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 31 Oct 2013
 


Fast pace of sailing technology changing the world as we know it

NOAA paper chart - soon to become a thing of the past  .
As technology advances steadily and swiftly, the world of the cruising sailor is gradually changing in a way that would have horrified all of us a few years ago, and probably still alarms many.

Two small developments in this week's edition tell the story: The USA is to stop producing paper charts and Britain's Royal Yachting Association is pressing for the elimination of compulsory flares on a yacht.

This week's yachting feature is on the Aventura 43 – light, fast, stable, roomy, and best of all, inexpensive! The quirkiest tale of the week is of the British artist who sailed a pumpkin across the Solent – then, as it was still floating, sailed it back again. A moment of sadness as we remember the HMS Bounty's sinking just a year ago, and a note for your diary – June 21/22 for next year's Summer Sailstice.

Aventura on its first sail  .. .

Ten Americans have been honoured with their induction into the National Sailing Hall of Fame, and it's good to know that these honours were not only for winning races, but for significant contribution to the development of sailing over a long period.

BoatUS has some wise advice this week about making sure your VHF equipment is 'hooked up right' and San Francisco cruising sailor, circumnavigator and author offers his advice on how to anchor without 'uttering a word'.

That's just the beginning, so browse the stories to find your interest!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



USA Government to stop producing paper charts
NOAA,
Is it the sign of things to come across the maritime world? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) of the USA has announced that, from April 13 next year they will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, instead leaving it to private businesses.... [more]
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Mirror dinghy - a 50-year history celebrated
Emma Slater, RYA/Sail-World,
With over 70,000 Mirror dinghies built and sailed in dozens of countries, including Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States, the Mirror sailing dinghy must be one of the most popular, most affordable boats of all time.... [more]
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Sail America sets dates for bi-annual conference
Peter Durant, Sail America,
Sail America has scheduled its fourth bi-annual Industry Conference for June 9-11, 2014. The three-day event, specifically geared toward sailing industry professionals, will take place at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Charleston, SC.... [more]
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Furuno NavNet TZtouch provides control of FLIR M-Series thermal camera
FLIR,
FLIR's M-Series thermal cameras represent the most popular pan/ tilt thermal night vision system in the commercial maritime industry. When combined with the Furuno NavNet TZtouch multifunction display (MFD), the M-Series becomes even more versatile and powerful.... [more]
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Ten inducted into the USA's National Sailing Hall of Fame
NSHOF,
The United States National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) has inducted ten of the sport's significant contributors into the National Sailing Hall of Fame during ceremonies held for the first time in the organization's hometown, and on the site of its future facility at City Dock in the historic waterfront district of Annapolis.... [more]
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How to anchor and 'never utter a word'
Larry Jacobson,
There are many articles published about anchoring for the cruising sailor, as well there should, because more boats are lost close to a coastline than ever in the middle of an ocean. Here, cruising sailor, circumnavigator and successful author Larry Jacobson tells his own anchoring secrets, with engaging suggestions about hand signals which will 'stop the yelling' in an anchorage.... [more]
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Get your DSC-equipped VHF hooked up right
BoatUS,
This time of year, life gets a bit slower for recreational boaters, perhaps freeing up time to fix the important things like having a fully working VHF radio on board. If you have a basic VHF, checking the connections for corrosion, inspecting the antenna and doing a simple radio check may be all that it takes.... [more]
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New Aventura 43, light, fast, stable, roomy - at a reasonable price
Des Ryan,
Aventura 43 is the latest model from Aventura Catamarans. The ideal catamaran for family cruising or to put into a charter fleet. This catamaran has no less than five interior versions, from three to six cabins with bathrooms.... [more]
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British artist sails pumpkin across the Solent
Daily Mirror/Sail-World,
People try some pretty quirky things in boats, but this must be some kind of world record for quirkiness. A vegetable artist has become the first person to sail a giant hollowed out pumpkin across the Solent from Stokes Bay in Hampshire in the south of England to the Wootton Creek Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight .... [more]
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RYA presses for 'no compulsory flares' regulation
Des Ryan,
Letting off flares has always been the action of last resort for sailors in distress. Now the Royal Yachting Association of Britain is pressing for their removal as a requirement for seafarers. They are insisting that no persuasive evidence that flares have search and rescue benefits that cannot be provided by modern technology.... [more]
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HMS Bounty - one year since her tragic sinking
Lee Mylchreest,
In two days time it will be just 12 months since the HMS Bounty disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean taking her skipper and one crew member with her. HMS Bounty had touched more than the usual number of lives since she was launched back in 1960.... [more]
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Summer Sailstice 2014 - June 21/22 - Mark the diary!
Sail-World Cruising,
It's time to put the date in your diary for Summer Sailstice in 2014. If you put Summer Sailstice on your 2014 Sailing Calendar you'll be putting your boat, club or class on the world map! This is the invitation from John Arndt, founder of Summer Sailstice.... [more]
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British yacht skipper found guilty after collision with tanker
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A British skipper who argued that the large tanker Hanne Knutsen had sounded its horn to indicate it was to turn to starboard but then did not carry out the manoeuvre, leaving him in a dangerous position in front of the vessel, has nevertheless been found guilty of contravening maritime regulations.... [more]
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Seawind 1000XL2 – There is a reason
John Curnow,
Might is right. When a large Yankee Foxtrot is bearing down on you, you just get out of the way. It's common sense, even if you do have the right of way, so to speak. Equally, with 227 units now sold, the Seawind 1000 has well and truly made its mark on the cruising catamaran scene. It is affordable, cleverly designed, sails well and gets a lot of people started on their maritime adventures.... [more]
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DAME awards soon to be announced for 2013 - 52 finalists
nk,
The DAME Awards are on again. The world's number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories will be announced during the Marine Equipments Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, 19-21 November.... [more]
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