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 27 Dec 2012
 


Heading for 2013

Sailing into the New Year  .
Christmas was spent in so many ways by cruising sailors – many out on the water, away from the madness of pre-holiday shopping madness and riotous traffic.

Several adventure sailors have actually spent a solo Christmas at sea. Spare a Yuletide thought for the indomitable Jeanne Socrates, swooping down the Pacific on her way to Cape Horn. Then there's Guo Chuan, also crossing the Pacific hoping to round the Horn this summer.

Others are planning. In this week's news magazine sailing hero Pete Goss is just about to embark on a sailing kayak trip, circumnavigating Tasmania; and over in Thailand a would-be adventurer, out to break the world Laser distance sailing record is waiting for the money to fix a broken mast. Another – less competent – sailor has just been rescued after being lost off the coast of Vietnam without food for eight days. The rescue was the best Christmas present he could have wanted.

Whether you are on the water or snugged up at home, let's hope your Christmas was the one you dreamed of, that the New Year will be a new beginning, and that 2013 will bring you everything you want for yourself.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Hero sailor to circumnavigate Tasmania in sailing kayak
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailing hero Pete Goss - the sailor who became a world-wide celebrity hero when he rescued fellow competitor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race - is off on another adventure. He and his friend, long-time kayaker Andy Warrender, are preparing to circumnavigate Tasmania in sailing kayaks.... [more]
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Sailor rescued after eight days adrift
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
His best Christmas present was a rescue by some fishermen after drifting for eight days aboard his disabled sailing boat. American sailor Kenneth Putney, 54, of Florida, was steering Captain Force, which was one of three boats, two tug boats towing a yacht, making their way from the Philippines to Thailand when they encountered a severe storm.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Heated insoles for your sea boots
Lee Mylchreest,
'If only my feet weren't so COLD!' Those who go sailing in cold weather love the feel of a fresh wind on the face, but how much better if you have warm feet! This week's product is the ThermaCELL Heated Insole foot warmer, ideal for your sailing shoes or sea boots.... [more]
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ARC 2012 wrap up
World Cruising Club,
The 27th ARC finally draws to a close with Ostrea winning the Spirit of the ARC plum for showing the spirit of goodwill and camaraderie. Ostrea was only one of the several awards presented Saturday at Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.... [more]
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Sailing Rope Secrets for Safety and Security
John Jamieson,
How many times have you tied a knot, bend, or hitch and had it untie itself? Did you know that you can beef the security of any sailing knot in less than ten seconds?... [more]
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Yacht feature: Daysailer Morris 29
Des Ryan,
In the class of daysailers there's one boat that consistently turns heads wherever she sails and the lucky owners testify to her pedigree performance. It's the American keelboat, the Morris 29... [more]
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Superyacht responds to Fiji after Cyclone Evan
Sanele Chadwick/Sail-World Cruising,
When superyachts make the news - and they do it often - it is usually about the expensive lifestyle they support, how many helicopter pads, jetskis, escape submersibles, or other luxury items they feature. But here's a superyacht making news with a very unusual angle - they're helping others in need.... [more]
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Columbus's ships, Nina and Pinta, sail America again
Sail-World Cruising,
Morgan Sanger started a project of reproducing the three ships sailed by Christopher Columbus to America in 1992 as part of the 500th anniversary commemoration of Columbus' voyage. Now he and his son Stephen are proudly sailing replicas of two of Columbus's ships, visiting various ports in the United States to educate young Americans on their history.... [more]
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Yassine to attempt 150nm Laser sail - once his mast is fixed
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week we told how Andrew Lewis sailed a Laser from Tobago to Trinidad, a route which took him through open ocean and a distance of 50 nm. Now there's a Moroccan sailor, Yassine Darkaoui, who wants to sail a 150nm course from Phuket, round the island of Ko Ta Ru Tao and back to Phuket. There's just one problem - his mast is broken.... [more]
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Sailors' friend, the Humpback, sings while multi-tasking
Plosone/Sail-World Cruising,
There is nothing more exciting to the cruising sailor than the near sight of a whale blowing watery mist into the air with their unmistakable throaty blast. Their singing is legendary, previously said to be only in the breeding season. However a new Antarctic study suggests that they also sing 'intensely and continuously' while engaged in other tasks or a combination of activities.... [more]
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Sailing seen as preserver of the environment in India
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Sailors see the devastation of the oceans more than others - we find the plastic floating, swim with bleached coral and don't catch fish where we used to last year. In India where sailing is not so developed, one would-be sailor sees encouraging the use of sail as a way of preserving India's precious waterways. So he has home-built a sailing boat.... [more]
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Jamaica goes 'yacht friendly.'
Des Ryan,
Cruising sailors anywhere near Jamaica will want to know that the island is now doing its best to encourage yachts. Once, if you wanted to visit and keep your yacht in Jamaica, there were a plethora of fees to consider. Now these have all been eliminated, replaced by an annual fee or a cruising permit fee for foreign yachts, and there are no fees for boats under 25ft for two years after arrival.... [more]
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