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 07 Feb 2013
 


Shackleton news, solo sailing adventurers, whale tales

Shackleton re-enactment lands at Peggoty Bluff in South Georgia. Image by Jo Stewart  .
Well they've done it – one of the most inspiring sails in history has been recreated. Ernest Shackleton's desperate sail across 800nm of the Southern Ocean to save himself and his crew has been done again – with an escort boat of course, just in case they got into real trouble.

A couple of days ago, Tim Jarvis and his crew corrected their too northerly heading and landed, as scheduled, on South Georgia. All they have to do now is the 'impossible' climb over the mountains to the small outpost on the other side.

They are not the only adventurers out on the water seeking to fulfill their dreams, but most dreams - though without the escort boat - are in modern yachts and less hazardous for that reason.

There are three solo sailing adventurers worthy of note in the southern ocean right now, all of different nationalities – we have a look this week at their various voyages and aspirations.

As usual a great variety of cruising news from the coastlines and oceans of the world, everything from news of the new space sailer being built by NASA to the rogue wave that hit a marina in Italy this week - and the outcome.

Whale strike - close encounter of a 'too close' kind  .. .

There is an engaging article from veteran sailor Daria Blackwell about her close encounters with whales, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is getting bigger and better and the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa is obviously worried that yachts are going to dare the Gulf of Aden again because they have issued a stiff warning, and

In practical news, there's a new RYA boat maintenance book out; the featured yacht is the Hanse 575; it's a hatch fan that has won the latest Pittman Innovation Award; and John Jamieson talks about avoiding 'hidden monsters' which can sink you very quickly – deadheads, shipping containers, barrels, drums, logs and other flotsam.

Much more too, so browse the headlines to find your own interest, and...

Sweet Sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Where are the sailing adventurers?
Nancy Knudsen,
They set off in a blaze publicity from their home countries - and then fade from view until either they let off their EPIRB or arrive back to break a record and win fame, if not fortune, for a while. They are the adventure sailors, most of them sailing solo. Right now there are several adventure sailors who are passing milestones, from Britain, China, India and Italy.... [more]
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Chance Encounters - sailors and whales
Daria Blackwel, Ocean Cruising Club,
Unexpected close encounters with whales can be both heart-warming - or frightening, as the pictures in this article show - and are written about here by Daria Blackwell, of the Ocean Cruising Club, travelling with her husband Alex in their Bowman 57, Aleria:... [more]
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The Yacht Week - fun, sun, parties, even a little sailing
Katherine Robinson, Sail-World Cruising,
Yacht Week organizes sailing trips for groups of five or more. So while it began in Croatia, these days, along with your friends, you can spend a week sailing the crystal blue waters of Croatia, Greece, Italy or the British Virgin Islands. At night you dance to European house music at Yacht Week's parties. You even get to sail a little.... [more]
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Book of the Week: The Atlantic Crossing Guide, sixth edition
OCC/Sail-World Cruising,
Crossing the Atlantic - it is rumoured to be rough, unpredictable, and there are few places to stop along the way, certainly none around the half-way mark. So choosing the best route, the right time and learning a hundred other tricks can make the difference between a hard slog, or worse, and a fantastic adventure. Enter the Atlantic Cruising Guide, sixth Edition.... [more]
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Calling UK Sailing Clubs: Attend RYA Club Clinics 2-3 March
Susie NationGrainger/Sail-World Cruising,
Calling UK Sailors: If your club is seeking advice on legal issues, tips on increasing club membership or perhaps wants to know more about club racing, then the new RYA Club Clinics at the RYA Dinghy Show will provide the perfect opportunity to ask the burning questions.... [more]
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Sailing in the sun - good fun but deadly
Sail-World Cruising,
Whether you sail just for an afternoon, escape to tropical climes to sail your holidays away, or have let the docklines go altogether to be full time cruising, the sun will sometimes be your greatest friend, but also can be you deadliest enemy.... [more]
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Sanremo's rogue wave
Sail-World Cruising,
There's an old saying that the safest place in a boat is out at sea, away from shallow water and things that are hard when you bump into them. But you'd think you'd be safe in a marina... well think again... [more]
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RYA officially launches new Boat Maintenance Handbook
Emma Slater,
Following the postponement of the official launch of the Boat Maintenance Handbook which had been scheduled to take place at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show earlier in the month but was cancelled due to travel issues associated to the heavy snow, the RYA is delighted to now announce the books official launch.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Hanse 575 - the right boat at just the right time
Lee Mylchreest,
Hanse doesn't go into the design phase of any new yacht without trawling the ideas of dealers and customers and analysing future market directions, and the Hanse 575 is no different, so it is the right boat, at the right time, designed in just the right way for the ever larger number of sailors who aspire to this size of yacht.... [more]
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Largest ever space sail for 2014 - it's the Sunjammer!
Leonard David, Space.com/Sail-World Cruising,
It's not windjammer, it's Sunjammer! Humans learned long ago to push a craft across the water using the wind. Now the pace is picking up as space scientists learn how to push a craft through space using photons from the sun. The largest solar sail ever constructed is headed for the launch pad in 2014 on a mission to demonstrate the value of what is being called 'propellantless propulsion'... [more]
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Message to yachties from MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn Africa
MSCHOA/Sail-World Cruising,
MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa has a warning message for all would-be long-range cruising sailors: Dear Yachtsman,... [more]
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World's largest yacht builder skirts downturn by going global
Investegate/Sail-World Cruising,
Where is the best place to buy a yacht? As the world's leading boat builder, Groupe Beneteau is the group to watch if you want to know future trends in the boat building business. They have just announced, during a financial information meeting, that their international sales are expected to grow by a whopping 65% in the coming year.... [more]
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Shackleton Epic 2013 - Alexandra Shackleton nears historic feat
Kim McKay,
Now into their ninth day at sea, the Alexandra Shackleton is within 180 miles of reaching South Georgia Island and achieving the first goal in the Shackleton Epic historic re-enactment, but the boat is tracking slightly off course and needs to correct its position within the next 36-48 hours to make its landing at King Haakon Bay.... [more]
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Hatch Fan wins sailing innovation award
Sail-World Cruising,
A product which was made a new Product of the Week by Sail-World Cruising back in October has just won a 2013 Pittman Innovation Award. It is the Caframo Taku Hatch Fan. While wind scoops work wonderfully in a breeze in an anchorage, and some of the better ones even work to the wind in a marina, if there's no wind and you don't go to air-conditioning, this hatch fan could be your answer.... [more]
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Look for These Hidden Monsters of the Seven Seas!
John Jamieson,
What can lurk just beneath the surface of the water? Or float atop the water like a monster awaiting its prey? These go by many names; deadheads, shipping containers, barrels, drums, and flotsam. And they all have the potential to stove a hole in your boat, crack your keel, damage your rudder, or bend your propeller or shaft like a twisted piece of linguine.... [more]
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World's most famous rally gets 40 extra berths
World Cruising Club/Sail-World Cruising,
For years the world's most famous rally, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), couldn't increase the number of participating yachts, owing to limitations on berthing in Las Palmas where the rally begins. Just as the Christmas Caribbean Rally, which will depart on its inaugural rally this year, set to take up the slack, Las Palmas is increasing the number of its berths by 40.... [more]
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