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 29 Nov 2012
 


Sailing 65kts, Blue Planet Rally, ten longest yachts, lovelorn sailor

Paul Larsen  .
Undoubtably the most amazing news of the week was not only that Australian Paul Larsen broke the sailing speed record, but that he did it twice, by nearly 10 knots, to achieve 65 knots over a sustained period. Congratulations, Paul and team, but I have to add that the part of me that loves the harmony of sailing oceans is asking 'Why bother?'

An avalanche of happenings from the world of the cruising sailor again. Just as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) sets off, late because of the weather, read how its founder Jimmy Cornell is announcing his new 'Blue Planet Rally' for 2014, highlighting endangered islands of the world.

Cruiser start two days late because of weather - 2012 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)  World Cruising Club ©

If that seems a long time to wait, there's still time to get to Ireland for the summer Gathering Rally in July 2013. The international participants are mostly from the UK and Europe, but that's no bar if you're anywhere in the region.

If you love drooling over big (read long) yachts, we offer this week the current ten longest in the world – what a collection! We also tell of a tall ship in a spot of bother, taken hostage by Ghana when it stopped to say hello... It seems its owner hasn't paid debts exceeding a billion dollars.

From tall ships and superyachts to the sixteen-foot boat which a lovelorn sailor sailed from Turkey to Britain in search of his love. The boat's confiscated, the sailor is in custody as an illegal entrant, and his true-love says she can't stand a bar of him. Things are not going too well, but what a fantastic voyage in such a tiny sailing boat.

The product of the week is the new T25 Deck Organiser, designed for boats under 28ft, which has just won a DAME design award; and for adventurous sailors heading for South America, there's a new Colombian government-issued Cruising Guide out.

