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 30 Jun 2011
 


Circumnavigators, inquiries, adventures available, rally news...

Oliver on Jolly Olly - sailing round Britain  .. .
Articles about two new adventuring sailors this week – one, incredibly, attempting a circumnavigation of the Americas solo and non-stop in a 27ft sailing boat, and the other, a recovered leukaemia patient, sailing for his life around Britain.

They both demonstrate what many a quiet cruising sailor has learned: that if you can throw of the reins of your mortgages and jobs and all the other lesions that keep you attached to life as you've learned to expect it, another Life is out there waiting for you - and attempting anything is possible. Bon voyage to both!

Down in the Antarctic roving scientists are busy with research, and this week there are two articles, one on the magic discovery of the contours of the lost underwater continent, and the other on the rather confronting prospect of Pine Island Glacier, now released from a ridge which was holding it, slipping faster than ever into the sea.

Many sailing parents will be standing by for the results of an inquiry into the tragic death of a 14-year-old drowned when trapped underwater by her harness.

Have some time and feel like a sailing adventure while making a difference in the world? Oceanswatch is looking for a crew member for a voyage in the South Pacific – they're also looking for someone with scuba diving skills. Speaking of making a difference, there's also an article on Floating Doctors, sailors who are bringing much needed medical care to medically neglected communities.

Passports are a very popular cruising boat, with a long reputation for quality build and great design. This week two cruising couples talk about why they like their own Passport – and what they wish was different.

In rally news Maggie Joyce keeps us entertained with her stories from a rally in Croatia and we tell of a very luxurious rally in Ibiza. There's a book review of yet another fascinating sailing story: a sailor who used a sailing boat to escape with his family from a South Africa he didn't want to live in any more.

Read on, browse through the stories to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Solo sailor attempts circumnavigation of the Americas non-stop
Nancy Knudsen,
There's another long-range solo adventurer out there on the water, this one taking on an unimaginably difficult task, to circumnavigate the Americas non-stop in a 27ft boat. Matt Rutherford intends to sail solo East to West through the Northwest Passage beginning this summer, and then 'all going well', he will head for Cape Horn in his audacious attempt.... [more]
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Tragic death of 14-year-old trapped by harness

All sailing parents will be watching for the outcome of investigations which are continuing about the tragic death of a 14-year-old sailing student who was wearing a life jacket but trapped underwater by her harness when sailing with another student this week in a 420 dinghy.... [more]
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Book Review: Small Boat to Freedom
Rob Tickner,
Not everyone is prepared to resign from a perfectly good job, sell off the family real estate, ask their spouse and teenage son to board a 31-foot performance cruising yacht, and then set sail for a questionable financial future in another country, in the opposite hemisphere.... [more]
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From Predictwind, an upgraded weather model
Sail-World Cruising,
Predictwind, arguably the world leader in wind forecasting, has been live for 3 years now, and it has been a huge success with rapid growth. Now the company is announcing an upgraded weather model.... [more]
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Warm ocean speeds melting of Antarctic glacier
British Antarctic Survey,
New results from an investigation into a large glacier in Antarctica and its impact on global sea level rise are published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.... [more]
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Lewmar Deck Switch Advisory Notice
Lewmar Marine,
Deck switch service update - Electric deck switches operate in a hostile environment and are subject to salt water, extremes of temperature, direct sunlight and UV effect. They are also susceptible to wear and tear following repeated use and can in some instances suffer accidental damage during boat operations.... [more]
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The Italian Job – a Cruise in Company 29 June - 14 July 2012
Maggie Joyce,
Mariner have announced the running of the third Italian Job on the Amalfi Coast in early July 2012. Mariner founder and Director Trevor Joyce said that the inaugural rally in 2010 was such a great success that what started out as a one off event was continued in 2011 and will be run again in 2012.... [more]
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Under the ice sheet
Australian Antarctic Division,
An international team has shed new light on what lies beneath a large slice of the East Antarctic ice sheet. The research reveals a vast, smooth and deep bedrock basin, reaching more than a kilometre below sea level, bordered by rugged mountain ranges which are cut by broad valleys. Interpreting this buried landscape has brought new insights into the early development of the Antarctic ice sheet... [more]
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Oliver's Travels - sailing for his life round Britain
Nancy Knudsen,
Oliver Rofix is literally sailing for his life around Britain. As a young engineering student Oliver was struck down with Leukemia in 2005, but survived it after a lengthy battle and thanks to a bone marrow transplant donor. Now he is half way through a circumnavigation of Britain in a Valiant 18 called Jolly Olly, recruiting more life-saving donors.... [more]
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Sailors/divers needed by Oceanswatch in the South Pacific
Nancy Knudsen,
Oceanswatch, a not-for-profit organisation that works with sailors, divers and scientists worldwide to help Island communities conserve their marine environments, develop sustainable livelihoods and access primary education, is looking for a sailor and a diver for an exciting adventure... [more]
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Croatia One Design Yacht Rally 2011 final days
Maggie Joyce,
The 2011 Croatia Yacht Rally meandered toward its conclusion in Dubrovnik last week with a race from Korcula to Mljet, a distance of just 12 miles. The south westerly course and the prevailing 12 knot mistral produced a wind angle of 90 degrees for the first part of the race and five boats ran each other off to the left side of the course while the eventual winner Alan Woodward stuck to the rum... [more]
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Floating Doctors - bringing relief to the developing world
Sail-World Cruising,
Floating Doctors is an all-volunteer, non-profit medical relief team dedicated to reducing the present and future burden of disease in the developing world. They go sailing to effect their mission.... [more]
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New diesel additive approved for use in the USA
Jerry Nessenson/Sail-World,
A new kind of diesel additive has been approved for marine use in the USA. This one-stop-shop additive manufactured by ValvTect prevents the bacteria associated with bio-diesel and claims to solve all other diesel fuel related problems, an advance which surely must be welcomed by sailors and all other marine users... [more]
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A Club Yachting Life Rally in Ibiza
Merijn de Waard, Super Yacht Times,
A rally is a rally is a rally, but some cruising rallies really are special, and among them are the Club Yachting Life Rallies. Merijn de Waard recently participated in one, sailing on the yachts Passe Partout and Mayflowerof the Spanish island of Ibiza, and here is her tale:... [more]
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Why I like my Passport: Two Passport owners tell
Des Ryan,
Passport Yachts have been designing and building offshore sailing boats since 1979 and have gained a reputation as being some of the finest and most sought after yachts in the world. Be they old or new, owners love them, including the fact that, owing to their high quality build they usually have a very high residual value. Here, two owners speak:.... [more]
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