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Underwater seagrass meadows dial back polluted seawater Underwater seagrass meadows dial back polluted seawater Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore are most common coastal ecosystem on Earth Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth – can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research published in Science Feb. 16. by Blaine Friedlander Posted on 18 Feb World ARC - Darwinian experience begins World ARC - Darwinian experience begins After crossing the equator, World ARC Fleet have now arrived in Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal in Galapagos Islands. After crossing the equator, the World ARC Fleet have now arrived in Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival crews had to be checked in with various authorities and customs and immigration whilst at anchor before they had permission to take a water taxi ashore to explore the beauty that the Island has to offer. by World Cruising Posted on 17 Feb Colossal wave rolls through North Atlantic, shattering previous record Colossal wave rolls through North Atlantic, shattering previous record A massive wave in the North Atlantic near Scotland has set a new world record for the tallest ever measured by a buoy A massive wave in the North Atlantic near Scotland has set a new world record for the tallest ever measured by a buoy, the World Meteorological Organisation said. The giant, picked up back in February of 2013 by an automated buoy between Iceland and the United Kingdom, measured 62.3 feet significantly larger than the previous record of 59.96 feet measured in December 2007... by Chris D'Angelo Posted on 17 Feb Tenth blog from on board Perie Banou II Tenth blog from on board Perie Banou II The irrepressible, charismatic and yarn-spinning record-breaker known as Jon Sanders is back sailing the oceans The sailor who cannot garden; the irrepressible, charismatic and yarn-spinning record-breaker known as Jon Sanders is back sailing the oceans he knows so well. After his ribs episode on the quay in Cape Town, and making more friends everywhere he goes, Jon is now making for St Helena. So here, in his typical rapid-fire style are his latest exploits... by Jon Sanders Posted on 17 Feb Cruising to Haida Gwaii in 2017? Cruising to Haida Gwaii in 2017? Anna Maria Husband is pleased to announce that Parks Canada has, for the third year, scheduled orientation sessions Anna Maria Husband, Visitor Services Team Leader, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site is pleased to announce that Parks Canada has, for the third consecutive year, scheduled orientation sessions in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. by Jennifer Handley Posted on 16 Feb B&G adds enhanced Navionic functionality to Zeus and Vulcan range B&G adds enhanced Navionic functionality to Zeus and Vulcan range B&G® announces the latest updates will bring PredictWind weather services direct to Zeus and Vulcan chartplotter range. B&G®, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to announce the latest in its software updates will bring PredictWind weather services direct to its Zeus and Vulcan chartplotter range. by Luke Reilly Posted on 16 Feb Getting grounded Getting grounded We have a farm near Albany in need of TLC since the harvesting of the Eucalyptus forests early in 2016. Blessed with perfect weather we were able to stroll the streets enjoying the history and architecture and managed a couple of landmark Museums. by SV Taipan Posted on 15 Feb Fort Lauderdale to the Exuma Islands – Part I Fort Lauderdale to the Exuma Islands – Part I Our first day in Fort Lauderdale was spent provisioning the Jeanneau 44 J’Sea, privately chartered from a BCA member. Our first day in Fort Lauderdale was spent provisioning the Jeanneau 44 J’Sea, privately chartered from a BCA member. We are six, three of whom are under thirty, with appetites to match, so we invested $1,000 US in Costco and Trader Joes for supplies. by Elizabeth Gregory Posted on 14 Feb New details of Greenland ice loss revealed New details of Greenland ice loss revealed Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how Greenland’s ice sheet is melting from below. Two new research papers in the journal Oceanography, including one by UCI Earth system scientist Mathieu Morlighem by University of California Posted on 14 Feb Feathers and pan Feathers and pan As a visitor to the West Indies, you can't think of Trinidad without thinking Carnival! Steel (pan) bands, parades As a visitor to the West Indies, you can't think of Trinidad without thinking Carnival! Steel (pan) bands, parades, stunningly costumed men and woman strutting out dancing ... and rum, lots of rum. So when we heard that Jessie James from Members Only was organizing an evening tour of pan rehearsals and Mas Camps, we booked. