After Sandy, non-stop solo sailors galore, Oyster 100 and more
Like everyone else, sailors around the world are commiserating this week with the victims of devastating Hurricane Sandy on the northeast coast of the USA, but naturally will have special empathy with the hundreds of boat-owners, and live-aboard cruising sailors whose boats have been destroyed by the largest Atlantic hurricane on record.
One of the earliest casualties was the HMS Bounty, with the death of two crew, including the captain, Robin Waldridge. An investigation has begun into, among other things, why the tallship left port with the hurricane warning active.
An RNLI rescue will give pause to solo sailors who think they'll only need their PLB if they go overboard, and another whale has breached on top of a boat in South Africa.
|Photo of breaching whale on sailing boat two years ago was captured by photographer .. .|
Talking of solo sailors, just when you think that all the records possible have been set, along comes another set of adventurers to attempt non-stop solo sail around the world.
This week three sailors are attempting firsts of their own:
India has produced its first sailor to set out on a non-stop solo attempt, navy officer Abhilash Tomy; a Swedish sailor has announced he will attempt a non-stop circumnavigation in a 10ft boat; and 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, already the oldest woman sailor to circumnavigate the world solo, but with stops, has started her own non-stop odyssey. We'll be watching the progress of all three...
Investigations into recent incidents have produced some surprising results – two British sail trainers on trial after the Liquid Vortex rescue exonerated of all charges, and 'poor seamanship' found responsible for two fatal yacht incidents off the west coast of America.
The yacht of the week is the Oyster 100, Product of the Week is the curiously named Bad Elf, and John Jamieson has some good tips on safety checks before you leave port.
All these stories and more, so browse the headlines to find your interest, and ...
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|PLB Where? Permanently attached to your person of course |
An Ancient Mariner,
If you are, or have a yen to be, a solo sailor, the place for your PLB is around your waist, on your life jacket or somehow else attached to your person. 'I don't intend to get washed overboard, I concentrate all my efforts on staying onboard,' you might say. Good reply, but here's an incident this week that could change your mind, and this could have happened to anyone, any time, any place. .... [more]
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|Jeanne Socrates, indomitable, sails again |
She's off to circumnavigate the world again, this time non-stop. Fit, strong, athletic 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, dogged by mostly mechanical problems in her earlier attempts, is again attempting to sail around the world solo and non-stop. If you ever doubted she had the stamina to do it, this hitch-filled beginning will put you straight, told in her own words:... [more]
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