That's just the beginning, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Jimmy Cornell's new venture: The Blue Planet Odyssey
Sail-World Cruising,
The Blue Planet Odyssey, a round the world sailing event in 2014 aiming to raise awareness of the global effects of climate change, will be officially launched December 15, 2012 at the Paris Boat Show. The event is spearheaded by Jimmy Cornell, founder of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). Cornell has run over 30 successful international sailing rallies including five round the world events.... [more]
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Australia's Paul Larsen sails at 68 knots!!
The Sail-World team,
For anyone who is happy crossing oceans at six knots, it's hard to get your head around the idea of sailing at 68 knots, but that is what Australian Paul Larsen has just done on his Vestas Sailrocket 2, breaking and then re-breaking his own newly established speed records on Namibia's Walvis Bay.... [more]
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Lovelorn Turkish sailor to be sent home after seven month quest
Lee Mylchreest,
He didn't even reach the shore. A Turkish sailor was so obsessed with a British woman he met in Cyprus back in 2005 that he sailed his 16ft boat Ninova from Bodrum in Turkey, trying to find his love whom he believed was in Plymouth. Immigration officers intercepted his boat in the English Channel.... [more]
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Kiwi Spirit: Oldest solo non-stop circumnavigation - tour the boat
Sail-World,
Dr Stanley Paris is attempting to sail a Farr designed yacht around the world, and become the oldest person to circumnavigated the globe under sail non-stop and unassisted.His boat is named Kiwi Spirit. He will attempt to break the record of Dodge Morgan, who in 1986 at age 58, achieved the same feat. Paris will be 76 when he sets forth on November 30, 2013 from Florida. See onboard video tour... [more]
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Fancy sailing the Irish Coast? Join the Gathering Cruise, July 2013
Irish Sailing Association/Sail-World,
The Irish Sailing Association and the Gathering Ireland 2013 have announced details of the Gathering Cruise 2013 and of their partnership for 2013. This completely unique event in both the Irish sailing and Gathering Ireland calendars will bring together a flotilla of yachts from across the UK, Europe and further afield as they sail to Irish ports as part of Gathering Ireland 2013.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Remaining boats finally set sail
Rachel Hibberd,
Following two extra nights in Las Palmas, Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2012 cruising boats finally set sail to join the racing division boats already at sea en route to Saint Lucia. A total of 226 boats and 1269 people are now participating in the 27th edition.... [more]
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Argentinian tall ship held hostage by Ghana
Des Ryan,
They didn't do anything as dramatic as nail a paper to the mast, but it had the same effect. Paul Singer, American hedge fund manager, succeeded in a move to get some hope of having a $1.3 billion debt from Argentina repaid. He had a Ghanian court take hostage the 100m ARA Libertad ('Liberty'), Argentina's tall ship, when it was silly enough to stay in the one place for too long.... [more]
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Sailors for the Sea auction - help them by bidding online
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailor for the Sea have found a new way of raising money - the Charity Auction, AND you can bid online. Who exactly are Sailors for the Sea? As they put it, Sailors for the Sea is a non-profit organisation which educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans which are becoming more and more fragile. To do this they need your help.... [more]
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Humanity may be able to avert major environmental catastrophes
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Humanity might be able to avert major environmental catastrophes that now loom if it learns to make better use of ‘borrowed time', an eminent marine biologist will tell the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra tomorrow.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Some boats start, most cruisers wait
Rachel Hibberd,
For the first time since 1989 the Cruising Division start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has been delayed. A low pressure weather system is predicted to bring strong winds south of Gran Canaria on Sunday night. The organisers, World Cruising Club, made the decision to offer two starts; one on Sunday 25 November as planned, and a second start on Tuesday 27 once winds have moderated.... [more]
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Another successful Safety at Sea presentation - Ontario, Canada
Sail-World Canada,
Being appraised of the latest safety techniques and regulations is one of the most pressing needs of the prudent cruising sailor. Good yacht clubs across the sailing world realise this and try to fill the need, and the latest is the delightful Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada who staged a presentation this week.... [more]
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Superyacht Times' Top Ten longest superyachts in the world
Maarten Janssen, Superyacht Times/Sail-World,
Superyacht Times have done it again, measuring all the great sailing superyachts in the world, and here are the ten longest. There's a great variety in their ages, the oldest being built in 1927, the newest just a few months ago. They are headed by Eos, six years old but still the longest sailing boat in the world.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Strong winds delay cruiser start
Rachel Hibberd,
The announcement was made at noon today at the Skippers' Briefing in Las Palmas that the start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) will be delayed for the cruising divisions. For the first time since 1989, the start of the ARC has been delayed due to predicted high winds.... [more]
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Yacht charters in France - about to get more expensive
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Chartering a yacht in France is just about to get more expensive. But then, that's because it had been cheaper than in its neighbours Italy and Spain. There are some strange anomalies shown up by the economic crisis that has afflicted the EU since 2008 and not the least of them is in the yacht chartering sector.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Swans prepare to embark on voyage
Jennifer Hall,
Sunday, 25 November will mark the start of the renowned Atlantic Rally for Cruisers organised by the World Cruising Club. Yachts from thirty countries will take part in the transatlantic crossing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to the Caribbean destination of St. Lucia. The 2,700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewinds route takes between fourteen and twenty-one days.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The new T25 Deck Organiser
Sail-World Cruising,
The 22nd annual DAME awards for marine design have announced the company Spinlock as winners in the deck equipment, sails and rigging category. The winning design was for boats under 28 feet, and with superyachts getting so much design attention these days it's nice to see some attention paid to smaller boats.... [more]
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Heading for Colombia? - guides to cruising
nk,
The government of Colombia is hoping that a new guide for sailors will set yachting tourism on Colombia's Caribbean coast on a new course.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The 'Happy Captain' boat hook
Carolyn Drumm/Sail-World,
The ‘Happy Captain', just released in November, has been the culmination of a three-year dream for two happy captains and good friends, Murray Bragg and Arthur Nommensen, from Australia.... [more]
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Marine snails being dissolved by ocean acidification
British Antarctic Survey,
The shells of marine snails – known as pteropods – living in the seas around Antarctica are being dissolved by ocean acidification according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. These very small animals are a valuable food source for fish and birds and play an important role in the oceanic carbon cycle*.... [more]
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