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 14 Feb New Xperformance - Optimising the cruiser/racer range from X-Yachts New Xperformance - Optimising the cruiser/racer range from X-Yachts X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many Intl titles Since the company was founded back in 1979, X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many famous International titles, and of course One Design Class yachts such as X-79 and X-99 by Georgie Eggleton Posted on 14 Feb Two ideas spawn one result, or is that question? Two ideas spawn one result, or is that question? Previously we have looked at the significant changes occurring in the cruising vessel market. Previously we have looked at the significant changes occurring in the cruising vessel market. Whilst rallies now have awards for fastest passage, and that in and of itself is creating more than enough of a stir, larger and larger craft are hitting the water. They are purpose-designed for two-handed, or certainly short-handed sailing, and offer apartment like interior space. It is utterly amazing… by John Curnow Posted on 14 Feb Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46 Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46 The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina, from February 16th to 20th. by Bavaria Yachts Posted on 13 Feb Zhik Xeflex® is your shield against exposure from the cold Zhik Xeflex® is your shield against exposure from the cold Zhik’s Xeflex radiant barrier mid-layer is no ordinary mid-layer. It takes light weight warmth and insulation to new lev Zhik’sXeflex® radiant barrier mid-layer is no ordinary mid-layer. It takes light weight warmth and insulation to new levels for sailors - well in fact you could scale Everest in it. by Liz Rushall Posted on 13 Feb Yacht crew rescued following international long-range rescue Yacht crew rescued following international long-range rescue 13 British crew and one US national whose 60ft yacht, ‘Clyde Challenger’, sent emergency beacon alert have been rescued The 13 British crew and one US national whose 60ft yacht, the ‘Clyde Challenger’, sent an emergency beacon alert, which was picked up by the UK Coastguard at 8.00 pm on Thursday evening, have been rescued. All are safe and well, having been rescued by a sea boat off of HMS Dragon this afternoon. The vessel was about 400 nautical miles west-south-west of Cape Finisterre when it became dis-masted an by Heather Skull Posted on 12 Feb Alaska and Back – Exploring the Pacific Coast and its Treasures Alaska and Back – Exploring the Pacific Coast and its Treasures Barry and Amanda love high latitude sailing and in 2013 headed north along with Admiral Salty Dog the Labrador retriever Barry and Amanda love high latitude sailing and in 2013 headed north along with Admiral Salty Dog, their Labrador retriever, to explore Southeastern Alaska. They were on the hunt for the usual – glaciers, whales, and white bears, but they became fascinated by the geology. by Amanda and Barry Glickman Posted on 11 Feb Long-term impacts of deep-sea mineral mining Long-term impacts of deep-sea mineral mining A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study, led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), was the first to review all the available information on the impacts of small-scale sea-floor disturbances simulating mining activity. by National Oceanography Centre Posted on 11 Feb World ARC - Hasta la vista Panama! World ARC - Hasta la vista Panama! The World ARC fleet joined back together on Panamanian Island of Contadora, in Las Perlas Islands for Skipper Briefing The World ARC fleet joined back together on the Panamanian Island of Contadora, in the Las Perlas Islands for the Skipper Briefing of Leg 3 to Galapagos and Dinner and Prizegiving for Leg 2. The venue for both functions was spectacular Villa Montecielo on Playa Cacique. The crews really appreciated the dinner; after a welcome drink the fleet enjoyed some lovely BBQ food, and beach side setting. by World Cruising Posted on 11 Feb 500 year-old sharks roam earth’s oceans 500 year-old sharks roam earth’s oceans A recent study, led by marine biologist Julius Nielsen, discovered some Greenland sharks could be 500 years old. A recent study, led by marine biologist Julius Nielsen, discovered some Greenland sharks could be 500 years old. Sharks that were alive hundreds of years ago are still swimming strong. A Greenland shark has been found to be at least 272 years old, making the species the longest-lived vertebrate in the world by Ben Adapt Posted on 10 Feb The OCC announces award recipients for 2016 The OCC announces award recipients for 2016 OCC recognises the outstanding achievements of blue water sailors and brings them to the attention of sailing community. Each year, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) recognises the outstanding achievements of blue water sailors and brings them to the attention of the sailing community. Commodore Anne Hammick noted, ““With the continued growth in long-distance cruising, including many circumnavigations and high-latitude passages, it is increasingly rare for a single voyage to stand out. by Daria Blackwell (as amended by John Curnow) Posted on 10 Feb
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