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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 It's all such a delicate balance It's all such a delicate balance Thinking back a few decades to Seattle, where I learned life's lessons. I was introduced to a theme that stayed with me Thinking back a few decades to Seattle, where I learned many of life's lessons, I was introduced to a theme that has stayed with me all these years. And it came in a song, at a summer festival in Seattle in the 1970s, sung by a couple who embodied the laid back style of that era: Reilly and Maloney. by Following Seas Posted on 16 Apr Couple spend cyclone on Hamilton Island Couple spend cyclone on Hamilton Island The couple and two of their friends from the UK began their adventure, they realised a storm was coming. Sharon McNally, General Manager of Cumberland Charter Yachts said of the following story, 'Sam and Grace, are not only considered loyal customers, but they have become dear friends too. In very exceptional circumstances, they remained so calm and positive, it was truly a pleasure to meet them both! by Dane Lillingstone/Sail-World.com Posted on 16 Apr Go and get shagged (at the SICYC Vice Commodore’s Rendezvous for 2017) Go and get shagged (at the SICYC Vice Commodore’s Rendezvous for 2017) Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club I hear you ask? It’s the fastest growing club in Australia, and possibly the world Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club I hear you ask? Well for those who don’t know, it’s the fastest growing club in Australia, and possibly the world. SICYC has been in existence for seven years, and has over 5500 members spread across 17 countries. It doesn’t own property, and is not in competition with mainstream yacht clubs, as many members belong to various other yacht clubs. by Evan Johnston Posted on 16 Apr Polar glaciers may be home to previously undiscovered carbon cycle Polar glaciers may be home to previously undiscovered carbon cycle Microbes in streams flowing on glaciers in Arctic may represent a previously underestimated source of organic material Microbes in streams flowing on the surface of glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic may represent a previously underestimated source of organic material and be part of an as yet undiscovered 'dynamic local carbon cycle,' according to a new paper published by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). by National Science Foundation Posted on 15 Apr Coast Guard urges boating safety common sense Coast Guard urges boating safety common sense Coast Guard reminds mariners that as the air temperature is warming the water temperatures are still dangerously cold The Coast Guard is reminding mariners Friday that as the air temperature is warming the water temperatures are still dangerously cold. With the rise in air temperature, the number of boaters, paddle craft users, and water enthusiasts taking to water activities also rises. by Coast Guard First District Northeast News Posted on 15 Apr Dog days of summer – Man's best friend on board Dog days of summer – Man's best friend on board If you cruise with your dog, chances are good that you take a lot of pictures so you can enjoy those days all year long. It's still early spring but it's not too soon to think about the dog days of summer, particularly the days that involve real, panting, four-legged dogs. by BoatUS Posted on 14 Apr Almost 64 Almost 64 I always love to look at how the cruising market is changing. I always love to look at how the cruising market is changing. Be it the boats themselves, the people undertaking the voyages, the areas you can go to, and of course, there is always the quippy (equipment) on offer to help you get on with it. These are certainly recurring themes throughout these digital pages. by John Curnow Posted on 14 Apr
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