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 23 Jan 2014
 


Awards and awards, cruising sailor murder, out-of-control lighthouse..

British cruising sailors Roger and Margaret (both right) Pratt in happier days. Roger was murdered this week trying to protect his wife from attack by three robbers off the island of St Lucia in the Caribbean.  .
We were already the largest online sailing site in the world, and this week Sail-World Publisher Rob Kothe announced an exciting expansion in Europe, with a whole new team of well-connected sailors joining our ever expanding network, currently running at 700,000 visits a month with an average of ten pages per visit.

The next news is less positive: While every cruising sailor in the world will be saddened to hear of the death of an innocent British cruising sailor by some would-be robbers off the Caribbean island of St Lucia, it will also provide a warning to us all that idyllic-looking surroundings may sometimes hide a murkier truth. Check carefully before you go.

European Yacht of the Year Saphire 27  .. .


Watching who wins awards is often somewhere to start in deciding what to buy for your own yacht. This week the European Yachts of the Year were announced, with Beneteau, Dehler, Saphire and Contest taking out the big prizes, and we are featuring this week two of the winners of the Pittman Innovation Awards – great products both, the multifunction GPS tracker InReach SE, and SailSteer and SailTime from B&G.

InReach SE - has done well since its introduction in July 2013  .. .


Sailors for the Sea, David Rockefeller's ocean protection organisation, is looking for the help of all sailors in the Caribbean, if you see and photograph a whale-tail.

Zune and negligent lighthouse  .. .


In other news, we tell of French sailor Thomas Coville's good start in his attempt to best the world solo circumnavigation record; the EU Naval Force in the Gulf of Aden is reporting their first attack of 2014; and you'll just love the Kitsap story of the lighthouse that hit Paul Allen's megayacht and damaged it badly.

Read on, enjoy, and, if you are lucky enough to be on the water...

...sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



European Yachts of the Year announced, no multihull winner
Des Ryan,
Looking for a new boat? Where do you start? One great indicator of the best boats on the market is the annual 'European Yacht of the Year', and they have just been announced. Four top sailing yachts have been honoured by judges from a span of sailing magazines in Europe. Beneteau, Dehler, Saphire and Contest were the big four, announced at BOOT Dusseldorf, but there was no multihull winner.... [more]
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Pittman Innovation Award winner: InReach SE
Lee Mylchreest,
DeLorme's inReach SE is another product which has been honoured with a Pittman Innovation Award in the field of electronics. The Awards annually recognised innovative gear for sailors. The inReach SE (screen edition) is an extraordinarily versatile handheld GPS tracker and global two-way Iridium satellite messenger.... [more]
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Lighthouse collides with megayacht - leads to compensation claim
Kitsap Report,
A terrifying scene at the Point-no-Point State Park near Seattle unravelled late Thursday afternoon as the iconic lighthouse perched on the northernmost tip of the Kitsap Peninsula unexpectedly collided with a 126 foot mega yacht just before 3 pm. This account from the Kitsap Report:... [more]
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Ten Parameters of Provisioning
Sheryl Shard,
How much stuff to take on a cruise? What things are really needed? What products will not be available where you go? Long-time cruiser and successful sailing journalist and TV presnter Sheryl Shard, after 24 years of cruising, answers some familiar questions: When Paul and I set sail for our first long-distance voyage from Lake Ontario to the Bahamas in 1989, we felt overwhelmed.... [more]
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Latest Caribbean murder of cruising sailor is tip of an iceberg
Nancy Knudsen,
It's time cruising rallies and Caribbean publicists stopped being so quiet about the violent crime in the Caribbean. The latest murder of an innocent British cruising sailor is only the last in a long line of murders in parts of the Caribbean. When 4 sailors were killed in the Indian Ocean a couple of years ago by Somalis it was mainstream world news, but many murders occur in the Caribbean... [more]
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French sailor in fast start for solo circumnavigation record
Sail-World,
French sailor Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo, has just started very fast from Brest for his latest attempt on his fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon's singlehanded non-stop around the world record. So far so good. Skipper Thomas Coville has got away to the required fast start for a successful circumnavigation. This morning (January 19) he reported passing the 1,000nm mark. Includes on-board... [more]
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Sail-World expands in Europe
Brendan Maxwell,
Sail-world.com, the World's largest sailing news network is expanding again, with five new marine sites soon to be launched in Europe, Sail-World publisher Rob Kothe announced in Copenhagen today.... [more]
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Over 50 whales rescued from New Zealand beach
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It's a sight nobody wants to see, especially sailors who often have a chance at an inspiring (not too close) encounter. Over 50 whales were discovered on the shore at New Zealand's Farewell Spit, a fairly remote beach on the South Island. Sadly it was the fifth time the whales tried to beach themselves, 22 of whom previously did not survive.... [more]
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SailSteer and SailTime win innovation award
Sail-World Cruising,
Every year since 1996, the Pittman Innovation awards, sponsored by SAIL magazine, recognize outstanding new products created by a sailing industry that remains forever fresh in its thinking. In a field packed with more innovative products than they've seen for a while, SAIL's judging panel had to think long and hard before awarding the overall prize to B&G's Sailsteer and Sailtime software... [more]
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Whale Tails: How Caribbean sailors can help whale research
Nathalie Ward,
Sailors for the Sea, a David Rockefeller project, whose mission it is to 'educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans', occasionally publishes essays about the state of our oceans, the dangers, the beauty and the current issues. Here is their latest.... [more]
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Gulf of Aden getting safe for sailors? - no way reports EU Naval Force
EUNAVFOR ATALANTA/Sail-World Cruising,
If there was any doubt that the Gulf of Aden was clear of pirates and it was again safe for sailing boats, this week's report from the EU Naval Force operating in the region should dispel any thought of sailing there for even the most foolhardy cruising sailor.... [more]
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TV's 'Distant Shores' ready for boat show season
Sheryl and Paul Shard,
It's Boat Show Season in North America and if you are anywhere close enough you can meet with the 'Distant Shores' crew. Sheryl Shard says: This is one of our favourite times of the year. You can check out the latest developments in boating gear, clothing and equipment; look at new boats, attend seminars, plan new adventures and dream... If there's snow, forget all about it at a boat show!... [more]
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Rescue after rudder loss, yacht abandoned, but was it necessary?
Des Ryan,
One critical question many long-range cruising sailors spend time thinking about is what to do in the case of a lost rudder. There are many jury rig suggestions, most of which don't work, but sailors have been known to sail thousands of miles steering with their sails, which throws into contrast the following story, not to mention their abandonment, rather than scuttling, of their disabled yacht..... [more]
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