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 10 May 2012
 


Solar circles, round Britain by dinghy, ISAF warning, yacht feature

Triumph for the PlanetSolar crew  .
In the adventure stakes this week the alien-looking craft Turanor PlanetSolar has just completed the world's first circumnavigation purely on solar power, and just as they finished, a team in the USA announced a plan for just such a solar-powered journey around the 'Great Loop' of the USA – in a VERY different-looking boat... all in a good cause.

Talking of good causes, you could do worse than supporting Ludo Bennett-Jones, a brave young sailor who has just started circumnavigating Britain in a 16ft dinghy for charity.

On the subject of alternative solutions in search of sustainability, this week we're featuring cargo sailing ship Tres Hombres that is actually completing its third Atlantic crossing carrying a wide range of goods. It's a start (but there's a long way to go!).

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is now determined to dissuade cruising sailors from undertaking a journey through the pirate-filled North Indian Ocean – they have put out strong message this week as yet another alarm was sounded about missing cruising sailors feared kidnapped by Somali pirates.

18th May is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day to try to prevent fatalities that the simple wearing of a life jacket could have prevented... will you do it?

Salona 38 - for cruising or racing  .. .

Our yacht feature this week is of the Salona 38 – worth considering if you want to combine racing and cruising in the one package; the RYA is running courses on how to 'berth without embarrassment'; the success of the recent Antibes Yacht Show is evidence of the ongoing strength of the superyacht industry – someone isn't suffering from the current global economic woes; and finally there's the sad tale of the boat builder forced to move his half-built dream boat to the back yard because it's an 'eyesore'.

More too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



PlanetSolar - she's arrived! First around the world on solar energy
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
On Friday 4th May, after precisely 32,401nm, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar arrived back into the Hercule Harbour in Monaco, thereby achieving the first around-the-world voyage with solar energy!... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Parasailor
Sail-World Cruising,
Our product of the week, the parasailor, ideal for a short handed crew, was used on 33 sailing boats that took part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers at the end of last year.... [more]
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18 May: Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day
Sail-World Cruising/MCA,
The message does not seem to be getting through, so a multinational effort is on to make boaters wear life jackets AND YOU CAN HELP. It's the 'Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day'.... [more]
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Ludo Bennett-Jones - around Britain in a 16ft dinghy
Nancy Knudsen,
Yet another fund-raising sailor is sailing around Britain, and this one is doing it in a dinghy! 21-year-old Ludo Bennett-Jones is hoping to break two world records when he completes a circumnavigation of Great Britain from the Isle of Wight. He is bidding to become the youngest person to sail a 16ft Wayfarer dinghy two-handed around the coast and in the shortest time.... [more]
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Yacht feature: the new Salona 38
Lee Mylchreest,
Croatian company Salona has used the latest technology and high tech materials in their newest release, the Salona 38. They've benefited, they say, from the experience gained throughout creation of all their previous models from 34 to 60ft. But this time it will be the multi-award-winning Salona 37 that they are trying to outdo, no easy task... [more]
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Use this simple secret for anchor holding power!
John Jamieson,
The other day, a reader sent in a query as to why I recommend a 7: 1 scope on anchor rode as opposed to 3:1. After all, less rode means less hassle with having all that line messed up by gooey mud, slimy bottom crud, and other unknowns beneath the sea.... [more]
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Another Solar Odyssey - around the USA's 'Great Loop'
Cirina Catania, Technorati/Sail-World,
Just as Swiss/German inspired spectacular-looking Turanor PlanetSolar has completed the world's first ever circumnavigation on a craft powered by solar alone, a new venture is being prepared to traverse the entire 'Great Loop' of the United States in a very different-looking solar craft.... [more]
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Southern Spars rigged yachts dominate the 2012 Superyacht Awards
Josh Impey,
Southern Spars' rigged yachts once again dominated the 2012 World Superyacht Awards, with S.Y Vertigo taking top spot as she was crowned the 2012 sailing superyacht of the year and best sailing yacht 40m+ size range. Southern Spars' rigged Vertigo, is an astounding 67.2m and is equipped with the latest technology in both racing and cruising performance. She has a full Southern Spars rig and r... [more]
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Barque Picton Castle collecting supplies for South Pacific outreach
Susan Corkum-Greek,
She's circled the world five times, introducing hundreds of people to the challenges and rewards of traditional sailing, and this summer the Barque Picton Castle is on the East Coast sailing with the Tall Ships fleet and preparing for her next voyage – to the islands of the South Pacific.... [more]
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Tres Hombres - another sailing cargo ship
Nancy Knudsen,
Along with the large-scale desecration of the planet in so many spheres are signs that aware activists are making small inroads into how to live sustainability - and getting back to sailing is part of the plan. One of these is a sail cargo company that has been operating out of Den Helder in Netherlands for the last 3 years - The Fair Transport company and their sailing ship the Tres Hombres.... [more]
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RYA and marinas: Berthing without embarrassment
Sail-World Cruising/RYA,
I've heard it said that sailing across an ocean is sometimes not as nerve racking as getting into a difficult berth without embarrassment. Just the fact that other boat owners are watching nervously is enough to put you off, not to mention the other marina wanderers who have nothing else to do but watch the berthing skills of the latest arrival. So one UK marina, with the RYA, has taken action... [more]
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Is your vessel Ocean Safe Certified?
Ian Thomson,
As boaters, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office. Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact. So here are some alarming stats for you:... [more]
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Message from ISAF: Let your yacht take the ferry
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has a message for all cruising sailors in or approaching the Indian Ocean. Let your Yacht take the ferry – when considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and western Indian Ocean, north of 10 degrees south and west of 78 degrees east... [more]
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Piracy jitters cause international search - yacht found
Des Ryan,
Piracy jitters have caused yet another international search for a catamaran in the west Indian Ocean, but the search was successful, locating the yacht before it arrived at its destination. The yacht had merely had 'engine problems and bad weather.'... [more]
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Antibes Yacht Show thrives against the trend
Sail-World Cruising/Fraser Yachts,
While it is common knowledge that the yacht industry has been suffering greatly since the onset of the global recession, the same can not be said of the luxury end of the market, which continues to perform against the trend. The first few months of 2012 has seen interest in luxury yachts for sale remain high and this has been again confirmed with the success of the recent Antibes Yacht Show.... [more]
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'Eyesore' sailing ketch to be moved to the BACK yard
Lee Mylchreest,
Restoring a classic boat is something many a yacht lover aspires to, and it's often done at home. But the City of Newport Beach California claimed that one man's half-restored 1916 ketch was an eyesore, was 'destroying the residential character' of the neighbourhood, and demanded he remove it.... [more]
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