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 17 Jan 2013
 


The longest, the zaniest, the smallest, the most tragic, heart-warming

Yassine set to go, but his mast broken, until a small miracle happened  .
There are an amazing number of superlatives in this week's news stories, the most, the longest, the zaniest, the smallest. But I must start by mentioning the most heart-warming. It concerns a young Laser sailor in Thailand wanting to try for the world distance Laser record, but stymied for the lack of a mast. It's the background of the story that is the most moving of all, but I won't spoil it for you by telling.

A product we think needs a second look is the just-introduced world's smallest PLB. As the biggest problem with PLB's is getting crew to wear them all the time, maybe they are heading towards a solution. What about a PLB disguised as a watch?

Bavaria is introducing their longest sailing boat so far, just 56 feet or 27 metres, not launched yet, but available to order already, and our featured yacht this week. With cruising sailing boats getting longer and longer each year, it is sure to gather significant interest.

Another article profiles the zaniest, most eccentric and most exclusive yacht club in the world. Naturally it's in headquartered in Britain, the natural home of eccentricity, and you can't help but be amused by the joining criteria.

The idea for the club started after experienced British sailor David Latchford hit the buoy which warns of the Shingles -in broad daylight  .. .

Then there's the Australian sailor who has thrown out a challenge – he has sailed to, and set foot on, the most islands in a week, 74. Who can beat that?

The most tragic item of the week is of the woman who lost her life trying to fend her boat off a bridge piling. It's a good time to remind all crew (again) that any body part is no match for the power of your on-board gear, or the sea.

Gerry Hughes circumnavigation so far  .. .
The bravest deaf sailor in the world, who left Glasgow determined to complete a solo circumnavigation non-stop and unassisted, has been rolled in the Southern Ocean, his yacht damaged. The good news is that he has limped into Hobart for repairs, before continuing on his quest. Read his inspiring story.

Much more interesting news too - the Blue Planet Odyssey World Rally is gathering steam - so browse down the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet Sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



