Safety and Medical

Safety – Useful Numbers

USCG Integrated Support Command, Miami Florida: (305) 535-4300
USCG Sector Key West Primary Number: (305) 292-8809
USCG Sector Key West Emergency Number: (305) 292-8727

In an emergency, these numbers will put you in direct contact with the professionals who can coordinate rescue or provide medical advice to boaters anywhere in the world.

General

Useful Resources

  • Choosing Your Emergency Contact

    When you’re off adventuring, or at least on the move, how do you decide who’s your best emergency contact? Picking the right person is critical.... Read More

  • SAR Contacts

    A database of international search and rescue agencies and rescue coordination centers with very good interactive map.

    https://sarcontacts.info/... Read More

News

  • New Zealand: Intense Weather System Results in Yachting Tragedy

    Date Published - October 14, 2019

    An intense low pressure weather system that hit New Zealand this week has tragically led to the loss of a yacht and the death of... Read More

Safety

Businesses

  • Maritime Mobile Network

    For Emergencies.

    At 14300 - a HAM network.... Read More

  • Neptune’s Locker – Jordan Series Drogue

    Address: The Old Vicarage, Osmington, Weymouth, UK, DT3 6EJ

  • Sea Pack

    Address: 2102 Whispering Sands Lane, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 23455

    Passive emergency desalination system.... Read More

  • SSB Safety Channels

    These are for initial contact with the Coast Guard in an emergency: 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291, 12290, and 16420 kHz USB.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing: Book Review

    Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing
    Edited by Peter Bruce, 6th Edition
    Adlard Coles Nautical - £35
    ISBN: 978-0-7136-8243-4
    Hardback 304 pages

    At sea, the weather can change drastically for the... Read More

  • Creating a Float Plan: What and Why

    Writing a float plan is a simple thing to do, maybe critical in the event of an emergency, and is all too easily set aside... Read More

  • Creating a Passage Plan

    A useful site with a downloadable template for creating a passage plan by the USCG.

    http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/... Read More

  • Failure of Safety Harness Hook

    The MAIB report into the loss of a crew member from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in November 2017, highlights the importance of... Read More

  • Float Plan Registry

    Developed by part-time sailor and software developer Jim Young. Easy and intuitive way to file a float plan with a secure profile so information only... Read More

  • Grab Bag: How to prepare an emergency ditch bag

    The emergency ditch bag is to cruisers and offshore racers what generators are to land lovers: you invest in it and pray that you never... Read More

  • Grab Bag: What should you pack for a long voyage?

    If you’re planning a long cruise or an ocean crossing, it is essential that you consider your grab bag. What goes in, and what to... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, manage this group dedicated to assisting Search and Rescue Authorities in... Read More

  • Lessons from a dinghy crisis averted – always wear the kill cord!

    A kill cord should be worn every time the dinghy is used, a simple safety precaution that saves lives but one that is often overlooked.... Read More

  • Liferaft: Know Your Life Raft Inspection Requirements

    Spring is when many sailors have to bite the bullet and have their liferaft inspected, an expense that costs 10 to 30 percent of the... Read More

  • Liferaft: Selecting and Servicing

    A very useful report by long-distance cruisers SY Totem who researched in depth the type and make of liferaft to buy for their circumnavigation, but... Read More

  • Man Overboard – Could your crew cope?

    Following extensive research (including contribution from noonsite readers) plus sea trials with the RLNI, Clive Loughlin in conjunction with Sailing Today (the UK Magazine) tackles... Read More

  • Man Overboard – Could Your Crew Cope?

    Following extensive research (including contribution from noonsite readers) plus sea trials with the RLNI, Clive Loughlin in conjunction with Sailing Today (the UK Magazine) tackles... Read More

  • Man Overboard app for iPhone

    Recommended by Cruising World.

    http://www.intelligentmaintenance.com/pages/man-overboard.php... Read More

  • Pacific: How a Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost at Sea

    The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing. The... Read More

  • Rescued from a remote reef in the Indian Ocean

    When their yacht ended up on a reef in a remote atoll and was badly damaged, Nick and Kate Whitehead called on the help of... Read More

  • RYA reminds of the need to wear kill cords

    Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on 17 May 2013 the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs... Read More

  • Safety At Sea Videos

    Free videos to download including MOB procedures and how to deploy a liferaft.

    https://www.ukhalsey.com/download.asp... Read More

  • Safety Concern – Narco Submarines

    A report on these dangerous submarines in the Caribbean.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/safety-concern-narco-submarines/... Read More

  • Salvage & Towage – tips from the RYA

    When a boat gets into trouble at sea the priority will always be to look after the people on board, but once you and your... Read More

  • The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship

    The Manual is six multimedia CDs covering Boat Handling (two disks); Safety and Emergencies; Navigation and Passage Planning; Weathercraft; and Skipper and Crew, Knots and... Read More

  • The Nautical Knowledge

    A downloadable interactive aid to learning the various areas of safety and seamanship.

    (what every sailor needs to know to keep safe) ,
    See review at

    https://www.noonsite.com/the-nautical-knowledge-what-every-sailor-needs-to-know-to-keep-safe/... Read More

  • The Nautical Knowledge – what every sailor needs to know to keep safe

    Title: The Nautical Knowledge
    Launched: May 5, 2010
    Order the Nautical Knowledge at http://www.theboatingbible.com/NauticalKnowledge.htm

    The Boating Bible team has launched another aid to maritime safety – the Nautical... Read More

  • The Sea Survival Manual

    By Frances and Michael Howorth, Published by Adlard Voles Nautical, See details at

    https://www.noonsite.com/the-sea-survival-manual/The Sea Survival Manual... Read More

  • The Sea Survival Manual

    The Sea Survival Manual

    Frances and Michael Howorth

    Adlard Coles Nautical

    First edition 2005

    UK recommended price £15.99

    ISBN 0-7136-7052-5

    Frances and Michael Howorth have written a comprehensive manual that covers... Read More

  • UK South Coast Flare amnesty: Dispose of your out-of-date flares

    Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies and the below marinas are offering "a distress... Read More

  • Winter Heating & Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert to Boat Owners

    This is a carbon monoxide warning to boat owners by

    [caption id="attachment_50262" align="alignright" width="200"] © PBO[/caption]

    Practical Boat Owner following the recent double tragedy of two deaths... Read More

  • Worst Boating Accidents of the Past 20 Years

    Both commercial and recreational vessels.

    https://www.safeboater.com/articles/... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: Man Overboard – Episode 1

    Date Published - March 03, 2020

    A crew member overboard is something we all dread. We all know to hang on tight and not to fall in, but if a crew... Read More

News

  • Azores: Sailor Rescued Within Reach of Horta

    Date Published - July 05, 2020

    Ocean Cruising Club Members Gabriele and Jonathan Lyne rescued a solo sailor whose yacht struck a whale near Horta, Azores.... Read More

  • Cruisers Rescue Two Bahamian Fishermen Drifting For Three Days

    Date Published - June 28, 2020

    John and Shelly Roberts aboard their Lagoon 420 have written a dramatic account of their rescue of two Bahamian fishermen earlier this month. This was... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: US Cruisers Abandon Ship and Lose Boat to Fire

    Date Published - June 01, 2020

    On their way from San Blas to Linton Bay, liveaboards Liz Lepkowski and Alan Johnson aboard their catamaran Kokopelli were forced to abandon their home... Read More

  • USA: Coast Guard Using New Tool to Help Distressed Mariners

    Date Published - May 08, 2020

    First Coast Guard District command center crews, from Maine to Northern New Jersey, have a new tool to help distressed mariners come home to their... Read More

  • Atlantic: UK Yacht in Trouble – Crew Rescued using AMVER System

    Date Published - May 04, 2020

    U.S. Coast Guard personnel coordinated the rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off the coast of Bermuda on Friday (May 1) using the Automated... Read More

  • Ocean Going Vessels Should Have Multiple Sources of Communication Aboard

    Date Published - April 17, 2020

    Boatwatch.org have been assisting with the search for Bob Peel and his boat since mid-March in the Eastern Caribbean. Could this case have had a... Read More

  • Multihull Owners: Recall issued for Goiot escape hatches

    Date Published - March 05, 2020

    If you are sailing a Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Catana-Bali, or Nautitech multihull contact your dealer or manufacturer immediately to find out if this escape hatch... Read More

  • South Pacific, Papua New Guinea: 32 Days Adrift

    Date Published - February 14, 2020

    During the Christmas holiday period it is common for PNG Islanders to travel between the Islands by boat visiting extended family. Sadly, one such visit... Read More

  • UK Sailors: Voluntary Safety Information Scheme Replaced with RYASafeTrx

    Date Published - February 08, 2020

    In July 2020 RYASafeTrx will replace CG66 as the free search and rescue database for UK sailors. ... Read More

  • Hawaii, Hilo: Yacht on Passage from Los Angeles Runs Aground

    Date Published - February 07, 2020

    After 34 days at sea on passage from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the 63ft yacht "Midway Island" ran aground on Monday 3 February near Ale... Read More

  • Jamaica: Missing British Yacht Found Drifting with Deceased Skipper On Board

    Date Published - January 30, 2020

    SV Avrio, a UK registered yacht reported missing on 16 December 2019, was discovered late on Monday night (27 January, 2020) drifting off the north... Read More

  • Red Sea: SV Simba Found on Reef and Captain Missing

    Date Published - January 10, 2020

    SV Simba, a Nauticat 44, owned and skippered by Colin Finnie, has been found wrecked on a reef in the Red Sea near Marsa Alam.... Read More

  • Pacific and Indian Oceans: Recycling Sails to Save Lives

    Date Published - December 20, 2019

    Since the Second World War fisherman and locals from many island nations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans have lost much of their sailing traditions,... Read More

