11/01/2007


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Katie Miller Young Sailor of the Year

It’s great to see that young Katie Miller, who solo-circumnavigated Britain last year, has won the ‘Young Sailor of the Year’ for 2006.

We’ve been enjoying St Lucia in the Caribbean for the last couple of weeks, so this week we’re sharing some images of this very happy-go-lucky destination.

As we leave 2006 and enter 2007, all the biggest news seems to revolve around rescues or attempted rescues – be they caused by big storms in Chile, playful whales in New Zealand or what seems like bad seamanship. Des Ryan ponders why there are so many rescues these days and what to do about it.

However, the sport is rapidly spreading throughout the world to areas once not associated with sailing – two examples with an explosion of sailing are Malaysia and the seas around the Persian Gulf. The next one could be the Caspian Sea!

There’s a whimsical article about the sadness of selling a sailing boat which has given you good times, a grumpy story about how difficult it is to sail to New Zealand, and another about how cruising sailors can have bad hair days too!

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail Safe


By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Katie wins Young Sailor of the Year
By Sail-World Cruising,
Katie Miller has won the Raymarine/YJA Young sailor of the Year award, presented by Dee Caffari yesterday at the London Boat Show. In July this year, Katie Miller successfully completed a solo circumnavigation of the British Isles raising almost nine thousand pounds for The Ellen MacArthur Trust.... [more]


Rescuing - Part of the Sport of Sailing?
By Des Ryan,
The attention of the world’s sailing media has been concentrated this week on the plight of Californian sailor, Ken Barnes, who is waiting rescue off the southern coast of Chile – not a nice place to be in trouble. However, while the press’s imagination has probably been caught by the remoteness of this stranded sailor, round the world there are dozens of rescue calls made every day. Des Ryan asks: Is this a sign of the times?... [more]


Welcome to St Lucia, with Photo Gallery
By Nancy Knudsen,
Saint Lucia, our first stop in the Caribbean. I feel as though, like Alice, we have passed through a looking glass into another world. After the fuss and human commotion of the end of the ARC, parties, celebrations, commiserations, farewells and more parties, we open our eyes and look – really look – at this new world.... [more]


Playful Whales Sink Yacht
By tvnz.co.nz/Sail-World Cruising,
Just submerged containers and whales are the unknowns of any ocean voyage - unknowns it's hard to prepare against. However, there’s a theory that when a yacht has a collision with a whale, it’s because the whale was sleeping, not because the whale makes a doggy mistake, or attacks the yacht.... [more]


Sailing in the Caspian Sea - Coming Soon
By Nadezhda Ivanova, Kazinform/ Sail-World,
If you’ve run out of ideas for new places to sail, then you soon may be able to consider the Caspian Sea! Yachting is spreading with surprisingly rapidity to areas once hardly associated with sailing. On the eastern seaboard of the Caspian Sea, the town of Aqtau in Kazakhstan, known mostly for its nuclear reactors, is planning a marina for 150-200 yachts.... [more]


Cruisers have Bad Hair Days too
By Cruising Editor,
It’s definitely a bad hair day. ‘I’m sick of it!’ Skipper/Maintenance Worker Ted grumps, ‘It’s always SOMETHING!’ After 17 days of maintenance we're desperate to leave the marina, but when we get to the first anchorage, the anchor winch is frozen and we can't get the anchor down.... [more]


Sell my Boat? - No No No!
By John Ira Petty, Daily News/Sail-World,
Sailing boats are seductive – they tend to possess you, rather than you possessing them. From Indonesian sailing/fishing boats to the smartest round world leisure yacht, the relationship isn’t much different. John Ira Petty is a sailing instructor and a Texan, and he has just sold his boat – many boat owners who have sold their boat will identify with his story:... [more]


Bashing to New Zealand
By All at Sea/Cap'n Fatty Goodlander,
I love Kiwis but they really put their country in a stupid place. I’m serious. I actually angrily emailed Helen Clark, their prime mistress, and asked, 'What were you guys thinking?' Yes, New Zealand is an extremely difficult yachting destination to visit, especially via a small sailboat commanded by a large man with a tiny brain. Our recent passage southward went exactly as expected: it started bad, got worse and ended horrible!... [more]




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