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 03 Apr 2014
 


Dekker honoured, Affordable Boat Act, sea mysteries, Arctic adventure

Laura Dekker on arrival in New Zealand  .
If Laura Dekker can't come to the Ocean Cruising Club, the OCC is coming to Laura. As Laura's planned trip to the UK to accept her Award of Merit for her 'youngest ever' solo circumnavigation of the world and onward journey to New Zealand has fallen through, the Whangarei OCC has just announced it will honour her this Saturday in the town where she was born.

Many readers were initially taken aback by the new Affordable Boat Act sneaked in by the Government earlier this week, but when they realised the reality of it, most accepted it as inevitable.

Sea mysteries have fascinated readers for thousands of years, vanishing boats, ghost ships, improbable tales, leaving so many questions unanswered ... and they're still happening today. In this edition we bring you three which are playing out without any answers so far, just this week.

Mystery of John Edward Garner's death  .. .


The skill that Mediterranean sailors take for granted can nevertheless be quite scary to even experienced sailors who are unaccustomed to it – so-called 'Med Mooring'. This week Paul Shard makes it seem easy with a simple step-by-step guide.

The most adventurous story this week is of an Arctic adventure that you can choose to do, no matter where you live. If you can't get your own boat to Norway to sail Norway and Russia, there are boats to charter and a really amazing itinerary.

Two yachts are featured this edition, at opposite ends of the scale – the delightful 58m Kokomo II and Nautitech's newest offering, the very spacious Open 40 catamaran, 'open' being the key word for this innovative boat.

Kokomo III at anchor  .. .


Finally, lots of great practical knowledge for the ever-learning sailor (and aren't we all?): What to do about oil spills even though you hope you will never be responsible for one, how to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning and two great small products, the clever LineGrabber and the smart-looking and versatile Chafeguards.

Much more too, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet Spring sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Laura Dekker honoured by OCC Award of Merit in New Zealand
OCC/Sail-World Cruising,
If Laura can't come to the OCC, the OCC is coming to Laura. Laura Dekker, youngest ever solo circumnavigator, is to be honoured by the Award of Merit from the world wide Ocean Cruising Club in her birth city of Whangerai in New Zealand, by local members of the Ocean Cruising Club in a ceremony this coming Saturday, 5th April, because her planned trip to London for the awards has fallen through.... [more]
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Using Gmail and your newsletters have stopped arriving?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
We receive a range of different email newsletters to which we subscribe, and we have found over the last month they are all ending up in Gmail Spam bin. Now we know that Gmail does a great job protecting our email box from real spam but this is just plain irritating. And when a Microsoft password email is labelled as Spam by Gmail, you know its not just you.... [more]
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Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know?
BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,
How much do you know about fuel spills? What do you do first, second and then...? This course, sponsored by BoatUS Foundation is aimed at those who operate marinas, but the information is excellent for all to know, no matter where in the world you are, and if you have ever had to fuel your own boat.... [more]
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Smaller but plenty of space: The Nautitech Open 40
Des Ryan,
With new cruising boats getting longer and longer, the desire for a smaller boat with plenty of space is still alluring to the seasoned sailing couple. The smaller the boat the easier to handle, the smaller the boat the smaller is the expense of the fittings, and you'll never even think of needing to take crew to handles the big blows or cross oceans. Enter the brand new Nautitech Open 40... [more]
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Product of the Week: Chafe guards save lines from friction
Des Ryan,
Chafing is something the cruising sailor is constantly aware of, particularly on the longer journey where it might be difficult to replace items chafed to their danger point. Even when lines rub against dock hardware, their service life is significantly reduced. This can be remedied with jury-rigged arrangements, but there's nothing like a purpose built chafe protector for a good night's sleep... [more]
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Government sneaks through the 'Affordable Boat Act'
Nancy Knudsen,
Sitting until the early hours of the morning, the government has just sneaked in a new law called: 'The Affordable Boat Act' declaring that every family unit MUST purchase a new boat once they reach a certain level of combined income. These 'affordable' boats will cost an average of $54,000-$155,000 each, dependent on income, and will provide a much-needed boost to the economy.... [more]
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Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
Sail-World.com,
The International Court of Justice - on Monday ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: Kokomo III - and she could be yours
Lee Mylchreest,
She was designed by Dubois and manufactured in New Zealand by Alloy Yachts, launched in 2010. She is just 58m in length, she is one of the finest fly bridge sailing sloops in the world, and she could be yours for just GBP40m (or around USD66m). She is Kokomo III; but if you sail on her, you won't want to take a crowd - she can accommodate just 10 guests.... [more]
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Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world
Asia News Network/Sail-World Cruising,
We all have different reasons sailing - the competition, the fresh air, the sense of freedom, or merely the love of the sea in all its moods. A few of us even give up everything else to sail away into the sunset. But what does it take for two NON-sailors to decide to sail around the world? The answer: some life-shattering event, as happened to Singaporean non-sailor, Ng Yong Seng.... [more]
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Mysteries of the seas, happening right now - missing, sunk, foul play
Lee Mylchreest,
It's true that most of Sail-World's tales of the sea involve suspense, achievement and/or a hedonistic delight with the waves and sun, sunsets and moonlight. But there are others, stories half told, mysteries which blackly hint at a dark finish, and those are happening around us every week too. Here are this week's, in the Atlantic, the Timor Sea and the Caribbean:... [more]
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Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter
Des Ryan,
Last week we told of a sailing voyage from Moscow to the White Sea - or reverse. Now here's an opportunity to sail with experienced sailors from Norway to the White Sea in Russia to join up with the previous itinerary.... [more]
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Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again
Lee Mylchreest,
Sailing is not only the most enjoyable of all sports or lifestyles, it can be a life-changing event for those with a background of hardship. Out there on the waves, the problems on land seem to fall away into the wake, whether it is planned or not. So Germany's 'Fleet of Hope' sets and example each year about how young people can be helped, just by taking them sailing.... [more]
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3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters
Haemus/Sail-World Cruising,
How far back in history does sailing - or boating - go? Archeologists have been continually surprised over the years, and now a boat dating from 1200BC has been discovered, not in Egypt but in Croatian waters, an incredible 3,200 years old - and it's in pretty good shape.... [more]
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Product of the Week: the LineGrabber
Des Ryan,
Simple, effective, floats, cheap and it works! Music to a sailor's heart, so the LineGrabber, if you haven't tried one already, should be a winner for most cruising sailors. While there are various knots and mechanical devices that can attach an intermediate tie-off point onto a line, often the best solution is the most simple.... [more]
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Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay
Paul Shard,
Paul Shard, successful author and sailing TV host, is currently aboard a Southerly 49 sailing boat Distant Shores II in the British Virgin Islands with his co-star and wife, Cheryl. Here he describes the method of mooring that can confuse the unaccustomed, so-called 'Med Mooring'.... [more]
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Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat?
RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
In 2013, a mother and her 10 year old daughter died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in a cabin cruiser. More recently two fishermen, who were found dead on their boat, are believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning because the boat's cooker was left on for heat on a cold night. Sailors should make themselves aware of what equipment on your boat gives off carbon monoxide... [more]
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