Solar circles, Louisiades Rally, ISAF warning, yacht feature
If there is any way of getting to the Gold Coast in the next couple of weeks, you won't want to miss their big Boat Show event of the year - the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, starting May 24 - several stories below about it, and MarineBusiness-World and Sail-World will be there in force!
|Triumph for the PlanetSolar crew .|
In the adventure stakes this week the alien-looking craft Turanor PlanetSolar has just completed the world's first circumnavigation purely on solar power, and just as they finished, a team in the USA announced a plan for just such a solar-powered journey around the 'Great Loop' of the USA – in a VERY different-looking boat... all in a good cause.
An adventure closer to home to take part in is Guy Chester's annual Sailing Rally to the Louisiades - there's still time to get to Cairns for the start - or maybe charter a yacht?
On the subject of alternative solutions in search of sustainability, this week we're featuring cargo sailing ship Tres Hombres that is actually completing its third Atlantic crossing carrying a wide range of goods. It's a start (but there's a long way to go!).
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is now determined to dissuade cruising sailors from undertaking a journey through the pirate-filled North Indian Ocean – they have put out strong message this week as yet another alarm was sounded about missing cruising sailors feared kidnapped by Somali pirates.
Our Product of the Week is the Parasailor - not seen much in Australian waters, but many long-range cruising sailors swear by them... take a look!
|Salona 38 - for cruising or racing .. .|
Our yacht feature this week is of the Salona 38 – worth considering if you want to combine racing and cruising in the one package and it's heading for Australia very soon; the success of the recent Antibes Yacht Show is further evidence of the ongoing strength of the superyacht industry – someone isn't suffering from the current global economic woes; and finally there's the sad tale of the Californian boat builder forced to move his half-built dream boat to the back yard because it's an 'eyesore'.
More too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|Weed-eating fish beneficial to jobs, livelihoods and ecotourism? |
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Having a diverse supply of weed-eating fish on the world's coral reefs can be beneficial to jobs, livelihoods, and the ecotourism industries, marine researchers say. Despite their small size, relative to the sharks, whales, and turtles that often get more attention, herbivorous fish play a vital role in maintaining the health of coral reefs, which support the livelihoods of 500 million people... [more]
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