PlanetSolar in Brisbane, Jessica Watson in new role, tragic yacht fire
Turanor PlanetSolar, the largest solar-powered craft in the world, has finished its crossing of the Pacific – its second ocean – and is now happily berthed in Brisbane after drawing plenty of interest as it cruised up the Brisbane River.
|PlanetSolar arriving in Brisbane .. .|
Jessica Watson, who wowed us all with her round-world sail through the Southern Ocean, goes from strength to strength, now being appointed by the United National World Food Programme (WFP) as the agency's youth representative against hunger - and what an enthusiastic response from WFP officials visiting Canberra.
Fires can happen on sailing boats - sad story from Rockhampton about the solo sailor whose yacht burnt to the waterline and wrecked itself on Townsend Island while he escaped with his life in his dinghy.
There was a daunting message about MOB situations in a sailing incident this week. When a British skipper was washed overboard in rough conditions his three experienced crew were unable to pull him back on board in spite of his wearing a life jacket and harness. Rescuers had to be called, and he was losing consciousness by the time they arrived. Read the story.
Bermuda is in the news, showing that they value the yachting community at last. The normal three week visa has been changed to three months – bravo!
On the other hand Fiji, where most nationalities don't even need a visa for the first four months and the yacht can stay for 18 months, is having trouble keeping up with its yachting boom. Where you welcome me I shall come!
Awareness is the sailor's best friend, and I must admit I sailed for years without any thought that there was an ever-present potential danger when trying to reach the yacht in my dinghy. But when the planets line up the wrong way a dinghy can be lethal, as our story about 'dinghy danger' this week explores.
Lightning is also an ongoing potential threat on a sailing boat, so check out the ten tips about actions you can take to minimise the danger.
Keeping the servicing of various pieces of equipment on your boat up to date can be a challenge. With so many dates to remember it's easy to forget one, so this week's Product of the Week, YACHTONUS.com is worth a try, and the basic version is free.
Lots of other news and useful and practical stories too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
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