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 31 Jan 2013
 


Shackleton Epic and Pete Goss in the Southern Ocean

Alexandra Shackleton drying out on the single sunny day  .
Two sailing adventures are in the news this week, both in the Southern Ocean, both have reached the half way mark and both are hanging in there, in spite of turbulent times.

British sailing hero Pete Goss reports on his half-way finished circumnavigation of Tasmania in a sailing kayak with his mate Andy Warrender - read about their dramatic overboard experience. In another part of the Southern Ocean Australian adventurer Tim Jarvis and a British/Australian team are recreating Ernest Shackleton's amazing 800 nm sail in an open boat to South Georgia to rescue his stranded crew. They've had every possible weather but they're half way there and spirits are buoyant.

The international nature of the modern rescue is one of its significant features – the communication and cooperation between countries and authorities is very impressive these days. Read this week's prime example.

A wide variety of informative and useful news from all the world's oceans again this week. Articles on chartering in the Caribbean; the restoration of a heritage sailing gig; the dramatic arrest and conviction of two sailors on cocaine import; and a story on one sailing ship which is transporting cargo across the Atlantic without using fossil fuels. Finally, Captain Calamity is back – his 15th rescue has just occurred..

Tobago Cays - best pick in the Caribbean  .. .

In practical news, read why you should NOT paint your hull red, but another bright colour; how to go about making the best medical kit for your boat; and John Jamieson offers some excellent advice on how to avoid the danger of your boat sinking through a faulty skin fitting.

Much more too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest

Sweet Sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



In the Wake of Shackleton - so far so good
Lee Mylchreest,
To honour his remarkable 800 nautical mile voyage across the Southern Ocean, Ernest Shackleton's feat is being recreated. Australian Tim Jarvis is leading the expedition in the Alexandra Shackleton, a purpose-built, exact replica of Shackleton's 22.5-foot (6.9m) lifeboat, James Caird across the same stretch of open ocean and then attempt to cross the rugged peaks of South Georgia, as they did.... [more]
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Britain's RYA won't lie down on Marine Navigation Bill
Louise Nicholls,
Britain's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) doesn't like the new harbour authority powers in Britain and is doing something about it. They report that talks with the British Ports Association, UK Major Ports Group and Chamber of Shipping are progressing positively towards the development of a non-statutory mechanism that would address RYA concerns... [more]
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Safety and your medical kit - what should you take?
Des Ryan,
The first time I did a first-aid course was just before I went for a three week sail, across the Pacific. The information was great, but I couldn't help thinking all the way through the course, 'But there will be no emergency number to call - I need to know what to do for a week, not for the first 30 minutes before the paramedic gets there.... [more]
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Sole surviving heritage sailing gig to be restored
ThisisCornwall/Sail-World Cruising,
Those who love heritage sailing boats are very excited in Cornwall, UK, at the moment. A historic fishing boat which plied Cornish waters for more than 80 years before being left to rot on a quayside is to get a new lease of life thanks to the efforts of maritime enthusiasts.... [more]
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Sailor 'on holiday' found guilty of drug import
Sail-World Cruising,
In the easy camaraderie of an anchorage or a marina, it is easy to assume that the boat next to you has sailors in it 'just like you', but the following belies that. A sailor who had just completed a passage from St Lucia to Britain has been found guilty of importing cocaine, even though he maintained that he was on a holiday after a marriage break-up and didn't know the skipper before the voyage... [more]
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Sailing the Caribbean - not as out of reach as you might think
Des Ryan,
Is sailing on the Caribbean just for a lucky few? Renting a private vessel and cruising through a warm, salty-breezed heaven - does it sound out of reach? Not so, say the yacht charterers of the Caribbean. And it's not just for yachties and experienced sailors, but possible even if you are a landlubber eager to chalk up an unforgettable, fully crewed, tropical experience.... [more]
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Another very modern rescue in the Atlantic
US Coastguard/Sail-World Cruising,
The world of the successful modern rescue has to be a symphony of modern electronics and international cooperation. Three sailors on a yacht, dismasted almost half way between Europe and America, were rescued after their distress signal was picked up by satellite. The registration of their EPIRB showed as Polish and the three sailors are now on their way to Norway, rescued by a Barbudan ship... [more]
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UK sailors: Nominations open for 2013 RYA Volunteer Awards
Susie NationGrainger/Sail-World,
Attention British sailors: Britain's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has officially commenced the search for 2013's most inspirational volunteers in Britain by opening nominations for the 2013 RYA Volunteer Awards. The awards which have been running for over thirty years recognise the outstanding contributions made to our sport by volunteers throughout the UK.... [more]
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Capsized red hull easier to find - then why not? Here's why not
Des Ryan,
None of us wants to experience losing a keel and having to be rescued from our overturned boat in the middle of an ocean. While cruising yachts are very unlikely to lose a keel, a recent report suggested that hulls be painted red to make them easier to find, so why not? But that wasn't the end of the story...... [more]
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Rockefeller Mermaid Mission: Rescuing our seas in 2013
Sail-World Cruising,
While American philanthropist David Rockefeller leads actions rescue our oceans, his wife Susan Rockefeller has been directing a film called Mission of Mermaids, dedicated to love and preservation of the ocean. As preserving and rescuing our oceans is a subject dear to most cruising sailor's hearts, we here offer Susan's suggested resolutions for helping our oceans in 2013:... [more]
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Tres Hombres: slow cargo but sustainable, an early success
Gercine Carter/Sail-World Cruising,
Slow food, why not slow cargo? Can sustainable sail-powered transport ever hope to compete with ships? The Tres Hombres, a 32metre brigantine originally built as a fishing cutter which we have been reporting on for a couple of years, is still sailing between Europe and America carrying cargo successfully - and looking for trainees.... [more]
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Captain Calamity - 15 rescues but he doesn't want saving
Sail-World Cruising,
At Sail-World we started writing about British catamaran sailor Glen Crawley in 2007, when RNLI members had said they had 'lost count' of the number of times they had rescued him. Then in 2008, after several more rescues, the Newquay harbourmaster imposed a ban on him setting sail alone until he gained a basic competency qualification. Years have passed but the rescues continue.... [more]
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Use This Sailing Safety Tool in a Flooding Emergency!
John Jamieson,
The average sailing boat could have eight to twelve holes drilled below the waterline. These 'through-hulls' are used for heads, sink and shower drains, cockpit scupper drains, engine intake, instrument transducers, shaft exits and the rudder post. Each could be the source of a catastrophic ingress of water.... [more]
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Goss in sailing kayak round Tasmania - Going tough but half way there
Stuart Elford/Sail-World Cruising,
British sailing legend Pete Goss and his mate Andy Warrender have gone overboard in a dramatic incident that could have spelled the end of their journey, but they have rounded the Southern Capes of Tasmania that mark the halfway point in their 1500 km circumnavigation of the Australian island state by sailing kayak... [more]
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Dubai International Boat Show: 5-9 March 2013
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC),
The Dubai International Boat Show will run 5 - 9 March 2013, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, showcasing more than 450 of the finest collection of super yachts and leisure craft from across the globe, and attracting more than 26,000 visitors each year, the combined mix of family entertainment and live events offers the complete visitor experience, with something for everyone.... [more]
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