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 28 Jun 2012
 


Goodbye pirates, whale story,Beneteau Oceanis 45, HF or satphone, more

Bruno Pelizzari, right, and Deborah Calitz, left, hold hands at the presidential palace a few hours after they were released by their captors in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, June 21, 2012. The two South Africans held hostage for 20 months after being kidnapped in October 2010 from a yacht by Somali pirates have been freed, Somalia's defense minister said Thursday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  .
For all cruising sailors with a heart, the biggest news of the week was the rescue – finally – of the two South African sailors who had been held captive by Somali pirates for 20 long months. Pallid photos of the two tell of their privations, but this means that, for the first time for several years, there are no cruising sailors being held for ransom by the Somalis. Let's hope it stays that way!

While we're still out there on the world's oceans, Jeanne Socrates is well on her way to another Oldest-female record. Once she reaches Victoria in Canada, she will be the oldest female to have circumnavigated via the Five Southern Capes – but not non-stop, and, at 70, that's her next gig.

The Californian solo sailor who lost his boat after colliding with a whale is back home and telling his story; Opsail tall ships spectacle is still making many an elegant splash down the east coast of America with a United Nations of tall ships, and there's a feature on the sailing dhows of Arabia and how they are resurging in popularity.

Closer to home, John Curnow tests out the Beneteau Oceanis 45, and now knows just why it was voted the European Yacht of the Year in the Family Cruiser category for 2012.

New fixed mounting for asymmetric furler in the anchor fairlead is visible here. - Oceanis 45  John Curnow ©

In practical matters, Carolyn Shearlock talks sense about what to stow in that critical locker behind the galley stove, John Jamieson talks about a basic skill that is useful in many situations – knowing your pivot point, and Allan Riches discusses the advantages and disadvantages of satphones and HF Radios at sea, and what makes the difference where YOU live.

Finally, read about yet another 90-year-old active sailor – this one is not only a regular sailor, he's held his class championship for the last ten years!

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Freed South African sailors to reach Johannesburg today
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
South African cruising sailors Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz, the couple freed from pirates in Somalia last week, are expected back in Johannesburg today (Wednesday) after flying to Italy so that Bruno could see his elderly mother.... [more]
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Kidnapped cruising sailors freed after 20 months captivity
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
They're FREE. Cruising sailors around the world will be jubilant to learn that Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, cruising sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates almost two years ago, have been freed! This was announced by Somalia's Defence Minister yesterday.... [more]
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Beneteau Oceanis 45 - It's a big wrap!
John Curnow,
2012 European sailboat of the year in the family cruiser category, eh? It's a big wrap for the Beneteau Oceanis 45, but it's also a fair one.... [more]
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Norwegian Star to the rescue of six sailors
Lee Mylchreest,
The cruise passengers on the Norwegian Star received more than their money's worth in entertainment this week, when the Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship rescued six sailors suffering from severe seasickness and the loss of their rudder.... [more]
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Cruising sailor in whale collision tells his story
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A long range cruising sailor on a 50ft Perry Cutter had to be rescued after being hit by a breaching whale off the coast of Mexico, on the final leg of his journey round the world. The collision damaged his steering and caused the boat to start sinking. Now he is home in Sacramento, California, ready to tell his amazing story of the freak incident and his survival... [more]
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Solo sailor Jeanne Socrates - new 'oldest ever' record on the way
Nancy Knudsen,
She just keeps breaking 'oldest ever' records, and she's on her way to another. British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates, already the oldest ever female solo circumnavigator after finishing her last circumnavigation in Cape Town, has just left Tahiti on her way across the Pacific to Victoria in Canada. On arrival she will have become the 'oldest ever' woman to circumnavigate via the Five Great Capes... [more]
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Satphone or SSB? - maybe it depends on where you are...
Allan Riches/Sail-World,
Last week we published a story about Britain's MCA extending advice to a sailor on a 22ft boat who had been rescued in the Atlantic that it would have been advisable to have a satphone on board. No mention was made of an HF Radio. This week Allan Riches, long time mover and shaker behind Brunei Bay Radio and well-known to long range cruising sailors, writes the following article:... [more]
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Once every ten years - the Opsail tall ships spectacle
Sail-World Cruising,
If you love the sight of tall ships you'll not want to miss it - but it's almost over. Only once every 10 years, spectacular tall ships with billowing sails and multiple masts glide smoothly into harbours along the U.S. eastern seaboard, and there are only two opportunities left to see such an awe-inspiring sight as Opsail 2012.... [more]
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Dhows, a thing of the past - and the future.
Sail-World Cruising,
The dhow has been fixed in the Western imagination as a romantic Arabian seacraft of the past, but, apart from the fact that they are still used for the transport of goods even today, they are also undergoing a dramatic revival, among sailors in the UAE who don't want to lose their traditional past.... [more]
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The key to boat docking - know your pivot point
John Jamieson,
Even though your boat is primarily a sailing boat, you will need to be able to manoeuvre with skill under power too. You'll be able to dock your boat easily and safely when you know your boat's pivot point.... [more]
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Stowage and Safety . . . Don't Get Burned
Marine News,
Due to the curvature of the hull, most boats have a storage locker just behind the stove, as in the photo. What should you never, ever put in this locker? A quick safety tip from TheBoatGalley.com . . . but one that can save a lot of misery!... [more]
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A flotilla sailing holiday - a great combination!
American Sailing Association,
An ASA Flotilla is a great way to have a gorgeous holiday, while upskilling your sailing techniques and meeting a bunch of interesting people. Here's the story of a recent flotilla, told by a participant:... [more]
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Another 90-year-old sailor and skipper discovered
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week we wrote of a Tasmanian sailor, Anne von Gizycki, still skippering her own boat at the age of 90. Thanks to reader Denis Farley, we have found another nonagenarian sailor. Santo Pezzutti turned 90 in this month and is the current Sanderling fleet champion at the Monmouth Boat Club, located in Red Bank, New Jersey on the Navesink River, in the USA.... [more]
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Tonga wrecking: Search for crew from yacht is suspended
Sail-World,
The search for two men missing after their yacht was wrecked last Thursday near the island of Late, west of Vava'u, Tonga, has been suspended. An extensive air, sea, and land-based search coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has failed to locate the two Australian men, both in their sixties.... [more]
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Change in salinity detected in the world's oceans
CSIRO,
In a paper published in the journal Science, Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, reported varying patterns of salinity in the global ocean during the past fifty years, marking a clear fingerprint of climate change.... [more]
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Yacht explosion imposter may have done same in Galveston
Benjamin Preston,
United States Coast Guard officials are saying that there may be a connection between last week's fake Jersey Shore maritime distress call and a similar hoax call they received in Galveston, Texas last month. New York City's Coast Guard unit had received a distress call on June 11 alleging that the motor yacht Blind Date had exploded and sunk, leaving 21 passengers stranded... [more]
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Opinion: Costa Rica could cost Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson
Jeff Hansen- Sea Shepherd,
/Some 10 years ago, the Sea Shepherd ship Ocean Warrior and her crew intervened against an illegal shark finning operation in Guatemalan waters by the Costa Rican long liner (and previously convicted poaching vessel) the Varadero I. In April 2002, the Varadero I was caught fifty miles inside Guatemalan waters. Rob Stewart filmed and documented their shark finning operations... [more]
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