  • Puerto Rico: Catamaran sinks on passage from the DR to the BVIs

    Date Published - December 10, 2019

    A 36-foot catamaran with 2 people on board sank Friday night ten miles north of Puerto Rico.... Read More

  • Indonesia: Super Yacht Asia Sinks Following Collision with an Unidentified Object

    Date Published - November 26, 2019

    This report was updated a few hours after it was posted with accurate facts from Asia's owners: Yacht Asia, a 29m superyacht, was lost in... Read More

  • Japan to San Francisco: Single-Hander on Passage Seeks Help from USCG Three Times

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    A trans-Pacific passage that was meant to take three months ended up taking five due to light winds and engine failure. Thankfully the USCG and... Read More

  • USA, Virginia: Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Yachtsman

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    Last Wednesday (13 November) in the early hours of the morning three crew from the sailing vessel "In Tune" went overboard more than 500 miles... Read More

  • Boatwatch.org: A Resource and Service for all Cruisers

    Date Published - November 05, 2019

    Boatwatch.org, formerly known as International Boat Watch Network, established in 2001 as a public service to the Maritime Community, has new ownership and managers. ... Read More

  • New Zealand: Intense Weather System Results in Yachting Tragedy

    Date Published - October 14, 2019

    An intense low pressure weather system that hit New Zealand this week has tragically led to the loss of a yacht and the death of... Read More

  • Indian Ocean, Cocos Keeling to Mauritius: World ARC Yacht Dismasted

    Date Published - October 12, 2019

    World ARC yacht Babsea, with a double-handed crew, was dismasted on route from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius on Friday 11 October, approximately 1700 nautical miles... Read More

  • South Pacific, Niue: Australian Catamaran Runs Aground on East Coast

    Date Published - August 10, 2019

    In recent weeks the Niue Police Search and Rescue vessel “SAR1” has been deployed a number of times to assist yachts in trouble as they... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

  • USA, Virginia: Cruising Great Loses Second Boat

    Date Published - June 30, 2017

    Jack van Ommen has lost his second Naja 30 cruising boat Fleetwood after a grounding on Mink Island, Virginia, at 4 a.m. on Wednesday.... Read More

  • Canada: Catamaran sinks off British Columbia with 5 aboard, 2 dead

    Date Published - May 01, 2017

    An 8.5m power catamaran sinks near Tofino, B.C., off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Five total on board and spent 1.5 hours in the... Read More

Medical

Businesses

  • International SOS

    Address: Amsterdam, North Sea, Netherlands,

    Worldwide provider of medical assistance, security, and evacuation services, with offices in 76 countries.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • A comprehensive guide to Marine Medicine

    “A comprehensive guide to Marine Medicine” by Drs Eric Weiss and Michael Jacobs. Reviewed by Jimmy Cornell.

    Possibly the most serious concern for anyone setting off... Read More

  • A First Aid List

    Details of a kit list for the first aid box.

    https://www.noonsite.com/first-aid-kit/First Aid Kit... Read More

  • Adventure Medical Kits

    Discussed on numerous cruiser forums. Have several different marine kits of different sizes depending on the number of people on your boat and the type... Read More

  • Advice on Dealing with Malaria

    Read these useful tips on preventing bites and dealing with malaria if you develop it.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78961&preview=true... Read More

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel... Read More

  • Ciguatera – How do you tell if a fish has it?

    Useful information from Cruiser Carolyn Shearlock to help you make an informed decision about eating fish.

    https://theboatgalley.com/ciguatera-poisoning/

    Posted July 2016.... Read More

  • Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

    Ciguatera is a toxin passed from smaller fish to larger fish and then if the fish is consumed by humans the toxin is then stored... Read More

  • Dealing with seasickness in children

    After nearly 14 years of raising their children aboard, here is a good list of things that have worked for this family to avoid the... Read More

  • Emergency Evacuation Services While Cruising

    What are the most important questions that need to be resolved prior to purchasing a medical evacuation plan? Whilst this article by Bluewater Cruising relates... Read More

  • Family Healthcare while cruising

    In this article US cruising family SV Totem mid-circumnavigation report on how they deal with healthcare on board and in all the various countries they... Read More

  • Fast Seasickness Relief

    A possible non-drug solution. Worth checking out!

    https://www.noonsite.com/fast-seasickness-relief/... Read More

  • Fast Seasickness Relief!

    MotionEaze is a safe and effective, simple to use 100% natural oil, which you simply apply behind each ear to eliminate motion sickness.

    It is different... Read More

  • First Aid at Sea – A Review

    First Aid at Sea
    By Colin Berry & Douglas Justins
    Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (July 2012 - 6th Edition)
    ISBN 9781408157039

    Recommended by the Royal Ocean Racing Club,... Read More

  • First Aid Kit

    A basic first aid kit should include the following:

    Cotton wool and sterile gauze

    Waterproof adhesive dressings in various sizes

    Butterfly sutures, Steristrips or plasters that pull the... Read More

  • Health Precautions Worldwide

    A useful article on the various health hazards around the world.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78972&preview=true... Read More

  • Health Precautions Worldwide

    It is expected that every cruising boat will carry a comprehensive medical kit to deal with a wide range of accidents and possible illnesses, as... Read More

  • How Many First Aid Boxes?

    Useful article by Carolyn Shearlock of the Boat Galley on how to find everything you want when you need it.

    https://theboatgalley.com/how-many-first-aid-boxes/... Read More

  • Malaria

    Received From: Juan Dario Zea

    Message: I lived for 2 years on the Pacific Colombia coast with malaria everywhere. There are several types of malaria but... Read More

  • Malaria – a Simple Cure

    Read this report on a possible solution

    https://www.noonsite.com/malaria-a-simple-cure/... Read More

  • Malaria – a simple cure

    Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) [BROKEN LINK]

    According to reports from cruisers, this simple, inexpensive cure might be the answer for those cruising in countries where malaria... Read More

  • Medical Supplies

    A list of suggested supplies to include in the ship's medical bag.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78981&preview=true... Read More

  • Medical Supply List

    Peter Noble, MA, MD, FRCP

    The list of medication that could be carried on an offshore cruising yacht is almost endless. The following information is intended... Read More

  • MedicalOfficer.Net Ltd.

    We offer a variety of training courses for wilderness travelers, including cruising sailors.

    http://www.medofficer.net/... Read More

  • Medivac Services

    Feb 2014: Practical Sailor took a look at a handful of global companies that offer telemedical and medical evacuation services for those sailing the less-developed... Read More

  • Medivac Services

    Feb 2014: Practical Sailor took a look at a handful of global companies that offer telemedical and medical evacuation services for those sailing the less-developed... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Chikungunya and Lysine

    This feedback is untested and unsubstantiated and cruisers should always seek advice from a qualified physician.
    As reported by Persephone: Over the counter, L-lysine is only... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean

    The first case of the disease in the Caribbean was reported on the French island of St. Martin in 2013. Since then it has spread... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Zika Virus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain,... Read More

  • SeaMedic

    First Aid & Medical Kits for Ocean Going Yachts. Website has useful lists of all the medication and supplies that go into the kits, useful... Read More

  • Ship Captain’s Medical Guide

    British Maritime and Coastguard Agency website where the full and latest version of the Ship Captain's Medical Guide can be downloaded for free in Adobe... Read More

  • The Manchineel Tree – Hippomane mancinella

    [caption id="attachment_81461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hippomane Mancinella fruit (c) Wikipedia[/caption]

    This tree is native to North and South America and is found a lot in the Caribbean... Read More

  • The Ship’s Medical Chest and Medical Aid at Sea

    A large PDF file produced by the US Department of Health (2003 edn.) generally aimed at large ocean-going commercial vessels.

    https://fas.org/irp/doddir/milmed/ships.pdf... Read More

  • World Health Organisation Information For Travellers

    Up to date news and downloadable booklet on International Travel and Health.

    https://www.who.int/ith/en/... Read More

News

  • A Dedication to Patrick Childress – Cruising Legend

    Date Published - June 09, 2020

    It is with great sadness we report that Patrick Childress, circumnavigator, DIY specialist, sailing ambassador and inspiration to so many, has passed away in a... Read More

  • COVID-19 Coronavirus: Situation Changing Daily in Many Countries

    Date Published - March 15, 2020

    With the spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that is occurring globally, many countries are instituting severe travel restrictions and... Read More

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Special Procedures Being Introduced in Ports of Entry Worldwide

    Date Published - February 12, 2020

    This document has tracked since the beginning of March the progress of countries worldwide as one by one they have gone into lockdown and closed... Read More

  • Pacific Islands Measles Outbreak: Immunisation Status Required to Clear-In

    Date Published - November 21, 2019

    A number of Pacific Islands including Samoa, Tonga and Fiji, are currently suffering a measles outbreak with surrounding islands preparing for the same. Cruisers who... Read More

Incident Reports

Useful Resources

  • Failure of Safety Harness Hook

    The MAIB report into the loss of a crew member from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in November 2017, highlights the importance of... Read More

  • Lessons from a dinghy crisis averted – always wear the kill cord!

