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 12 Dec 2013
 


News from the world of the cruising sailor

World of the cruising sailor - so many contrasts  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo
The world of the cruising sailor is a splendidly varied one – in skill, in scope, in time available. Some of us have never joined a club, some are avid supporters, office bearers, Commodores. Some are cruising the world with no end in sight except the next anchorage, some grab a few precious hours at the end of a frantic week. Some have built our own boats, some have spent millions, some sail on other people's.

Whatever else, we all share one constant thing – the love of the freedom of being on the water, sails taut, air fresh, sashaying along with the wind as our ally.

Every week there are articles that address some of our audience, and this week is no different. We bring you the wise advice recently given by Tom Hubbell on how to make your yacht club thrive, and offer a lure to others to sail away to the land of the midnight sun.

Here's the chance to sail to the Land of the Midnight Sun - Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon in Iceland  .. .


Cuban yachties are clearly delighted that their new regulations might see more foreign visitors arriving, and Sheryl Shard shares her experiences about the pros and cons of maintaining a home base while cruising.

COULD the crew of the Nina, lost since June in the Tasman Sea be still drifting? Stranger things have happened in history, and one can only hope that the continued agony driving the families to keep searching will not be all in vain in the end.

Finally, there's another cruising sailor at the end of the age scale (upper) off on an amazing challenge. Read about Dr Stanley Paris and his goal to be the fastest and the oldest to solo circumnavigate non-stop.

Stanley Paris  .. .


That's just the beginning, so browse the headlines to find your niche

For the lucky ones, here's wishing you sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Stanley Paris, 76->solo, non-stop, fastest ever - the adventure begins
Lee Mylchreest,
Dr Stanley Paris, life-long adventur-seeking New Zealander but long-time resident of Florida, tells his story as he sets out to circumnavigate the world solo and non-stop in the fastest ever time, at the age of 76. Here is his first report:... [more]
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Follow This Sailing Tip from an Ancient Custom
John Jamieson,
John Jamieson (Captain John) here discusses just why all sailors take off our shore footwear any time we get on a sailing boat: Imagine if you could put the fibers of the rug, carpet, tile, or flooring in your home under a microscope. And be able to analyze all of the stuff you see. .... [more]
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Six months later, missing schooner Nina's families just won't give up
Nancy Knudsen,
They still won't give up. It's six months since the disappearance of the schooner Nina between New Zealand and Australia with six Americans and one English crew on board, but the families still haven't given up.... [more]
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Lighted boat parade - find the one nearest to you
Lee Mylchreest,
It's that time of year again, and the lighted boat parades are happening across America. In Petaluma, for instance, just north of San Francisco, last Saturday, a flotilla of lighted boats brought glad tidings to the Petaluma Turning Basin in a holiday tradition that has endured more than three decades.... [more]
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Bermuda to the Land of the Midnight Sun - a sailing adventure
Nancy Knudsen,
You may have to fly, sail or swim there, but if you have a few dollars to spare you'll need to get to Bermuda for the adventure of a life-time next year. In June 2014 there will be an opportunity to sail from Bermuda to Iceland across the subtropical and subpolar gyres of the North Atlantic, to study microplastic pollution abundance and affects on life in the ocean.... [more]
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How to make your sailing club thrive
Tom Hubbell, US Sailing/Sail-World,
How to make your sailing club thrive - reflections of a President: These reflections come from Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing, the governing body for the sport of sailing in the United States, but they apply to sailing clubs the world over. How does YOUR sailing club rate?... [more]
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Leading Cuban Marina head hails new regulations for yacht visits
Sail-World Cruising,
A couple of weeks ago we brought you news of the new friendliness of Cuba towards cruising sailors. Now a delighted Jose Escrich, Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club and most prominent of those working towards increasing yacht tourism to Cuba, has filled in some of the details.... [more]
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Maintaining a Home Base while Cruising - The Pros and Cons
Sheryl Shard,
My husband, Paul and I, have been cruising for many years and just returned to our Southerly 49 sailboat, Distant Shores II, in the Caribbean where we'd stored her for a few weeks while we were home on a work visit to Canada. Being home got me thinking about the pros and cons of maintaining a home base while cruising, so today I thought I'd share our experiences. .... [more]
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San Francisco Bay's biggest boat show ever set for January 2014
Shelbi Okumura,
From luxury motor yachts to personal watercrafts, all that is new and hot in the world of boating takes over McCovey Cove and Pier 48 for the first ever Progressive® Insurance San Francisco Boat Show® Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, 2014.... [more]
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Seasickness glasses wins DAME award
Sail-World Cruising,
One of our recent 'Products of the Week' was the strangely-named Boarding Ring, and it has now won a coveted DAME Award, the world's number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories.... [more]
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BoatUS speaks up for boaters at EPA Ethanol Hearings
Boat US,
The blending of ethanol into the USA's gasoline supply was the topic of a hearing held this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program.... [more]
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Victoria, circumnavigator, crosses the Atlantic in style
Des Ryan/Sail-World round-up,
Ferdinand Magellan would be astonished. The sailing ship Victoria (Nao Vittoria), a replica of the sailing ship which was the first to successfully circumnavigate the world, is having a cushy ride across the Atlantic, courtesy of of the DYT Yacht Transport's semi-submersible yacht carrier, from Palma de Mallorca to Port Everglades in Florida.... [more]
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Caro sets ARC course record from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
World Cruising Club,
Sailing across the finish line in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia this morning at 10:10:10 UTC (06:10:10 Local time) Max Klink's Knierim 65 Caro has earned a place in the history books, smashing the ARC course record by 08 hours 07 minutes and 20 seconds.... [more]
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