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Gouda to Amsterdam Gouda to Amsterdam On Friday evening before leaving Rotterdam were joined by friends to dine aboard and rehash old times. On a misty Saturday morning we departed Veerhaven Marina and passed once more under the Erasmus Bridge eastward towards Gouda. Heavy Barge Traffic disappeared soon after we left the main river and we meandered up the canal to Gouda through a couple of locks / flood barriers by SV Taipan Posted on 27 May Five things a monohull sailor should know about multihulls Five things a monohull sailor should know about multihulls You can hardly think about chartering in 2017 without acknowledging that you may be sailing a big cruising catamaran. You can hardly think about chartering in 2017 without acknowledging that you may be sailing a big cruising catamaran. Even though the Pacific Northwest has been slower to adopt the trend, at many of the world’s charter operations, there are now more multilhulls than monohulls. by Ray McCormack / 48 North Posted on 26 May Top Caribbean music festivals you can reach by sea Top Caribbean music festivals you can reach by sea There’s nothing better than listening to music with the sights and sounds of the surf in the background. There’s nothing better than listening to music with the sights and sounds of the surf in the background. The Caribbean is famous for its many music festivals, from those that feature high-profile productions with well-known names to regional rock stars. Many venues are right on the beach! Here’s a sampling of sweet-sounding events where you can dance on the sand. by Carol Bareuther / All At Sea Posted on 26 May Reef Summit sets new course of action for the Great Barrier Reef Reef Summit sets new course of action for the Great Barrier Reef A blueprint to respond to coral bleaching and other recent impacts on Great Barrier Reef was focus of Reef Summit A blueprint to respond to coral bleaching and other recent impacts on the Great Barrier Reef was the focus of this week’s two-day Reef Summit in Townsville, Australia. Hosted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the summit — Managing for resilience— was the first of its kind for the Reef and involved more than 70 leading marine experts from around the world. by GBRMPA Posted on 26 May Cruising fun in the BVIs, a sailors paradise Cruising fun in the BVIs, a sailors paradise BVIs are a sailors paradise - reaching across Sir Francis Drake Channel is a marvelous way to spend an afternoon The British Virgin Islands are a sailors paradise - reaching across the Sir Francis Drake Channel is a marvelous way to spend an afternoon, racing south west past Virgin Gorda, heading for a Dark and Stormy at the floating bar in The Bight on Norman Island - it's the stuff dreams are made of. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 26 May Where am I ? Social change in Caribbean cruising Where am I ? Social change in Caribbean cruising Sailing west from the BVIs, a cruising sailor enters an area that is increasingly influenced by proximity to the US. Sailing west from the BVIs, a cruising sailor enters an area that is increasingly influenced by proximity to the United States. While the southern end of the Caribbean oscillates between French, Dutch and English histories, and quaint provincial social influences, the northern islands are suddenly and dramatically quite American. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 25 May See how your smart phone can help save your life See how your smart phone can help save your life OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is available on Android as well as through App Store. OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is now available on Android as well as through the App Store. by Exposure Lights Posted on 25 May Coast Guard Foundation to recognize heroism and mission excellence Coast Guard Foundation to recognize heroism and mission excellence At the event, the Foundation will recognize Coast Guard Air Station Houston aircrew CGNR 6581. At the event, the Foundation will recognize Coast Guard Air Station Houston aircrew CGNR 6581. In addition, the2017 Guardian Award will be presented to ConocoPhillips, a Houston-based oil and natural gas producing company. Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, will deliver keynote remarks. by Coast Guard Foundation Posted on 24 May USCG, partner agencies conduct environmental response to sunken boat USCG, partner agencies conduct environmental response to sunken boat Coast Guard Sector Boston response to potential pollution from the sunken fishing vessel My Dee Lite Friday Coast Guard Sector Boston response personnel along with members of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection responded to potential pollution from the sunken fishing vessel My Dee Lite Friday, at Green Harbor Marina in Green Harbor. by U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast Posted on 24 May A sleigh ride in the Gulf Stream A sleigh ride in the Gulf Stream That first day of sailing was an easy one. Leaving the anchorage at 06:30hrs we ran past the US Virgin Islands The Customs lady looked fearsome (why is it always the Customs folk who play tough?) but gave us our clearance and charged only US25 cents for the pleasure. The Immigration man smiled, removed the little cards from our passports and said 'have a nice voyage, you're cleared'. With that we