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World ARC fleet beset with bad weather World ARC fleet beset with bad weather Since the 24th the fleet have been contending with some unfavorable weather. Since the 24th the fleet have been contending with some unfavorable weather. A small tropical low has been developing to the nor’east of Christmas Island causing strong sou’easterlies with much precipitation and frequent squalls over the route. by World Cruising Posted on 27 Sep We see the turtle We see the turtle After a blustery and overcast Valentine’s Day, the weather cleared and the wind is down a bit. After a blustery and overcast Valentine’s Day, the weather cleared and the wind is down a bit. We decided to snorkel on a reef about half mile dingy ride from the anchorage. The reef is somewhat protected, but there are still ‘curlers’ on the outside. We swim on the inside but there is still quite a surge. by Esther and Neil Symons Posted on 26 Sep The Solent – Sailing capital of the UK The Solent – Sailing capital of the UK All names synonymous with sailing and boating. The Isle of Wight offshore is a major attraction for the boating populace Portsmouth, Cowes, Southport. All names synonymous with sailing and boating. The Isle of Wight just offshore is a major attraction for the boating populace. Around every bend and behind every breakwater there is another enormous marina bursting to the seams with boats of every description. by SV Taipan Posted on 26 Sep Compass installation made easy Compass installation made easy Recently I came across a cruising sailboat with a beautiful new compass installation - problem was, it just didn't work. Recently I came across a cruising sailboat with a beautiful new compass installation - problem was, it just didn't work. The compass had been installed in a location where the local magnetic interference was very strong, consequently the compass readings were sadly inaccurate. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 25 Sep A record Flying Fish haul A record Flying Fish haul Our night passage from Tobago to Grenada was memorable for setting a new record Our night passage from Tobago to Grenada was memorable for setting a new record - that is, a record number of Flying Fish on deck in one evening. Ley counted 34 of the little devils initially, then we continued to find more over the next few days, secreted under lines, behind cleats and hidden by turning blocks. What a mess they made. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 25 Sep Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2 Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2 It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres. by Ben Gladwell, Southern Spars Posted on 22 Sep Tony Parker - Basketball player and ambassador of the Bridge Tony Parker - Basketball player and ambassador of the Bridge Tony Parker, basketball player with an exemplary sporting career, took advantage of visiting France to launch 100 Club This important meeting took place last Saturday morning on 17th September in Nantes, between Tony Parker, godfather to the Bridge, and the companies which support this Franco American initiative, which will celebrate 100 years of fraternal exchanges between two countries. Tony Parker, the basketball player with an exemplary sporting career, took advantage of visiting France to launch the 100 Club by The Bridge Posted on 22 Sep North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come The North Sails Group is deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984-2014. North Sails and all of its employees around the world would like to pass their condolences to the family Terry leaves behind, especially his wife Mary. Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come. by Sail-World.com Posted on 22 Sep Womens Match Racing Worlds - The weather hoaxed Sheboygan sailors Womens Match Racing Worlds - The weather hoaxed Sheboygan sailors The local proverb has probably never been more appropriate than during Wednesday, when racing in Buddy Melges Challenge If you don’t like the weather in Sheboygan, just wait 15 minutes”. The local proverb has probably never been more appropriate than during Wednesday, when racing in the Buddy Melges Challenge, the 2016 WIM Series third event and also the Women’s Match Racing World Championship, should have kicked off. Result: No racing at all: by WIM Series Posted on 22 Sep Fast trip to Poole Fast trip to Poole The forecast was due to hold for two days so we made fast work of the trip to Poole and didn't do exploring on the way The forecast was only due to hold for two days so we made fast work of the trip to Poole and didn't do any exploring on the way from Dartmouth. Only an overnight anchorage in the big man made harbor at Portland. Rounding Portland Bill Lighthouse is a trap for unwary sailors and we were warned about the strong current and whirlpools by another yacht which had the misfortune to loose a nice big RIB. by SV Taipan Posted on 21 Sep Fleet of 2016 update Fleet of 2016 update The Fleet of 2016 has scattered in all directions and the last few Leavers have now received their Bon Voyage packages. The Fleet of 2016 has scattered in all directions and the last few Leavers have now received their Bon Voyage packages and are all set for the offshore adventures that await. Congratulations to the skippers and