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 19 Apr 2012
 


Piracy nerves, solar and solo sailing, a sea-lion who came to dinner

PlanetSolar in Port Sudan  .
The Indian Ocean is in the news this week – general piracy nerves quickly producing a search-and-rescue operation when the communications on a catamaran off the African coast failed; up in India sailing is taking off in a big way, especially with the children of Kerala where the vast inland waters make ideal sailing grounds; and in Sri Lanka they are about to build their very first marina for the growing leisure boating activity along the coastlines.

Due to arrive in Annapolis in Maryland in the next few days is Matt Rutherford who has just completed an extraordinary feat – the solo circumnavigation of the Americas on an old sailing boat that sounds as if it may fall apart soon after he arrives at the dock.

There's another adventure almost over too, though this one has a strong environmental message for the world. The first ever totally solar-powered yacht PlanetSolar has almost completed its circumnavigation.

Speaking of adventure sailing and environmental messages, Cameron Dueck's book on the North West Passage crossing of Silent Sound is out – and a worthwhile read.

On a practical level, there's an article on the importance of having at least ONE crew member on your boat who is not prone to seasickness, and why; and a long time yacht delivery skipper offers ten tips for passage making that you WON'T learn at sailing school.

...but my favourite quirky tale of the week is of the sea lion who seemed determined to come to dinner, and what obstacles he had to overcome to make it to the table.

Guess who's coming to dinner  .. .

Browse down the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Southernmost sailing voyages - who really has the record?
Andrew Troup,
Recently a Ukrainian/Russian sailing boat, the 98ft steel-hulled Scorpius reached 77 degrees south and claimed a world record. This was greeted by a storm of protest from our readers, one of whom pointed out that in 1965 a tiny Moth was sailed at (but not to) 77.5 degrees. There were other claims too. Andrew Troup here corrects the records...... [more]
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Solar-powered yacht's circumnavigation - in the home stretch
Sail-World Cruising,
Turanor Planet Solar, the largest solar yacht in the world, has conquered the Red Sea and the Suez Canal and arrived in the Mediterranean. With the threat of pirates keeping all prudent sailors away from the Gulf of Aden approach to the Red Sea, theirs is not only a solar power triumph but also a pretty unusual voyage.... [more]
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When a sea lion comes to dinner...
Kate Elkington, Multihull Solutions/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors Jackie and Graham had been warned that on arrival in the Galapagos they should try to prevent the sea lions from sleeping on the trampolines of their catamaran. However, word of the comfort of their beautiful Fountaine Pajot Lipari 41 must have leaked out. Read the story:... [more]
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Book Review: The New Northwest Passage
Nancy Knudsen,
In the summer of 2009 Cameron Dueck and the rest of the crew of the 64ft steel-hulled expedition yacht Silent Sound completed a journey made by fewer people than have climbed Everest; they sailed through the infamous Northwest Passage. These waters are normally locked in ice, but due to climate change it is now possible to sail here for a few short weeks each summer.... [more]
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Yacht found safe after searchers fear pirate attack
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Piracy nervousness is rife in the western Indian Ocean. When Dandelion, a 47ft Leopard catamaran with seven on board sailing between the island Mayotte in the Indian Ocean and Pemba in northern Mozambique, hadn't been heard from for several days, families and rescue authorities quickly feared that they had been 'sea-jacked' by pirates. A major search was launched.... [more]
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Keep the romance in sailing with 10 common sense tips
John Jamieson (and anonymous delivery skipper),
Cruising sailing is not all about electronic gear, navigation, even sail plans...and the sailing won't go on being romantic unless backed up with practicality. These common sense tips come from a delivery sailor, who, like a cruising sailor, is not backward about wanting the magic of sailing without stress. The tips have developed over many years of passage sailing... [more]
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Matt Rutherford around the Americas solo - almost home
Nancy Knudsen,
Weather has not been kind lately to Matt Rutherford - gale conditions, his yacht's engine is out - the alternator failed and the hand crank doesn't work, the wind generator and solar panels wore out some time ago. But it's not surprising - Matt Rutherford hasn't touched land for ten months. He set sail 10 months ago from Annapolis to solo sail around the Americas non-stop, and he's nearly home.... [more]
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When ALL the crew becomes seriously seasick...
thisisthewestcountry/Sail-World Cruising,
Before undertaking a serious voyage, it is worthwhile checking that at least one person on your yacht is never subject to seasickness, as was demonstrated again with a rescue this week which proved harrowing for all involved. We all know individuals who are NEVER seasick, and they can be like-gold when conditions defeat other crew members. Read the story... [more]
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Adastra - controllable with the touch of an iPad
Lee Mylchreest,
The problem with my iPad is that it just can't make me a cup of coffee when I need it - but it can do almost everything else, including operating the extraordinary new trimaran super yacht, just in the water, the Adastra. With its shiny body and smooth curves the unusually shaped yacht could be confused for a spacecraft if placed on a runway.... [more]
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans
Marine Business-World.com,
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA's to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development... [more]
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USA's Rozalia Project launches Trash Tour 2012
James Lyne,
The USA's Rozalia Project and its 60ft sailing research vessel American Promise are sailing to clean marine debris and trash from local waters from the coasts of Maine to British Columbia with the Great Lakes in-between.... [more]
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Rise and rise of sailing in India - the magic of Lake Vembanad
Jimmy Shallet/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailing is on the verge of exploding in India, and there's no surer sign than the number of children that are discovering the sport. The state of Kerala is ideal for such activies, with its vast 'backwaters' full of waving palms and gently flat waters. Adjoining Vembanad Lake is the longest freshwater lake in India and was home this week to some young trainee sailors, as Jimmy Shallet describes:... [more]
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Adastra launched at McConaghy Boats China facility
McConaghy Boats,
The greatly anticipated Adastra was launched earlier this week at the McConaghy Boats China facility. Described as 'one of the world's most amazing Superyachts' she has already been turning heads in China and Hong Kong where she is performing a series of sea trials.... [more]
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US Coast Guard gets vocal on boating safety
US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
The US Coast Guard wants boaters to return home safely and is getting vocal about it. Following a day in which Coast Guard boarding officers issued many notices of violations to boaters and sent them back to the dock for lacking required safety equipment, the Coast Guard is urging mariners everywhere to take advantage of free vessel safety checks and boating education courses.... [more]
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Second Indian Ocean marina planned
Lee Mylchreest,
With pirates keeping away circumnavigating cruising yachts from the north Indian Ocean, one would have to wonder at the timing, but top Sri Lankan boatbuilders, Cey-Nor have announced that they will be building a 'marina park' in the southwest coastal city of Beruwela. Beruwela, located between Gall and Colombo, is considered an ideal location for such a marina development.... [more]
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