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For years, I have dreamed of owning a Spinlock PFD as they are the very best inflatable flotation devices on the market.  They are comfortable to wear and have the best reputation on the market. With our new boat ‘Salter’ due to launch in the next week or two, we needed to fit out the boat with all the safety gear and I contacted the crew at Spinlock Australia to see if they could support Read more

The word ‘Tosser’ in the Oxford English dictionary means – ‘a person or thing that throws something’ There is no need for me to tell you the other meaning that is commonly used around the world. However in this article it will refer to both at the same time as someone who tosses trash into the ocean, truly is a tosser. Throughout history people have been tossers and it has become a very bad habit Read more

It is not often that we get to announce sponsors but today we can share with you a new sponsor for Ocean Crusaders.  LED Diving Lights Australia have joined us by supplying our dive torches.  I asked Annika as our dive instructor what torches she wanted and immediately she told me that the Darkbuster was the light she had to have.  I contacted Michael and he was so supportive and shortly after our new torches Read more

The Volvo Ocean Race is an extreme yacht race around the world, raced on one design 65ft yachts. This was the 12th edition of the race (formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race). It began 9 months ago in Alicante Spain and has raced almost 39,000nm around the world with stop overs in Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Itajai (Brazil), Newport, Lisbon, Lorient, Hague and finishing in Gothenburg, the home Read more

It is very rare that Ocean Crusaders receives financial support, however earlier this year, Californian sailor Sean Manchester sailed a leg in the Clipper Round the World Race on board Henri Lloyd (overall winning team of this edition).   He did this to raise funds and was on a mission to raise $1 per mile (5,100nm) to help Ocean Crusaders in their mission to educate youth of the issues our oceans are facing.  He successfully achieved his Read more

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its type. Anyone, even if they have never stepped on a boat before, can join the adventure and circumnavigate the world in an eleven month-long marathon. This is the only race in the world where the organisers supply the fleet of 12 identical, 70-foot, stripped down racing yachts – each sponsored by a city, a region or a country – and man each Read more

If you ever feel irritated by the fact that your anti-fouling doesn’t work like it used to, be reassured by how much you are helping sealife to survive. In San Diego, California, new studies have found that using non-toxic bottom paint is actually having a marked effect – more than anticipated – on the sealife of the area. Two new studies focusing on San Diego Bay’s 2,200-slip Shelter Island Yacht Basin show decreasing levels of dissolved Read more

As sailors, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office.  Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact.  So here are some alarming stats for you: There is a garbage patch in the North Pacific containing enough rubbish to cover Australia 3m deep.  There are 4 other garbage patches, one in every major ocean. The world uses Read more

Ocean Crusaders has just launched a new program for yachts and regattas known as Ocean Safe Certified.  This new program is to encourage ocean users to look at their daily habits and make changes accordingly to lessen the impact on our oceans. The Ocean Safe Certified Yacht Program requires owners and crew to choose 5 key guidelines and commit to sticking by these every day.  They could be using green bags rather than plastic bags, Read more