So much happening in the world of sailing!
Sail-World and its boating subsidiaries have been growing at a phenomenal rate, making it, by far, the largest sailing publication in the world. Translated into over 15 languages, these days Sail-World Cruising alone sends over fifty thousand editions of our news magazine to the inboxes of cruising sailors every week - and this is small compared to our America's Cup sites. Obviously we're delighted, but the technical challenges sometimes cause issues.
|David Champtaloup in sailing mode .|
Changing our banks of servers to cope with the growth has caused frustrations and some unreliable news magazine deliveries. If your weekly news magazine did not arrive last week, please accept our apologies.
But news from the world of the cruising sailor is forever fascinating and relevant wherever you sail, even though life on the water can be a little brisk at this time of year.
This week's profile is of David Champtaloup (see photo above), well known member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) and speaker at this year's inaugural Cruising Masterclass at the Sydney International Boat Show.
We're staying in touch with 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, still some 700nm from Victoria and her quest to become the oldest female to circumnavigate the globe, solo, non-stop and unassisted. A lot can happen in 700nm, so watch this space.
There are important notices to mariners, great new products, tales about kids' passion for sailing and scholarships for young potential rescuers; you can sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad or ponder the irresponsibility of sailors who activate an EPIRB because they're frightened, and (something to keep you awake at night) the potential inaccuracies of your GPS
|New Northwest Passage on iPad .. .|
There are stories to raise your sailing skills and opportunities to join others to sail a tall ship from Europe back to Australia and New Zealand, or maybe just within Australia, or just across the Tasman.
|How much fun would this be! Berths available from Europe or within Australia and to New Zealand .. .|
South Pacific Islanders are taking action about how global warming affects their life already, and it's happening with the help of, yes, Kiwi and Australian cruising sailors!
So run your eye down the headlines to see what tempts you, and here's wishing you good weather and fine sailing
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|Survival story of the week: Rescue after two days in air bubble |
K P Waran,
Survival story of the week: Truth, as we know, can be stranger than fiction, but some stories told as true, almost defy belief. As a cruising sailor, going to the bottom of the ocean in your boat is every mariner's nightmare, but here, from Africa, comes the story of amazing survival by a crew member on a tug boat, sent to the bottom by a giant wave.... [more]
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