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 08 Aug 2013
 


Unhappy endings...heroism rewarded...seamanship secrets...more

Austrian cruising sailors Irene and Christian - depended on the survey  .
The unhappy ending of the story of an Austrian couple who purchased a yacht after having it professionally surveyed in Tahiti sends a strong message.

It is a message to all cruising sailors seeking to purchase a boat that we need to be acutely conscious of the need to assure oneself of the qualifications and reputation of the surveyor and, importantly, convinced ourselves by many sea trials of the soundness of our yacht before setting off to cross oceans – a pretty scary story all round...

Talking of acquiring a new boat, one simply must take notice of the yachts which have achieved nomination in their category for the European Yacht of the Year. The list is out this week!

The ubiquitous iPhone is in the news again for sailors, this time as an aid to communication with coast guard and family while sailing. But everyone doesn't agree. Read the article and tell us what you think.

SafeTrx screen shots  .. .

Many other interesting articles too: John Jamieson always comes up with seamanship secrets that are simple common sense and important knowledge – another one this week. The book of the week is from the prolific sailing writer Rod Heikell, a little lighter tale than usual, the 'Trade Wind Foodie'.

Trade Wind Foodie  .. .

Tales of adventures being attempted, of adventures which went badly wrong, and heroism rewarded, it's all here below. Browse down the headlines to choose your interest.

Wishing you sweet summer sailing.


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Yacht bought July, abandoned in August, Austrians' Pacific rescue
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Buyer Beware. It was a 1988 Jeanneau Sun Legende 41, and they had bought it - with a professional survey - in July in Tahiti. However, trying to cross the Pacific, an Austrian couple had so much trouble they finally had to abandon it. The shrouds were giving way, the water pump had packed it in, the engine was overheating, the bilge pump was not active and they even had steering difficulties.... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year Awards 2014 - the nominations are out!
A. Manuela Preinbergs/Sail-World,
Every year every well-known and not-so-well-known boat builder enters new yachts in the 'European Yacht of the Year'. This award can make an enormous difference to the regard in which a yacht is held, and provide a vast amount of free publicity. However, even getting nominated for the great awards is an achievement in itself and the nominations have just been announced.... [more]
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A sailing App to log your voyage - alert friends, Coastguard
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Now here's an App that could change the boating habits of a generation of Irish sailors. An App which logs your voyage directly onto your Smartphone so that friends and the local coastguard can monitor your voyage. The Irish Sailing Association has just announced the introduction of ISA SafeTrx. It's free, and it's certainly smart. Other Coastguard organisations take note.... [more]
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Know These Seabed Secrets for Sailing Navigation Safety!
John Jamieson,
Did you know that if you can read sea bottom chart navigation symbols, this will help you when you anchor or go aground? This skill could even save you lots of money if you choose to clean and paint your bottom--without a haul out!... [more]
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Collaborative effort to promote the wearing of lifejackets formed
Office of Boating Safety & Maritime Affairs,
In a global initiative, leading marine safety organisations from around the globe have formed a collaborative effort to promote the wearing of lifejackets when boating. Canadian Safe Boating Council Chair Jean Murray said the centrepiece of the initiative is a set of principles to promote the wearing of lifejackets.... [more]
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A Polar Odyssey with a difference
Strana.ru/Sail-World Cruising,
Here is a sailing club that must be like no other - yet they have existed for 30 years, building and sailing boats and sailing them around the world. Sailing boats like no other, sailors like no other.... [more]
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Book of the Week: Trade Winds Foodie
Lee Mylchreest,
The title of Rod Heikell's latest writing only hints at this book's content and coverage. Five years ago the author and his wife, Lu, set out on a circumnavigation and the opening part of The Tradewind Foodie is an account of the successive eastbound passages first to the Caribbean and then on through the Panama Canal to the Pacific, Australia and the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Teen tells of rescue as tall ship sank off Ireland
This is Plymouth/Sail-World Cruising,
A British teenager has described how she escaped from a Dutch-flagged 100-year-old tall ship as it sank off the coast of Ireland last week.... [more]
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Hanson Rescue Medal to Dan R. Mastromarco for Chesapeake Bay rescue
John Rousmaniere,
US Sailing has presented a Hanson Rescue Medal to Dan R. Mastromarco of Annapolis, Md. for rescuing a swimmer from Chesapeake Bay on July 31, 2010. Mastromarco and his crew of three, with two young children sleeping in the cabin below, were sailing back to Annapolis aboard Inishowen, a Catalina 400, after an overnight sail was abbreviated due to forecasted thunderstorms and overcast conditions.... [more]
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Coast Guard Foundation announces NYC salute to U.S. Coast Guard
Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 33rd annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in New York City.... [more]
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New Canadian website launched by Gill NA
Gill North America,
Gill North America is very pleased to announce the launch of our new Canadian consumer website. The website has been designed to provide a Canadian specific presentation of Gill North America's comprehensive product offering, services and dealer support.... [more]
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UK Sailmakers' loft owners buy UK International
UK Sailmakers,
One of the best known sailmakers in the world has been subject to a management buyout. UK Sailmakers International (UKI) has just been purchased by a large group of UK Sailmakers' loft owners. With the individual lofts becoming owners of the brand, the global group of over 50 lofts will grow stronger and attract more lofts to the group in major sailing centres around the world.... [more]
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