    A kill cord should be worn every time the dinghy is used, a simple safety precaution that saves lives but one that is often overlooked.... Read More

  • Pacific: How a Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost at Sea

    The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing. The... Read More

  • Rescued from a remote reef in the Indian Ocean

    When their yacht ended up on a reef in a remote atoll and was badly damaged, Nick and Kate Whitehead called on the help of... Read More

  • RYA reminds of the need to wear kill cords

    Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on 17 May 2013 the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs... Read More

  • Safety Concern – Narco Submarines

    A report on these dangerous submarines in the Caribbean.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/safety-concern-narco-submarines/... Read More

News

  • Azores: Sailor Rescued Within Reach of Horta

    Date Published - July 05, 2020

    Ocean Cruising Club Members Gabriele and Jonathan Lyne rescued a solo sailor whose yacht struck a whale near Horta, Azores.... Read More

  • Cruisers Rescue Two Bahamian Fishermen Drifting For Three Days

    Date Published - June 28, 2020

    John and Shelly Roberts aboard their Lagoon 420 have written a dramatic account of their rescue of two Bahamian fishermen earlier this month. This was... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: US Cruisers Abandon Ship and Lose Boat to Fire

    Date Published - June 01, 2020

    On their way from San Blas to Linton Bay, liveaboards Liz Lepkowski and Alan Johnson aboard their catamaran Kokopelli were forced to abandon their home... Read More

  • Atlantic: UK Yacht in Trouble – Crew Rescued using AMVER System

    Date Published - May 04, 2020

    U.S. Coast Guard personnel coordinated the rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off the coast of Bermuda on Friday (May 1) using the Automated... Read More

  • Ocean Going Vessels Should Have Multiple Sources of Communication Aboard

    Date Published - April 17, 2020

    Boatwatch.org have been assisting with the search for Bob Peel and his boat since mid-March in the Eastern Caribbean. Could this case have had a... Read More

  • South Pacific, Papua New Guinea: 32 Days Adrift

    Date Published - February 14, 2020

    During the Christmas holiday period it is common for PNG Islanders to travel between the Islands by boat visiting extended family. Sadly, one such visit... Read More

  • Hawaii, Hilo: Yacht on Passage from Los Angeles Runs Aground

    Date Published - February 07, 2020

    After 34 days at sea on passage from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the 63ft yacht "Midway Island" ran aground on Monday 3 February near Ale... Read More

  • Jamaica: Missing British Yacht Found Drifting with Deceased Skipper On Board

    Date Published - January 30, 2020

    SV Avrio, a UK registered yacht reported missing on 16 December 2019, was discovered late on Monday night (27 January, 2020) drifting off the north... Read More

  • Red Sea: SV Simba Found on Reef and Captain Missing

    Date Published - January 10, 2020

    SV Simba, a Nauticat 44, owned and skippered by Colin Finnie, has been found wrecked on a reef in the Red Sea near Marsa Alam.... Read More

  • Puerto Rico: Catamaran sinks on passage from the DR to the BVIs

    Date Published - December 10, 2019

    A 36-foot catamaran with 2 people on board sank Friday night ten miles north of Puerto Rico.... Read More

  • Indonesia: Super Yacht Asia Sinks Following Collision with an Unidentified Object

    Date Published - November 26, 2019

    This report was updated a few hours after it was posted with accurate facts from Asia's owners: Yacht Asia, a 29m superyacht, was lost in... Read More

  • Japan to San Francisco: Single-Hander on Passage Seeks Help from USCG Three Times

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    A trans-Pacific passage that was meant to take three months ended up taking five due to light winds and engine failure. Thankfully the USCG and... Read More

  • USA, Virginia: Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Yachtsman

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    Last Wednesday (13 November) in the early hours of the morning three crew from the sailing vessel "In Tune" went overboard more than 500 miles... Read More

  • New Zealand: Intense Weather System Results in Yachting Tragedy

    Date Published - October 14, 2019

    An intense low pressure weather system that hit New Zealand this week has tragically led to the loss of a yacht and the death of... Read More

  • Indian Ocean, Cocos Keeling to Mauritius: World ARC Yacht Dismasted

    Date Published - October 12, 2019

    World ARC yacht Babsea, with a double-handed crew, was dismasted on route from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius on Friday 11 October, approximately 1700 nautical miles... Read More

  • South Pacific, Niue: Australian Catamaran Runs Aground on East Coast

    Date Published - August 10, 2019

    In recent weeks the Niue Police Search and Rescue vessel “SAR1” has been deployed a number of times to assist yachts in trouble as they... Read More

  • USA, Virginia: Cruising Great Loses Second Boat

    Date Published - June 30, 2017

    Jack van Ommen has lost his second Naja 30 cruising boat Fleetwood after a grounding on Mink Island, Virginia, at 4 a.m. on Wednesday.... Read More

  • Canada: Catamaran sinks off British Columbia with 5 aboard, 2 dead

    Date Published - May 01, 2017

    An 8.5m power catamaran sinks near Tofino, B.C., off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Five total on board and spent 1.5 hours in the... Read More

Services and Equipment

Businesses

  • Maritime Mobile Network

    For Emergencies.

    At 14300 - a HAM network.... Read More

  • Neptune’s Locker – Jordan Series Drogue

    Address: The Old Vicarage, Osmington, Weymouth, UK, DT3 6EJ

  • Sea Pack

    Address: 2102 Whispering Sands Lane, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 23455

    Passive emergency desalination system.... Read More

  • SSB Safety Channels

    These are for initial contact with the Coast Guard in an emergency: 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291, 12290, and 16420 kHz USB.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Grab Bag: How to prepare an emergency ditch bag

    The emergency ditch bag is to cruisers and offshore racers what generators are to land lovers: you invest in it and pray that you never... Read More

  • Grab Bag: What should you pack for a long voyage?

    If you’re planning a long cruise or an ocean crossing, it is essential that you consider your grab bag. What goes in, and what to... Read More

  • Liferaft: Know Your Life Raft Inspection Requirements

    Spring is when many sailors have to bite the bullet and have their liferaft inspected, an expense that costs 10 to 30 percent of the... Read More

  • Liferaft: Selecting and Servicing

    A very useful report by long-distance cruisers SY Totem who researched in depth the type and make of liferaft to buy for their circumnavigation, but... Read More

  • UK South Coast Flare amnesty: Dispose of your out-of-date flares

    Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies and the below marinas are offering "a distress... Read More

  • Winter Heating & Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert to Boat Owners

    This is a carbon monoxide warning to boat owners by

    [caption id="attachment_50262" align="alignright" width="200"] © PBO[/caption]

    Practical Boat Owner following the recent double tragedy of two deaths... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: Man Overboard – Episode 1

    Date Published - March 03, 2020

    A crew member overboard is something we all dread. We all know to hang on tight and not to fall in, but if a crew... Read More

News

  • Ocean Going Vessels Should Have Multiple Sources of Communication Aboard

    Date Published - April 17, 2020

    Boatwatch.org have been assisting with the search for Bob Peel and his boat since mid-March in the Eastern Caribbean. Could this case have had a... Read More

Books, DVDs/CDs, Apps and Articles

Useful Resources

  • Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing: Book Review

    Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing
    Edited by Peter Bruce, 6th Edition
    Adlard Coles Nautical - £35
    ISBN: 978-0-7136-8243-4
    Hardback 304 pages

    At sea, the weather can change drastically for the... Read More

  • Creating a Float Plan: What and Why

    Writing a float plan is a simple thing to do, maybe critical in the event of an emergency, and is all too easily set aside... Read More

  • Man Overboard – Could your crew cope?

    Following extensive research (including contribution from noonsite readers) plus sea trials with the RLNI, Clive Loughlin in conjunction with Sailing Today (the UK Magazine) tackles... Read More

  • Man Overboard – Could Your Crew Cope?

    Following extensive research (including contribution from noonsite readers) plus sea trials with the RLNI, Clive Loughlin in conjunction with Sailing Today (the UK Magazine) tackles... Read More

  • Man Overboard app for iPhone

    Recommended by Cruising World.

    http://www.intelligentmaintenance.com/pages/man-overboard.php... Read More

  • Safety At Sea Videos

    Free videos to download including MOB procedures and how to deploy a liferaft.

    https://www.ukhalsey.com/download.asp... Read More

  • Salvage & Towage – tips from the RYA

    When a boat gets into trouble at sea the priority will always be to look after the people on board, but once you and your... Read More

  • The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship

    The Manual is six multimedia CDs covering Boat Handling (two disks); Safety and Emergencies; Navigation and Passage Planning; Weathercraft; and Skipper and Crew, Knots and... Read More

  • The Nautical Knowledge

    A downloadable interactive aid to learning the various areas of safety and seamanship.

    (what every sailor needs to know to keep safe) ,
    See review at

    https://www.noonsite.com/the-nautical-knowledge-what-every-sailor-needs-to-know-to-keep-safe/... Read More

  • The Nautical Knowledge – what every sailor needs to know to keep safe

    Title: The Nautical Knowledge
    Launched: May 5, 2010
    Order the Nautical Knowledge at http://www.theboatingbible.com/NauticalKnowledge.htm

    The Boating Bible team has launched another aid to maritime safety – the Nautical... Read More

  • The Sea Survival Manual

    By Frances and Michael Howorth, Published by Adlard Voles Nautical, See details at

    https://www.noonsite.com/the-sea-survival-manual/The Sea Survival Manual... Read More

  • The Sea Survival Manual

    The Sea Survival Manual

    Frances and Michael Howorth

    Adlard Coles Nautical

    First edition 2005

    UK recommended price £15.99

    ISBN 0-7136-7052-5

    Frances and Michael Howorth have written a comprehensive manual that covers... Read More

  • Worst Boating Accidents of the Past 20 Years

    Both commercial and recreational vessels.

    https://www.safeboater.com/articles/... Read More

Medivac Services

Businesses

  • International SOS

    Address: Amsterdam, North Sea, Netherlands,

    Worldwide provider of medical assistance, security, and evacuation services, with offices in 76 countries.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Emergency Evacuation Services While Cruising

    What are the most important questions that need to be resolved prior to purchasing a medical evacuation plan? Whilst this article by Bluewater Cruising relates... Read More

  • Medivac Services

    Feb 2014: Practical Sailor took a look at a handful of global companies that offer telemedical and medical evacuation services for those sailing the less-developed... Read More

  • Medivac Services

    Feb 2014: Practical Sailor took a look at a handful of global companies that offer telemedical and medical evacuation services for those sailing the less-developed... Read More

Equipment

Useful Resources

  • Adventure Medical Kits

    Discussed on numerous cruiser forums. Have several different marine kits of different sizes depending on the number of people on your boat and the type... Read More

  • How Many First Aid Boxes?