crews of Bloom, Mayaluga, Muskoka, Anduril, Kadens and Harlequin for reaching California! And also to Nightide, that first went to Alaska and back before heading south this summer. by Jennifer Handley Posted on 21 Sep Introducing the new Bavaria C57 designed by Cossutti Yacht Design Introducing the new Bavaria C57 designed by Cossutti Yacht Design The innovative design, the smart layout, the high-quality equipment, and the impressive performance set new standards The innovative design, the smart layout, the high-quality equipment and build quality, and the impressive performance set new standards - and not only for Bavaria Yachts. by Cossutti Yacht Design Posted on 21 Sep Overwhelming response from locals to support the Pink Sunset Sail Overwhelming response from locals to support the Pink Sunset Sail After last year’s huge success, Aqua Mania Adventures will again be hosting a Pink Sunset Sail on October 1st, 2016. After last year’s huge success, Aqua Mania Adventures will again be hosting a Pink Sunset Sail on October 1st, 2016. This event is organized as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and functions as a fundraiser for the local Breast Cancer Awareness Foundations. Aqua Mania Adventures reached out to local businesses for support in making this event an even bigger success. by Aqua Mania Adventures Posted on 21 Sep Amel - Do you fit the bill? Amel - Do you fit the bill? Perhaps it is equally as fascinating as the many features that go into either the Amel 55 or 64 It is certainly an interesting set of criterion. Perhaps it is equally as fascinating as the many features that go into either the Amel 55 or 64 and make them a definitive part of the quintessential bluewater cruiser armada. We’ll come to all of those in due course, but firstly we’ll tackle the hero image and why in so many ways, this explains, so, so much. by John Curnow Posted on 21 Sep 2016 ARC Channel Islands - Cruisers give thumbs up to rally 2016 ARC Channel Islands - Cruisers give thumbs up to rally Following first edition ARC Channel Islands, we are pleased to announce that rally will sail again in August 2017 Following the successful first edition ARC Channel Islands this August, we are pleased to announce that the rally will sail again in August 2017. Cruisers from the 2016 rally joined with prospective 2017 sailors to discuss their adventures at the RYA Members’ Lounge at the Southampton Boat Show yesterday (18 September). by World Cruising Posted on 20 Sep Panama – Area of interest to boaters Panama – Area of interest to boaters Panama is that irregular shaped peninsula that joins North and South America, like an “S” lying on its back. Panama is that irregular shaped peninsula that joins North and South America, like an “S” lying on its back. Directions are confusing here. When you transit the Canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic, you are actually going northwest. Panama is a small country with a population of only three to four million, most of whom live along the Canal corridor. by Esther and Neil Symons Posted on 19 Sep Dartmouth Devon and broken stuff Dartmouth Devon and broken stuff Falmouth, seaward and onward, we headed out into the relatively smooth waters, east towards Dartmouth. Falmouth, seaward and onward, we headed out into the relatively smooth waters, east towards Dartmouth. Beautiful farmland laying like a patchwork atop the coastlines dramatic cliffs. Sailing in close in the rare sunshine we were able to appreciate this beautiful Cornwall coast. Pirate lairs and dark history now basking in benign beauty. by SV Taipan Posted on 19 Sep Exploring Lombok and a light airs start Exploring Lombok and a light airs start After excitement of welcoming at Gili Gede it was appropriate that participants gathered for an informal welcome After the excitement of welcoming the tow into the anchorage at Gili Gede on Wednesday afternoon it was appropriate that the participants gathered for an informal welcome at the Tamarin Resort, where local dancers performed local traditional dances, and a typical meal of grilled fish or chicken was served. by World Cruising Posted on 19 Sep Calgary Chapter’s first meeting of the season a big hit Calgary Chapter’s first meeting of the season a big hit Having finished their final leg of their circumnavigation aboard Terrwyn, Bill and Cathy Norrie had many tales to tell. On September 6, the Calgary Chapter held its first Club meeting of the season. The meeting opened with Magnus Murphy (who has been the Vice Commodore of the Calgary Chapter for the past two and half years) handing over the reigns to incoming Vice Commodore, Cathy Norrie. by Nikki Tate-Stratton Posted on 17 Sep World ARC - Katarina tows Odysseus following engine failure World ARC - Katarina tows Odysseus following engine failure On Sunday morning 11 September, World ARC yacht Odysseus reported both to Rally Control in Lombok, and on the fleet SSB On Sunday morning 11 September, World ARC yacht Odysseus reported both to Rally Control in Lombok, and on the fleet SSB radio net morning rollcall that they had engine failure. The fresh water closed cooling circuit was losing water, but it was not possible to detect the source of the leak. Filling the system and continuing to run the engine worked one time by World Cruising Posted on 17 Sep
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