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 10 Oct 2013
 


Come sail over the horizon...engineless, junk-rigged and happy...more

There will be a welcome mat out at Catalina Island for Californian cruising sailors and those to the north who are heading south this fall  .
With problems caused by Middle East conflicts and politicians who won't talk to each other, there might never be a better time to sail over the horizon. Maybe it's more than fortuitous that this week's issue is full of invitations of one sort or another to join a rally, sail in an exotic location or join a tall ship for a taste of sailing as it used to be.

European Odyssey will make several stops along the way - including in London  .. .

There's the European Odyssey, the first rally I can remember which started in the heart of northern Europe and ended in the Canaries, the welcome mat is out on Catalina Island for boats cruising south in California, the World ARC is in countdown mode (but there's still time to join), the Christmas Caribbean Rally is enticing families with kids to join them across the Atlantic, and, finally the British tall ship the Lord Nelson still has spare berths for the crossing of the Tasman Sea from Sydney to Auckland – just a short flight away!

Kathy and Bob Groves are happily cruising, but instead of a Bavaria, a Beneteau or some other well known brand, they have chosen to build an engineless junk-rigged schooner. Read what it's like...

Easy Go - junk-rigged schooner  .. .

All over the world there are small attempts to use sailing boats for freight. This week we tell of a new one on the Hudson River, delivering goods to New York.

You never quite know who's berthed next to you, as a true grim mystery from the South Pacific shows; there's a story on the way AIS technology is getting more and more affordable; and if you're sailing in British waters you will need to diarise a depletion in weather forecasting quality next year.

Much more too, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Calling Californian snowbird sailors: a welcome mat at Catalina
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Calling all Californian cruising sailors or those to the north planning to cruise south for Mexico, Central America or even further afield to the South Pacific (even if you don't have a boat): Adventure Voyaging, a multi-yacht sailing vacation organiser, is rolling out the welcome mat at a suggested pit stop: Catalina Island.... [more]
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World ARC - the countdown begins
World Cruising Club,
The final countdown has begun for the crews of 43 boats who have already joined World ARC in 2014. Several will sail with ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) 2013 to reach the start in Saint Lucia - gaining their sea legs with the Atlantic crossing!... [more]
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Transmitter maintenance could affect BBC Marine Forecast
RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
If you are to be sailing in UK waters in 2014, put the dates in your diary. Essential transmitter maintenance could affect BBC Shipping Forecast as the BBC's Droitwich transmitter will undergo essential maintenance during 2014. From approximately April to mid-August the 12:01 2014 shipping forecast will potentially be transmitted at a lower power or maybe inaudible on LW for that period.... [more]
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AIS technology for more boats than ever with new product
Des Ryan,
It's good news that AIS technology might be accessible to more vessels than ever before with the launch of the Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder - it's compact, it's high performing, and, most important, it's a comparatively low cost safety product.... [more]
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Dark mysteries unfold from ghost sailing boat in South Pacific
Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Most of us take for granted that the boat crew just arrived in the marina berth next to us will be like most cruising sailors - keen on sailing, gregarious, pretty honest, down-to-earth and practical as most sailors are. So it's always a slight shock to learn that the darkest of secrets could be swirling in the bilge in a boat we know. Read this story of a boat found drifting in the South Pacif... [more]
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Christmas Caribbean Rally - The start of a great adventure
Louay Habib,
The first ever Christmas Caribbean Rally will will leave Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote on Monday 16th December 2013 and the participants will sail the 2850 miles to arrive in Jolly Harbour, Antigua in the New Year for a final welcome celebration on January 11th 2014.... [more]
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Here's why to sail in an engineless junk-rigged schooner
Bob Groves, Ocean Cruising Club,
For an all-round cruising boat, what would you choose? - maybe a Beneteau, a Bavaria or a Van de Stadt design? A Moody, an Oyster or even a cat? Most modern cruising sailors will choose the best comfort to combine with the best sailing - but not all of us. Here read why one Ocean Cruising Club member, Kathy and Bob Groves, chose an engineless junk rigged schooner to build and go cruising.... [more]
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British tall ship Lord Nelson takes part in international fleet review
Heather Ewing,
Unique British tall ship, Lord Nelson, owned by Southampton-based charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, represented the nation's tall ship fleet at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour yesterday.... [more]
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Sailing barge brings trading goods down the Hudson to New York
Amy Langfield/Sail-World Cruising,
There are many reasons why people become sailors, but one of the earliest ones - to make your living - has largely disappeared from the First World. That's why it's so interesting when a modern sailor brings an old trade route to life again. CNBC's Amy Langfield tells the story of an old Hudson River route from Shoreham to New York City, made new by some crowd-funded sailors on a sailing barge.... [more]
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Calling Northern European sailors: European Odyssey to fly summer 2014
Jimmy Cornell/Sail-World Cruising,
Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC, is inviting owners of boats sailing from Northern Europe to the Canaries or Mediterranean in summer 2014 to join this European Odyssey as it makes its way south with stops in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.... [more]
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World's most dangerous waters, by the WWF and Allianz
Lee Mylchreest,
For we who might want to sail away into the sunset, we need to know that the ocean varies widely on the other side of that horizon. Apart from all the other knowledge we need to take with us, we should be aware of which are the most dangerous ocean areas on earth, just this year identified by a studies the WWF and insurance giant Allianz... [more]
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Snorkeling adventure at the end of the world— The Bimini vortex
John Bell,
Some 30 miles from this tiny Bahamian Out Island is a portal to what writer Rod Serling would describe as a 'dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity', a mysterious vortex where sometimes electronics fail, compasses spin and dolphins seem extra-friendly.... [more]
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Ever think people seem happier spending time on a boat? You're right!
D. Scott Croft,
If you have ever thought that people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you're right. In a first-ever survey of the half a million recreational boat owning members of the national boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), 99.4% responded 'yes' when asked: 'Do you wave (to other boats)?'... [more]
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Dramatic Gulf of Mexico sinking of 60ft cat unexplained
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
When rescuers arrived on the scene, there was nothing left of the 60ft sailing catamaran, sunk below the waters of the Gulf of Mexico this week. Had they not had proper equipment to radio their plight, the 12 people in the water, supported by their life jackets, may have come to a very different end.... [more]
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Tall ships spectacle as 16 crowd into Sydney Harbour together
Jeni Bone,
It might be the once in a life-time International Fleet Review this weekend in Sydney, and it might be that it is the Navy's signature commemorative event for 2013, but it's a fair bet that the 16 Australian and international tall ships gracing the harbour will steal the limelight.... [more]
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Free map creator software available for Lowrance, Simrad NSS and B&G
Andrew Golden,
Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands — announced today its new Map Creator software that allows cartography enthusiasts to make their own maps.... [more]
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Oyster World Rally fleet passes significant milestone
Louay Habib,
The stunning range of Oyster Yachts taking part in the inaugural Oyster World Rally have now passed a significant milestone in their round the world adventure. For the first time, since starting the rally in January the fleet is now heading back towards Antigua, the point of origin for the 16-month Oyster odyssey.... [more]
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