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Operation V-Berth Operation V-Berth Last year, our winter project was to upgrade our electrical system. This year we decided to insulate the V-berth The last festive season we were so lucky to have an opportunity to house sit: central heating, washer and dryer, and a full kitchen. As a live aboard, these are huge luxuries in life! Of course, when we’re not living on the boat is the perfect time to do work on the boat. Last year, our winter project was to upgrade our electrical system. This year we decided to insulate the V-berth. by Adam McKenzie and Nancy Shackelford Posted on 25 Mar Crew released from Merchant Vessel hijacked off Somali since 2012 Crew released from Merchant Vessel hijacked off Somali since 2012 On March 16 2017 the crew of the MT ARIS 13, a tanker vessel, was released from Somali pirate hands On March 16 2017 the crew of the MT ARIS 13, a tanker vessel, was released from Somali pirate hands due to the efforts of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF). The entire crew is reported unharmed. Under the care of the PMPF, the MT ARIS 13 is now proceeding to the Somali port city of Bosasso. On 13 March, pirates hijacked the vessel en route to Mogadishu from Djibouti. by Oceans Beyond Piracy Posted on 25 Mar Port Townsend to New Zealand - Small boat big seas Port Townsend to New Zealand - Small boat big seas Did you ever wonder what it might be like to sail across the Pacific (North and South) in a 24 foot sailboat? Did you ever wonder what it might be like to sail across the Pacific (North and South) in a 24 foot sailboat? Well, if you had attended the BCA Calgary Chapter February Club Night last week, you would have found out. Karen Sullivan and Jim Heumann provided us with an evening of insight and humour with the presentation of their voyage from Port Townsend, Washington to New Zealand and back again. by Cathy Norrie Posted on 25 Mar Coast Guard joins Arctic stakeholders in historic forum Coast Guard joins Arctic stakeholders in historic forum U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joined leaders representing eight coast guards of Arctic nations U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joined leaders representing eight coast guards of Arctic nations in signing a joint statement Friday. The statement adopts doctrine, tactics, procedures and information-sharing protocols for emergency maritime response and combined operations in the Arctic. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organisation... by Coast Guard First District Northeast News Posted on 24 Mar Docking strategies – How to build your docking skills with Rick Ellis Docking strategies – How to build your docking skills with Rick Ellis You will grow new skills and turn your boat handling and communication from stress to success. Do you find some docking conditions challenging? Whether you are a single-handed sailor, an inexperienced crew or a confident helmsman, you will grow new skills and turn your boat handling and communication from stress to success. Instructor Rick Ellis, who also delivers BCA’s very popular Psychology of Voyaging workshops, lends his years of boating experience... by Bluewater Cruising Association Posted on 24 Mar X-Yachts advisory board announces ambitious strategy plan X-Yachts advisory board announces ambitious strategy plan X-Yachts now has three unique and different ranges. All three lines will be further developed and refined. Catering for a complete cross section of sailors prioritising Superb Sailing Pleasure, X-Yachts now has three unique and different ranges. All three lines will be further developed and refined. by X-Yachts Posted on 24 Mar Three days of festivities in Lorient for the Race for Water Odyssey Three days of festivities in Lorient for the Race for Water Odyssey Three days of festivities are planned in La Base, Lorient, to celebrate the start of the five-year expedition. To mark the occasion, Race for Water will welcome the general public on board on Saturday April 8, with 45-minute guided tours. by Race For Water Posted on 23 Mar Choosing for offshore cruising at the Bluewater Weekend Choosing for offshore cruising at the Bluewater Weekend The ARC Bluewater Weekend is a truly unique combination of all three and more still. More than just a boat show, more than a seminar, and more than simply a cruiser rendezvous; the ARC Bluewater Weekend is a truly unique combination of all three and more still. Designed to encourage visitors think about all aspects of living their bluewater dream, the Bluewater Weekend is a chance to view a wide range of offshore cruising boats to suit all budgets, and meet experts... by World Cruising Posted on 23 Mar Dig under way for Matthew Flinders in old London cemetery Dig under way for Matthew Flinders in old London cemetery London has a long history of digging up burial grounds to lay rail lines. Sometimes it has done so with respect London has a long history of digging up burial grounds to lay rail lines. Sometimes it has done so with respect, but other times it has left behind – in the gruesome words of famous English author Thomas Hardy - 'human jam'. One body that may be disturbed in the name of progress is recognisable to every Australian – explorer Matthew Flinders, the first person to circumnavigate, Great Southern Land by Nick Miller - Sydney Morning Herald Posted on 23 Mar Coast Guard to host leaders from eight Arctic nations in Boston Coast Guard to host leaders from eight Arctic nations in Boston The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is a consensus based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources The U.S. Coast Guard will host an eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Principals Meeting March 22-24 at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston in Boston. