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RYA reflects on ‘Marine Protected Areas Revisited’ report RYA reflects on ‘Marine Protected Areas Revisited’ report MPs from the cross party Environmental Audit Committee are disappointed with the Government’s lack of ambition The ‘Marine Protected Areas Revisited’ report published today, found MPAs are not being effectively managed, and the Government needs to do more to protect vulnerable marine habitats, features and species once a site is designated. by Loretta Spridgeon / RYA Posted on 25 Apr May Rendezvous – Sail-ebrate Canada 150 May Rendezvous – Sail-ebrate Canada 150 Come for the fun, the food, the camaraderie, the splash of red-and-white (flags, sails, attire, bunting, decorations) Mark your calendar for May 20 – 22: the May Rendezvous, Poet’s Cove, Pender Island! Arrive Friday evening or anytime Saturday before the 1600h Happy Hour. The official Rendezvous agenda starts at 1600h on Saturday. Come for the fun, the food, the camaraderie, the splash of red-and-white (flags, sails, attire, bunting, decorations, etc) and the music! by Bluewater Cruising Association Posted on 25 Apr World ARC in the atolls of the Tuamotu World ARC in the atolls of the Tuamotu The departure to the Tuamotu archipelago had a good start, with privilege of crossing paths with visit of vessel HOKULEA The departure to the Tuamotu archipelago had a good start, with the privilege of crossing paths with the visit of the Hawaiian traditional sailing vessel HOKULEA, in Nuku Hiva. The fleet had a touch of our counterparts from the past, whom populated the whole Pacific Ocean in sailing vessels, guided by their knowledge of the stars and the sky, the movements of the sea by World Cruising Posted on 25 Apr Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience (Pt.II) Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience (Pt.II) We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance. We looked at what it was like to come into a disaster zone and now we see the evidence of those that did the right thing, and how the area is already on the road to recovery. by John Curnow Posted on 25 Apr The best laid plans of mice and sailors... The best laid plans of mice and sailors... We knew that buying a boat wasn’t going to be easy; our budget was tight, and our needs specific... We knew that buying a boat wasn’t going to be easy; our budget was tight, and our needs specific, even if both of us spend our working days surrounded by boats, and undertaking complicated negotiations. But neither of us were prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that awaited us, and the many disappointments that we would have to overcome in our search. by Mission Ocean Posted on 24 Apr She’s still here with us, and now we can be there for her She’s still here with us, and now we can be there for her Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the one that is paramount is her effervescence. Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the one that is paramount is her effervescence. Yet it is what lies behind that which could be her most incredible characteristic. Sometimes you can almost overlook her steely determination, but not for long when you start talking with her. Catching up with her live from Cape Town surely was a vivid reminder of not only what this sailor can accomplish by John Curnow Posted on 24 Apr Coral reefs fight rising seas, leaving people at risk Coral reefs fight rising seas, leaving people at risk Caribbean/Hawaii researchers found sea floor eroding in all five places and reefs cannot keep pace with sea level rise. In the first ecosystem-wide study of changing sea depths at five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii, researchers found the sea floor is eroding in all five places, and the reefs cannot keep pace with sea level rise. As a result, coastal communities protected by the reefs are facing increased risks from storms, waves and erosion. by European Geosciences Union Posted on 22 Apr Record numbers of icebergs swarm into North Atlantic shipping lanes Record numbers of icebergs swarm into North Atlantic shipping lanes 450 icebergs were counted near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the first week of April says the U.S. Coast Guard Hundreds of icebergs have entered North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past few weeks – unusually large numbers this early in the season. This has forced vessels to slow down or take long detours around swarms of floating ice. by John Konrad Posted on 21 Apr Flares and distress signals Flares and distress signals Visual Distress Signals are part of your boat's safety equipment. Check them before you leave harbor for condition Visual Distress Signals (V.D.S.) are part of your boat's safety equipment. Check them before you leave harbor for condition and if they have an expiration date, be sure they are current. Their intended purpose is to summon help should the need arise and should be displayed only when immediate or potential danger exists. Visual distress signals can only be effective when someone can see them. by Boat US Posted on 21 Apr Shining Sea – 75 percent of ocean's animals glow Shining Sea – 75 percent of ocean's animals glow Marine life figured out a way to cope. New research finds that a full three-quarters of sea animals make their own light The ocean is a dark, dark place. Below about 656 feet (200 meters), light doesn't penetrate. Considering that the average depth of the ocean is around 14,000 feet (4,267 m), that leaves a lot of room for inky blackness. Marine life has figured out a way to cope. New research finds that a full three-quarters of sea animals make their own light. by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor Posted on 21 Apr Race for Water will stay in Madeira for three days Race for Water will stay in Madeira for three days After beginning its five-year Odyssey on April 9, the vessel, Race for Water, arrived in Madeira on Thursday, April 20 This first stopover will allow the crew to make a preliminary assessment of the energy mix and review the first tests with the kite on this ambassador vessel of the Race for Water Foundation. by Race For Water Posted on 21 Apr Chilling out in Carriacou Chilling out in Carriacou Carriacou is a delightful backwater in the Caribbean, peaceful and relatively undeveloped, with beautiful beaches We feel like we earned this place - after sweating it out in Trinidad for several months, Carriacou is a delightful backwater in the Caribbean, peaceful and relatively undeveloped, with beautiful beaches. The local population is only 8,000 folks, a mix of African, East Indian and European decent. It’s a simple place, where people greet you on the bus and welcome you to their island. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 20 Apr The big question The big question In October 1999, we left our sailboat in the South Pacific and returned to enjoy a Canadian winter. In October 1999, we left our sailboat in the South Pacific and returned to enjoy a Canadian winter. A few friends have expressed curiosity about our nautical lifestyle, especially the long passages: “What do you do all day?” they ask: Two people, alone in a small boat on a large sea for 3000 miles, 24 hours a day, no anchorages, restaurants or spas in between. by Hugh and Heather Bacon Posted on 20 Apr A 180 degree turn A 180 degree turn After a wonderful Bon Voyage party, our family came down and tossed off our bowline. There was so much excitement After years of dreaming and planning, we are finally at the ‘Doers’ stage. In September, our Alden 44, Lemanee, and her crew of three set sail southbound. We were heading to San Francisco via Roche Harbour and Neah Bay. After a wonderful Bon Voyage party, our family came down and tossed off our bowline. There was so much excitement and pride at all we had accomplished. by Kandyce Hiebert Posted on 20 Apr Fifteenth blog from on board Perie Banou II - BVIs Fifteenth blog from on board Perie Banou II - BVIs I am on the yacht. Back on air with the iridium. Paul Stratfold, with his partner Shiralee, plus owner and his friend I am on the yacht. Back on air with the iridium. Paul Stratfold, with his partner Shiralee, plus owner and his friend (another Paul from Hawaii). Are on the specially constructed 60ft catamaran named 'Gizmo'. Carbon fibre hull, carbon fibre mast, carbon fibre rigging, carbon fibre sails. There are no turnbuckles with the rigging (holding the mast up). Just Dyneema lashing. by Jon Sanders Posted on 19 Apr ARC Europe and ARC USA - Just two weeks until the rally offices open ARC Europe and ARC USA - Just two weeks until the rally offices open With start of ARC Europe and ARC USA on May 6th fast approaching boats will be starting transition from cruising mode With the start of ARC Europe and ARC USA on May 6th fast approaching boats will be starting the transition from cruising mode to preparation for the long passage ahead. With the two fleets combined it will feel busy on the docks with 37 boats in Nanny Cay, two boats starting from Portsmouth, VA and a further three joining in Bermuda. by World Cruising Posted on 18 Apr How to read your charts – Seven signs of danger How to read your charts – Seven signs of danger Learn to recognize rocks, wrecks, and obstructions. You will find the seven most common groups of hazard chart symbols Could you glance at any nautical chart in the world and tell the difference between a submerged wreck that's safe to sail across and one hidden just below the surface? Read on to learn the most vital chart symbols you need to know for chart navigation safety. by skippertips.com Posted on 18 Apr Coast Guard and Hampton Fire Rescue help two people and a dog to shore Coast Guard and Hampton Fire Rescue help two people and a dog to shore A man aboard fishing boat Patricia Lynn II used a VHF radio to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Northern New England The Coast Guard and Hampton Fire Rescue helped two people and a dog to shore Saturday after their boat started taking on water about three miles east of Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. A man aboard the fishing boat Patricia Lynn II used a VHF radio to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. by Coast Guard First District Northeast News Posted on 17 Apr Rogue waves – Tales from those who survived Rogue waves – Tales from those who survived The bulk of what is known about rogue waves comes from the accounts of survivors, some of whom lost crew members Rogue waves have long divided sailors and scientists. Some question their existence, other schools of thought suggest that ‘freak’ waves are actually more common than first thought. by Helen Fretter Posted on 16 Apr Boaters cure-all for zippers and spring commissioning tips from BoatUS Boaters cure-all for zippers and spring commissioning tips from BoatUS Getting corroded boat canvas zippers to work smoothly by using two common kitchen items has never been so popular Getting corroded boat canvas zippers to work smoothly by using two common kitchen items has never been so popular, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national boating advocacy, services and safety group announced today the number one most widely viewed online “BoatTECH” how-to-fix-it tip this spring is author Don’s Casey’s simple saran wrap and vinegar repair. by D. Scott Croft Posted on 16 Apr
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