A Perth family has made an extraordinary historical discovery after becoming bogged on a West Australian beach.
The message was dated June 12, 1886, and said it had been thrown overboard from the German sailing barque Paula, 950km from the WA coast.
Four young men have completed an epic 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic in a pedalo to help raise funds and awareness about mental health.
Henry Quinlan, Max Mossman, Paddy Johnson and Hector Turner left Gran Canaria on January 7th, and arrived to cheers in Antigua on Friday February 16th. More . . .
French sailor Francois Gabart has broken the record for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours.
That is more than six days faster than the last record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year.
Using almost 4,000 metric tonnes of sand, 19 sculptors have built a 16.68-metre tower featuring a number of famous landmarks to claim the world record for tallest sandcastle.
The team spent more than three weeks in the western German city of Duisburg working on the artwork, which includes a sandy replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza, Venice’s Rialto Bridge and the grave of Elvis Presley.
Scores of supporters have welcomed Queensland sailor Lisa Blair back into Australia, capping off her 184-day journey around Antarctica.
Blair, 32, set off from Albany in Western Australia in January and is set to be named the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo.
Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup. Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013. The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to ORACLE TEAM USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1.
French solo sailor Thomas Coville has succeeded in his fifth attempt to break the solo round the world record with an incredible time of under 50 days. Solo sailor Thomas Coville has pulverised one of the hardest records in sport: the single-handed round the world record. He took his 105ft trimaran Sodebo Ultim over the finish line off Ushant on Christmas Day to set a new time of 49d 3h 7m, smashing the record set in 2004 by Francis Joyon by an incredible margin of 8d 10h More . . .
Sailing Yacht A has been built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.
Melnichencko made his fortune in fertiliser, coal and electricity, and likes to spend it on big things. He owns a Boeing 737 BBJ, a villa in Antibes, an estate in Berkshire, and Motor Yacht A – a $400 million luxury motor yacht.
Motor Yacht A is currently the 21st biggest motor yacht in the world, and clearly, that doesn’t cut it for Melnichenko, so he’s put it up for sale.
Sailing Yacht A will put him at the head of the list by some margin. It’s 142.1m long, more than 30m longer than the nearest rival, Sea Cloud.
An Australian sailor is attempting to sail “the wrong way” around the world in what he hopes will be a record-breaking journey aboard his 34-foot boat.
Andy Lamont left the Gold Coast today and is planning to sail solo, non-stop, and unassisted around the world in a westerly direction. He said his world record attempt began with a childhood idea. More . . .
American Luke Aikins has leapt into the void at 7,600 metres with no parachute or wingsuit, becoming the first skydiver in the world to land safely on the ground in a net.
Mr Aikins — who has done movie stunts — spent a year-and-a-half preparing the death-defying feat, plummeting at 193 kilometres per hour in Simi Valley, California.
The world’s largest single-masted superyacht, named M5 is moored in Auckland, its towering mast reducing all others to look like matchsticks.
M5 has a soaring 90m high mast too large to fit under the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is at the Silo Marina, which describes itself as “the premier home for superyachts in the South Pacific.” The yacht’s mast is just under a third of the height of the SkyTower.
A group of women striving to become the first ever team of four to row the Pacific Ocean will arrive at the end of their journey today at Cairns in far north Queensland.
The Coxless Crew, made up of Meg Dyos, 25, Emma Mitchell, 30, Natalia Cohen, 40 and Laura Penhaul, 32, set out from San Francisco, America on 29-foot, bright pink rowing boat Doris for the 15,640-kilometre odyssey to Australia. More. . .
Adventurer John Beeden has become the first person to row solo non-stop from North America to the Australian mainland.
December 27 marked day 209 at sea for Mr Beeden, who has rowed more than 7,400 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean.
Wool shorn off an overgrown sheep found near Canberra yesterday has set a world record for the heaviest fleece removed in one shearing, the RSPCA says.
The sheep, found yesterday, underwent a risky shearing operation to remove 42.3 kilograms of wool. More . . .
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii after the most arduous leg of its journey.
The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took 118 hours — about five days — to make the voyage from Japan to Hawaii and landed shortly after dawn at Kalaeloa Airport on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu. More. . .
Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train has set a new world speed record in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.
The seven-car maglev train – short for magnetic levitation – hit a top speed of 603kph, and managed nearly 11 seconds at faster than 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) said. More. . .
The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, has died in Japan a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.
The nursing home where she lived in Osaka said she died around 7:00am (local time).
On the occasion of her birthday early last month Ms Okawa — a mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six — was one of only a handful of people still alive who had been born in the 19th century. More. . .
A speedy new vessel owned by tech-billionaire Jim Clark is set to make some waves at next month’s Sydney to Hobart sailing race. Not only is his super-yacht super fast, it’s one of the most technologically advanced ships on the sea today. Christened the Comanche, the ship measures 30m long by 9m wide with a uniquely positioned main mast set at the stern of the boat. It was built in just over a year — less than half the time of what a ship this size normally takes to build — by the team at Hodgdon Yachts of East Boothbay, Maine. Although much of the vessel’s technical specifications and performance data remain closely guarded secrets ahead of the race, Clark’s crew has shared a few details about the ship’s design. More . . .
The world’s tallest and shortest men have met in London at an event organised by Guinness World Records.
The little and large act met as people across the globe tried to break all manner of weird and wacky world records, including banging heads, catching spears and throwing thongs on Guiness World Records Day. Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, who stands 2.51 metres tall, met with Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who measures up at 55 centimetres tall. More . . .
Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov finished his 16,000 kilometre solo voyage from Chile, South America, to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
The adventurer rowed alone for five months to reach Australia in a purpose-built rowing boat.
But Konyukhov’s journey is not the only one to take place in Australian waters.
Whether it be by sail boat, row boat, or even paddle board, Australia is a popular spot for seafaring risk-takers. More. . .
People have been putting messages in bottles for much longer than a century: in 310 BC, Greek philosopher Theophrastus put sealed bottles into the sea as part of an experiment to prove the Mediterranean Sea was formed by the inflowing Atlantic Ocean. More. . . .
The world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, has made his first visit to Australia, proving to a group of schoolkids that giants really do exist. “I really love Australia,” Mr Kosen said during a visit to Amity College in south-west Sydney. The 31-year-old farmer from the city of Mardin in south-eastern Turkey stands at a whopping 2.51 metres (8 feet, 3 inches). Guinness World Records crowned him the world’s tallest man in 2009. More . . .
We are proud to announce the winners of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2013 are Tom Salt and Mike Burton of Locura Rows the Atlantic.
Brits Mike and Tom have beaten 15 international teams to win the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest rowing race. They completed the gruelling 3,000 mile race from La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Antigua in 41 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes and 54 seconds. More . . .