The Battle for the Atoll
A wildly varied peppering of news from the world's oceans this week, from the unusual to the zany, from the useful to the ridiculous.
|Minerva Reef - the Battle for the Atoll .|
'No lifejacket' deaths:
Tragic and unnecessary deaths of people in the water this week. Those who lost their lives were not sailors, but it is nevertheless a timely warning about how vital are life jackets and/or harnesses when setting out on a voyage.
The Battle for the Atoll:
Cruising sailors often need to be conscious of the political situation of their cruising destinations, but having to stay away from a remote atoll in the South Pacific must take the prize for ridiculousness. Tonga and Fiji both claim the atoll, and Tonga has just aided and abetted an escaping soldier from Fiji, so Fiji is looking for ways of reprisal. The story is of amusingly Lilliputian proportions, but sailors are advised to stay away anyway.
Shattered pirate-trapped rallies reach the Med safely:
Participants from a wide range of countries in both rallies who were caught this year on the wrong side of the Somali pirate zone trying to reach the safe waters of the Red Sea have now reached Mediterranean waters. However it was not without trauma on all sides, and sadly the pressure caused acrimony between organisers and participants in both rallies.
Fifteen-year-old Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker is getting closer and closer to crossing her second and largest ocean – she's in Tahiti now, and still going strong.
Product of the Week:
The new Extreme XYZ anchor is featured.
Some stories to learn by in this edition too – when all goes wrong on your boat if you have a Smart Phone you may still be able to find your position with a new App; and it was a stark reminder this week about just how dangerous that outboard motor on your dinghy can be when a man had his foot sliced off. Then there is an article from John Jamieson who has good advice about preparing your yacht for a storm.
Much else too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
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