    Useful article by Carolyn Shearlock of the Boat Galley on how to find everything you want when you need it.

    https://theboatgalley.com/how-many-first-aid-boxes/... Read More

  • SeaMedic

    First Aid & Medical Kits for Ocean Going Yachts. Website has useful lists of all the medication and supplies that go into the kits, useful... Read More

Books and Articles

Useful Resources

  • A comprehensive guide to Marine Medicine

    “A comprehensive guide to Marine Medicine” by Drs Eric Weiss and Michael Jacobs. Reviewed by Jimmy Cornell.

    Possibly the most serious concern for anyone setting off... Read More

  • A First Aid List

    Details of a kit list for the first aid box.

    https://www.noonsite.com/first-aid-kit/First Aid Kit... Read More

  • Advice on Dealing with Malaria

    Read these useful tips on preventing bites and dealing with malaria if you develop it.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78961&preview=true... Read More

  • Ciguatera – How do you tell if a fish has it?

    Useful information from Cruiser Carolyn Shearlock to help you make an informed decision about eating fish.

    https://theboatgalley.com/ciguatera-poisoning/

    Posted July 2016.... Read More

  • Dealing with seasickness in children

    After nearly 14 years of raising their children aboard, here is a good list of things that have worked for this family to avoid the... Read More

  • Family Healthcare while cruising

    In this article US cruising family SV Totem mid-circumnavigation report on how they deal with healthcare on board and in all the various countries they... Read More

  • Fast Seasickness Relief

    A possible non-drug solution. Worth checking out!

    https://www.noonsite.com/fast-seasickness-relief/... Read More

  • Fast Seasickness Relief!

    MotionEaze is a safe and effective, simple to use 100% natural oil, which you simply apply behind each ear to eliminate motion sickness.

    It is different... Read More

  • First Aid at Sea – A Review

    First Aid at Sea
    By Colin Berry & Douglas Justins
    Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (July 2012 - 6th Edition)
    ISBN 9781408157039

    Recommended by the Royal Ocean Racing Club,... Read More

  • First Aid Kit

    A basic first aid kit should include the following:

    Cotton wool and sterile gauze

    Waterproof adhesive dressings in various sizes

    Butterfly sutures, Steristrips or plasters that pull the... Read More

  • Health Precautions Worldwide

    A useful article on the various health hazards around the world.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78972&preview=true... Read More

  • Health Precautions Worldwide

    It is expected that every cruising boat will carry a comprehensive medical kit to deal with a wide range of accidents and possible illnesses, as... Read More

  • Malaria

    Received From: Juan Dario Zea

    Message: I lived for 2 years on the Pacific Colombia coast with malaria everywhere. There are several types of malaria but... Read More

  • Malaria – a Simple Cure

    Read this report on a possible solution

    https://www.noonsite.com/malaria-a-simple-cure/... Read More

  • Malaria – a simple cure

    Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) [BROKEN LINK]

    According to reports from cruisers, this simple, inexpensive cure might be the answer for those cruising in countries where malaria... Read More

  • Medical Supplies

    A list of suggested supplies to include in the ship's medical bag.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78981&preview=true... Read More

  • Medical Supply List

    Peter Noble, MA, MD, FRCP

    The list of medication that could be carried on an offshore cruising yacht is almost endless. The following information is intended... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Chikungunya and Lysine

    This feedback is untested and unsubstantiated and cruisers should always seek advice from a qualified physician.
    As reported by Persephone: Over the counter, L-lysine is only... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean

    The first case of the disease in the Caribbean was reported on the French island of St. Martin in 2013. Since then it has spread... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Zika Virus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain,... Read More

  • Ship Captain’s Medical Guide

    British Maritime and Coastguard Agency website where the full and latest version of the Ship Captain's Medical Guide can be downloaded for free in Adobe... Read More

  • The Manchineel Tree – Hippomane mancinella

    [caption id="attachment_81461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hippomane Mancinella fruit (c) Wikipedia[/caption]

    This tree is native to North and South America and is found a lot in the Caribbean... Read More

  • The Ship’s Medical Chest and Medical Aid at Sea

    A large PDF file produced by the US Department of Health (2003 edn.) generally aimed at large ocean-going commercial vessels.

    https://fas.org/irp/doddir/milmed/ships.pdf... Read More

  • World Health Organisation Information For Travellers

    Up to date news and downloadable booklet on International Travel and Health.

    https://www.who.int/ith/en/... Read More

Businesses

  • International SOS

    Address: Amsterdam, North Sea, Netherlands,

    Worldwide provider of medical assistance, security, and evacuation services, with offices in 76 countries.... Read More

  • Lautoka Public Hospital

    Address: Hospital Road, Lautoka, Fiji,

    Full-service public hospital with an emergency department.... Read More

  • Maritime Mobile Network

    For Emergencies.

    At 14300 - a HAM network.... Read More

  • MIOT Pacific Hospital

    Address: 120 Amy Street, Toorak, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji,

    Formerly known as Suva Private Hospital, MIOT is the largest private hospital in Fiji and the South Pacific Region.... Read More

  • Neptune’s Locker – Jordan Series Drogue

    Address: The Old Vicarage, Osmington, Weymouth, UK, DT3 6EJ

  • Savusavu Public Hospital

    Address: Nabauto Road, Savusavu, Fiji,

  • Sea Pack

    Address: 2102 Whispering Sands Lane, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 23455

    Passive emergency desalination system.... Read More

  • SSB Safety Channels

    These are for initial contact with the Coast Guard in an emergency: 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291, 12290, and 16420 kHz USB.... Read More

  • Zens Medical Centre

    Address: 40 Lodhia Street, Nadi, Fiji,

    24-hour private medical center with emergency services, based in Nadi.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • A comprehensive guide to Marine Medicine

    “A comprehensive guide to Marine Medicine” by Drs Eric Weiss and Michael Jacobs. Reviewed by Jimmy Cornell.

    Possibly the most serious concern for anyone setting off... Read More

  • A First Aid List

    Details of a kit list for the first aid box.

    https://www.noonsite.com/first-aid-kit/First Aid Kit... Read More

  • Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing: Book Review

    Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing
    Edited by Peter Bruce, 6th Edition
    Adlard Coles Nautical - £35
    ISBN: 978-0-7136-8243-4
    Hardback 304 pages

    At sea, the weather can change drastically for the... Read More

  • Adventure Medical Kits

    Discussed on numerous cruiser forums. Have several different marine kits of different sizes depending on the number of people on your boat and the type... Read More

  • Advice on Dealing with Malaria

    Read these useful tips on preventing bites and dealing with malaria if you develop it.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78961&preview=true... Read More

  • Bugs: Nine Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay

    Cruising World Magazine outline nine simple steps to avoid an infestation. Some great advice here.

    Keeping Bugs at Bay

     ... Read More

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel... Read More

  • Choosing Your Emergency Contact

    When you’re off adventuring, or at least on the move, how do you decide who’s your best emergency contact? Picking the right person is critical.... Read More

  • Ciguatera – How do you tell if a fish has it?

    Useful information from Cruiser Carolyn Shearlock to help you make an informed decision about eating fish.

    https://theboatgalley.com/ciguatera-poisoning/

    Posted July 2016.... Read More

  • Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

    Ciguatera is a toxin passed from smaller fish to larger fish and then if the fish is consumed by humans the toxin is then stored... Read More

  • Considerations for marine lightning protection – survey results

    This survey, undertaken by Marie Dufour of MY Domino

    [caption id="attachment_47732" align="alignright" width="200"] Panama © Marie Dufour[/caption]

    and published July 2013, gathered information about lightning strikes from... Read More

  • Creating a Float Plan: What and Why

    Writing a float plan is a simple thing to do, maybe critical in the event of an emergency, and is all too easily set aside... Read More

  • Creating a Passage Plan

    A useful site with a downloadable template for creating a passage plan by the USCG.

    http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/... Read More

  • Dealing with seasickness in children

    After nearly 14 years of raising their children aboard, here is a good list of things that have worked for this family to avoid the... Read More

  • Emergency Evacuation Services While Cruising

    What are the most important questions that need to be resolved prior to purchasing a medical evacuation plan? Whilst this article by Bluewater Cruising relates... Read More

  • Failure of Safety Harness Hook

    The MAIB report into the loss of a crew member from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in November 2017, highlights the importance of... Read More

  • Family Healthcare while cruising

    In this article US cruising family SV Totem mid-circumnavigation report on how they deal with healthcare on board and in all the various countries they... Read More

  • FAQ: Do you worry about ciguatera fish poisoning?

    This write up by SY Nine of Cups (sourced via the Yahoo group Cruisers_Network_Online) sums up well everything you need to know about ciguatera.

    https://www.sailblogs.com/member/nineofcups/278168... Read More

  • Fast Seasickness Relief

    A possible non-drug solution. Worth checking out!

    https://www.noonsite.com/fast-seasickness-relief/... Read More

  • Fast Seasickness Relief!

    MotionEaze is a safe and effective, simple to use 100% natural oil, which you simply apply behind each ear to eliminate motion sickness.

    It is different... Read More

  • First Aid at Sea – A Review

    First Aid at Sea
    By Colin Berry & Douglas Justins
    Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (July 2012 - 6th Edition)
    ISBN 9781408157039

    Recommended by the Royal Ocean Racing Club,... Read More

  • First Aid Kit

    A basic first aid kit should include the following:

    Cotton wool and sterile gauze

    Waterproof adhesive dressings in various sizes

    Butterfly sutures, Steristrips or plasters that pull the... Read More

  • Float Plan Registry

    Developed by part-time sailor and software developer Jim Young. Easy and intuitive way to file a float plan with a secure profile so information only... Read More

  • Floating Doctors

    An all-volunteer, non-profit medical relief team dedicated to reducing the present and future burden of disease in the developing world. Since May 2010 have voyaged... Read More

  • Grab Bag: How to prepare an emergency ditch bag

    The emergency ditch bag is to cruisers and offshore racers what generators are to land lovers: you invest in it and pray that you never... Read More

  • Grab Bag: What should you pack for a long voyage?

