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 09 May 2013
 


Atlantic rally frenzy...Phuket yacht attacks...lightning boat death

What are they putting in the water?  .
What are they putting in Atlantic Ocean water to attract so many cruising sailors? Not only is the 2013 'Atlantic Rally for Cruisers' (ARC) already at capacity with an added departure announced, new organisers Sailing Rallies are running the 'Christmas Caribbean Rally' later in December, and Jimmy Cornell has this week announced not one but two new rallies, Atlantic Odyssey I and II, straddling the dates nicely. This doesn't even take into account Stokey Woodall's more ambitious Atlantic Circuit, scheduled for 2014.

That hardy 2600-year-old designed boat the Phoenicia also wants to cross the Atlantic. She probably won't join a rally to do it. Her challenges are different – she needs to raise the money to undertake the voyage..

While these are all in the planning, read how the Fremantle to Bali Rally is underway right now, with a trailing of boats making their way up the Western Australian coastline towards the idyllic cruising grounds of Indonesia.

Of course sailing pleasantly in Indian Ocean waters with a bunk to go to when you are off-watch hardly compares with what Pete Goss MBE is planning – for this warm water girl, sailing cabinless across the North Sea is admirable stuff, and I am glad it's not me. Read the story!

Pete Goss and Andy Warrender go adventuring again  .. .

It's always sad when gorgeous sailing waters become plagued with security issues, so I hope the armed robberies and attacks on cruising sailors in Phuket will be short-lived. One citizen hero and the police have acted quickly in one incident reported this week.

Chalong Bay - normally a peaceful haven for sailing boats  .. .

In the USA the Coast Guard are complimenting the crew of a recent rescue; over in the Philippines a boat crew has been killed by lightning – so we take the chance to remind sailors of how to deal with lightning on a boat; the boat of the week is the NEEL 60 trimaran, an extraordinary vessel which writer Des Ryan describes as a 'sleek alien'.

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

...sweet Spring sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Boats insure against collision with Loch Ness Monster
Lee Mylchreest,
Prudent cruising sailors might insure against collision with a whale in the ocean, but the owner of some boats that sail on Loch Ness is so worried about the reappearance of 'Nessie', the Loch Ness Monster, that she's taken out insurance against their boats being damaged by Nessie next time she surfaces.... [more]
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First-timers' yachting lifestyle magazine app wins Award
Lee Mylchreest,
You don't have to be an organisation as large as National Geographic or Time to make big waves in the App world. A yachting lifestyle magazine app which was co-founded two first-timers in App creation has won a Webby Award.... [more]
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Kayakers to sail and paddle across the North Sea
Stuart Elford/Sail-World Cruising,
Pete Goss MBE is nothing if not an adventure-seeker, but the former marine and racing sailor became a world-wide hero when he overcame hurricane odds to save a fellow competitor in the Southern Ocean. And it wasn't all about racing. Next he sailed a wooden lugger to Australia, then rounded Tasmania in a sailing kayak. Now he is about to tackle the North Sea in the same style sailing kayak.... [more]
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Thailand: Armed robberies on sailing boats leave cruisers shaken
Chris Husted, Phuket Gazette/Sail-World Cruising,
Recent armed attacks against yachties by thieves in Chalong Bay, Phuket, Thailand, is the first violence that the local cruising community can remember here towards yachts in a very long time. A French yachtsman suffered severe knife wounds during an attack aboard his boat last week, and in another incident shots were fired when thieves were surprised during an attempted burglary on a vacant boat... [more]
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An ARC Rally second departure now takes Transat rallies to six
World Cruising Club,
Demand from sailors world-wide for spaces in the 2013 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC 2013) has been exceptional and forged a new rally departure via Cape Verde. The 30 extra boat slips recently installed by the Las Palmas Port Authority has enabled the ARC to grow to a maximum of 245 yachts for 2013. Despite this, the ARC was full by the end of January, with the waiting list closed a month later... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Rally 2013 sets off in fine weather style
Marina Valmadre/Sail-World Cruising,
Saturday was a beautiful autumn day in Fremantle in Western Australia when the 2013 Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally departed through hundreds of spectator craft and watched by thousands of people lining the local beaches. The event attracted a total fleet of 33 boats with 21 of the yachts involved in the rally and 12 involved in the racing division - an excellent turnout for an Indian Ocean Rally.... [more]
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Coastguards pay tribute to yacht crew after copybook rescue
RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
British Coastguards have paid tribute to the preparedness of a yacht crew in an MOB(COB) situation, which possibly saved the life of the overboard crew member who was wearing a life jacket and tethered to the yacht. While the crew could not retrieve her, they pressed the registered DSC radio distress button and the crew member was speedily airlifted to hospital... [more]
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Phoenicia seeks sponsorship to sail the Atlantic
Nancy Knudsen,
In 1492 Columbus might have crossed the Ocean Blue and 'discovered' America in his three sailing ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, but it is just possible that the Phoenicians sailed the Atlantic 2,000 years earlier. Money is needed to prove it.... [more]
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Latest NEEL 60 trimaran - certainly something to talk about
Des Ryan,
Just new and looking like a sleek alien which has just landed, the latest NEEL trimaran is certain something to talk about. The company calls it 'Sport Chic' navigation style and you certainly won't be missed on the water if you invest in one of these boats.... [more]
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Cornell's new twin Atlantic Odyssey takes Transat rallies to four
Sail-World Cruising,
Once there was just the ARC - the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, a transatlantic rally, started by cruising guru Jimmy Cornell over 25 years ago. Last year a new rally was announced, the 2013 Christmas Caribbean Rally, now Jimmy Cornell, who had long ago severed his relationship with the ARC, has announced not one, but two new transatlantic rallies. All four rallies leave from the Canary Islands.... [more]
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Lightning kills one crewman on Philippines boat
Nancy Knudsen,
Lightning has killed one crewman in a boat off the waters of Tabina in the Philippines. It was a fishing boat, not a sailing boat, but just as tragic and serves to remind all leisure sailors that lightning is dangerous on any boat if the crew is not prepared and knowledgeable... [more]
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US Sailing hosts First Safety at Sea Seminar in China
Chuck Hawley,
The event took place in Qingdao in front of 53 participants, including speakers Chuck Hawley and Bruce Brown, and organizer Doug Sparks. This is especially significant to the growing recreational marine market in China.... [more]
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Choosing a chartplotter for ActiveCaptain users
Tom Lochhaas/Sail-World Cruising,
Tom Lochhaas has sailed all kinds of sailing boats - 14-foot Sunfish to a 50-foot ocean cruiser - in all kinds of waters for three decades. He has written widely about many different aspects of the sailing life. Here Tom offers some valuable tips about choosing a combination of chartplotter and the brilliant resource for cruisers, Active Captain, which comes in many modes:... [more]
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