Alternative summer destinations such as Ireland, Scotland the Faroes, Scandinavia and the far north towards Svalbard offer absolutely stunning cruising.

The majority of the vessels participating the Down Under Rally will spend the next five months sailing and exploring New Caledonia and Vanuatu before returning to Australia in mid to late October.

The Centre now issues detailed five-day marine weather forecasts for the offshore waters of Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Ecuador.

Alan Culverwell, 60, died while defending his wife, Derryn, and two 11-year-old children near Morodub island, a popular tourist area.

Reports and details are not clear including the cause of the sinking and whether the boat did in fact capsize.

Evrything she has learnt so far puts Suzy Cook to the test.

No it is not anything to do with the National Party, writes Ashleigh Douglas.

Andrew Norton shows why this outboard is a favourite amongst cruisers.

It may look the boat of your dreams but Petrea McCarthy shows how to take a closer look.

World ARC has starts from Saint Lucia (January) and Australia (September) each year, with a multi-national fleet sailing the world's oceans and achieving the dream in company.

Cruising with others may not suit some but Arne Radovich shows it provides a good introduction.

In the first quarter of 2019, IMB reported 38 incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea, representing 28 fewer incidents than the first quarter of 2018 (66).

Bypassing the ship's oily water separator to dump bilge waste is an illegal but relatively common practice.

Night vision is important, John Tylor shows how to wire up a simple protection switch.