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 26 Apr 2012
 


Around Americas non-stop..piracy report..world's largest yacht..more..

Matt Rutherford arrives showing his barnacles from over 300 days of continuous sailing including the North West Passage and rounding Cape Horn  .
Without doubt the most thrilling news of the week was of Matt Rutherford, who, ten months ago, set out on a most unlikely mission. He wasn't sure he could do it and said so. Many others (including me) thought that sailing solo and non-stop around the Americas in a very ancient donated Albin Vega boat, so small he couldn't stand up in it, was the stuff of impractical dreamers.

Well, he did it, through the icy North West Passage, down the vast Pacific and around the dreaded Cape Horn. Both the boat and he were a little the worse for wear when he turned up in Annapolis, but it's not only an achievement it's heart-warming story of real grit and seamanship.

Talking of difficult sea routes, if you have a yen to explore where few have been before, Des Ryan tells us of three possible sailing routes opening up through the Arctic in the near future thanks to Global Warming.

Closer to home, Ian Thomson, the Save Our Seas plastic bag campaigner, who held the record for a solo circumnavigation of Australia for several months, has been having a little name trouble. He's curiously renamed his organisation Ocean Crusaders, but what's in a name. The quest is valuable, caring for our ocean and its sealife.

It's so easy to ignore things when you can't see the damage  .. .

There's been a lot of sailing going on in Port Stephens, an overnight sail north from Sydney, recently. Apart from the hard-core racing fraternity Sail Port Stephens attracted many boats who were principally there for the fun not for the racing. Matt King has collected some great photos, especially of youth sailing - that's what secures the future of the sport!

Read about the largest sailing yacht in the world, Dream Symphony just being constructed in Turkey. Amazingly, it's being made of wood!...and read how the oldest sailing junk still in existence it finally going home to China.

John Jamieson has some Winch Wisdom to spread around, there's a new fuel purifier (not a filter) on the market, and a world-first personal device with AIS is a big technological step up in MOB rescue. Of course, I have add there's no safety measure to beat making sure you stay on the boat!

