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 16 Jan 2014
 


Ocean Cruising Club Awards, Mexico releases boats, dinghy exploring...

Laura Dekker on arrival in New Zealand  .
It's quite ironic that in the same week when two male solo sailors making well-publicized circumnavigation attempts were forced to give up their dreams and limp to safety, two of the top winners for the 2013 Ocean Cruising Club Awards were solo-sailing circumnavigating females, one the oldest in the world and the other the youngest.

Jeanne Socrates   .. .


Even more ironic is the fact that both male sailors had to give in because of boat issues that they could not repair at sea – one with loose strands in his shrouds, the other with multiple problems in his extremely complicated boat. Their stories are fascinating for what they DON'T say, more than what they tell. What is does point out is how vital a simple boat on which you can fix (almost) ANYTHING that breaks is to the long-range cruising sailor!

It's good news just to hand that most of the over-300 cruising yachts detained suddenly and unexpectedly by Mexican authorities have now been released and the rest will be released soon. However, only time will tell what damage the knee-jerk acts by the Mexican Government will do to their yacht-based economy because cruisers no longer trust staying in Mexican waters.

Speaking of countries trying to make it difficult for visiting cruising sailors, we publish this week an updated summary of Greece's new taxes.

Some of the gear advised in the article  .. .


Do you like exploring in your dinghy? There's much joy to be had in the small bays and streams where your boat, with its deeper draft, can't fit. But how should your 'exploration dinghy' be fitted out? Ten tips this week about the gear you should think about including, some of it showing in the photo above. John Jamieson is back this week too, with some advice on navigation steps the prudent sailor will take BEFORE you lift anchor.

Much more too, so browse down the screen to choose your interest.

If you are lucky enough to be out there on the water, sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Canadian, British and Dutch/NZ honoured in OCC Awards
Lee Mylchreest,
A Canadian, a British and a Dutch/New Zealand sailor have received top honours in this years Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Awards. Coincidentally, the two women are the youngest and the oldest (who did it non-stop) females to circumnavigate the world solo. The third recipient is a volunteer weather router extraordinaire, who for more than 25 years assisted sailors to cross oceans in safety.... [more]
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Murdoch sells superyacht Rosehearty for $29.7M
Lee Mylchreest,
Now here would be a nice yacht if you had a few million lying around, but you're too late. It was snapped up over Christmas. Rupert Murdoch has sold his superyacht for $29.7M after just three months on the market.... [more]
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Seven Sailing Navigation 'Highlight and Annotate' Safety Tips
John Jamieson,
Sailing navigation begins with the process of interpreting what you see and how that will affect your sailing boat and her crew now and in the future. You will keep sailing safer when you make most of your navigation preparations dockside before you cast off that first line.... [more]
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World ARC Rally goes annual - 13 countries, 40+ boats
Des Ryan,
In a rally that is now annual and has multiple starts and finishes depending on where you join, the World ARC Rally, run by successful rally organisers the World Cruising Club who run the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), 31 boats have set out on the first leg this week.... [more]
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London Boat Show - attendance down, sales up
Media Services,
The diamond anniversary London Boat Show 2014 attracted a total of 88,593 visitors across the nine days - 4,734 down on the 2013 event, but organisers say they are pleased with resulting sales and exhibitor feedback.... [more]
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Boot Düsseldorf 2014 - focus on family fun
Media Services,
The world's biggest show for maritime sports and lifestyle will be held in 17 exhibition halls, 18 to 26 January in Dusseldorf, Germany.... [more]
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Top 10 pieces of gear for your substantial excursion dinghy
BoatUS,
There's much to be said for having a substantial dinghy which can take you on excursions along coastlines or up rivers where your cruising boat won't go. Some cruisers we have met put inordinate emphasis on having a large, fast and powerful dinghy well kitted out for day adventures. Here's what should be aboard every boat 20 feet or smaller... [more]
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Thinking to sail Greece? Facts on new Greek cruising tax
Cruising Association,
Britain's Cruising Association (CA), which provides services, information, help and advice to sailors worldwide, has been monitoring the newly introduced tax on visiting cruising sailors in Greece. Why Greece wants to penalise, not encourage the sailing fraternity, which can bring economic benefit to this challenged country is beyond understanding, but here is the CA's latest information:... [more]
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2nd round-world solo sailor limps to port- Stanley Paris to Cape Town
Lee Mylchreest,
Aspiring round-the-world solo yachtsman Stanley Paris is aborting his RW voyage for Cape Town with severe boat failures. Cape Town is eight days away and his blogs have been terminated. The words in his last blog spoke of his disappointment.... [more]
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New methodology measures ominous Antarctic glacier melt
British Antarctic Survey,
Will your favourite natural island be gone below the oceans in a few years? Do low-lying islands really have much to worry about? This is much discussed by cruising sailors in cockpit sundowners, sometimes with hot divisions. According to a new paper in the British Antarctic Survey website, it is not a matter of if, but when, and scientists have been having a hard time working this out.... [more]
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'Non-stop' solo sailor limps towards West Australia, shrouds gone.
Lee Mylchreest,
British Solo sailor Glenn Wakefield, attempting a 'wrong way' non-stop solo circumnavigation on his West Wind II from Victoria in Canada, is limping towards Fremantle in West Australia with compromised shrouds. Can he preserve his mast? Only time will tell. With typical irony, he observed today. 'I am going to make some tea and oats and hold my breath. So close and yet so far. West Wind II is a... [more]
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How to ruin a yachting destination. Mexico keeps yachts impounded
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
How to ruin a yachting destination - and It's still going on! A month ago, we published a story about how Mexican government tax agents had made unannounced visits to a number of marinas and, unbelievably to the foreign cruisers, mostly American and Canadian retirees, IMPOUNDED their yachts, because 'their papers were not in order'. More than a month later, the boats are still impounded.... [more]
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Yachting Journalists' Association UK Yachtsman of the Year announced
Yachting Journalists' Association,
At the YJA Apollo Yachtsman of the Year Awards 2013 a retired youth leader and former church curate with a passion for sailing icy Arctic waters has been voted British yachtsman of the year by Britain's top sailing journalists.... [more]
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