Pirates, adventure, innovation. Discovery, rescue and salty tales
Those who venture in sailing boats away from the dock and our familiar waters are joined by a bond deeper than state or national differences, and we all share the delight and pain of good days and bad, of lessons learned and adventures realised.
|Lake Eyre - to sail or not to sail, still in the news .|
Here's another week's happenings on our coastlines and oceans, new inventions to make life easier and safer, new adventures and misadventures, new lessons to take to sea with us.
For Sydney-siders planning their future sailing, there's a reminder that you won't have the Harbour to yourself on 9 and 10 April - swimmers will be taking over. Lake Eyre for sailors is still in the news with a war of words and the hint that maybe a few sailors are defying the ban.
Read of the dire situation of the Danish family of five and their two crew, held by Somali pirates since they were seajacked on 24th February. It's five weeks now, and counting.
Weep for Thomas Coville, French sailor who has just failed – again – to be the fastest solo round world sailor. It was just not meant to be, and the article tells why.
Four South African sailors have been rescued just as their yacht was sinking in the Southern Atlantic. Again it was the EPIRB which told the story and sent rescuers looking for them after their radios were damaged.
Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology has discovered, using information from satellite imagery, that wind and waves round the world have significantly increased between 1985 and 2008... still on ocean matters, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has come up with some fascinating and useful information about how whales react to sonar. I can't help wondering whether one day it could lead to an invisible wall of sonar protection around sailing boats...
A book review you may want to check out is entitled 'Sailing in My Sarong', by Sunshine Coast resident Linda Anderson, and on a more serious note we publish the 'other side' of the story about why so few sailing boats have their DSC-enabled radios connected to their GPS. There is ONE recommendation here that is obvious– buy all the same brand gear and cables so there are no incompatibilities.
It's great news that Solar Planet, that amazing solar yacht, has reached French Polynesia and is heading for Australia, and still lots of other articles as well - cruising tales, awards and innovative products.
Wishing you sweet reading, and even sweeter sailing!
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|It's over - Thomas Coville about to finish, but not with a record |
Thomas Coville set off on 29 January offshore of the Créac'h lighthouse on Ushant, a French Island in the English Channel to try, for the second time, to best the solo round world record of Francis Joyon, set in 2005 at 59+ days. In 2008, he had his first failed attempt. Since then he had worked on his boat Sodebo, making her faster, stronger. Finally in January, he thought he had a chance.... [more]
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