News from the world of the cruising sailor
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.
|World of the cruising sailor - so many contrasts © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo|
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.
Cruising sailors wanting to up their skills have a great opportunity with the touring cruising seminars from the golden lips of John and Lyn Martin of the Island Cruising Association. From Fremantle to Cairns there will be seminars near you. It's a rare, first time ever series, so don't pass it up!
|Island Cruising Association's John and Lyn Martin .. .|
On the other hand, do you want more experience on an expedition boat? There's a lure this week to sail away to the land of the midnight sun - but you'll have to get to Bermuda first...
|Here's the chance to sail to the Land of the Midnight Sun - Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon in Iceland .. .|
Long range cruising sailor Sheryl Shard shares her experiences about the pros and cons of maintaining a home base while cruising; and all sailors will be interested in the article on how Watersafe Auckland is addressing the curious question of why many more New Zealanders drown than Australians.
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.
On the yacht regulation front, the yachts sailing around New Zealand are set to increase in the future, with new regulations allowing them to stay without import duty for 24 months, up from 12.
Calling young Perth sailors: Youth Squad training is starting TOMORROW (FRIDAY), so hurry if you want to be included
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 on his yacht Kiwi Spirit.
|Stanley Paris .. .|
That's just the beginning, so browse the headlines to find your niche
The summer is upon us, so here's wishing you sweet sailing!
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
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