Non-stop solo sailors after records, whale strike, Oyster 100 and more
Like everyone else, Australian sailors are commiserating this week with the victims of devastating Hurricane Sandy on the northeast coast of the USA, but naturally will have special empathy with the hundreds of boat-owners, and live-aboard cruising sailors whose boats have been destroyed by the largest Atlantic hurricane on record.
|Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum .|
One of the earliest casualties was the HMS Bounty, with the death of two crew, including the captain, Robin Waldridge. An investigation has begun into, among other things, why the tallship left port with the hurricane warning active.
If you're anywhere within reach of Sydney, take your kids (aged 8 to 88) to the Australian Maritime Museum for an interactive simulator experience of steering and navigating a ship. No sails, sadly, but great fun, great experience, great education.
There's a new cruising guide for South Australia published - check it out for your next cruising holiday!
|Cruising grounds covered by the guide .. .|
A British rescue this week will give pause to solo sailors who think they'll only need their PLB if they go overboard; and another whale has breached on top of a boat in South Africa.
Talking of solo sailors, just when you think that all the records possible have been set, along comes another set of adventurers to attempt a non-stop solo sail around the world.
India has produced its first sailor to set out on a non-stop solo attempt, navy officer Abhilash Tomy; a Swedish sailor has announced he will attempt a non-stop circumnavigation in a 10ft boat; and 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, already the oldest woman sailor to circumnavigate the world solo, but with stops, has started her own non-stop odyssey. We'll be watching the progress of all three...
|Photo of breaching whale on sailing boat two years ago was captured by photographer .. .|
The yacht of the week is the Oyster 100, Product of the Week is the curiously named Bad Elf, and John Jamieson has some good tips on safety checks before you leave port.
All these stories and more, so browse the headlines to find your interest, and ...
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|Jeanne Socrates, indomitable, sails again |
She's off to circumnavigate the world again, this time non-stop. Fit, strong, athletic 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, dogged by mostly mechanical problems in her earlier attempts, is again attempting to sail around the world solo and non-stop. If you ever doubted she had the stamina to do it, this hitch-filled beginning will put you straight, told in her own words:... [more]
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|PLB Where? Permanently attached to your person of course |
An Ancient Mariner,
If you are, or have a yen to be, a solo sailor, the place for your PLB is around your waist, on your life jacket or somehow else attached to your person. 'I don't intend to get washed overboard, I concentrate all my efforts on staying onboard,' you might say. Good reply, but here's an incident this week that could change your mind, and this could have happened to anyone, any time, any place. .... [more]
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