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 26 Dec 2013
 


Who wants the cruising sailor?Not Mexico or Greece; amazing whale pics

Santa getting fitted for his life jacket  .
Here's wishing you are enjoying the festive season, if not sailing somewhere in warm weather, then rugged up beside a fire somewhere dreaming of next summer - and not to forget you hardy souls sailing in icy waters...

Watching Sail-World news, you might have your long-range cruising dreams changed as various countries behave in cruiser-friendly, or unfriendly ways. Mexico and Greece are in the news this week. Read how Mexico has suddenly embargoed over 300 visiting yachts, sometimes for no infraction at all; and Greece is giving out mixed messages with suddenly higher taxes but planning to increase their facilities to attract more yachts.

Sailing in Mexico used to be a dream holiday - but not any more...  .. .


There's also news from some lucky sailors in St Lucia who have just finished crossing the Atlantic in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), while landed sailors are being attracted to boat shows with more and more educational seminars. This week we talk of the Seattle Boat Show, just about to start, with an amazing 200 seminars over the nine days of the show.

Have you had a close encounter with a whale? Most stories that come in to Sail-World are joyous experiences, but just how vulnerable a boat is shows in some incredible photos taken by a diver this week.

Whale below dive boat - this could be you  .. .


In the meantime, Sail-World goes from strength to strength, not only the largest online sailing magazine in the world, but now translated into 78 languages. Remember, we're always looking for good stories, so keep the contributions coming!

Read on, and sweet celebrating as the strong current of time pushes us steadily into a Brand New Year!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor.



Santa Claus sets off in his water-safety sleigh
Mrs Claus,
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... but down in the South Pole, it was all action stations. At the entrance to Santa's workshop, the elves were frantically stacking brightly coloured parcels and toys into the sleigh, checking off lists to make sure they hadn't missed any good children.... [more]
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28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers concludes in Gros Islet
World Cruising Club,
The 28th ARC came to a rousing conclusion on Saturday night (21st December) with the prize giving ceremony at the Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. Despite the fickle weather, crews and their families enjoyed an evening of celebration as they compared stories about their adventures at sea and congratulated one another as the prizes were presented.... [more]
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Boat Shows go for more and more seminars - Seattle over 200
Des Ryan,
Seminars have always been a small feature of Boat Shows, but now, round the world, organisers are seeing their ticket numbers grow as they introduce more and more seminars into their boat show mix. Sometimes there are so many seminars one wonders when you would have time to look at the boats and equipment.... [more]
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Video Coverage of 2012 Sydney to Hobart race
Sail-world.com,
Competitor or spectator ahead of the 69th race start, settle down and watch the 26 min video coverage of the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart. Great Production values in this coverage by Rolex.... [more]
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Winter Solstice is a reminder - make your plans for 2014 Sailstice
John Arndt,
Today, December 21st, the winter solstice, kicks off the 2014 summer sailing season and we hope you are out celebrating and getting ready for a great celebration of summer on Sailstice in 2014.... [more]
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Over 300 yachts embargoed - 'Has Mexico lost its marbles?'
Des Ryan,
Looks like it's time to delay that cruising voyage to Mexico you were planning. As one cruiser of the alleged over-300 yachts which are embargoed in Mexico expressed it in a letter to Sail-World, 'Has Mexico lost its marbles?'... [more]
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How dangerous are whales really? - incredible photos
Brian Palmer/Sail-World Cruising,
How scared should you be when boating off shore about a collision with a whale? A scuba diver off the coast of Argentina snapped a series of incredible pictures for Barcroft Media recently of a pair of southern right whales lurking menacingly close beneath a tiny boat of whale watchers.... [more]
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Greek sailing coastlines - do they want cruising sailors or not?
Des Ryan,
If you are thinking of sailing in Greece any time soon, you may become confused when you seek more information. Last month the authorities slapped a new tax on yachts which sail, moor or anchor in Greek waters. This would naturally tend to cause yachts to vote with their raised anchors and sail off to friendlier countries like Turkey and Croatia.... [more]
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USA: Summer Camps for teens aboard the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry
Sail-World Cruising,
Spending a week on a 200-foot Tall Ship isn't your typical summer camp fare, but in July and August of 2014, teens between the ages of 13 and 18 will have a unique opportunity to experience 'an ocean of education and adventure' aboard the newly built SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.... [more]
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Low cost life jackets available for camps, schools and non-profits
BoatUS,
Non-profit summer camps, schools, or local non-profit organizations providing on the water programs for kids have a significant need for safety, and having right-sized life jackets for kids is key. Now, the BoatUS Foundation's Kids Afloat Program is offering kid/teen-sized, vest-style life jackets for just $5 each.... [more]
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Sailing in 78 languages – Sail-World.com spreads the news world-wide
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Whether it's the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, the Volvo Ocean Race, the America's Cup, Olympic class or Optimist regattas, sailing news can now be read in 78 languages and with the benefit of modern technology the quality of the translations is improving rapidly.... [more]
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