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2017-18 World ARC - San Blas 2017-18 World ARC - San Blas Friday 20 early in the morning first boat of the World ARC fleet crossed the finish line to complete Leg 2 of the rally Friday 20 early in the morning the first boat of the World ARC fleet crossed the finish line to complete Leg 2 of the rally and arrive in the beautiful islands of San Blas. The first yacht across the line was Hanna followed by Like a Breeze and Taistealai. The finish line for this leg is unobserved and out at sea rather than within the islands. by World Cruising Posted today at 4:03 am Researchers find seafloor valleys below West Antarctic glaciers Researchers find seafloor valleys below West Antarctic glaciers Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat. by American Geophysical Union Posted on 22 Jan Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar Seven months a year John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal of Mahina Expeditions conduct offshore instructional expeditions Seven months a year John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal of Mahina Expeditions conduct offshore instructional expeditions worldwide aboard Mahina Tiere III, their Hallberg-Rassy 46. The Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar skillfully presents the knowledge gained from their combined 658,000 sea miles and 81 years of offshore experience. by Bluewater Cruising Association Posted on 20 Jan Vibrant Life in Northern sector of the Great Barrier Reef Vibrant Life in Northern sector of the Great Barrier Reef If you're curious about state of Great Barrier Reef north of Cairns, dive into world of Cairns local, Jemma Craig. If you're curious about the state of the Great Barrier Reef north of Cairns, take a minute to dive into the world of Cairns local, Jemma Craig.The 24-year old took the chance to document her first scuba dive on the reefs surrounding Raine Island, an area reported last year as being severely affected by coral bleaching. by Tourism and Events Queensland Posted on 20 Jan New US West Coast Rally to the French Pacific Islands for 2018 New US West Coast Rally to the French Pacific Islands for 2018 Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Bora Bora, to name just a few of the thousands of amazing islands and coral atolls Discover the delights of sailing in the paradise islands of French Polynesia. Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Bora Bora, to name just a few of the thousands of amazing islands and coral atolls that form one of the world's greatest sailing areas. American and Canadian West Coast cruisers can now discover the delights of cruising in paradise on their own boat with the new ARC Pacific Rally by World Cruising Club Posted on 20 Jan 2017-18 World ARC - Hasta Siempre Colombia! 2017-18 World ARC - Hasta Siempre Colombia! World ARC participants enjoyed the Dinner and Prize Giving event hosted by Marina Santa Marta World ARC participants enjoyed the Dinner and Prize Giving event hosted by Marina Santa Marta held in the main dining room of the stunning Club Santa Marta. On arrival participants were welcomed with frozen fruit drinks in the fancy gala saloon, and after setting down to the long dining tables in the room all participants enjoyed a welcome from Juan Carlos Romero by World Cruising Posted on 19 Jan Registration open for Salty Dawg™ Spring Cruising Rally from BVI to US Registration open for Salty Dawg™ Spring Cruising Rally from BVI to US The rally will depart the BVI on May 15 after several days of social activities, weather briefings and boat preparations The nonprofit Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association (SDSA) has opened registration for its Spring Rally from the British Virgin Islands to the US.The rally will depart the British Virgin Islands on May 15 after several days of social activities, weather briefings, and boat preparations. by Salty Dawg Sailing Association Posted on 19 Jan The Book of Prudence The Book of Prudence When it comes to ideas, the Book of Genesis is often very hard to find on the shelf. When it comes to ideas, the Book of Genesis is often very hard to find on the shelf. At any rate, it is probably much more like a small A5 leaflet anyway, so looking for a flyer in a library of books is tantamount to the proverbial needle in a haystack. Whereas the Book of Prudence is far more like a Tolstoy-esque behemoth of many volumes – even the entire back catalogue of Jane’s Fighting Ships! by John Curnow Posted on 19 Jan Playing rugby again Playing rugby again On Crystal Blues our job list has a very bad habit of growing, not shrinking whilst we are on the hard stand. Rugby, to the uninitiated, is the game that you have to throw the ball backwards to move forwards...well that is what it feels like we are doing this month. At least now, after our seven week break back in Melbourne, the weather in Trinidad is a little cooler and drier to work in. