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Vanuatu Festivals are a unique and truly unforgettable experience. Cruising yachts can visit the remote island villages where the people delight themselves and their guests with dance, magic, art, local foods and friendship. Check out the latest information on the 2014 Vanuatu Festivals for yachts on  http://www.cruising-vanuatu.com/festivals%20vanuatu.html 
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The 2014 versions of the Cruising Guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu are ready. We have added more cruising information and images to both. 
The Macintosh version works fine on Mavericks and now has a new improved installation and activation process.
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The Nature Park of the D'Entrecasteaux Atolls.
The Government of New Caledonia has declared the vast area of atolls and islands in the extreme north of New Caledonia  a nature reserve. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the New Caledonia Lagoon. 
The park extends to the 1000 meter depth line surrounding the assembly of reefs and the two islands in the Surprise Atoll have been set aside as "Les Reserves Integrals" were nobody can go ashore without a special scientific permit. 
All vessels intending to visit the reserve must file a voyage plan at least 15 days in advance by sending an email to dam-nc@gouv.nc 
and including:
Name and Flag of Vessel,
Purpose of entry and planned activities,
Registration number and port of Registry,
Type of Vessel,
Overall length and gross tonnage,
Surname and first name of owner and captain
Number of people aboard
Vessel communication facilities and call signs
Planned dates for entry and departure
Planned dates for landing on islets if applicable.
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More than one cruiser has asked for help on how the best way to use the routes and waypoints on our guides. One of the big problems is that each electronic plotter or plotting program has it's own file format. Some of them, like Raymarine, actually make it impossible to import routes - so the user has to painfully enter each gps waypoint manually, often with unbelievably crude user interfaces. 
Fortunately more and more plotters and plotting programs are able to import the "universal formal" called gpx. 
So all of the routes on our guides are now in the gpx format. All you need to do to use them is open your plotter, find the route import feature, browse to the ROUTES folder in the cruising guide folder in program files, and select the route you want to import.
I've posted a detailed tutorial on how to do this with OpenCPN on 
http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/import-gpx-route-files-into-OpenCPN.html 
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Yikes, who dreams up these wacky ideas?
Fisheries has just put a Fish Aggravating Device  just outside of Boulari Pass, one of the main passes through the New Caledonia Barrier Reef. There are 8 orange buoys - UNLIT - swinging around a radius of 0.5 nautical miles in 1500 meters of water. From the FAD Amedee Lighthouse bears 20°T distance 11.3 NM. 
The GPS location is within 0.5 nm of  22°39.713' S  166°23.815' E 
Vessels approaching Boulari Pass from the south or southwest should be exceedingly careful. 
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Cameron Beccario has created the most useful and beautiful wind analysis tool you will ever see.  Visit http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-194.49,-19.73,841 to see this  mesmerizing vision. It will give you an understanding of the winds and ocean currents that is simply not possible without his creation. Tips: Click on the word EARTH for the control panel. Click and drag to turn the planet. Click twice or scroll down to zoom in. Scroll up to zoom out. Use the control panel to move ahead in time 5 days or backwards to the date of creation in November 2013. I added a link to the site on the http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/marine-weather-new-caledonia.html page.
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We have set up personal membership pages for updating the guides to the latest version and for ordering second licenses at reduced rates. If you purchased your copy of the cruising guide after 20 April 2012 your page is all set up; just contact me via the contact menu button on http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com or http://www.cruising-vanuatu.com and I'll send you a link to the membership page.
If you purchased the guide prior to April 2012 please update to the latest version on http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/upgrades.html
or http://www.cruising-vanuatu.com/updates.html
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If you have a Mac contact us for the latest free update to the cruising guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu that works on Mavericks. Go to http://www.crusing-newcaledonia.com and click on the contact menu button to send us an email.
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This special offer is over now but people who bought the guides after June 2012 can now update to the latest version on their own membership page.
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Noumea Ocean Yacht Services begins operations in Noumea. Chloe Morin has been helping yacht captains with everything from yacht clearances to replacing engines for the past 5 years and has now teamed up with Etienne BOUTIN of Tahiti Ocean to create a brand new Yacht services agency in New Caledonia. Noumea Ocean is located in the second Kiosk from the Bout du Monde Restaurant in Port Moselle. Chloe is perfectly fluent in English and French and has established  network of contacts to assist with virtually any yachting need. Chloe is a magic cure for any yacht captain heading into troubled waters in the French Speaking yachting circles of Noumea.
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The 2013 version of the Cruising Guide to Vanuatu is now available for download or on DVD from www.cruising-vanuatu.com 
The guide is in English and French and works on Windows (XP or later) and Mac (OSX or later). 
There are now gpx routes to guide you into over 150 anchorages and between very island - including ocean passages to Vanuatu from Fiji, Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand.
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Sailing in New Caledonia and Vanuatu
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Here is the latest information about sailing, cruising, and yachting in New Caledonia an Vanuatu. We'll keep you posted on what's new and invite all those with a maritime interest in Vanuatu and New Caledonia to share their nautical experiences, photos, and information about cruising in these fascinating South Pacific island countries. We appreciate feedback on our cruising guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
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