomson
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade - After the delights of Huahine, it was time to get back to Raiatea and Tahaa once again. 2016 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade - After the delights of Huahine, it was time to get back to Raiatea and Tahaa once again. Our sail across to Raiatea was with Sunny our spinnaker up. It was a great sail, although we ended up in the most southern pass Teavamoa.
Posted on 2 May
Shake, rattle and roll
by Crystal Blues
Over the past few passages we have worked methodically at silent sailing. Over the past few passages we have worked methodically at silent sailing. Lying in bed and listening to the ocean whooshing by the hull is music to our ears - until there this peace is interrupted.
Posted on 2 May
What’s the deal?
by John Curnow
Indeed, exactly what is the deal? It’s nestled in the Eastern side of one of the world’s most renowned patches of water Indeed, exactly what is the deal? It’s nestled in the Eastern side of one of the world’s most renowned or is that revered patches of water. It’s part of group named by one of the best ever explorers and navigators. One industry icon even feels that this is the best cruising ground on the planet. He may be biased, as he lives nearby, but he’s also circumnavigated the continent.
Posted on 1 May
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 27.2 – Huahine
by Ian Thomson
One item we did manage to get done in Huahine was Annika introduced the kids to diving. One item we did manage to get done in Huahine was Annika introduced the kids to diving. They can only go to 2m, but they both got into it so much. They were natural divers and they wanted more and more. Joakim finished his open water dive certification.
Posted on 1 May
Vanuatu - Cyclone Pam relief report
by World Cruising Club
On 13 March 2015 a devastating cyclone struck Vanuatu, causing significant damage to homes, businesses and communities On 13 March 2015 a devastating cyclone struck Vanuatu, causing significant damage to homes, businesses and communities throughout the islands. Winds of up to 270km/h (170mph) and torrential rain left a trail of destruction across Vanuatu, and caused immense suffering to the people who live in this beautiful part of the Pacific.
Posted on 1 May
Young patient undertakes historic fundraising Ocean Sailing Challenge
by Jo Elliott
Ben aims to raise £20,000 through this challenge to support innovative research project into paediatric gastroenterology Ben aims to raise £20,000 through this challenge to support an innovative research project into paediatric gastroenterology taking place at Addenbrooke’s Hospital – the only place in Europe to be undertaking this type of research to benefit children.
Posted on 29 Apr
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 27.1 – Tetiaroa
by Ian Thomson
Having spent a few days at Moorea, we woke up early to get underway at the crack of dawn. Having spent a few days at Moorea, we woke up early to get underway at the crack of dawn. We wanted to get to Tetiaroa as soon as possible. If we couldn’t stay overnight due to swells, then we wanted to spend as much time there as possible before sailing overnight off to Huahine. The sail across was hard on the nose but just 10-12 knots so it was all good.
Posted on 29 Apr
Caribbean Security Index updated for 2016!
by Free Cruising Guides
Caribbean Security Index at Free Cruising Guides, helps cruisers assess risk of crime at ports of call in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Security Index (CSI) at Free Cruising Guides, helps cruisers assess risk of crime at ports of call in the Caribbean. It provides a straightforward means of assessing the odds in a given area and tracking changes in probability.
Posted on 29 Apr
IMB report shows West Africa is the new Pirate HQ
by Pottengal Mukundan
As piracy on the world's seas continues to fall, new IMB figures highlight growing violence off coast of West Africa As piracy on the world's seas continues to fall, new figures from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlight growing violence off the coast of West Africa, where 44 seafarers have been captured so far this year.
Posted on 29 Apr
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Hard luck (Pt.II)
by Ian Thomson
The following day and it was time to leave Tahiti, but not before a dive at the wrecks on the way out The following day and it was time to leave Tahiti, but not before a dive at the wrecks on the way out. Justin joined us once again and the visibility was a lot better with less rain recently. The plane wreck was once again impressive and the amount of fish around the boat wreck seemed to have increased.
Posted on 24 Apr
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Hard luck (Pt.I)
by Ian Thomson
With Annika's best friend from school coming to visit we wanted them to experience the downwind version (East to West) With Annika's best friend from her school days coming to visit us in the Society Islands, we wanted the family to experience all the islands via the downwind version (East to West), which is much more comfortable for guests.
Posted on 23 Apr
What are the two best days in a sailor’s life?
by Fran and Jean-Guy Nadeau
Whoever coined concept that two best days in life of sailor were the days he bought and sold his boat, wasn’t a cruiser. Whoever coined the concept that the two best days in the life of a sailor were the days he bought and sold his boat, wasn’t a cruiser. More probably, a racer getting ready to upgrade to his next rocket-ship, or someone itching to get out of a bad boat relationship.
Posted on 22 Apr
When a gale is blowing, watch the marina move
by SV Crystal Blues
All the local marinas are moored in place by heavy chains, tethered to anchors on the bottom - divers adjust the chains. All the local marinas are moored in place by heavy chains, tethered to anchors on the bottom - divers inspect and adjust the chains periodically.
Posted on 22 Apr
UK Coastguard rescues 4 walkers to safety in the Isle of Skye + Video
by mca.vuelio.uk.com
Walkers were descending the mountain when they got into difficulties due to fading daylight and decided to call for help The walkers were descending the mountain when they got into difficulties due to fading daylight and decided to call for help at around 8.40pm. The group lost communications with the emergency services and a co-ordinated effort from the UK Coastguard helicopter
Posted on 22 Apr
Bluewater Weekend – More than just a boat show, more than a seminar
by World Cruising Club
Rally organisers WCC joined together with leading yacht broker Berthon International, to host a weekend of conversation Rally organisers World Cruising Club, best known for the annual ARC - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers have joined together with leading offshore yacht broker Berthon International, to host a weekend of conversation about bluewater cruising at Berthon's Lymington UK base in May 2016.
Posted on 21 Apr
Family memories - A unique anemometer
by SV Crystal Blues
Ley's father, Ray, was a toolmaker, machinist and engineer - there really wasn't much he couldn't build or repair. Ley's father, Ray, was a toolmaker, machinist and engineer - there really wasn't much he couldn't build or repair. My own father says that Ray had a tool for every task, no matter how unusual.
Posted on 21 Apr
Family time in Australia
by SV Crystal Blues
Back in Australia we were fortunate to stay with our friends Ray and Jan Pitt, who are regular visitors to Crystal Blues Back in Australia we were fortunate to stay with our good friends Ray and Jan Pitt, who are regular visitors to Crystal Blues. We lived with them in Williamstown and at their holiday home on the south coast at Fairhaven, near the start of the Great Ocean Road. The image above shows the view across the inlet to the lighthouse, from their balcony.
Posted on 21 Apr
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