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Missing yacht Polska Miedz - call for help to cruising sailors
Sail-World Cruising,
On the 30th June 2011, Polish sailor Tomasz Chichocki departed on a solo sail around the world on his Delphia 40.3 yacht Polish Copper (Polska Miedz). It had taken eight years preparation, and he had a great following, particularly from his home country of Poland. Now he is missing somewhere in the Atlantic and all cruising sailors on his intended route are asked to assist.... [more]
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World-first AIS/GPS personal device approved for sale
David Pilvelait/Sail-World,
With the approval this week of the Safelink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System) by the USA's FCC (Federal Communications Commission), a new level of survivor recovery technology is reached. The small device, which combines GPS and AIS technology in a personal locator beacon, was the Overall Winner of the Pittman Innovation Awards, but had to wait approval before going on sale.... [more]
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Sea Shepherd scout vessel Brigitte Bardot relaunched in Fremantle
Captain Locky Maclean,
The Sea Shepherd scout vessel Brigitte Bardot was relaunched in Fremantle near Perth in Western Australia on 16th April 2012 after three months of repairs needed from damage suffered by a rogue wave in the Southern Ocean. Ship's manager Simon Ager was euphoric, stating 'the last three and a half months of repairs by professionals and passionate volunteers alike have brought us to today,... [more]
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Piracy down in Indian Ocean, but up in West Africa, Indonesia
International Chamber of Commerce,
Piracy in the waters east of Africa is slightly down, but it is still a no-go zone for yachts and a nervous crossing for ships. West African shores are experiencing increased piracy attacks, and there have been five kidnappings in Indonesia, according to the Global Piracy Report by the International Maritime Bureau.... [more]
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Five simple steps to Winch Wisdom
John Jamieson,
Did you know that in just 15 knots of wind, a large 150% Genoa can exert over 750 pounds of pressure? Or that without the correct number of wraps around a winch, you will lose pulling and hauling power--and need to work harder than necessary?... [more]
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Save our Seas on a new Crusade
Ian Thomson,
Since Ian Thomson smashed the solo around Australia World Record in June 2010 under the banner of SOS Ocean Racing, he has been on a crusade to change the way people treat the ocean through creating awareness and educating our youth.... [more]
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Yacht Review: wooden Dream Symphony to be the largest yacht ever
Lee Mylchreest,
She purports to be the largest sailing boat ever built, yet, in a decision that classicists will love, she will be made of wood. The largest sailing boat in the world, a four-masted schooner, is currently being constructed near Marmaris in Turkey. She is such an amazing craft that she's our yacht of the week and she hasn't even touched the water yet.... [more]
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CO2 'is messing with coral skeletons'
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
An international scientific team has carried out the world's first analysis of the impact of ocean acidification on every gene in the coral genome, throwing new light on the likely fate of corals under climate change. In recent years declines in coral calcification have been reported around the world, matching the steady rise in carbon emissions.... [more]
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Mystery Chinese sailing junk is finally going home
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The Free China is an authentic Chinese sailing junk - the oldest surviving wooden Chinese sailing vessel in existence and the last of its kind. Its first fifty years are a mystery, but in 1955 the Free China made headlines when it beat all odds to cross the Pacific with a crew of five young Chinese men and one American diplomat. Now it is going home.... [more]
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He's done it! Sailor sets Around-Americas solo sailing record
Nancy Knudsen,
He's done it! Matt Rutherford crossed the finish line at the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel Bridge in Norfolk, Va., at 10:48 a.m. Wednesday, becoming the first solo sailor to circumnavigate North and South America nonstop. Rutherford, who is sailing a 27-foot boat called the St. Brendan, steps on land for the first time today (Saturday) at noon during a public ceremony in Annapolis in Maryland, USA.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - great images by Matt King
Matt King/Sail-World Cruising,
It's hardly cruising, but the images are great, particularly of the younger sailors in the junior regatta stretching their sailing wings. This is Sail Port Stephens - Images on the water including the start of the Elliott 7 sports boat National Championships and the Sail Port Stephens Junior regatta final day from photographer Matt King.... [more]
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EU Warship Escorts Freed Dhow to Yemeni Coast
EU NAVFOR/Sail-World,
Dhows have for centuries been sailing the coasts of Africa and the Middle East, for fishing and for transport. But today's dhow crews are also vulnerable to the attacks of Somali pirates Unlike the rest of us, they depend completely on these waters. So there is always great joy when the crew of a dhow is freed by the efforts of the coalition and EU forces in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Owner of Gold Coast's Hope Harbour declares bankruptcy
Media Services,
The owner of the well-known Hope Harbour on the Gold Coast, Craig Gore, this week filed for bankruptcy, citing debts of $282.9 million. In March, the marina acquired by Gore in 2008 for $38 million, was placed into receivership by financier Morgan Stanley... [more]
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Product of the Week: New MLS Fuel Purifier
Sail-World Cruising,
This week's product of the week addresses a major problem for cruising sailors, especially when they start to leave home waters, or even as a result of the use of marine fuel containing Ethanol, in jurisdictions where that applies. It's the MLS Fuel Purifier, which is NOT a filter.... [more]
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Sailing the Arctic - the opening sea routes
Des Ryan,
Want to sail the Arctic? With global warming gradually changing the profile of the world's northern seaways, many of the world's seafaring nations are looking at the northern sea routes for alternative shipping routes. But where a ship may go, so may a yacht, so if you're after adventure, there are routes possible that one could have only dreamed of once.... [more]
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Grace, space and pace - Ringle 39
John Curnow,
The other overarching constraint for the Ringle was her aesthetics. Indeed, a lot of energy was put in to ensuring that the details combined to provide so much more than the constituent parts.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013 dates announced
Alana Whitting,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) announces dates for the 2013 Sydney Harbour Regatta – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2013.... [more]
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