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 18 Jan Ninth Blog from on board Perie Banou II Ninth Blog from on board Perie Banou II A fall on the quay saw Jon endure some fractured ribs, but he's OK and recuperating well and looking forward Jon's unique tales from his epic 10th circumnavigation continues. Alas it was not the sea that got him, but a fall on the quay saw him endure some fractured ribs. Jon’s OK, and recuperating well, but his progress is slowed and he’ll be in Cape Town until February 13 to complete his recovery by Jon Sanders Posted on 18 Jan Bluewater Cruising Association to coordinate Ocean Cruising Series Bluewater Cruising Association to coordinate Ocean Cruising Series The Bluewater Cruising Association will once again be coordinating the Ocean Cruising Adventures Speaker Series in 2017 The Bluewater Cruising Association will once again be coordinating the Ocean Cruising Adventures Speaker Series in 2017, with sponsorship support from Pacific Yachting. This Vancouver tradition has now be running for 41 years. Roger Friesen, the new OCA Speaker Coordinator, avid sailor, sport psychologist and UFV professor, has lined up a group of fascinating voyagers... by Bluewater Cruising Association Posted on 17 Jan World ARC enjoying Colombia World ARC enjoying Colombia After a first Welcome Party at Marina Santa Marta on Friday, Saturday World ARC participants visited Bahia Concha After a first Welcome Party at Marina Santa Marta on Friday, Saturday World ARC participants visited Bahia Concha where they enjoyed a Colombian Beach BBQ surrounded by the natural beauty of Tayrona National Park. The tour was organised by Marina Santa Marta in conjunction with World Cruising Club. by World Cruising Posted on 17 Jan See the Oyster 675 at Boot Düsseldorf See the Oyster 675 at Boot Düsseldorf Located at stand C58 in Hall 16, the Oyster team welcome the opportunity to meet with you and show you the Oyster 675. Oyster is delighted to present the new award-winning Oyster 675 at Düsseldorf Boat Show 21st - 29th January 2017. Located at stand C58 in Hall 16, the Oyster team welcome the opportunity to meet with you and show you the Oyster 675. The team will also have information on the rest of the Oyster range from 47' to 118’ including two new models. More details to follow on Thursday. by Oyster Yachts Posted on 17 Jan Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort? by Zhik Posted on 17 Jan Around the world in an Oyster Around the world in an Oyster The magnificent fleet participating in the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally have bid farewell to Nelson's Dockyard Antigua. The magnificent fleet participating in the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally have bid farewell to Nelson's Dockyard Antigua. In jubilant mood, with a steel band playing, the Oyster yachts slipped their moorings to head out to the starting area for the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally. by Louay Habib Posted on 16 Jan Oyster World Rally – Soul of the seas Oyster World Rally – Soul of the seas The Oyster family gathered around and cheered as the champagne flowed around the boat. Jacek and Dobra Reschke left their native Poland in 1987 to sail around the world, eventually settling in America. Nearly 30 years to the day, the Polish couple will be starting their second circumnavigation in their Oyster 56, Shanties. “It took us some time to save the money to buy an Oyster and whilst we considered many other boats, once we had visited Oyster and looked at the craftsmanship... by Louay Habib Posted on 15 Jan Maritime Coastguard Agency appoints new Director of UK Ship Register Maritime Coastguard Agency appoints new Director of UK Ship Register The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has appointed a new Director of the UK Ship Register (UKSR). The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has appointed a new Director of the UK Ship Register (UKSR). Doug Barrow, currently chief executive of Maritime London – where he has been promoting the UK as a centre of maritime excellence for business – says he is honoured to be taking on the role and looking forward to leading the team. by Maritime and Coastguard Agency Posted on 15 Jan Ready for a fantastic adventure Ready for a fantastic adventure 150 Oyster owners, family/crew, attended Oyster World Rally Start Party at Copper and Lumber Hotel in Nelson's Dockyard 150 Oyster owners, family and crew, attended the Oyster World Rally Start Party at the Copper and Lumber Hotel in Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua. Cocktails and canapés were served, followed by dinner under the stars. David Tydeman, Chief Executive Officer of Oyster Yachts, welcomed the Oyster family to the party. by Louay Habib Posted on 14 Jan Standing and running rigging maintenance with Serge Gabilondo Standing and running rigging maintenance with Serge Gabilondo Gain a better understanding of standing and running rigging, including proper inspection and maintenance. Gain a better understanding of standing and running rigging, including proper inspection and maintenance. Topics are going aloft safely, what to check and how often, offshore cruising preparation, rings vs cotter pins, clevis pins, toggles, connections, swage fittings, blue dye vs microscope for cracks, spreaders and chafe guards/caps, shrouds, tangs, mast cap and attachments, halyard sheaves... by Ron Roe Posted on 13 Jan Sail Maldives postponed due to weather Sail Maldives postponed due to weather Just in - Due to extreme weather conditions off the coast of Sri Lanka, Sail Maldives has been postponed until Feb 25 Just in - Due to extreme weather conditions off the coast of Sri Lanka, the Sail Maldives rally has been postponed until February 25th 2017. Typhoons near Sri Lanka preclude safe passage for yachts coming from South East Asia. We would like to thank you all for your continued support, and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to welcoming you soon! by John Curnow Posted on 13 Jan
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