sailed away from Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands the next morning, on the first day of May... by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 24 May Gorgeous day on the east side of Raiatea Gorgeous day on the east side of Raiatea We are enjoying a gorgeous day at anchor behind a small island on the east side of Raiatea. We are enjoying a gorgeous day at anchor behind a small island on the east side of Raiatea. A little piece of paradise in flat calm water with beautiful views of the mountains and the surrounding reef. Both water and air temperature at 28 degrees makes life very pleasant. by Andrew and Clare Payne Posted on 24 May The Indispensables - The Canvas Bucket The Indispensables - The Canvas Bucket A cruiser we met in a marina in Oregon commented that the two most useful items on a boat are a bucket and a towel. A cruiser we met in a marina in Oregon commented that the two most useful items on a boat are a bucket and a towel. He may or may not be right, but I would add that the most useful bucket is one made of canvas. by Rob Murray Posted on 24 May What's the weather like in Calgary What's the weather like in Calgary The BCA Calgary fleet continued their season with an April 24 meeting conducting a weather research activity. The BCA Calgary fleet continued their season with an April 24 meeting conducting a weather research activity. For novice and experienced offshore sailors alike, the opportunity to spend time finding and learning how to use some of the most valuable and recent weather resources is a valuable skill to learn and keep fresh. by Christine McGregor Posted on 24 May Steady as she goes, North in the canals Steady as she goes, North in the canals The language barrier is frustrating, although almost all Dutch speak English its not necessarily easy using VHF. Canal travelling is another steep learning curve to challenge the cruising sailor. The language barrier is frustrating, although almost all Dutch speak English its not necessarily easy using VHF. The current seems to be always against us. All that aside, its been a lot of fun and for the most part, reasonable weather. by SV Taipan Posted on 20 May World ARC - Second start from Bora Bora - Au revoir French Polynesia! World ARC - Second start from Bora Bora - Au revoir French Polynesia! The World ARC fleet said ‘au revoir’ to French Polynesia as they continued their westward journey. The World ARC fleet said ‘au revoir’ to French Polynesia as they continued their westward journey. The fleet left Bora Bora in two different starts on the 14th and 16th May. The second start of leg five from Bora Bora via Suwarrow and Niue to Tonga took place at 1500 Bora Bora time (UTC - 10). by World Cruising Posted on 20 May ARC Europe - Bye Bye Bermuda ARC Europe - Bye Bye Bermuda Today was the start of ARC Europe Leg 2 from St George's Harbour in Bermuda at 1100 local time. Today was the start of ARC Europe Leg 2 from St George's Harbour in Bermuda at 1100 local time. The strong winds that we have experienced here for the last few days decided to move on and in the words of Bermuda Weather's marine synopsis 'a high pressure will park overhead Bermuda imparting lots of sunshine and a light to gentle breeze over the next several days'. by World Cruising Posted on 20 May High water on the great lakes – Boom or bust for boaters? High water on the great lakes – Boom or bust for boaters? Boaters can find that deeper water under the keel may open a range of cruising, fishing or sailing grounds to navigation With Great Lakes water levels on the rise and expected to continue to increase into summer, recreational boaters could find that deeper water under the keel may open a whole new range of cruising, fishing or sailing grounds to navigation. by BoatUS Posted on 19 May 35th America’s Cup – Can cruising yachts stop over to view the action? 35th America’s Cup – Can cruising yachts stop over to view the action? After the qualifying rounds filter out the challenger to take on Oracle Team USA, the main event begins on June 17. After the qualifying rounds filter out the challenger to take on Oracle Team USA, the main event begins on June 17 and will continue until one team wins seven times. by Sue Richards/Noonsite Posted on 19 May BoatUS 2017 top 10 list of boat names and their meanings BoatUS 2017 top 10 list of boat names and their meanings BoatUS, issued its 2017 Top Ten Boat Names list today, a tradition dating back a quarter decade. The nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), issued its 2017 Top Ten Boat Names list today, a tradition dating back a quarter decade. The names come from tallying up requests for boat names to the BoatUS Graphics service, and each reveal much about the personality of the vessel’s owner. by D. Scott Croft Posted on 18 May B&G® launches NAIS 500 Class-B AIS B&G® launches NAIS 500 Class-B AIS B&G® is pleased to announce, a fully integrated, Class-B Automatic Identification System transponder – the B&G NAIS 500. B&G®, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to announce today, a fully integrated, Class-B Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder – the B&G NAIS 500. Essential for navigating busy shipping lanes and congested ports, the NAIS 500 — which includes a dedicated GPS-500 receiver - is compact in size, lightweight and fully waterproof. by Luke Reilly Posted on 18 May
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