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Category Archives: High Seas
Posted: August 25, 2017 at 4:24 am
Inside the Magic
Disney Cruise Line celebrates the spooky season with Halloween …
Inside the Magic
Disney Cruise Line will be preparing their ships for a ghoulishly good time with their “Halloween on the High Seas” event. All four Disney ships will see a.
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The Providence Journal
US Navy collisions stoke cyber threat concerns
Most global trade occurs on the high seas, and the number of ocean-going ships has quadrupled in the past quarter century. Ships are also getting larger. The largest container ship now can carry more than 21,000 20-foot containers. Autonomous ships …
Editorial: Another collision on high seas
Hell on the high seas: US Navy report details struggle for survival after USS Fitzgerald was rammed
The Navy's 4th accident this year is stirring concerns about hackers targeting US warships
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Last week my friend Dave took me and a couple of other friends out for a very pleasant tour of the Long Island Sound on his boat. He has a peppy little bowrider that he tows over to the Norwalk boat launch at Veterans Park. The term boat launch brought back some vivid memories of when Dave and I owned a boat together. Dave taught me everything I know about how to pilot a boat. However, no one whos boat has been hit by mine should hold that against him, since he taught me a lot more than I learned. One thing that did sink in is that a boat is not something to sink in. When properly launched, it should not go straight into the air like a rocket ship.
Do you know why its called the Long Island Sound? Neither do I, because whatever the Sound sounds like, I couldnt hear it over the roar of the engine once we got out of the channel. We aired that baby out to the tune of about 40 miles per hour after we cleared the no-wake zone. Do you know why they call it a wake? Well, we flew over a big one and went airborne for what seemed like a few minutes, and when we landed it woke me right up from a nap I was planning two days in the future. We were out of the no-wake zone, but there should be a no-fly zone posted there instead.
We cruised around for a while and took in the sights. There are extensive oyster beds in the area, but I doubt they got a whole lot of sleep. You can tell where they are by flags that stick up above the water, which makes the place look like a golf course made up entirely of water hazards. We motored by Westport, Sherwood Island and turned around near Fairfield.
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By this time everyone was getting hungry so we taxied into shallow water near what looked like a deserted island so we could eat our lunch. Get ready to drop the anchor, Dave called, and try not to scratch the paint with the anchor chain. Tony grabbed the anchor while I held the chain, and through a carefully coordinated effort we were able to scratch most of the paint off the bow, but to our credit we didnt scratch any off the anchor chain. It was a beautiful day, and we had a bite to eat, drinking in the natural beauty of the area since no one remembered to bring beer. Here the quiet was interrupted only by the chatter of the herring gull and the call of the double-crested cormorant, which I took on my cell phone. Life on the deserted island didnt look like it included dessert, which was disappointing.
But soon the cove started filling up fast with other boaters. People jumped in the water and began floating around on inner tubes, outer tubes, inflatable floaties and paddleboards, which are the new craze. Every time I see somebody on a paddleboard they look as if they mistakenly thought that they would be having way more fun than they presently are, standing around on a surfboard. One guy looked at my sandwich forlornly, and then started paddling away in the general direction of Domenicks Deli.
If Ive learned anything at all from Gilligans Island, its to prepare for every eventuality before you board the boat. Sure, everyone made fun of the Howells for bringing a trunkful of cash with them on an island tour, but there are no ATMs at the sand bar and I doubt they will take a personal check. Also, that transistor radio is going to be invaluable if we get shipwrecked and the Yankees play a day game. Im guarding that radio with my life, because if somebody busts a transistor in it, I have no idea where get another one.
As the afternoon wore on and the shadows started getting longer, it was time to weigh anchor and get back to the boat launch. Dave hopped onto the bow to retrieve the anchor before Tony and I could volunteer, and we powered up and headed toward shore. It was a short ride at top speed until we got to the channel, where you can only go 5 miles per hour, and I was expecting the guy on the paddleboard to pass us.
I have a friend who has a giant sailboat, and I cant imagine what happens if you get all the way out past the bay and the wind dies down. Well, actually, I can imagine it, that happens to be my strong suit. I picture me and two other couples drifting out from Long Island for a few days, and now were somewhere near the Galapagos Islands. Im pretty sure I can get us back home, if youll just let me generate some wind by telling a few stories about how I got kicked out of my high school math class for not baking cookies. Thats OK, I think the wind is about to pick up, they all reply, almost in unison, though weak from lack of food and water…
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Posted: August 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm
After reaching Gibraltar, Mr. Allcard spent the winter making repairs to Temptress before setting off for America.