UK Sailmakers gives Yassine a new mast for 150nm Laser sail record
Nancy Knudsen,
In December we ran a story about how a young Moroccan sailor was in Thailand training to sail a 150nm course in a tiny Laser to break the world record. His problem was, his mast was broken and he couldn't afford a new one. Now, thanks to our Asia Editor Guy Nowell and UK Sailmakers Hong Kong representative, Barry Hayes, who read the story, things are looking up for Yassine Darkaoui.... [more]
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Blue Water Odyssey launches across the world
Sail-World Cruising,
Britain's Cruising Association is hosting the official launch of Jimmy Cornell's Round the World 'Blue Planet Odyssey', while several promotional launches are planned for across America in the next weeks. The Odyssey is a round world rally aiming at raising awareness about climate change, which could see the drowning of such famed communities as the Maldives and the San Blas...... [more]
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Woman dies fending off boat from bridge piling
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
One of the early lessons that aspiring sailors need to learn is the very real danger of using part of your body to fend off, mishandle a loaded winch, or any other task where one could lose a finger - or a life. This week, as if tragically exemplifying the lesson, a young woman has lost her life when she tried to fend off a bridge piling to prevent the boat she was travelling in colliding with it... [more]
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'Sailing Close to the Wind' - following Phoenicia around Africa
Sail-World Cruising,
The long awaited book, Sailing Close to the Wind, about the Phoenicia's 20,000 mile voyage that recreated the first circumnavigation of Africa by Phoenician mariners is now available. The Phoenicia was a sailing craft recreated as a replica of those of the ancient Phoenicias. Philip Beale, as Captain, and his crew made the journey to prove the Phoenicians could have done it.... [more]
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The right life jacket with ALL the systems, but good only if worn
Lee Mylchreest,
There's no doubt that getting several safety products into your life jacket is the key to having more options when in distress at sea. But none of the safety products are useful if you aren't actually wearing the jacket. So the other challenge for life jacket manufacturers is how to make it so comfortable you'll be happy to wear it ALL the time. The same applies to the MOB systems.... [more]
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New York-San Francisco record bid- Maserati quick cross of ITCZ
Sail-World Cruising,
The yacht trying to best the shortest time from New York to San Francisco via the Horn has completed a quarter of the distance in nine days. The record stands at 57 days+ , so they are doing well. Maserati, skippered by Italian sailor Giovanni Soldini, has already crossed the equator and is now sailing in the Southern Hemisphere towards the challenging Cape Horn... [more]
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All new Bavaria Cruiser 56, the longest of them all
Des Ryan,
Bavaria boats are getting longer! The new longest yacht in the Bavaria portfolio will celebrate its world premiere at boot 2013 in Düsseldorf, but it can already be ordered by dealers around the world. This new 17-meter boat in the Bavaria portfolio will be the flagship of the company and has an innovative design to deliver optimal sailing characteristics..... [more]
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New, the world's smallest Personal Locator Beacon.
OCean Signal/Sail-World Cruising,
Have you been reluctant to invest in a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) because you think 'it couldn't happen to me', or are they just too bulky and troublesome to worry about? The world's smallest PLB has just been introduced to the market, so you might try thinking again...... [more]
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The most exclusive - and eccentric - yacht club in the world
Nancy Knudsen,
A couple of weeks ago we wrote of two eccentric yacht clubs- one in Australia which can boast water only about every three years, and one in Britain which doesn't have water within a 100 km. Now we have learned of an even more eccentric yacht club, which rarely sees land at all, but boasts some pretty famous member sailors who've been responsible for some pretty infamous misadventures on water... [more]
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Canadian pirate schooner, shrouded in secrecy and mystery
Jay Underwood,
The Americas were rife with pirates for hundreds of years. But when the four mutineers of the ship Saladin were hung for piracy in Halifax in 1844, Nova Scotians might well have thought they had seen the last of the seafaring criminals. However another vessel might well have attempted to carry on the tradition of Captain Kidd... [more]
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Deaf solo circumnavigator, rolled in Southern Ocean, stops in Hobart
Sail-World Cruising,
A Scottish man hoping to become the first deaf yachtsman to sail solo around the world non-stop and unassisted is in Hobart for repairs after his yacht rolled at sea.... [more]
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Three thieves of boat engine's reliability - vital info for sailors
John Jamieson,
Like three thieves in the night they creep into your engine and work their way past the slumbering gate guards. Sliding and slithering like a nest of rattlers deep into the belly of your engine to wait... to rest. Until that moment that you push the starter button. And then they attack with relentless, merciless destruction....... [more]
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Can you beat this? Sailor visits 74 islands in seven days
Sail-World Cruising,
Cruising sailors get up to some pretty strange tricks, but can you beat this? Or do you know someone who can? One Australian sailor has clocked up setting foot on 74 islands in and around Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, and he's done it in the record time of seven days, one hour and four minutes.... [more]
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Consumer Electronics Show votes Bad Elf the best GPS device
HomePort/Sail-World Cruising,
At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, the Bad Elf® GPS Pro (BE-GPS-2200) Direct Satellite GPS was named the Best GPS Device in the TechRadar Best of CES 2013 Awards presented by DTS.... [more]
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Caribbean Christmas Sailing Rally - early enthusiasm
Afloat/Sail-World Cruising,
Organisers of the Caribbean Christmas Sailing Rally - a rally to cross the Atlantic from the Canaries to Antigua departing mid December - are buoyed by the early response.... [more]
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'Visionary pioneer' behind Henri Lloyd dies aged 87
Media Services,
The co-founder of the clothing brand Henri Lloyd, Henri Strzelecki, has died aged 87. The Polish-born former soldier and keen sailor was 'a visionary pioneer who sailed away peacefully,' on Boxing Day.... [more]
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