What do 15-year-old Laura and 85-year-old Anthony have in common?
Why they've both just crossed the Atlantic!
We are all mourning because Dunk Island cannot be involved this year for a 'Dent to Dunk' this year after they were destroyed by cyclone Yasi.
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However, yachts anywhere in the vicinity of Airlie Beach, or who can get there before June 1st, will really miss out on some great experiences if you don't join the new Coral Coast Rally, 1st June to 12th June, ending in the beautiful Port Douglas. Read all the details below.
Again a veritable smorgasbord of news from the world's oceans this week...
The most moving and cheery story of the week for me was the 85-year-old sailor who constructed a raft (the Antiki) with two friends and sailed it across the Atlantic.
What were they proving? Apart from the fact that life over 80 doesn't need to be sedentary, you'll have to read the story.
In practical news there's a great, free downloadable book (Thoughts, Tips, Techniques and Tactics) for the solo sailor by someone who should know, and the Product of the Week is a gadget that gives you an Intranet on the boat so that navigational information can be shared by crew, even on your iPhone on the bow!
Of vital interest to all of us is the effects of Japan's nuclear incident and its effect on the oceans we sail, particularly now that it's been declared as serious as Chernobyl. Look for the scientific article by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for some balanced information.
Another tropical cruising tale from Meghan Cleary – this time read why her fiance is 'driving her nuts'; and 15-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker, just about to transit the Panama Canal, is still drawing high interest, and we've taken the unusual step of printing a cross section of the storm of readers' comments on her recent irritation with the media.
Unlike our own Jessica Watson, who stayed at sea in her non-stop sail until she arrived home as a hero, Laura is being greeted by a swarm of journalists, not all of them friendly or knowledgeable, every time she berths.
Many more articles too, so do some finger browsing to see what interests you
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|'Thoughts, Tips, Techniques and Tactics for Solo Sailors-download free |
Having the sky, the boat, the universe all to yourself in the middle of an ocean for days or weeks must be the greatest sailing experience of them all... watching the weather systems pass overhead, living with sunrises and sunsets, knowing it's all up to you to survive... 'Thoughts, Tips, Techniques and Tactics for Solo Sailors' by Andrew Evans is a great book to down-load, and it's free.... [more]
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