    If you’re planning a long cruise or an ocean crossing, it is essential that you consider your grab bag. What goes in, and what to... Read More

  • Health Precautions Worldwide

    A useful article on the various health hazards around the world.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78972&preview=true... Read More

  • Health Precautions Worldwide

    It is expected that every cruising boat will carry a comprehensive medical kit to deal with a wide range of accidents and possible illnesses, as... Read More

  • How Many First Aid Boxes?

    Useful article by Carolyn Shearlock of the Boat Galley on how to find everything you want when you need it.

    https://theboatgalley.com/how-many-first-aid-boxes/... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, manage this group dedicated to assisting Search and Rescue Authorities in... Read More

  • Lessons from a dinghy crisis averted – always wear the kill cord!

    A kill cord should be worn every time the dinghy is used, a simple safety precaution that saves lives but one that is often overlooked.... Read More

  • Liferaft: Know Your Life Raft Inspection Requirements

    Spring is when many sailors have to bite the bullet and have their liferaft inspected, an expense that costs 10 to 30 percent of the... Read More

  • Liferaft: Selecting and Servicing

    A very useful report by long-distance cruisers SY Totem who researched in depth the type and make of liferaft to buy for their circumnavigation, but... Read More

  • Malaria

    Received From: Juan Dario Zea

    Message: I lived for 2 years on the Pacific Colombia coast with malaria everywhere. There are several types of malaria but... Read More

  • Malaria – a Simple Cure

    Read this report on a possible solution

    https://www.noonsite.com/malaria-a-simple-cure/... Read More

  • Malaria – a simple cure

    Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) [BROKEN LINK]

    According to reports from cruisers, this simple, inexpensive cure might be the answer for those cruising in countries where malaria... Read More

  • Man Overboard – Could your crew cope?

    Following extensive research (including contribution from noonsite readers) plus sea trials with the RLNI, Clive Loughlin in conjunction with Sailing Today (the UK Magazine) tackles... Read More

  • Man Overboard – Could Your Crew Cope?

    Following extensive research (including contribution from noonsite readers) plus sea trials with the RLNI, Clive Loughlin in conjunction with Sailing Today (the UK Magazine) tackles... Read More

  • Man Overboard app for iPhone

    Recommended by Cruising World.

    http://www.intelligentmaintenance.com/pages/man-overboard.php... Read More

  • Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM)

    Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM) began in 2008 in response to the need for medical transport to remote villages in Vanuatu. MSM currently operates using the... Read More

  • Medical Supplies

    A list of suggested supplies to include in the ship's medical bag.

    https://www.noonsite.com/?p=78981&preview=true... Read More

  • Medical Supply List

    Peter Noble, MA, MD, FRCP

    The list of medication that could be carried on an offshore cruising yacht is almost endless. The following information is intended... Read More

  • MedicalOfficer.Net Ltd.

    We offer a variety of training courses for wilderness travelers, including cruising sailors.

    http://www.medofficer.net/... Read More

  • Medivac Services

    Feb 2014: Practical Sailor took a look at a handful of global companies that offer telemedical and medical evacuation services for those sailing the less-developed... Read More

  • Medivac Services

    Feb 2014: Practical Sailor took a look at a handful of global companies that offer telemedical and medical evacuation services for those sailing the less-developed... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Chikungunya and Lysine

    This feedback is untested and unsubstantiated and cruisers should always seek advice from a qualified physician.
    As reported by Persephone: Over the counter, L-lysine is only... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean

    The first case of the disease in the Caribbean was reported on the French island of St. Martin in 2013. Since then it has spread... Read More

  • Mosquitos: Zika Virus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain,... Read More

  • Pacific: How a Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost at Sea

    The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing. The... Read More

  • Rescued from a remote reef in the Indian Ocean

    When their yacht ended up on a reef in a remote atoll and was badly damaged, Nick and Kate Whitehead called on the help of... Read More

  • RYA reminds of the need to wear kill cords

    Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on 17 May 2013 the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs... Read More

  • Safety At Sea Videos

    Free videos to download including MOB procedures and how to deploy a liferaft.

    https://www.ukhalsey.com/download.asp... Read More

  • Safety Concern – Narco Submarines

    A report on these dangerous submarines in the Caribbean.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/safety-concern-narco-submarines/... Read More

  • Salvage & Towage – tips from the RYA

    When a boat gets into trouble at sea the priority will always be to look after the people on board, but once you and your... Read More

  • SAR Contacts

    A database of international search and rescue agencies and rescue coordination centers with very good interactive map.

    https://sarcontacts.info/... Read More

  • SeaMedic

    First Aid & Medical Kits for Ocean Going Yachts. Website has useful lists of all the medication and supplies that go into the kits, useful... Read More

  • Ship Captain’s Medical Guide

    British Maritime and Coastguard Agency website where the full and latest version of the Ship Captain's Medical Guide can be downloaded for free in Adobe... Read More

  • Testing Drogues and Sea Anchors

    Yachting World Magazine test a Jordan Series drogue and a ParaAnchor (September 2015).

    https://www.yachtingworld.com/yachts-and-gear/drogues-and-sea-anchors-we-test-a-jordan-series-drogue-and-a-paraanchor-67260... Read More

  • The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship

    The Manual is six multimedia CDs covering Boat Handling (two disks); Safety and Emergencies; Navigation and Passage Planning; Weathercraft; and Skipper and Crew, Knots and... Read More

  • The Manchineel Tree – Hippomane mancinella

    [caption id="attachment_81461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hippomane Mancinella fruit (c) Wikipedia[/caption]

    This tree is native to North and South America and is found a lot in the Caribbean... Read More

  • The Nautical Knowledge

    A downloadable interactive aid to learning the various areas of safety and seamanship.

    (what every sailor needs to know to keep safe) ,
    See review at

    https://www.noonsite.com/the-nautical-knowledge-what-every-sailor-needs-to-know-to-keep-safe/... Read More

  • The Nautical Knowledge – what every sailor needs to know to keep safe

    Title: The Nautical Knowledge
    Launched: May 5, 2010
    Order the Nautical Knowledge at http://www.theboatingbible.com/NauticalKnowledge.htm

    The Boating Bible team has launched another aid to maritime safety – the Nautical... Read More

  • The Sea Survival Manual

    By Frances and Michael Howorth, Published by Adlard Voles Nautical, See details at

    https://www.noonsite.com/the-sea-survival-manual/The Sea Survival Manual... Read More

  • The Sea Survival Manual

    The Sea Survival Manual

    Frances and Michael Howorth

    Adlard Coles Nautical

    First edition 2005

    UK recommended price £15.99

    ISBN 0-7136-7052-5

    Frances and Michael Howorth have written a comprehensive manual that covers... Read More

  • The Ship’s Medical Chest and Medical Aid at Sea

    A large PDF file produced by the US Department of Health (2003 edn.) generally aimed at large ocean-going commercial vessels.

    https://fas.org/irp/doddir/milmed/ships.pdf... Read More

  • UK South Coast Flare amnesty: Dispose of your out-of-date flares

    Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies and the below marinas are offering "a distress... Read More

  • Winter Heating & Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert to Boat Owners

    This is a carbon monoxide warning to boat owners by

    [caption id="attachment_50262" align="alignright" width="200"] © PBO[/caption]

    Practical Boat Owner following the recent double tragedy of two deaths... Read More

  • World Health Organisation Information For Travellers

    Up to date news and downloadable booklet on International Travel and Health.

    https://www.who.int/ith/en/... Read More

  • Worst Boating Accidents of the Past 20 Years

    Both commercial and recreational vessels.

    https://www.safeboater.com/articles/... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: Man Overboard – Episode 1

    Date Published - March 03, 2020

    A crew member overboard is something we all dread. We all know to hang on tight and not to fall in, but if a crew... Read More

  • Important Safety Considerations when Offshore Cruising

    Date Published - July 15, 2019

    Recently, two single-handed sailors have been lost in the Caribbean Sea, in spite of their activation of an EPIRB or PLB. Technology has changed and... Read More

  • Medical: Is Your Medical Kit Up to the Job?

    Date Published - June 10, 2016

    A useful report from Cruising Compass providing a thorough review of what you should consider when putting together your medical kit.... Read More

  • San Blas, Porvenir: Aground and holed on a reef

    Date Published - April 12, 2015

    (December 4, 2015) – For the first time in 9 years of cruising, these experienced cruisers entered an unfamiliar harbour without proven waypoints or sufficient... Read More

  • Malaysia, Penang: Liferaft Servicing

    Date Published - November 13, 2014

    We have a Viking Liferaft, selected both as a result of their reputation, and for their servicing centres throughout the world.... Read More

  • Liferaft Service in Panama City: A Warning

    Date Published - May 13, 2014

    Gente de Mar and Panama Marine have been contacted for comment in relation to this report, however, both companies have failed to give any response.... Read More

  • Is Satellite Imagery The Future Of Search-And-Rescue Operations?

