Category Archives: Cruising Green

Seafarers Can Help Track Effects of Climate Change

Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change. The marine phytoplankton account for approximately 50% of all photosynthesis on Earth and, through the plankton … Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce and B9 Shipping: Reviving the Age of Sail

Rolls-Royce is working with B9 Shipping to develop a ship with a capacity of 4,500 tons that will be primarily powered by a 180-foot sail, with bio-methane engines providing additional power. “We’re at the dawn of a transition,” said Oskar … Continue reading

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Cruising Sailors Set Off On New Round of South Pacific Islands Assistance

OceansWatch is an international organization started in New Zealand who seek to help South Pacific Island communities deal with growing pollution and climate change. They have just started their new round of voyages for 2013, and there is room for … Continue reading

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Awards Over $14M in Clean Vessel Act Grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that more than $14.7 million will be awarded to 23 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program in 2013. The first Clean Vessel Act awards were made in 1993. Since … Continue reading

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ARC Boats Leave Green Wake with Environmental Projects

Sailing allows us to travel long distances with relatively low carbon emissions, but the reality is that all yachts burn diesel for motive power and to generate electricity. Conscious of this impact, ARC organizer World Cruising Club has teamed up … Continue reading

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World’s Largest Solar Boat Docks in NYC

The world’s largest solar boat, a catamaran called Tûranor, reached New York City Monday afternoon, docking at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan at about 5 p.m. New York is the boat’s sixth stop in a trans-Atlantic expedition that … Continue reading

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West Marine Gives Back

In honor of World Oceans Day, West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced the recipients of their annual Marine Conservation Grants program. Grants are being awarded to organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada who are working to … Continue reading

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Four-man Rowing Crew Plans to Conquer the Northwest Passage in 75 days

Kevin Vallely finished his last shakedown cruise Tuesday, rowing a small, four man boat around Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, BC, and now he’s ready for his next really big adventure – transiting the Northwest Passage, one oar stroke at a time. … Continue reading

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Four Days Faster Across the Atlantic

PlanetSolar, the huge alien-looking vessel powered completely by solar power, reached St. Martin and beat its own speed record for a solar-powered trans-Atlantic crossing. It has to be said that, because there aren’t any other vessels remotely resembling PlanetSolar, the … Continue reading

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“Penguin” Semi-Sub Lets You Explore Under the Sea Without Getting Wet

Here’s a great new toy for your super yacht or a green, marine pastime for when you are not sailing. It’s a bizarre semi-submarine that lets you explore the ocean floor without ever getting wet, from a company strangely called … Continue reading

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Cruising Green: Ice Breaker

Marine scientist Cassandra Brooks strapped a camera to the front of NSF’s icebreaker the Nathaniel B. Palmer as it sailed for two months through the ice-choked Ross Sea off Antarctica. But unlike her, you don’t have to sit through two-months of … Continue reading

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Solar Electric Boat Makes Record Catalina Cruise

A small craft advisory warning did not prevent Billy Dutton from pushing off from the Newport Boat Show docks April 19 to begin his quest to circumnavigate Catalina Island aboard his solar-powered Duffy electric boat, Riding Currents. He did just that, … Continue reading

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Scientist Help to Reveal Deep-Sea Wave Secrets

Waves deep below the ocean surface assist in explaining how global currents work, and may improve climate predictions, according to scientists including a Stanford Woods Institute-affiliated researcher. Stanford researchers Leif Thomas and Dan Whitt have discovered an undersea surf zone, … Continue reading

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Haiti: Second Life for Used Sails Project Earns SSCA “Clean Wake” Endorsement

Cruisers’ used sails and fishing gear can have a second life. The Second Life Sails project planned to assist Haitian fishermen who rely on sail-powered boats, received the approval this week of the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) as an SSCA … Continue reading

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Beware of Whales in the Bay & Beyond

If you were lucky enough to be out sailing on San Francisco Bay last week you may have heard a sécurité message issued by the local Coast Guard advising boaters that a humpback whale had been sighted in the Central Bay. … Continue reading

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Ferry Gets Two-year Reprieve from Pollution Rules

The last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes will be allowed to dump toxic pollution into Lake Michigan for another two years under an agreement recently announced by federal officials. With a new sailing season set to begin in about … Continue reading

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19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Device

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to … Continue reading

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Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change

With less than two months until the start of the third annual 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, a special evening celebrating the race and its environmental commitment, Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change, will take place Thursday, … Continue reading

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The World’s 10 Most Amazing Coral Reefs

Is snorkeling and diving part of your cruising adventures? We’ll start at #10, but check out the full list and photos. #10: Red Sea Coral Reef, Red Sea Just off the coastline of one of the world’s hottest and driest … Continue reading

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Blue Planet Odyssey Webinar

Here is an excellent opportunity to learn about the Blue Planet Odyssey from Jimmy Cornell from the comfort of your boat or home. Jimmy Cornell will give a 60-minute webinar to outline the aims of the Blue Planet Odyssey and to report on … Continue reading

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