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 21 Nov 2013
 


Nominate a special sailor, rally news, rogue waves

Matt Rutherford arrives showing his barnacles from over 300 days of continuous sailing around the Americas, including the North West Passage and rounding Cape Horn  .
If you know someone who has completed an outstanding feat in the world of cruising, the Ocean Cruising Club wants to hear from you now!

The closing date for nominations for many cruising awards is the end of November, so read the story below for the categories, and send in your nomination – yourself or someone else.


Much rally news this week, as Salty Dawg Rally updates us finally on the challenging conditions which some of their boats encountered sailing down the American coastline to the Caribbean.

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is just about to depart, and the rally members are undergoing their customary 'trial by partying' before the big departure – as well as a few safety checks and seminars...

ARC - the grand parade of nationalities, part of the festivities before departure  .. .


Another rally is in one of the most inaccessible parts of the world, the French territory of Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean. The Oyster World Rally has reached the island, 1200 miles from the African continent – a truly exotic location.

Oyster World Rally  .. .


Rogue waves are one of the features of any ocean crossing the cruising sailors needs to be aware of – whether you are in 10 knots or 50.

Read the experience and see the video of the rogue wave which stunned the amateur British crew in the current Clipper Round the World event.

Much more too, so read on, enjoy, and, for the lucky ones...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Oyster World Rally - Fleet now in Reunion
Louay Habib,
The Oyster World Rally fleet is now in Reunion, the final rendezvous before the inaugural Oyster World Rally reaches Africa. Reunion is a French territory located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, south west of Mauritius and 1200 miles from the African continent. Reunion has a tropical climate, a stunning volcanic landscape and white sandy beaches fringed by coral reefs.... [more]
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Anchoring in a fast tidal flow - the Bahamian Mooring System
Des Ryan,
Sailing writer Des Ryan tells of his recent experience, a first time Bahamian Moor. He here shares his experiences and what he learned as a result: I just finished anchoring in Crookhaven River, where the tidal flow was amazing. This underlined the value of the Bahamian Mooring technique, which I had never used before. It proved fantastic. What is it? Read on...... [more]
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ARC 2013 Official Opening Ceremony: Flags and Bands
World Cruising Club,
With one week to go before the ARC 2013 fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from across the world marched and danced behind their national flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina.... [more]
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Saildrone completes Pacific crossing
Des Ryan,
They have been trying for years to cross the Atlantic with an automated sailing boat, and that challenge is still out there, but now a team of high-tech enthusiasts formed into a non-profit organisation in Alameda California have completed a crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii - a world record for an unmanned sailing boat.... [more]
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Ocean Cruising Club: Call for nominations
OCC/Nancy Knudsen,
The Ocean Cruising Club - that international club of those who have cast off the docklines and sailed away to adventure - are seeking nominations for their annual awards. To qualify for some, one has to be a member of the global cruising club, but others are open to all. Do YOU know someone who deserves to be nominated? Here are the awards and criteria:... [more]
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Rogue wave hits crew in yacht Great Britain - story includes Video
Julia Wall-Clarke/Sail-World Cruising,
Rogue waves are one of the unknowns in the ocean, whether in 10 knots or 50. I have personally encountered a rogue wave in the Pacific which thoroughly pooped our boat when lightly running in around 10 knots of wind. Here is a 'close encounter' with a rogue wave by British yacht Great Britain. It occurred this week in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in the South Indian Ocean:... [more]
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Seahawk arrives, first of Perini Navi 60m sailing yachts
Lee Mylchreest,
The Perini Navi Group, known for their 40-60m sailing yachts, but probably best known among cruising sailors for their iconic yacht the Maltese Falcon, have delivered the first of their new generation of 60m yachts, Seahawk. It is designed in collaboration with New Zealander Ron Holland... [more]
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Salty Dawg Rally update
Salty Dawg Rally/Sail-World,
The Salty Dawg Rally organisers have reported on the status of the rally after the challenging conditions which some boats encountered, offered their thanks to the rescue authorities and expressed their appreciation of the fine efficient work done by all to help those in distress. Here is their report:... [more]
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Mystery surrounds Washington couple held in Nicaragua
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Reports are in that a Washington couple, long range cruising sailors David and Leiann Scee, are being held in Nicaragua against their will.... [more]
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ARC and the challenge of an Atlantic crossing
World Cruising Club,
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has always been about the challenge of an Atlantic crossing, whether for first timers in a family cruising boat, or experienced sailors pushing for a personal best crossing time on a racing yacht.... [more]
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