Volvo Penta of the Americas is offering customers an Oil Analysis Program designed to make it easy to obtain expert diagnostics of engine oil. The program is available for all Volvo Penta diesel and gas engines.
Engine oil analysis provides a basic driveline “health check” for an engine, yielding a wealth of information on what’s going on inside. With this information, you can plan your maintenance more effectively and reduce the risk of unplanned downtime and repair expenses. Continue reading
Rustler Yachts of Falmouth, England have donated a 42 foot Rustler hull to the Armed Forces charity Turn to Starboard. Squadron Leader Shaun Pascoe, said: “This amazing gift allows us to begin our boat build project and aspire to one day owning our own so that we can do even more servicemen sailing.”
Shaun, who founded the charity, has served on various operational tours including Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and repeatedly in Afghanistan as the Officer Commanding of the Medical Emergency Response Team, a team which projects forward using the Chinook helicopter to retrieve and treat the seriously injured in extreme conditions. Continue reading
Owing to the failure of three of the forestay bottlescrews in the fleet of 12 Clipper 70s in the current Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the fleet has been instructed to stop racing as a precaution and make its way to Hong Kong.
“There is clearly a fault with this part of the rigging and we are not prepared to take any risks with the remaining boats so far unaffected,” explained Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder and chairman of race organisers Clipper Ventures. “In Hong Kong the forestay bottlescrews will be replaced with a system we have just had approved by the MCA surveyor.” Continue reading
Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. The World Odyssey will take competitors eastabout via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean in 2016/17. “I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,” declares the three times circumnavigator who says he is responding to the aims and interests of amateur sailors.
“In recent years I have spoken to many owners of production boats who are keen to race around the world in a competitive event but see themselves excluded by the dominance of all current offshore races by sponsored high-tech yachts sailed by professional crews,” said Jimmy Cornell, who referred to this group as “the silent majority”. “The World Odyssey will answer this demand by bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races,” said Cornell.
We featured this movie when it was in its infancy and now after making the rounds and winning awards at international film festivals, Maidentrip will be released on iTunes March 4, 2014.
Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa
TeamSurv is a project where mariners help create better charts of coastal waters, by logging depth and position data while they are at sea, and uploading the data to the web for processing and display.
In many countries around the world, coastal waters are inadequately surveyed, and yet these are the areas where most detailed and up to date information is required. Information on the state of surveying around the world is published by the IHO in their document C-55. In many countries, including the UK, the amount of coastal waters that are adequatey surveyed is below 50%.. The situation is caused by the high cost of hydrographic surveying – about €25 000 per square mile – and also because the remit of many hydrographic offices is aimed at the needs of large SOLAS ships and defence. TeamSurv is a way to help fill this gap. Continue reading
Vendee Globe sailor Rich Wilson will talk about the ordeals of the race, what kept him going, and his vision to use his real life experience as an educational opportunity for school age kids. Guaranteed to be a fascinating presentation for those with an interest in education, sailing, physiology, or simply those who enjoy a story of adventure.
You won’t want to miss this!
- Location: Room with a View at Portland Yacht Services (58 Fore Street, Portland)
A new app called MyYacht turns your phone in to a valuable database about your yacht. Here you can store all the basic information about the boat, add tasks and keep track of all maintenance you have to do and what you have done.
Most yacht owners plan to maintain their boats regularly, but how often do you actually do it, and do you remember when you did it, and what you did last time?
Today boats are getting bigger and more complex for every year that goes by, and the need to keep track of installations, service and maintenance to secure more sailing, safer sailing and a good second hand value increases. The new app MyYacht is designed for both motor and sailing yachts. Continue reading
We’re big fans of lentils because they’re inexpensive, easy to make and have a good amount of protein. You’ll enjoy this recipe if you are too.
Moroccan Chicken and Lentils
- 8 cups water
- 3 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 pound dried brown lentils (pictured), rinsed, drained
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons ground cumin, divided
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley Continue reading
Thanks to Greg Smith for this great shot of his Little Harbor 54 Chasseur taken from Boo Boo Hill in Warderick Wells, Bahamas!