    Date Published - November 26, 2013

    The search for the schooner, Niña, missing in the Tasman Sea, is breaking new ground in the use of satellite images to locate mariners. Report... Read More

  • Considerations for marine lightning protection – survey results

    Date Published - July 11, 2013

    This survey, undertaken by Marie Dufour of MY Domino and published July 2013, gathered information about lightning strikes from a number of cruisers on the... Read More

  • Port Vila Notes from a resident sailor

    Date Published - June 26, 2013

    Eric Leroux is a French resident and lives on board his yacht Musique in Port Vila. He is a sailmaker and charter skipper and has... Read More

  • Malaysia: Dealing with the death of a loved one whilst cruising

    Date Published - May 22, 2013

    Whilst this is a topic that no one particularly likes to talk about, it is something that all cruisers should consider, particularly when cruising a... Read More

  • Rescue at Sea: What Happens When the Freighter Arrives

    Date Published - February 21, 2013

    Should you ever request a “ship-assisted rescue,” prior planning and clear communications will be the keys to a ­successful operation.... Read More

  • Exchanging Gas Cylinders – Be Cautious

    Date Published - April 28, 2012

    POTENTIAL GAS BOMB!

    We recently swopped an empty Camping Gas cylinder for a full one at a shop in Corfu town. The shop front was smart... Read More

  • New Handheld Laser Flare

    Date Published - November 11, 2011

    As reported by superyachtnews.com

    The improved version of the Odeo Flare, the Mkll Odeo Flare, will be launched at METS 2011.

    The new version is equipped with... Read More

  • CPR – Different & Simpler Method

    Date Published - November 11, 2011

    Courtesy of Cruisers Network Online

    This information about a simpler CPR is not new, but still worth spreading around.

    This is a news station video link about... Read More

  • Atlantic: Swiss yacht hit by one cargo ship and rescued by another

    Date Published - September 09, 2010

    Article from Sail-World.com

    Monnerat Cedric, 31, a Swiss boat builder, and Josiane Guillemette, 25, who had never been to sea before, were sailing south from Cape... Read More

News

  • Azores: Sailor Rescued Within Reach of Horta

    Date Published - July 05, 2020

    Ocean Cruising Club Members Gabriele and Jonathan Lyne rescued a solo sailor whose yacht struck a whale near Horta, Azores.... Read More

  • Cruisers Rescue Two Bahamian Fishermen Drifting For Three Days

    Date Published - June 28, 2020

    John and Shelly Roberts aboard their Lagoon 420 have written a dramatic account of their rescue of two Bahamian fishermen earlier this month. This was... Read More

  • A Dedication to Patrick Childress – Cruising Legend

    Date Published - June 09, 2020

    It is with great sadness we report that Patrick Childress, circumnavigator, DIY specialist, sailing ambassador and inspiration to so many, has passed away in a... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: US Cruisers Abandon Ship and Lose Boat to Fire

    Date Published - June 01, 2020

    On their way from San Blas to Linton Bay, liveaboards Liz Lepkowski and Alan Johnson aboard their catamaran Kokopelli were forced to abandon their home... Read More

  • USA: Coast Guard Using New Tool to Help Distressed Mariners

    Date Published - May 08, 2020

    First Coast Guard District command center crews, from Maine to Northern New Jersey, have a new tool to help distressed mariners come home to their... Read More

  • Atlantic: UK Yacht in Trouble – Crew Rescued using AMVER System

    Date Published - May 04, 2020

    U.S. Coast Guard personnel coordinated the rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off the coast of Bermuda on Friday (May 1) using the Automated... Read More

  • Ocean Going Vessels Should Have Multiple Sources of Communication Aboard

    Date Published - April 17, 2020

    Boatwatch.org have been assisting with the search for Bob Peel and his boat since mid-March in the Eastern Caribbean. Could this case have had a... Read More

  • COVID-19 Coronavirus: Situation Changing Daily in Many Countries

    Date Published - March 15, 2020

    With the spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that is occurring globally, many countries are instituting severe travel restrictions and... Read More

  • Multihull Owners: Recall issued for Goiot escape hatches

    Date Published - March 05, 2020

    If you are sailing a Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Catana-Bali, or Nautitech multihull contact your dealer or manufacturer immediately to find out if this escape hatch... Read More

  • South Pacific, Papua New Guinea: 32 Days Adrift

    Date Published - February 14, 2020

    During the Christmas holiday period it is common for PNG Islanders to travel between the Islands by boat visiting extended family. Sadly, one such visit... Read More

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Special Procedures Being Introduced in Ports of Entry Worldwide

    Date Published - February 12, 2020

    This document has tracked since the beginning of March the progress of countries worldwide as one by one they have gone into lockdown and closed... Read More

  • UK Sailors: Voluntary Safety Information Scheme Replaced with RYASafeTrx

    Date Published - February 08, 2020

    In July 2020 RYASafeTrx will replace CG66 as the free search and rescue database for UK sailors. ... Read More

  • Hawaii, Hilo: Yacht on Passage from Los Angeles Runs Aground

    Date Published - February 07, 2020

    After 34 days at sea on passage from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the 63ft yacht "Midway Island" ran aground on Monday 3 February near Ale... Read More

  • Jamaica: Missing British Yacht Found Drifting with Deceased Skipper On Board

    Date Published - January 30, 2020

    SV Avrio, a UK registered yacht reported missing on 16 December 2019, was discovered late on Monday night (27 January, 2020) drifting off the north... Read More

  • Red Sea: SV Simba Found on Reef and Captain Missing

    Date Published - January 10, 2020

    SV Simba, a Nauticat 44, owned and skippered by Colin Finnie, has been found wrecked on a reef in the Red Sea near Marsa Alam.... Read More

  • Pacific and Indian Oceans: Recycling Sails to Save Lives

    Date Published - December 20, 2019

    Since the Second World War fisherman and locals from many island nations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans have lost much of their sailing traditions,... Read More

  • Puerto Rico: Catamaran sinks on passage from the DR to the BVIs

    Date Published - December 10, 2019

    A 36-foot catamaran with 2 people on board sank Friday night ten miles north of Puerto Rico.... Read More

  • Indonesia: Super Yacht Asia Sinks Following Collision with an Unidentified Object

    Date Published - November 26, 2019

    This report was updated a few hours after it was posted with accurate facts from Asia's owners: Yacht Asia, a 29m superyacht, was lost in... Read More

  • Pacific Islands Measles Outbreak: Immunisation Status Required to Clear-In

    Date Published - November 21, 2019

    A number of Pacific Islands including Samoa, Tonga and Fiji, are currently suffering a measles outbreak with surrounding islands preparing for the same. Cruisers who... Read More

  • Japan to San Francisco: Single-Hander on Passage Seeks Help from USCG Three Times

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    A trans-Pacific passage that was meant to take three months ended up taking five due to light winds and engine failure. Thankfully the USCG and... Read More

  • USA, Virginia: Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Yachtsman

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    Last Wednesday (13 November) in the early hours of the morning three crew from the sailing vessel "In Tune" went overboard more than 500 miles... Read More

  • Boatwatch.org: A Resource and Service for all Cruisers

    Date Published - November 05, 2019

    Boatwatch.org, formerly known as International Boat Watch Network, established in 2001 as a public service to the Maritime Community, has new ownership and managers. ... Read More

  • New Zealand: Intense Weather System Results in Yachting Tragedy

    Date Published - October 14, 2019

    An intense low pressure weather system that hit New Zealand this week has tragically led to the loss of a yacht and the death of... Read More

  • Indian Ocean, Cocos Keeling to Mauritius: World ARC Yacht Dismasted

    Date Published - October 12, 2019

    World ARC yacht Babsea, with a double-handed crew, was dismasted on route from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius on Friday 11 October, approximately 1700 nautical miles... Read More

  • South Pacific, Niue: Australian Catamaran Runs Aground on East Coast

    Date Published - August 10, 2019

    In recent weeks the Niue Police Search and Rescue vessel “SAR1” has been deployed a number of times to assist yachts in trouble as they... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

  • St. Martin to Colombia: Single-Hander Activated PLB – Alert for All Vessels in the Vicinity

    Date Published - July 06, 2019

    All vessels in the vicinity of the Caribbean Coast of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua are requested to keep a sharp lookout for the trimaran S/V... Read More

  • South Africa: Crew Rescued from Storm-Damaged Yacht on Passage to Madagascar – British Crew Member Drowns

    Date Published - July 04, 2019

    A catamaran on passage from South Africa to Madagascar was damaged in a storm earlier this week and the crew had to be rescued by... Read More

  • USA: Coast Guard, partner agencies preparing for Operation Dry Water

    Date Published - July 02, 2019

    U.S. Coast Guard bulletin 07/02/2019 08:43 AM EDT: Operation Dry Water, the national campaign to prevent boating under the influence, will begin July 4, 2019... Read More

  • New Zealand to Tonga: Rig Failure Leads Crew to Abandon Yacht

    Date Published - June 17, 2019

    (June 17, 2019) - Having departed Opua on June 9th for Tonga, yacht Squander suffered major mast rig failure three days into the passage. Turning... Read More

  • USA, Atlantic City: Cruising Couple Rescued as Boat Sinks after Microburst Hits

    Date Published - May 31, 2019

    (May 31, 2019) - Peter Bailey and Heidi Snyder lost their home on May 29, 2019, on the last leg of their circumnavigation, when they... Read More

  • Caribbean, Trinidad Hibiscus Oil Platform: Pirates fire shots at sailboat – April 2019

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    By CSSN & YSATT

    A sail boat positioned about 15NM NE of the Hibiscus oil platform was approached by a group of eight Venezuelans in an... Read More

  • Egypt: New Restrictions on Health Certificate Requirements

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    New restrictions have come into force which require all crew entering Egypt on board private vessels to have a health certificate when arriving from a... Read More

  • South Atlantic: Two Sailors Lost at Sea when Yacht Capsizes

    Date Published - March 22, 2019

    By Tom Sampson

    SY Paradise was en route from South Georgia to The Falkland Islands when she capsized in heavy seas on 5th March, 2019.... Read More

  • Honduras, Bay Islands: Vessel Wrecked on Roatan Reef

    Date Published - February 12, 2019

    (February 12, 2019) - SV "Fred Again" was wrecked on a reef near the Fantasy Island Hotel.... Read More

  • Caribbean: Chances of a Dengue Fever Outbreak increases in all Caribbean Islands

    Date Published - January 29, 2019

    Dengue Fever has been on the Increase in Southern America for many years and in 2018 there was a significant increase in confirmed cases in... Read More

  • USA: Coast Guard to Improve Response to On-Water 911 Calls

    Date Published - January 15, 2019

    A large number of recreational boaters use cell phones to call 911, even if the call might not be routed to the coast guard.... Read More

  • Mexico: Large fire at Club de Yates de Acapulco.

