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 30 Jan 2014
 


New technology, new ideas, new innovations, even new islands...

Wrangell, Alaska, waiting for the boats to arrive  .
There's always something new happening on the sailing scene – new technology, new ideas, new rally ideas and new innovations, even new islands!. All of these are to be found in this week's news magazine below.

Up in Alaska they are getting ready for the arrival of a Salty Dawg Rally from Seattle, and over in Britain the highly interactive RYA Dinghy Show is promising to be the best ever.

The 'Magenta Line' along America's Intracoastal Waterway is being updated with the help of ActiveCaptain, and over in Greece they have delayed the prohibitive taxes on yachts they were about to introduce.

It's Japan, really, that this week wins the prize for novelty, with our article about Nijima. What's Nijima? Nothing but a new baby island just born south of Tokyo, but like many babies, is growing at great speed. Sailors beware - your charts will NOT be accurate.

Nijima, a brand new island in the Pacific  .. .


There's no help coming from either Australia or New Zealand in the thought-to-be-fruitless search for the seven crew of the schooner Nina, missing now for seven months in the Tasman Sea. However, New Zealand is now going to conduct an investigation into the search that was called off.

Be Good Too from the helicopter  .. .

After the controversy surrounding the abandonment of the catamaran Be Good Too off the coast of Virginia in the USA during the week, we are delighted to bring you the moment-by-moment account from one of the crew, sailing journalist Charles Doane, as published on his personal blog.

Directly as a result of that original article we have yet another jury-rig idea for when you lose your rudder at sea, and our product of the week is the Jurgan Tool-Free Clevis Pin, which has just won an innovation award.

Finally, there's a bit of a scare going on about a very large unlit ghost ship which could be drifting off the coast of Ireland somewhere. Read the story – and then your guess is as good as anyone's as to whether the ship is a current threat or a hulk at the bottom of the Atlantic.

Mmmm... if it were me sailing off the coast of Ireland I'd be keeping a good watch anyway...

Read on, enjoy, and if you are lucky enough to be out there...

...sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Meet Nijima, Pacific's newest island - but sailors warning, stay away
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Old salts always say 'don't just depend on the GPS or the AIS, look out the window!' and never is it truer at the moment than if you are sailing in Japanese waters south of Tokyo, where a new baby island is gradually enlarging.... [more]
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Activities for kids plentiful at the RYA Dinghy Show
Emma Slater,
If you're a British youngster who enjoys messing about on the water in a dinghy and want to improve your sailing skills; or perhaps you want to find out how to get started and have an exciting day out, then a trip to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show could be just the ticket.... [more]
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Abandonment of cat Be Good Too: The personal account
Lee Mylchreest,
We recently published a story about a rescue of the crew of sailing catamaran Be Good Too approximately 300 miles off the Virginia coast. Owners Gunther and Doris Rodatz, delivery skipper Hank Schmitt and sailing journalist Charles Doane abandoned a catamaran for a helicopter. A controversy followed, and here Charles Doane tells the full story.... [more]
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Boaters to aid in safer route for 70 year old 'magenta line'
BoatUS,
It is more than 70 years old, a thin magenta-colored line appearing on over 50 different navigational charts covering the North American Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, snaking along the route of the Intracoastal Waterway.... [more]
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Alaskan port gets ready for Salty Dawg Rally from Seattle
Sail-World round-up,
Not all of the rallies in the Northern Hemisphere head in a southerly direction. In June when the weather is warming, between 30 and 50 yachts will depart Seattle and arrive in Wrangell in Alaska on June 17, and the citizens of Wrangell are determined to put on a good show.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Jurgan Tool-Free Clevis Pin
Sail-World Cruising,
Sail-World Cruising's Product of the Week is the Jurgan tool-free clevis pin, which has recently won a 2014 Pittman Award for Innovation.... [more]
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Have you seen this boat? Sailor missing
Sail-World Cruising,
Have you seen this boat, called Golden Dawn of Kent? Or its solo skipper, Alastair Cruickshank? Friends and family of Alistair have not heard from him since October 2013, and are concerned.... [more]
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Yet another jury-rig steering idea
Christine Kling/Sail-World Cruising,
Recently we published a story of four sailors who lost their steering some 300 miles offshore, called for rescue and abandoned their cat. We queried the decision, quoting one sailor and his crew who completed 1400 miles in the Atlantic without a rudder. Now, courtesy of the Ocean Cruising Club, here is yet another method of jury-rigging a steering system once you have lost control of your rudder:... [more]
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Superyacht owners 'mostly care only about the TV'
Lee Mylchreest,
If, as a 'normal' cruising sailor, you have the occasional stab of envy about those who own superyachts, here's some reassuring news from a superyacht designer: Most people who order superyachts are mostly concerned about having a room for a giant TV. So when you thought they were leading a super-glam life, they are more likely to be stashed in front of their big screen.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: the Oyster 825
Sail-World Cruising,
If you needed more convincing of the ever-growing average size of cruising yachts, production boat builder Oyster's announcement that they have just taken their 32nd order for an Oyster in the 24m (80ft) and above superyacht sector, should be more strong evidence.... [more]
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Downunder Safety authorities refuse help to find missing schooner Nina
Lee Mylchreest,
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has declined to put out a daily alert to merchant vessels and aircraft to be on the lookout for the Nina, the schooner that went missing in the Tasman Sea seven months ago with six Americans and one British crew on board. New Zealand authorities have commissioned an independent reviewer to report on the search operation by RCCNZ searchers.... [more]
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Those aspiring to sail Greece: new Greek taxes delayed
Cruising Association/Sail-World,
The lobby is obviously prevailing, but those with ambitions to sail in Greek waters (or already there) are not in clear weather yet. Payment of a new Greek tax for all sailing in Greek waters, which is likely to have the effect of sending cruising sailors straight to Turkey or Croatia - or anywhere more friendly, has been delayed by the Greek government.... [more]
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Irish coastguard and sailing fraternity nervous about ghost ship
Des Ryan,
It's always of concern to sailors that unmanned vessels are sometimes abandoned at sea. Without lights they are a significant hazard to yachts at night. When that vessel is a 100m long ship, it causes anxiety to ocean-going sailors. The Russian ship Lyubov Orlova is one of these, abandoned by Transport Canada outside territorial waters almost a year ago. The Irish Coastguard still seems anxious... [more]
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