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Germany Paralysed as Cruising Sailors Await Rescue
While the German Government fiddles with its constitutional questions and political wrangling, its reputation is probably burning as three of its citizen cruising sailors, including a child and a diabetic who needs insulin, remain hostage in a camp in Somaliland.
|Somali pirate .|
Reports are conflicting from the lawless area, but a local elder who has been negotiating with the pirates, who apparently abandoned the captured yacht Rockall on the shore, says they are now claiming $2 Million dollars in ransom.
Germany is paralysed, so there seems no imminent action for the rescue of the Rockall's crew, which also includes one French national, or the 15 crew of a German flagged ship which was captured several weeks ago.
Over in a remote atoll in the already remote Marshall Islands, some other cruisers were luckier this week, when, after wrecking their boat on the atoll entrance, they were saved by a passing Russian/Israeli media magnate in his superyacht.
Talking of luck, or rather making your own, this week we bring you thirteen top tips for climbing your mast, and if you're in the USA, this is your last chance to read the ten boating tips for the July 4 holiday.
If you're a young yacht designer anywhere in the world, or know one, there's a chance for world recognition for your designs if you can respond to the challenge by Italian Sly Yachts to bring innovative improvements to their - already highly acclaimed - yacht designs.
Read about the couple of irresponsible sailors who jammed Channel 16 in the English Channel for so long that they had to send a helicopter to tell them to shut up!
...and lots more news, some strange, all true, from near and far,
So read on, enjoy, and...
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
|Somali Pirates Double Ransom Demand for Cruisers |
Somali pirates who seized four cruising sailors on June 23 – a German couple, their son and a French Skipper – have now upped their demands to US$2 million. The four sailors, who had been sailing from Egypt to Thailand, are being held in a camp in the breakaway state of Somaliland. Unconfirmed reports from Africa identify the German yacht as the Rockall, the sailors as M. Sabine and K. Juergen.... [more]
|Yacht Jams Mayday Frequency |
Western Morning News,
The importance of Skippers being conscious of the uses of the emergency channel 16 was underlined this week when two careless yachties put hundreds of ships sailing down the busiest shipping lane in the world at risk by wrongly broadcasting on the international distress frequency for an hour.... [more]
|Kava Caper |
One of the most illuminating aspects of offshore cruising in a yacht is the many opportunities sailors get to be at one with the locals; eat their food, dance their dances or imbibe their inebriant of choice (not always necessarily in that order). Not to excess, you understand – just enough to foster that warm feeling of mutual admiration that comes from shared experience.... [more]
|Climbing the Mast? - 13 Tips to Keep you Lucky |
Checking your own mast before setting out on a sea voyage is like checking your own parachute before you jump. You can omit it or leave it to someone else, but it's too late to blame anyone when you've taken the fast way to the ground, or your mast is busily digging a hole in your hull.... [more]
|Calling all Young Yacht Designers |
Are you a young yacht designer, a naval architect, or an amateur with a brilliant idea? Sly Yachts is running a world-wide open contest, a competition aimed at singling out the best ideas and most innovative designers in the boating sector... [more]
|In the US? $60,000 offer by Dutch Paint Firm |
$60,000 is being offered in prizes by Interlux® Yacht Finishes to boaters who come up with a plan to help improve their local waterfront. The Waterfront Challenge www.wfchallenge.com will award eight grants of $5,000 to $25,000 to support grassroot efforts by boaters to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities.... [more]
|Celebrations when Sea Stallion leaves Dublin |
The world's biggest Viking ship reconstruction turns for home. The 2nd half of the experimental voyage ends in Roskilde on 9th August. The last few members of the crew arrive to sail the big longship reconstruction, the Sea Stallion, out into the Irish Sea. The ship has spent a few days moored in the 'finer' part of Dublin's harbour.... [more]
|Marshall Islands:Tycoon Saves Sailors - Yacht Lost |
Giff Johnson, Pacific Magazine/Sail-World,
A cruising sailing family stranded aboard grounded yacht, Elsewhere, on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands were saved Saturday by the crew of the yacht “Blue Star,” owned by Russian-Israeli media tycoon Vladimir Gusinksy.... [more]
|The Unsolved Mystery of the Kaz II |
Its engine was still running, a laptop computer was found switched on, the men's clothing was found in neat piles on the rear deck and the sail was shredded. THE inquest into the mysterious disappearance and suspected deaths last year of three men from the catamaran Kaz II while it continued to drift off the eastern Australian coast has been announced to begin in August.... [more]
|Cynthia Woods:Bad Repair, Bad Design, or Bad Luck? |
The current investigation into the capsizing of the Texas A&M University's Cynthia Wood which resulted in the loss of the life of one sailor and the endangering of five others who waited, treading water, for 26 hours, is focussing on the examination of two previous groundings of the boat.... [more]
|The Royals who Sail |
There are literally hundreds of sailing clubs in the world that have the title 'Royal' in their name – have you ever wondered why? After all, you don't hear of too many 'Royal' Football Clubs..... and why are so many members of Royal Families interested in sailing?... [more]
|Going Green - Solar replaces Skates |
They don't have sails, but they are just as Green. They don't have petrol or diesel motors, but some of them could challenge your average motor boat and win. They're solar powered, but they're not in the tropics with a lot of sun. For the second year, forty solar-powered boats are now racing each other through the canals, rivers, and lakes of the Netherlands.... [more]
|Ten Boating Safety Tips for 4th July holiday |
With American's busiest boating holiday, July 4th, upon us, the waterways will soon be brimming boaters. The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water says that making a few extra preparations ahead of time will go a long way towards increasing your family's and friend's safety and fun on the water. Here are ten tips that will help you stay safe this July 4th holiday weekend... [more]
|Worldwide Rights to Seabrake For Sale - No Reserve |
Seabrake, which has been described as being 'One of the Greatest Safety Devices ever invented' and which has received numerous sea safety and design awards is up for sale!! This presents as an outstanding business opportunity in the global multi billion dollar marine industry.... [more]
|Solo Sailor Adrift Found Twice before being towed |
A solo sailor whose yacht Moonstar suffered severe damage in a storm off the coast of Perth let off a distress beacon, but refused to abandon his yacht which was drifting helplessly . During subsequent bad weather rescuers lost contact with the sailor, whose identity has not been established. Moonstar has now been located and is being towed to shore... [more]
|Marine Marketing – deciding your online Budget? |
Online marketing is now an essential part of marine advertising. The heaviest Internet adult users are now the 18-35 and 50-65 age groups – two very important age groups. Now the online marine audience is much larger than traditional print media and it's much cheaper to reach audiences online. The Marine industry around the world is finding more and more consumers have done their on-line hom... [more]
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