During the crossing, which took 81 days, he survived fierce gales and squalls, one of which capsized his boat; a near-collision with a whale; and encounters with sharks.
Sharks never came too near me when I was bathing, he wrote. However, several times in the calm, a shark came to scratch its back on the topsides, whereupon I would hold my revolver to its head and fire.
A thousand miles before reaching Sandy Hook, N.J., he began to feel joy about soon reaching his goal. But he also wondered if leaving the comfort of the water would not suit his loners personality. What was there to celebrate?, he remembered thinking. Getting near to the artificialities and impurities of civilization, where money was God?
The voyage from Gibraltar ended in the Bronx, at City Island, on Aug. 9, 1949. His brown hair had been bleached white. He had lost about 20 pounds. And without a visa, he was temporarily detained by the immigration authorities.
Mr. Allcard stayed in the United States for about a year as he made more repairs on Temptress. On his lengthy return to England, he wrote in his log: Hurricane. Impossible to differentiate between wind and water 60 feet high. Boat vibrating on beam ends rolled over 100 degrees.
Six weeks later, on Oct. 21, 1950, he wrote: Overwhelmed by gigantic sea. Upside down. Mizzen and stern mast dismantled.
While leaving Fayal, an island in the Azores, where the boat again needed repairs (and he needed to heal from broken toes and cracked ribs), he found a young woman, Otilia Frayao, stowed away in his cabin. They had met ashore several times, and she had been on the boat in the company of others.
Miss Frayao, who was described as a poet, told reporters that she had been bored and seeking a more intellectually stimulating life and that reading Single-Handed Passage, which he had lent to her, had inspired her to sneak onto his boat.
She became, in effect, his crew for a few weeks before they parted in Casablanca, where he denied rumors of a romance between the two. He continued on to Plymouth, England.
Their lives intersected decades later; she was living in Zaragoza, Spain only hours from his home in Andorra, between France and Spain and visited him on his 95th birthday.
When his book about his voyage home, Temptress Returns, was published in 1953, the marine engineer and author William McFee wrote in The New York Times: Mr. Allcard should not be disappointed if his readers show more interest in his stowaway than in his struggles with the elements. It is no reflection on his storytelling talent.
Edward Cecil Allcard was born on Oct. 31, 1914, in Walton-on Thames, a suburb of London. His father, Rupert, was a stockbroker; his mother, the former Helen Whitmore, was a homemaker.
By age 6, Edward was sailing; when he was 12, his grandfather gave him a 15-foot sailing dinghy, which he plied the length of the tidal Thames two years later.
He graduated from Eton College and later, while continuing his studies at Chillon College, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, he was coxswain to a winning racing boat.
After apprenticeships in shipbuilding yards, he became a naval architect. Poor eyesight disqualified him from serving in the Royal Navy during World War II, so he went to work in the Air Ministry, supervising the building and testing of air-rescue craft. He seriously injured a leg during a bombing in London.
Mr. Allcard began his seafaring life in earnest after the war, setting sail whenever he pleased, earning money over the years as a writer, charter skipper, hotel maintenance manager and rehabilitater of old wooden boats, which he sold for a profit.
Im not looking for something, he told the British newspaper The Sunday Express in the late 1960s. Im just living. In fact, Im a steady, home-loving type. My boat is my home. Ive been at home longer than most people stay in one house.
He began his solo around-the-world odyssey in 1961, a leisurely adventure that took him about a dozen years, on a 36-foot ketch called the Sea Wanderer. The trip included a 2,800-mile race against his friend Peter Tangvald from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean Mr. Allcard lost and paid Mr. Tangvald a $1 prize and a long trip around Cape Horn, the subject of his final book, Solo Around Cape Horn, published last year.
He was out to see the planet, his wife, the former Clare Thompson, said in a telephone interview. He wasnt out to prove anything. He was living on the boat. If he liked a place, hed stop there.
He stopped for six months near Cape Horn. He stayed for a year in New Zealand. He didnt want to have any records.
Indeed, he had stopped his trip to meet and marry her.
Clare Thompson had been a patient in a psychiatric hospital when she read The Sunday Express article about Mr. Allcard, taking particular note when he was quoted as saying that the ideal for him would be to find a woman who would sail with him.
She wrote to him; they met in 1967 in Hove, on the south coast of England, started traveling together soon after and married in 1973.
He continued his solo journeys. On one, in the Indian Ocean, he had been heading for Mombasa, Kenya, on he East Coast of Africa when he went off course and landed in the Seychelles instead. For three months he lost contact with his family. (He and wife had a year-old daughter by then.)