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Cruisers tend to be dreamers. We dream about things like far-flung anchorages and endless broad reaches. And we also dream about upgrades or toys to bring along on our sailing adventures–at least I do. Recently I’ve decided that if it were in any way feasible, I’d cruise with two Lasers aboard. I know, I know, it’s not practical unless you have a big boat, a bigger boat than our Grand Soleil 39 at least. But while at the Bitter End Yacht Club last week my Dad and I took Lasers out and had a blast zigging-and-zagging our way all over Gorda Sound in a fresh trade wind breeze.
I hadn’t sailed a Laser in years, and wow did it flood back a bit of nostalgic adrenaline when my feet tightened in the hiking straps as a gust hit and the little boat skimmed over the top of the water. But what really makes me want two Lasers is because I was out there with my Dad. Being a Dad, I look forward to doing the same things with my son. Sailing keelboats is fun, and we do plenty of that, but man would it be fun to set our anchor and drop two Lasers in the water to race around a windy anchorage someday. A cruiser can dream.
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Tampa, Fla. city officials have told 80 boat owners they have to hoist anchor and leave the Davis Islands Seaplane Basin, where some boats have been tied to illegal moorings for years. Tampa Police Department’s marine division issued 45 warnings Monday, placing large orange stickers on the boats tied up in the basin. Another 35 got similar warnings on Nov. 14, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.
The action comes after the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which controls Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands, asked the city to clear the 35 boats blocking the airport’s seaplane corridor. The remaining boats have been asked to move until the city can create a formal, legal mooring field similar to one on the waterfront at St. Petersburg.
It’s on again. This year, the world-wide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing will be celebrated on the Summer Solstice itself, June 21st, giving all sailors out on the water the absolute maximum time to sail in daylight. Now in its 14th year, the event is becoming a tradition for sailors annually, across the globe.
Summer Sailstice encourages all sailors, from the recreational to the professional, to sign up at www.summersailstice.com, a social network where they can share their individual sailing plans, recruit crew, post stories and create Summer Sailstice events, be they with their yacht club, fellow sailors or sailing association. All sailors, regardless of vessel or location, are encouraged to sail ‘together’ wherever they happen to be on the planet – although being in the northern hemisphere would be a plus. Continue reading
Here’s how Robin Wright sees it: Her 19-year-old daughter Danielle is adrift on the Pacific Ocean but is keeping her spirits up with her six crewmates on their wooden sailboat, the Nina. They’re collecting rainwater, rationing food, singing, telling travel stories and planning their next adventures. Heck, Wright figures, by now Danielle may even have gotten married to one of the three young men aboard. After all, the Nina’s captain is a registered celebrant.
New Zealand authorities see it very differently: They believe the 70-foot schooner likely sank more than eight months ago after getting battered by a storm as the crew attempted to cross the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia. That’s when the boat’s crew stopped using their satellite phone. A search turned up no sign of the vessel and they believe there’s no real chance any of them are still alive.
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Now that the partnership between leading yacht transport companies DYT Yacht Transport and Sevenstar Yacht Transport has been finalized, it’s great news for yacht owners who, by choice or necessity, depend on the shipping of their prized possessions to various ports around the world.
The two companies, while maintaining their separate identities, are fully equipped to advise on the best options for either float-on/float-off (FLO/FLO) or lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) services offered by a fleet of over 120 ships that are wholly owned and operated by parent company the Spliethoff Group, one of the largest ship owners in The Netherlands, which plays a major role in the global transport market. Continue reading
It’s like motor racing on water — deafening music blares out in the countdown to races, and fans flock to the water’s edge. Welcome to the Extreme Sailing Series, extreme by name and extreme by nature.
Expect capsizing, high-speed wipeouts and crashes involving catamarans that are twice the size of the biggest Olympic boats — and notably faster, reaching top speeds of 30 knots. That’s a speed of 35 mph (56 kph) — maybe not as quick as an elite sports car, but fast enough for huge adrenalin surge.