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 07 Nov 2013
 


Winter sailing adventures, new seasick cure and more...

Starbust and Altria at the Start Line - 24th ARC Caribbean 1500  World Cruising Club ©
While many of us are stowing our sails and getting ready for a winter hibernation, there are others just starting on an adventure. In the Canary Islands over 280 boats are preparing to depart for their hop across the Atlantic, while America's longest running rally, the ARC Caribbean 1500 is departing for warmer climes in the Caribbean.

For the rest of us, there maybe a boatshow or two to attend – read this week's story on the London Boat Show. BoatUS offers some advice for if you have to truck your sailboat this winter. Winter is also a time for planning, so for adventurous souls, what better than planning on taking a crewing position in the Black Sea Regatta next April?

Planning your next season of sailing is a great way to wile away the winter too. Do you get seasick – ever? If you do, there's something new and clever to try (is it a pill? is it a patch? No, it's spectacles!), and it's just been nominated for a design award.

Nominated for a DAME award for innovation  .. .

Celebration of great achievements is part of the landscape of the cruising world, so this week we bring you a painting – of Pete Goss in the Southern Ocean, and a documentary – of Laura Dekker's amazing circumnavigation.

John Jamieson is back with some more useful advice on sail trimming and a final year student has invented a still-better life jacket.

Read on, enjoy, and for the lucky ones...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Hanson Rescue Medal awarded for Lake Lewisville Rescue
John Rousmaniere,
US Sailing has awarded a Hanson Rescue Medal to Erik Slockers (Southlake, Texas) and the crew of his Catalina 22 Windpower, Bridget Lane (Austin, Texas) and Jay Sacco (Austin, Texas), for coming to the aid of a sailor during the 2011 Leukemia Cup regatta, hosted by the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club, on Lake Lewisville in Texas on May 7, 2011.... [more]
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Black Sea Regatta - 50 tall ships and you're invited!
Sail-World Cruising,
The SCF Black Sea Regatta, 30th April until the 28th May 2014, organised by Sail Training International and sponsored by Sovcomflot, will put the Black Sea on the map for the world's most notable Tall Ships.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ready to set sail for Saint Lucia
World Cruising Club,
A fleet of more than 280 boats and 1400 people, including 25 children aged under 16, will take part in the 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which sets sail on November 24 from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2700NM across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia.... [more]
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How to safely truck your boat over the road
BoatUS,
This past year, Steffen Schmidt wanted to move his 37-foot sailboat from Seattle to Rhode Island. Schmidt was not unfamiliar with hiring boat transportation services, and had done it once before with no issues. But this time was different: the boat was delivered in Wickford, Rhode Island with its mast gashed and mangled; the prop and cutlass bearing damaged.... [more]
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Use This Simple 'Speed and Power' Sail Trim Secret!
John Jamieson,
How many times have you trimmed your sails and noticed your speed or power seems just a bit off? You glance up and check the set, the luff, the draft placement and all looks just fine. But something's not quite right. Try these simple sail trim tips to add speed and power when sailing!... [more]
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ARC Caribbean 1500 fleet begins journey to the British Virgin Islands
World Cruising Club USA,
For the second straight year, good weather allows America's longest running sailboat rally, the ARC Caribbean 1500, to depart early. The saying goes, 'Never waste a fair wind,' and for the second year running rally organisers World Cruising Club took the decision for the ARC Caribbean 1500 fleet to start their offshore sail to the British Virgin Islands a day ahead of schedule.... [more]
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OceansWatch: cruising sailors give something back in the South Pacific
Sail-World Cruising,
OceansWatch, established in 2007 by a group of sailors and environmentalists, saw an opportunity for people who were sailing the world's oceans to give something back to the islanders whose homes and reefs they visited. Since then they have been working to achieve this and this is their latest report:... [more]
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Product of the week: Seasickness glasses nominated for DAME award
Sail-World Cruising,
One of the scourges for those who wish to go to sea is seasickness. Even the most experienced of sailors can be overwhelmed at times. Now a company which has created an amazing new solution has been nominated for a DAME Award, the world's number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories.... [more]
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Youngest ever solo circumnavigating sailor - now the film, MAIDENTRIP
Ryland Aldrich, Festivals Editor,
Sometimes it just warms your heart to see a film finally getting the attention it deserves. It has just been announced that the wonderful SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary MAIDENTRIP, about the circumnavigation of the globe by solo sailor and 16-year-old Laura Dekker, will be setting sail from First Run Features in New York on January 17th.... [more]
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World's oldest sailing clipper in London for final farewell
Chris Rann,
After a 14-year campaign, the world's oldest clipper and the only surviving purpose-built passenger sailing ship to bring migrants from Europe to Australia is in historic Greenwich, London, for its formal farewell prior to its final voyage back to Adelaide. A renaming and farewell ceremony was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh.... [more]
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Student invents lifejacket to ward off hypothermia
Gizmodo/Sail-World Cruising,
Innovation and invention has already brought us an incredible increase in ocean safety for the cruising sailor over the last few years with EPIRBs, PLBs and generally better mousetraps in many areas. Now a final year student has been putting his mind to work on how to stop overboard crew from dying of hypothermia before help arrives.... [more]
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Come and join us at the London Boat Show 2014!
Emma Slater,
Come and join us at the London Boat Show 2014 (04 – 12 January 2014) on stand A152. As always we'll be on hand to offer up advice and info throughout the show; whether you're new to the sport, want a new challenge or need some advice.... [more]
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African Queen to sail again in Uganda
The Guardian/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The African Queen. She didn't have a sail, but she is certainly etched in the mind of many as the most memorable of boats, and cruising sailors who stray off the beaten track have always been able to identify with many of the privations of life on a small boat. The African Queen movie has been shown to generation after generation, and now the boat is to sail again in Uganda.... [more]
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Skippers Without Borders - is it possible to harmonise qualifications?
Sail-World Cruising,
Doctors Without Borders works successfully, why not Skippers Without Borders? - at least in Europe. A conference in Palma de Mallorca recently tried to answer this question so that, as a professional skipper you can work in any country in the EU.... [more]
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Crew honored for saving her Captain's life
The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
The Triton is a magazine for superyacht crews for both sailing and power boats, so it is appropriate that their editor Lucy Chabot Reed has written of the crew on a superyacht who was honoured in Florida the other day for saving her captain's life when he was flung overboard. Here's Lucy's story:... [more]
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Maritime Anti-piracy - The Captain's Guide Book
Peter King, The Maritime Executive/Sail-World,
I travelled to Djibouti to witness the sailing yacht Quest, whereupon the four Americans had been murdered by Somali pirates; those pirates have this year been sentenced in the United States for murder. A definitive guide is necessary for both yachts and ships in the future, and this one, by ex-security professional Peter King, makes fascinating reading.... [more]
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Pete Goss in the Southern Ocean - on canvas
Stuart Elford,
If you love great sailing paintings, you will really be attracted to this one. The renowned marine artist Gordon Frickers has produced a painting that captures the epic voyage made by Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE in 2008-2009 in the 37-foot long wooden boat Spirit of Mystery, from Cornwall to Melbourne in Australia.... [more]
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