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Solar circles, round Britain by dinghy, ISAF warning, yacht feature

by Nancy Knudsen, Editor on 10 May 2012
Triumph for the PlanetSolar crew .. .
In the adventure stakes this week the alien-looking craft Turanor PlanetSolar has just completed the world's first circumnavigation purely on solar power, and just as they finished, a team in the USA announced a plan for just such a solar-powered journey around the 'Great Loop' of the USA – in a VERY different-looking boat... all in a good cause.

Talking of good causes, you could do worse than supporting Ludo Bennett-Jones, a brave young sailor who has just started circumnavigating Britain in a 16ft dinghy for charity.

On the subject of alternative solutions in search of sustainability, this week we're featuring cargo sailing ship Tres Hombres that is actually completing its third Atlantic crossing carrying a wide range of goods. It's a start (but there's a long way to go!).

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is now determined to dissuade cruising sailors from undertaking a journey through the pirate-filled North Indian Ocean – they have put out strong message this week as yet another alarm was sounded about missing cruising sailors feared kidnapped by Somali pirates.

18th May is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day to try to prevent fatalities that the simple wearing of a life jacket could have prevented... will you do it?


Our yacht feature this week is of the Salona 38 – worth considering if you want to combine racing and cruising in the one package; the RYA is running courses on how to 'berth without embarrassment'; the success of the recent Antibes Yacht Show is evidence of the ongoing strength of the superyacht industry – someone isn't suffering from the current global economic woes; and finally there's the sad tale of the boat builder forced to move his half-built dream boat to the back yard because it's an 'eyesore'.

More too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!

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