    Date Published - January 05, 2019

    An explosion when a yacht was refuelling leads to a large fire.
    ... Read More

  • Warning: Failure of Safety Harness Tether Hook

    Date Published - September 08, 2018

    The MAIB report into the loss of a crew member from the Volvo Round the World Race in November 2017, highlights the importance of ensuring... Read More

  • MAIB Safety Bulletin: Failure of a Throw Bag Rescue Line

    Date Published - June 12, 2018

    Urgent safety lessons issued after the failure of a throw bag rescue line during a boat capsize rescue drill.... Read More

  • Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico: US family rescued transiting from Turks and Caicos to the Dominican Republic

    Date Published - June 04, 2018

    Coast Guard brings to Puerto Rico 3 survivors of capsized vessel rescued in the Atlantic Ocean by the M/V Jacamar Arrow.... Read More

  • USS Ashland Assists Distressed Mariners in Pacific Ocean – Updated

    Date Published - February 14, 2018

    The yacht, SV Sea Nymph, originally abandoned in October 2017, has now been seen drifting 360 miles east of Guam on February 13, 2018, by... Read More

  • Australia, Tasmania, Flinders Island: Sunfish blamed for loss of racing yacht

    Date Published - January 15, 2018

    Jan 15, 2018. Ray Roberts' Farr 55 Hollywood Boulevard sank in icy waters 150km east of Flinders Island on Sunday night. She was being delivered... Read More

  • Keel Failure off the Canary Islands

    Date Published - December 19, 2017

    The Royal Artillery Yacht Club (RAYC), which aims to encourage sailing and seamanship among its members and to promote sailing in the Royal Artillery, got... Read More

  • Planned 4 year circumnavigation ends in the Atlantic when Skipper lost overboard

    Date Published - November 30, 2017

    Stanislaw and Elisabeth Dabrowna were just at the start of their 4-year circumnavigation, having left the Canary Islands for Barbados in early November. Sadly 180nm... Read More

  • More Than 40 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled for Safety Hazard

    Date Published - November 05, 2017

    More than 40 million fire extinguishers sold over a four-decade period have been recalled because they may not work to put out fires, according to... Read More

  • USA: FCC Approve Icom M802 Waiver

    Date Published - October 20, 2017

    Earlier this year the FCC invited Icom to submit a waiver to allow the M802 not to be modified to meet the new GMDSS requirements.... Read More

  • South Pacific, Beveridge Reef: British cruising family rescued from remote reef

    Date Published - August 28, 2017

    Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Niue, approximately 130 miles (209 km) from Niue and 600 miles (966... Read More

  • North Atlantic Mayday: Dismasted 230nm southwest of Iceland

    Date Published - August 01, 2017

    A retired teacher and two others were rescued by the Icelandic Coast Guard after a storm rolled their sailboat in near-freezing temperatures near Iceland.... Read More

  • UK: Coastguard medevacs crew from yacht 200 miles off Scilly

    Date Published - July 05, 2017

    UK Coastguard and Irish military join forces to rescue sailor at the edge of the helicopter's operating range.
    ... Read More

  • Malta to Greece: Collision at night on the Ionian Sea

    Date Published - July 05, 2017

    A cruising yacht was struck and dismasted by an unlit boat at night off the coast of Greece.... Read More

  • USA, Virginia: Cruising Great Loses Second Boat

    Date Published - June 30, 2017

    Jack van Ommen has lost his second Naja 30 cruising boat Fleetwood after a grounding on Mink Island, Virginia, at 4 a.m. on Wednesday.... Read More

  • Cruising Remote Western Australia: SOS Rock Mystery

    Date Published - June 15, 2017

    Warning from stranded cruiser when cruising this remote part of Australia - always carry an EPIRB or satellite phone at all times when going ashore.... Read More

  • North Atlantic Storm: Yachts dismasted and sunk in the OSTAR and TWOSTAR shorthanded transaltantic race

    Date Published - June 09, 2017

    One yacht has sunk, another has been dismasted and two crews have been rescued in the North Atlantic after crews in the OSTAR and OSTAR... Read More

  • Approaching the Azores: Yacht starts to sink after striking Whale

    Date Published - June 09, 2017

    After a tough Atlantic crossing just 350 miles from the Azores, skipper David Bowes and his two crew members had to abandon ship after a... Read More

  • Canada: Catamaran sinks off British Columbia with 5 aboard, 2 dead

    Date Published - May 01, 2017

    An 8.5m power catamaran sinks near Tofino, B.C., off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Five total on board and spent 1.5 hours in the... Read More

  • NZ, Chatham Islands: Solo Polish Yachtsman Rescued

    Date Published - April 19, 2017

    A Polish yachtsman rescued 2700 kilometres east of New Zealand had to be convinced of "the gravity of the situation".
    ... Read More

  • Lisa Blair: Dismasted in the Southern Ocean

    Date Published - April 05, 2017

    Lisa Blair was aiming to circumnavigate Antarctica: solo, non-stop and unassisted. Sadly her record attempt came to an end three days ago when she was... Read More

  • McMurdo EPIRB Bulletin: Top Dome Cracking

    Date Published - March 24, 2017

    Products affected: McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB – All Versions and Kannad Marine EPIRB, Sport/Sport Pro/Sport Pro +.... Read More

  • Southern Indian Ocean Rescue: Yacht dismasted

    Date Published - March 19, 2017

    Three South African nationals have been rescued from their stricken yacht in the southern Indian Ocean by Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Parramatta yesterday evening,... Read More

  • NZ to Australia: Sailors rescued in rough seas off Sydney

    Date Published - March 09, 2017

    Two sailors have been rescued from their stricken yacht in treacherous conditions north-east of Sydney.
    ... Read More

  • Azores to UK: Clyde Challenger dismasted – crew rescued

    Date Published - February 16, 2017

    The Clyde Challenger had been en route to the UK from the Azores after a four-month trip when it was damaged. A Royal Navy warship... Read More

  • Atlantic Rescue: Coast Guard Rescues Austrian Boater From Life Raft

    Date Published - February 08, 2017

    The crew of a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod rescued an Austrian boater from a life raft in the Atlantic... Read More

  • USA: FCC Mandate changing Cruiser Communications

    Date Published - February 01, 2017

    This informative report about a change in HF SSB communications by Terry Sparks.... Read More

  • New long range point of contact for UK Coastguard

    Date Published - January 26, 2017

    From 1 February 2017, there will be new UK Coastguard emergency numbers for long-range search and rescue
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean, BVIs: Search for Cruising Family’s Abandoned Yacht

    Date Published - January 18, 2017

    On December 21st, 2016, cruising yacht "Dove II", owned and loved by the Coombes family from the UK, had to be abandoned near the end... Read More

  • Chesapeake Bay to St. Maarten: Atlantic 57 Catamaran capsizes

    Date Published - December 05, 2016

    In late November on passage from the USA to St. Maarten, the Atlantic 57 Catamaran "Leopard" was capsized about 400NM north of the Dominican Republic.... Read More

  • Atlantic Crossing: Evacuation of five crew from ARC yacht NOAH

    Date Published - November 25, 2016

    The five crew members of the yacht NOAH have been successfully evacuated from the BM39 yacht after it started to take on water three days... Read More

  • Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue System Comes on Stream

    Date Published - September 12, 2016

    MEOSAR, the new Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system, is now coming on-stream. The new system promises much faster response to Personal Locator Beacon... Read More

  • Mauritius & Rodrigues: An Outbreak of Foot And Mouth Disease

    Date Published - September 07, 2016

    An outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Rodrigues and Mauritius has resulted in a strict ban on certain products being exported from these islands... Read More

  • MEOSAR: New Search & Rescue System

    Date Published - July 07, 2016

    On June 29, McMurdo, a leading company in emergency readiness and response, launched a web-based MEOSAR knowledge center.... Read More

  • New Zealand death and MOB double tragedy on 65-footer Platino

    Date Published - June 14, 2016

    Double tragedy on board 65-footer Platino en-route to Fiji, as a well-known boatbuilder is killed and another crew member swept overboard. This report by Yachting... Read More

  • Kannad Marine issues SAFELINK EPIRB recall

    Date Published - May 24, 2016

    Kannad Marine issued a recall for all SAFELINK EPIRB’s Monday, April 25, 2016, due to a possible defect that could result in the beacon not... Read More

  • UK, West Sussex Coast: Man describes dramatic sea rescue after being swept off yacht

    Date Published - February 29, 2016

    A MAN who was swept off his yacht by a freak wave has praised the ‘awesome’ Shoreham lifeboat and rescue crews who saved his life.... Read More

  • Cruise liner carries out mid-Atlantic yacht rescue

    Date Published - January 26, 2016

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines‘ ‎ship Braemar came to the aid of a sailing yacht which had been adrift in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean... Read More

  • UK Coastguard warning after two American yachtsmen spark multiple rescues

    Date Published - January 22, 2016

    It’s not of role the UK Coastguard, which is an emergency service, to arrange a vessel’s repairs or to move a vessel to a location... Read More

  • Caribbean Rescue: Five days adrift off the coast of the Bahamas

    Date Published - January 15, 2016

    Montreal Sailor Éric Valois overcame pirates in Haiti and suffered a punctured hull and gale-force winds before being rescued just in time before his yacht... Read More

