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Securely moored to the quay, or cast adrift?
by John Curnow
With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. However, when it comes to your insurer, you kind of expect that they’re going to be as bound to you as the standing rigging is to the mast, the ring frames to the hull, or the engine mounts to the runners, and the propellers to the shafts, skegs and cutlass bearings. Whom would you rather be insured with?
Posted on 15 Mar
A Q&A with Jessica Wurzbacher, director of the Oliver Hazard Perry
by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
I talked with Jessica Wurzbacher, executive director of the Oliver Hazard Perry, to learn about the ship’s 2017 program. The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry has an ambitious 2017 cruising itinerary, starting with a cruise from New England to Florida, followed by two round-trip passages to Cuba. From there, she returns to Newport before sailing to the Arctic and into the Northwest Passage. I talked with Jessica Wurzbacher, executive director of the Oliver Hazard Perry, to learn about the tall ship’s program.
Posted on 30 Jan
From PLC to ZHIK- Crowie's transition from the multinationals
by Mark Jardine
We spoke to Zhik's CEO David Crow, known as Crowie, who works alongside the founder and former-CEO, Brian Conolly. We spoke to Zhik's CEO David Crow, known as Crowie, who came into the company from a corporate background and now works alongside the founder and former-CEO, Brian Conolly.
Posted on 12 Dec 2016
Amel - Do you fit the bill?
by John Curnow
Perhaps it is equally as fascinating as the many features that go into either the Amel 55 or 64 It is certainly an interesting set of criterion. Perhaps it is equally as fascinating as the many features that go into either the Amel 55 or 64 and make them a definitive part of the quintessential bluewater cruiser armada. We’ll come to all of those in due course, but firstly we’ll tackle the hero image and why in so many ways, this explains, so, so much.
Posted on 21 Sep 2016
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun 2016
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
by John Curnow
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May 2016
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
by John Curnow
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May 2016
What’s the deal?
by John Curnow
Indeed, exactly what is the deal? It’s nestled in the Eastern side of one of the world’s most renowned patches of water Indeed, exactly what is the deal? It’s nestled in the Eastern side of one of the world’s most renowned or is that revered patches of water. It’s part of group named by one of the best ever explorers and navigators. One industry icon even feels that this is the best cruising ground on the planet. He may be biased, as he lives nearby, but he’s also circumnavigated the continent.
Posted on 1 May 2016
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries - It's that time again
by John Curnow
That time of the day did not creep up on me today. No. I think it had been around all week. That time of the day did not creep up on me today. No. I think it had been around all week. Images of idyllic locations, the need to plan some trips, which still awaits me, and an ever-persistent desire to both stay at home and also go away were contributing factors.
Posted on 21 Apr 2016
Whales head north for the Boat watching season
by John Curnow
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of cruising and racing cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 27 Mar 2016
Pioneer of the seas or Master Navigator?
by John Curnow
One of the most terrific things about cruising is going and seeing wonderful new places. One of the most terrific things about cruising is going and seeing wonderful new places. Just letting your mind wander for a second to ‘revisit’ some of the things you have already seen is like taking a short break from your desk chair. There are not many locales where you can truly release you pioneering spirit these days, but from your seat you can certainly pretend.
Posted on 13 Mar 2016
Rio 2016 Olympics - Do new health risks justify re-location?
by David Schmidt, Sail-World
Olympic athletes in Rio- A little-known virus is putting the Olympics-and possibly their futures-at risk. Ahead is the last vital months leading up to Rio 2016. Athletes have dedicated years of their lives to achieving excellence in the sport of sailing. Yet as these dedicated athletes fight hard to do well in a regatta that (country depending) helps determine Olympic berths, a little-known virus is putting the Olympics-and possibly their futures-at risk.
Posted on 30 Jan 2016
Seabin- Saving the world, one marina at a time
by David Schmidt, Sail-World Cruising Editor
Now and then you hear of an idea that’s so jaw-droppingly simple and yet so effective that it makes you shake your head Every now and then you hear of an idea that’s so jaw-droppingly simple and yet so effective that it makes you shake your head and wonder, ‘why not me’? Such is the case with the Seabin project, an automated marina rubbish bin that was designed to help remove plastic and other unsightly debris from the water.
Posted on 8 Jan 2016
Eco-warriors Sea-Bin crowd sharing critical stage with nine days to go
by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski
The automated marina cleaning SeaBin project has raised 86% of their target with 9 days left. The automated marina cleaning SeaBin project has raised $198,020 of $230,000.00 with nine days left on their Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, but they need more help now.
Posted on 29 Dec 2015
2015 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade - Part 12 - Destination Grenada
by Ian Thomson
2015 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade - For first time on this journey, I was going back to somewhere I had been before. 2015 Plastic in the Pacific Crusade - For the first time on this journey, I was going back to somewhere I had been before. In 2003 I sailed into Grenada on a Beneteau 38S5 called Southern Accent that I had purchased in Canouan which is located in the Grenadines, the country just north of Grenada. So I kind of knew what to expect, well so I thought.
Posted on 14 Dec 2015
Don’t be a Tosser – Not your usual environmental article!!
by Ian Thomson
The word ‘Tosser’ in the Oxford English dictionary means – ‘a person or thing that throws something’. The word ‘Tosser’ in the Oxford English dictionary means – ‘a person or thing that throws something’. There is no need for me to tell you the other meaning that is commonly used around the world. However in this article it will refer to both at the same time as someone who tosses trash into the ocean, truly is a tosser.
Posted on 3 Dec 2015
Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 11 – Destination Barbados
by Ian Thomson
Barbados was on our destination list for three main reasons. First of all it is the closest island to the Canary Island Barbados was on our destination list for three main reasons. First of all it is the closest island to the Canary Islands, so why pass it.
Posted on 28 Nov 2015
2015 El Nino set to be one of strongest ever + Video
by Rob Kothe
A strong and mature El Niño continues in the tropical Pacific Ocean. A strong and mature El Niño continues in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The majority of international climate outlook models indicate that the 2015-16 El Niño will strengthen slightly before the end of the year and this means it could be amongst the strongest ever.
Posted on 17 Nov 2015
Pay attention, YOU can make a difference to the marine environment!!
by Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team
THIS is a life exam subject and when you reach the Pearly Gates, your results today will count towards your destination OK, Sit up and pay attention, THIS is a life exam subject and when you reach the Pearly Gates, your results today will count towards your final destination
Posted on 16 Nov 2015
Flash and Crack is not a new pop band
by John Curnow
To anyone who has been on an airliner hit by lightning, the flash and crack of the strike are vivid memories. To anyone who has been on an airliner hit by lightning, the flash and crack of the strike are vivid memories. It certainly gets your attention and when you land, all the technicians definitely run to the aircraft and give it a very close inspection. So now that we have heightened your senses, let us all remind ourselves that a lightning strike is not always fatal,
Posted on 15 Nov 2015
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