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to progressively foster safe, secure and environmentally-responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. by Coast Guard First District Northeast News Posted on 22 Mar Ia Orana World ARC! Ia Orana World ARC! The majority of the World ARC 2017 fleet are now approaching the Marquesas Islands, the landfall of Leg 4 The majority of the World ARC 2017 fleet are now approaching the Marquesas Islands, the landfall of Leg 4 that started on first of March in the Galapagos. This leg is the longest one of the entire circumnavigation with approximately 2980nm. Mixed weather conditions have defined this leg with very calm winds at the beginning caused by the low pressure area around the Equator.... by World Cruising Posted on 22 Mar The Art of Cruising The Art of Cruising Open a book, to any page, and there before you is something you need to learn. It is all very much like the old lesson that is often forgotten. Open a book, to any page, and there before you is something you need to learn. Now no doubt that is a derivation of the quote attributed to Confucius, “You cannot open a book without learning something.” by John Curnow Posted on 21 Mar WOW 2017 – Meet the instructor for canvas repairs WOW 2017 – Meet the instructor for canvas repairs Colleen Miscovitch from Leitch McBride will be talking about the types of canvas maintenance and repairs she sees often Colleen Miscovitch from Leitch McBride will be talking about the types of canvas maintenance and repairs she sees most often, and some of the considerations when planning a repair project. She’ll look at common materials, helpful tools, and a few clever tricks to make your project easier. by June Lazenby Posted on 21 Mar Antarctica - Everyone wants it, but no one owns it Antarctica - Everyone wants it, but no one owns it For over 70 years seven countries claimed sovereignty over parts of Antarctica. But are these claims legitimate? For over 70 years seven different countries have claimed sovereignty over parts of Antarctica. But are these claims legitimate? This issue is now going to be considered by a group of philosophers. Queen Maud's Land constitutes one sixth of Antarctica, and Norway has claimed this territory since 1939, but this has never been approved by the rest of the world. by Silje Pileberg Posted on 19 Mar Women On Water 2017 - Meet the instructor for Coastal Weather Women On Water 2017 - Meet the instructor for Coastal Weather Do you worry about weather and how it might affect your boating plans and enjoyment? Do you worry about weather and how it might affect your boating plans and enjoyment? Participants in this workshop will learn how to observe clouds and changes in winds and barometric pressure, to predict advancing weather systems. By combining these observations with other sources of information, such as marine weather forecasts, weather station reports and weather maps... by June Lazenby / Bluewater Cruising Association Posted on 19 Mar Extensive ice cap once covered Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia Extensive ice cap once covered Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia A new study reveals the Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia – was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age A new study reveals the Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia – famous for its wildlife – was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age. It is the remote UK territory where Sir Ernest Shackleton landed during his dramatic voyage from Antarctica to rescue the team of his Endurance expedition. It is home to various species of penguins and seals, and been in many documentaries... by University of Exeter Posted on 18 Mar Bluewater Cruising Association presence at the Vancouver Boat Show! Bluewater Cruising Association presence at the Vancouver Boat Show! Free Spirit spent a very exciting week at Vancouver Boat Show, as Bluewater Cruising Association’s offshore ready boat! Free Spirit spent a very exciting week at this year’s Vancouver Boat Show, as the Bluewater Cruising Association’s offshore ready boat! January 17, 2017 saw Free Spirit slide into her slip on Granville Island to begin her week of “showing off” her stuff to the many visitors walking the docks during the Boat Show. by Agathe Gaulin and Georgette Duhaime Posted on 17 Mar Coast Guard medevacs ill crew member from Ro-Ro cargo ship Coast Guard medevacs ill crew member from Ro-Ro cargo ship The Coast Guard conducted a medevac for an ill crew member Thursday on a roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) car carrier vessel The Coast Guard conducted a medevac for an ill crew member Thursday on a roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) car carrier vessel about 45 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. At about 9 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from the doctor of the ship Liberty Passion reporting the crewmember was suffering abdominal pains and needed to be transported to the hospital. by Coast Guard First Distric Posted on 17 Mar Fort Lauderdale to the Exuma Islands – Part II Fort Lauderdale to the Exuma Islands – Part II We safely crossed the Gulf Stream, enjoyed a beautiful sunset and moonrise, before navigating the entrance to Alice Town We safely crossed the Gulf Stream and enjoyed a beautiful sunset and moonrise, before navigating the entrance to Alice Town in Bimini. Some channel markers were missing, but they don’t get replaced quickly here after hurricanes. We moored to the outside breakwater of Brown’s Marina as the winds were too strong to get into our reserved slip. by Elizabeth Gregory Posted on 16 Mar Cornish fishing company fined £8,170 for moving vessel Cornish fishing company fined £8,170 for moving vessel Mark Rowse, who pleaded guilty on behalf of the company, was fined £3,000 by Truro Magistrates Court. Yesterday, Wednesday 15 March, Rowse Fishing Ltd of Newlyn Cornwall was fined a total of £8,170 after being prosecuted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for moving a new build fishing vessel without the appropriate load-line certificate. Mark Rowse, Director of Rowse Fishing Ltd, who pleaded guilty on behalf of the company, was fined £3,000 by Truro Magistrates Court... by Maritime and Coastguard Agency Posted on 16 Mar
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