Cats hailed, sailing adventures - planned, achieved, foiled
Catamarans are in the news this week with the Multihull Solutions showcasing its stunning new Helia 44 at the Pittwater Sail Expo on 22/23 March. If you're anywhere within reach of Sydney put the date in your diary. But if you're already sold on the idea of a catamaran, there's a new syndicate going in the Whitsundays - and what a trouble-free system of boat-owning that is!
|Helia 44 - imagine being able to holiday on this, at a fraction of the price and without any maintenance cares .|
While many of us simply go sailing to get away from the work-a-day world, to relish the fresh free wind in the sails and our hair for a time, there are those who dream of great adventures – and go for them.
This week's magazine is a celebration of these on the world's oceans – some adventures planned, some wonderfully achieved, some foiled by circumstance.
Our sympathies have to be with Scottish solo sailor Andrew Halcrow, who has just lost his second attempt to circumnavigate the world non-stop – after he had rounded Cape Horn. His friends could do well to remind him that one of the most celebrated non-competitive sailors in the world today, Jeanne Socrates failed in her first two similar attempts. In another story two Swedish sailors rescued near Bermuda are a reminder that 'it can happen to me.'
|Andrew Halcrow - second time not so lucky .. .|
On the achievement side, the Cruising Club of America has just announced its outstanding sailors of the year (and Jeanne Socrates is up there again) and the Ocean Cruising Club has introduced – and awarded – a new Endurance Award.
Down in the Southern Ocean Ginovanni Soldini and his team on go-fast boat Maserati have just rounded the Horn in their attempt to break the New York to San Francisco record – they're doing well, too, so hold your breath for a new record.
|The two brave young women, deserving of the assistance of Oman Sail .. .|
Over in the Indian Ocean, there there is an adventure in the planning stages – An Omani sailor and a British quadriplegic sailor will attempt an ocean crossing across the Arabian Sea.
This edition is simply packed with other news as well – of the agony of the cruising yachts still impounded by the Mexican government; of a great book for the galley-slave put together with the help of 60 years of cruising experience; of some students who accidentally sent their robot sailing boat across the Atlantic; and finally, most importantly some great tips on making a super job of painting your own boat, by our own Island Cruising Association.
|Unmanned sailing boat with Guernsey fisherman who found it .. .|
Read on, enjoy, and...
Sweet autumn sailing!
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
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