A belated telegram from Mr. Allcard told her, Delete Mombasa substitute Seychelles have found love nest come soonest. They bought 17 acres on a coconut plantation and lived there for several years.
Later, after hiring a small crew they agreed to only room and board in exchange for their work he and his wife wandered the world in a 69-foot trading vessel called the Johanne Regina.
Mr. Allcard stopped sailing, at 91, when he realized he could no longer perform strenuous onboard tasks.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Kate Krabel and Dona Mackereth; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A previous marriage ended in divorce.
The success of Mr. Allcards first trip across the Atlantic established him as one of the worlds foremost mariners, as well as a deft chronicler of seafaring.
In Single-Handed Passage, he wrote about leaving Gibraltar. He started the engine. He cast off his lines. And he thought to himself: My last line with the shore was severed at least for the rest of the summer and possibly for all time. Only the final reckoning would prevent me from reaching the other side of the Atlantic.
A version of this article appears in print on August 19, 2017, on Page D6 of the New York edition with the headline: Edward Allcard, Said to Be First to Crisscross the Atlantic Alone, Dies at 102.
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Carl Lamb, managing director at independent financial advisers Almary Green in Norwich, taking part in the Rolex Fastnet sailing race on board the Rocket Dog II. He and the crew completed the race in aid of Sail4Cancer. Picture: Carl Lamb/Almary Green
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Carl Lamb, managing director of independent financial advisers Almary Green in Norwich, took part in the Rolex Fastnet Race, sailing from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Fastnet Rock lighthouse and back to Plymouth Harbour.
Mr Lamb and the crew of Rocket Dog II completed the 600-mile race a top event in the sailing calendar in just over four days.
The crew was raising funds for Sail4Cancer, a provider of water-based short breaks and days out for British families affected by cancer. So far they have raised more than 3,500 through sponsorship.
Mr Lamb said: I have a number of clients who have dealt with cancer over my 30-year career as a professional IFA. The strength and will-power to get on with their lives while dealing with this disease has inspired me to live life to the full and never take anything for granted.
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Posted: August 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm
Chennai: Passenger ships sailing to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from the city shore are losing patronage to the airlines. Engine failures, falty air-conditioners and poor sanitation in ships operated by the Union shipping ministry are just some of the reasons why passengers are opting for air travel.
The ship MV Nancowry, which has a passenger capacity of 1,200, may carry less than a few hundreds when it sets sail on Friday. Until Wednesday, only about 80 tickets had been booked. Just 165 passengers had reached Chennai from Port Blair during MV Nancowry’s previous voyage. The ship was scheduled to leave Chennai port for Port Blair last Friday but when passengers lined up to book tickets they were informed that the voyage was cancelled due to technical problems.
MV Nancowry which was to leave Chennai was rerouted to Vishakapatnam. An official in the shipping services said, “There were a greater number of passengers in Vishakapatnam who required the service. MV Nicobar which was to ferry them to Port Blair had broken down.”
Crew members of the other ship, MV Swaraj Dweep said it suffers engine failure frequently. A crew member, requesting anonymity, said, “When an engine fails, we are forced to manage with the alternate engine. Because of this, the average speed of the ship reduces from 16 knots to 9 knots. As a result, the three-day journey takes four or more days.”
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Posted: August 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm
Value addition in each high-seas sale to form part of value on which IGST is collected at clearance Q. On high-seas sales, will IGST be levied twice first on high-seas sales and then on custom clearance? The CBEC Circular no 33/2017-Cus dated August 1, 2017 clarifies that IGST on high-seas sale transactions of imported goods, whether one or multiple, will be levied and collected only at the time of importation i.e. when import declarations are filed before the Customs authorities for customs clearance purposes for the first time. Further, value addition accruing in each such high-seas sale will form part of the value on which IGST is collected at the time of clearance. The importer (last buyer in the chain) would be required to furnish the entire chain of documents, such as original invoice, high-seas-sales contract, details of service charges/ commission paid etc., to establish a link between the first contracted price of the goods and the last transaction. Q. We are merchant exporters, exporting our goods without payment of IGST, under letter of undertaking. Will this come in the way of our getting duty drawback?
No. In the notification no. 131/2016-Cus dated October 31, 2016, as amended, there is no condition denying drawback on the grounds that the goods have been exported under bond or letter of undertaking.
Q. We are engaged in providing commission agent services to principals based outside India. Supplies are made by our principals outside India to customers in India. Commission receivable by us is in foreign currency. We understand that GST is payable by us for our intermediary services at 18 per cent. Can we take input tax credit of the same?
No, because it is your outward supply and not an inward supply for you.