  • Alaska to San Diego: French Single-Hander with cat rescued

    Date Published - October 21, 2015

    A lone French sailor saved himself and his cat when his 30-foot yacht lost its rudder and rigging in rough waters off the coast of... Read More

  • Important Product Recall From Mustang Survival

    Date Published - October 15, 2015

    MUSTANG SURVIVAL HAS ISSUED A RECALL ON MD315X INFLATABLE PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES. CHECK TO ENSURE YOUR PFD IS SAFE TO USE. THIS REPORT BY CRUISING... Read More

  • North Sea: Rescued yacht “Harrier of Down” sinks during towing

    Date Published - October 13, 2015

    Julian Mustoe is an 82-year-old yachtsman who recently completed a round-the-world voyage in his 25ft yacht, "Harrier of Down". On October 6th 2015, Julian and... Read More

  • NZDF to the aid of a yacht in the north Tasman

    Date Published - September 10, 2015

    The frigate HMNZS TE KAHA went to the aid of a yacht in the north Tasman Sea.
    ... Read More

  • Crew member dies in Clipper Round The World yacht race

    Date Published - September 05, 2015

    A paramedic from south-east London has died taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. As reported by BBC News.... Read More

  • Cheeki Rafiki Accident Report Points to Keel Detachment

    Date Published - April 30, 2015

    Official accident report concludes that previous groundings and repairs to keel may have a weakened structure of yacht which capsized with the loss of four... Read More

  • UK Channel: Dismasted yacht gets a helping hand from Brittany Ferries

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    A dismasted yacht in the Channel had a bit of luck on Sunday after passengers on board a Brittany Ferries ship noticed the vessel was... Read More

  • North Pacific, Kiribati: Cruise ship rescues sailors from yacht stranded on reef

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    Two sailors are safe after their 37-foot sailing vessel sustained severe damage when it ran aground, stranding them on a small remote island near Malden... Read More

  • Florida to Bahamas: Family Rescued after catamaran breaks in half

    Date Published - January 28, 2015

    Arranging to fly his family home to Queensland, Australia, was not how Alf Meads was supposed to spend his Thursday. He was supposed to be... Read More

  • Indonesia, West Kalimantan, Penebangan: Cruising couple lose their yacht but find kindness from local villagers

    Date Published - January 13, 2015

    Here a more up to date report from the couple themselves, following an unfortunate incident in Indonesia that resulted in them losing their yacht but... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Volvo Ocean Race – how could a yacht bristling with technology hit a known reef?

    Date Published - December 03, 2014

    The wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Vestas Wind on a remote Mauritian reef is a reminder of the chief danger of modern... Read More

  • UK: Man rescued from trimaran off Portland after 11-hour search

    Date Published - October 06, 2014

    A SAILOR was rescued from a dismasted trimaran following an 11-hour-search. Report by the Dorset Echo.
    ... Read More

  • Australia to New Zealand: Four planes and a container ship rescue yacht

    Date Published - September 14, 2014

    On September 4th a solo yachtsman sailing from Brisbane to New Zealand was plucked from rough seas in a dramatic seven-hour rescue involving four planes... Read More

  • Vanuatu to Queensland: How concrete/cement saved a yacht from sinking

    Date Published - August 17, 2014

    Back in June, three boats were involved in a mayday situation as they travelled together from Port Villa, Vanuatu to Cairns, far north Queensland, which... Read More

  • UK: National Coastwatch Institution Issued Dedicated VHF Channel

    Date Published - August 14, 2014

    The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), an entirely voluntary organization keeping a visual watch along UK shores, has been allocated a national license by OFCOM for... Read More

  • Philippines: Yacht Destroyed at the Entrance to Bonbonon

    Date Published - August 07, 2014

    Bonbonon is one of the principal hurricane holes in the Philippines. It is located at the tip of Negros Island, in the Visayan Group.... Read More

  • Missing yacht: Search called off for British sailors after US Navy finds Cheeki Rafiki’s life raft was not used

    Date Published - May 23, 2014

    The US Coast Guard has called off its search for the four missing British sailors after the wreck of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki was found... Read More

  • UK South Coast Flare amnesty: Dispose of your out-of-date flares

    Date Published - March 30, 2014

    Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit, Ramora Ltd and four south coast marinas are offering a flare disposal service on select dates. As reported by the RYA.
    ... Read More

  • Timor Sea, 80nm from Darwin: Sunken yacht discovered by trawler

    Date Published - March 27, 2014

    ABC radio Darwin Australia reports that a trawler snagged a sunken yacht about 80 miles out of Darwin in 80-90 metres of water. After 6... Read More

  • Atlantic: Swedish Sailors Rescued

    Date Published - March 12, 2014

    The two Swedish sailors were a little more than a week into what was to be a three-month voyage from Florida back to Sweden.

    As reported... Read More

  • Winter Heating & Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert to Boat Owners

    Date Published - February 27, 2014

    If you use gas bottles for winter heating or for cooking and heating water, then read the following links to make sure your system is... Read More

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Date Published - February 07, 2014

    This group has really grown over the past several years, and many well-respected professionals in the boating industry are members. The group has proven very... Read More

  • AIS concern – serious vulnerability to hacking

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    That AIS system you have such faith in may not be so secure after all. Hundreds of thousands of vessels, including many sailing boats worldwide,... Read More

  • Southern Mediterranean: North African migrant emergency means cruisers should be vigilant

    Date Published - October 15, 2013

    If cruising the waters bordered by southern Sicily, Malta, Tunisia, and Libya, be aware that because of an influx of migrants attempting to leave from... Read More

  • Tasman Sea: Searchers for yacht Nina find a new satellite image

    Date Published - September 12, 2013

    Never-say-die family and friends searching for the crew of the missing schooner Nina want New Zealand Search and Rescue to investigate a new satellite image,... Read More

  • USA: Yacht abandoned near Bermuda washes up on Martha’s Vineyard 54 days later

    Date Published - July 21, 2013

    The appropriately named "Running Free" landed on the south side of the island of Martha's Vineyard relatively unscathed after 54 days adrift. As reported by... Read More

  • Tasman Sea: Family plead for missing schooner search to continue

    Date Published - July 01, 2013

    In spite of fading hopes for the seven crew members of the vintage yacht Nina, missing in the Tasman Sea since June 04 and thought... Read More

  • Tasmania: Police puzzled after experienced yachtsman found dead off Flinders Island

    Date Published - June 06, 2013

    Police say it is unclear how an experienced solo yachtsman who drowned off Tasmania's north-east coast got into trouble. As reported by ABC News.... Read More

  • Cargo Ship Rescues Australian Sailor in the Pacific Ocean

    Date Published - May 16, 2013

    An exhausted Australian sailor has been rescued in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A cargo ship picked up Juan Dario Zea Restrepo about 425... Read More

  • Rescued at sea for the second time in four months

    Date Published - March 27, 2013

    Loss of their rudder in November last year meant their boat "Viewfinder" had to be towed to Madeira. At the end of February this year,... Read More

  • Australia, Queensland: Notices to Mariners on Google Earth

    Date Published - February 11, 2013

    Free service, run by volunteers for the benefit of fellow boaties.... Read More

  • South of Tasmania: French Single Hander Rescued after 3 Days in a Liferaft

    Date Published - January 24, 2013

    Alain Delord, French solo sailor attempting a circumnavigation in his A35 yacht Tchouk Tchouk Nougat, was dismasted some 400 nm south of Tasmania in the... Read More

  • Atlantic, Canary Islands: Abandoned Yacht last seen 700 miles WSW of the Canary Islands

    Date Published - January 02, 2013

  • Abandoned Yacht last seen 700 miles WSW

    Date Published - January 02, 2013

    This yacht is possibly a shipping hazard as when it was abandoned it was in a watertight condition.... Read More

  • Australia: Air Canada crew & passengers help locate stranded yacht

    Date Published - October 17, 2012

    Single-handed yacht dismasted 275nm from Sydney - two flights en-route to Sydney asked by AMSA to assist with their search.... Read More

  • En Route from Antigua to UK: Skipper of Missing Catamaran “Gutted” to be Rescued

    Date Published - June 13, 2012

    As reported by BBC News

    Skipper of missing Orinoco Flo "gutted" to be rescued

    The skipper of a catamaran which disappeared for more than a week during... Read More

  • Transat boat sinks after hitting ‘metal object’ mid-Atlantic

    Date Published - October 27, 2011

    As reported by Sail-World.com

    Was it a whale? No, the skipper didn't think so. Was it a runaway container? We all thought they had perforations that... Read More

  • Safety Alert for Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator on Lifejackets Made Prior to 2006

    Date Published - September 15, 2011

    As reported by www.cruisingcompass.com

    Be sure to check your lifejacket carefully — you may have one with one of these defective pieces.

    The Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator is... Read More

  • Australia: Queensland to tighten boating safety regulations

    Date Published - August 03, 2011

    From ibinews.com

    The state will require additional safety training and introduce a license class for boats 12m and above.

    The Queensland government said it plans to overhaul... Read More

  • Can Anyone Rescue the UK Coastguard?

    Date Published - May 23, 2011

    From the Guardian.co.uk

    HM Coastguard is used by mariners the world over and has saved countless lives at sea. So why is the UK government intent... Read More

  • Lewmar Safety Notice

    Date Published - April 27, 2011

    On 5 March 2011, an accident occurred aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a... Read More

  • Are Sharks Colour Blind? Why NOT to Wear Black Swim Gear

    Date Published - January 25, 2011

    Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, even though their close relatives rays and chimeras have some colour vision, according to new research by Dr. Nathan... Read More

  • Life Jacket Safety Warning

    Date Published - January 01, 2011

    Sun, 26 Dec 2010

    A Marine Safety Alert has been issued warning about a number of Type I (Offshore) PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices) manufactured by Kent,... Read More

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