Dekker/Moitessier and other amazing adventures
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|Laura Dekker - reluctant to reach land after 47 days peacefully at sea .|
This week, as ever, there's plenty of it. OceansWatch is calling for sailors interested in getting involved in saving our oceans to meet in Mooloolaba. If you are anywhere close it's a great opportunity. Read how Tasmania is developing some new infrastructure for yachties, and that great boating company Mariner Boating Holidays has a brand new adventure to talk about in Croatia.
Two adventure sailing expeditions worth mentioning: First there's the arrival of 16-year-old Laura Dekker in to Durban after a 47-day journey across the Indian Ocean. What a cool sailor she is...the only thing that seems to ruffle her is having to give up life on the ocean to approach land and cope with too much attention – shades of Bernard Moitessier. He was so reluctant to become the first winner of a round-world yacht race that he just kept on sailing instead and finished his life in Tahiti.
The other amazing adventure, begun in 2002, not only encompasses Seven Oceans but also Seven Peaks. It is by the six members of Swiss Family Schwörer, four of whom were, wait for it, born during the voyage!
Both of these expeditions are being carried out by very able seafarers, but, blame the GPS and all the other gizmos that are meant to make sailing easier if you like, but there are far too many sailors with insufficient skills out there on our oceans, too often requiring rescue when they should be able to get home themselves. Read my opinion piece.
|Bernard Moitessier - so reluctant for fame that he sailed away to the South Pacific .. .|
There is so much new gear on the market these days, so many advances in both technology and materials, that it's hard to keep up with the options. The DAME marine design awards were announced this week, (sadly no awards for Australian inventions) and some really amazing innovations are among the winners. At first I thought that giving the overall award to a port-hole window was a bit trivial and trite, but changed my mind when I saw just how it could potentially revolutionise portholes in new yacht designs.
Two rallies featured this week – the ARC Rally is just about to depart to cross the Atlantic and our own Port2Port Rally is just finishing after a South Pacific crossing, organised by the hard-working people at the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club.
Finally, some rescues are recounted. We usually choose to include a rescue stories if there is a lesson to be learned, and one of the wonderful things about cruising is that you never, never stop learning.
These were just a few highlights – plenty more there, so browse the headlines.
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|Lifesling, life jacket, light, whistle -all praised in medal award |
Jake Fish, US Sailing/Sail-World Cruising,
'A life jacket, a whistle and a light. My God, how simple it can be? But that's what it was,' the words of Robert Arzbaecher, receiving the Hanson Rescue Medal in Chicago this week. During the awards ceremony Arzbaecher marveled at how effective basic mandatory equipment was, including the simple Lifesling that many yachts have onboard hoping they will never have to use it.... [more]
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