Q. We are manufacturers. We supply to projects funded by international agencies that are recognised as deemed exports under the Foreign Trade Policy. Earlier we used to clear goods without excise duty payment under notification no. 108/95-CE dated August 28, 1995. Can we supply our goods without payment of GST?
No. Section 2(39) of the CGST Act, 2017 defines deemed exports as such supplies of goods as may be notified under section 147, but no notification has been issued so far.
Posted: August 13, 2017 at 2:32 am
Bray Lakers and Bray Sailing Club teamed up to offer an introductory ‘Try Sailing’ course to seven Lakers members.
The programme took place over three evenings, starting with a land-based familiarisation session on the first day, during which the newcomers to sailing learned how to rig and sit in a dinghy. On the second evening, the group took to the water and experienced their first taste of the thrill of sailing inside the confines of Bray Harbour while the cruiser fleet raced with 25+ knots of wind outside. This session was followed by capsize drills near the beach in the harbour. On the third evening, the dinghy fleet left the harbour and the trainees had a chance to helm their own boat, before heading into the clubhouse for a BBQ and presentation of Irish Sailing Taste of Sailing certificates, including Irish Sailing’s first ever braille sailing certificate.
Speaking after the event, Lakers’ Services Manager, Anthony Finnegan said: ‘We really appreciate the contribution of the amazing instructors and assistants in Bray SC in giving our members the opportunity to try sailing for the first time. The enthusiasm and excitement evident around the harbour was great to see, and we hope that some of our members will have the opportunity to participate in sailing on a regular basis in the future.’
Bray SC’s Senior Instructor, Jack Hannon, said: ‘I’m grateful to our team of instructors and assistants who gave of their time so willingly to make this partnership such a success. Sailing really is a sport for all, and our members were delighted to have the opportunity to share their passion for sailing with seven newcomers this week.’
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LIBRARIES are not just places that are full of books in this modern world.
They are much more than that. Today, libraries are places for self-education, online learning, keeping up with world events from newspapers from around the world and attending events that are centred on literary pursuits.
The Ipswich Library is very active in its endeavours and has been for many years now.
In fact, visitor numbers are very high and increasing each year. The staff at Ipswich Library is always very helpful and pleasant to deal with, so it is no wonder numbers of people attending keep increasing.
Looking at the library web page, you discover how many activities and events are available, mostly free of charge. There is story telling for children, online programs, book launches and author talks all available for those interested.
Later this month, Estelle McCrohan, author, storyteller, teacher and artist will give an author’s talk about her life challenges and travel adventures.
McCrohan gives of her time through U3A Ipswich, to enable people to write their own life story and create finished work. Seniors start to think about how they will leave their family their life story. She recognised this and developed her program to help people do just that.
She is an experienced writer who has written extensively about some of her life challenges and travels on a small sailing boat around the Whitsundays.
She brings to life the complexities of learning to sail and the struggles of sailing in unfamiliar waters. Her writing puts the reader on the boat, giving the impression you are the person facing such experiences.
McCrohan is an experienced author. She has written self-paced courses for adults on many subjects. She has had articles published in lifestyle magazines as well as writing many books herself.
She is a warm, empathic presenter whose workshops inspire and encourage. Certainly, her classes at U3A do just that.
Her classes at U3A discuss the process of writing about one’s own life.
But they do more than that, as the information and exercises she includes in the class help in writing on a variety of subjects.
Her published quick guide helps answer all the questions about writing and leads you from beginning to end. It helps avoid traps and find satisfaction in completing the final printed work.
Meet McCrohan at Ipswich City Library and hear about her travel adventures and life challenges.
Listen to her discuss about being a writer and more. I am sure you will find her presentation engrossing.
McCrohan’s presentation is on Thursday, August 31, 2017 on the mezzanine floor, Ipswich Library. It starts at 10am. Light refreshments will be provided but you must register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cape Town – The City of Cape Town warned on Thursday of high seas and gale force winds, with the possibility of flooding in areas of the city and the Cape Winelands region.
JPSmith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, said the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre had been advised by the South African Weather Services of severe weather, including:
* Gale force north-westerly winds (60-75km/h) are expected between Table Bay and Cape Agulhas on Thursday afternoon into Friday morning
*High seas with wave heights of approximately 6 metres on Thursday night, subsiding by Friday afternoon
*The possibility of flooding in parts of the Cape Metropole and the southern parts of the Cape Winelands early Friday morning
Smith said the DRMC was on standby to coordinate any emergency response that may be required as a result of the expected weather conditions.
“We call on residents to report any weather-related emergencies to the Citys Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline,” Smith said.
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