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 14 Mar 2013
 


Sailing news from home - if you live in the world...

Ron Daw, photo by Rebecca Ryan, Oamaru Mail  .
Those who sail on the east coast of America can be in for some surprises after Hurricane Sandy, but two public bodies have teamed up to offer a free online guide for sailors in affected areas. If you are one of those sailors, don't leave home without it!

Lots of other challenge solving solutions in this weeks edition of Sail World Cruising: You could find Shipstik the solution to your berthing challenges; Boat Beacon has just proved its worth when some sailors were fog bound and lost their instruments at the same time; John Jamieson has a handy little acronym of STOP to rescue you from potential navigational mistakes; and iPads and iPhones are getting so popular as navigation back ups in a cockpit that it's worth having a secure connection for them – featured this week; and finally, thermal cameras are coming quickly into the financial reach of many cruisers – this week we feature the T200.

If you are anywhere within reach of the British Virgin Islands you should consider joining the Caribbean Rendezvous - what a wonderful destination and a great reason to head there!

Virgin Gorda is the place for the Caribbean Rendezvous this season  .. .

Adventurers are in the news too. One British solo sailor is preparing to take to the Atlantic Ocean solo in a 6.5m Mini Transat to raise money – read why; and there's a 79-year-old New Zealander who has just set out to circumnavigate the world solo, hoping to set a new record as the oldest ever circumnavigator.

She's not human, but Sedov, one of the largest tallships in the world is over 90 and she's half way through her own circumnavigation, with a little help from 200 naval cadets.

Much more too, so browse down the headlines below to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



This Low Cost 'Line Saver' Could Save Your Sailing boat!
John Jamieson,
What one piece of low cost sailing gear could save your boat in a howling gale, or when tied up in a slip or pier, or in a swell-swept anchorage or mooring? Without it, your sailboat might well become just another marine insurance statistic! Discover one of the cheapest--but often forgotten--pieces of 'must have' sailing gear that will keep your sailing boat safe throughout the sailing season!.... [more]
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79-year-old sets out on solo circumnavigation
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
They're getting older and older - solo circumnavigators that is. Now that the rush of ever-younger would-be solo circumnavigators seems to be over, it's the turn of the over 70's. With 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates half way through her unassisted non-stop solo circumnavigation, now a 79-year-old New Zealander has joined the quest, but with a stop or two.... [more]
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Secure attachment innovation iPad/iPhone for sailing boats
Sail-World Cruising,
With the iPad and iPhone becoming ever more useful for the sailor, with multiple apps available, a company was bound to come up with some secure attachment systems to made these items of new technology easier to use while sailing, and they did! Tallon Systems iPad mount and an Elite Socket with USB is just the ticket to make your cockpit work better.... [more]
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Richard Mayon-White - across the Atlantic solo on a Mini Transat
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
He has rowed across the Atlantic to raise money for cancer, cycled across the Pyrenees and now he is to sail solo across the Atlantic. Many people have done that, you say, but British adventurer Richard Mayon-White is going to do it solo in a 6.5m boat.... [more]
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Sedov, over 90, but midway through a circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
She's over ninety but still sailing strong. One of the world's biggest tallships, Russia's Sedov, a four masted steel barque which has been under Russian ownership since 1945, has left Singapore and is now crossing the Indian Ocean on its way to Mauritius. On board there are almost 200 lucky university cadets doing sail training.... [more]
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Use the Magic of S.T.O.P. for Safer Sailing Navigation
John Jamieson,
I got snookered one night when I confused a lighted buoy for a light structure. Both aids showed similar light characteristics and were within 100 yards of each other. As we proceeded south, we kept the flashing light ahead just off the starboard bow. Suddenly, our spotlight picked up the reflective tape of the light, 50 yards off the port bow!... [more]
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Boat Beacon AIS App saves sailors in fog
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Boat Beacon, a very inexpensive App you can have on your Smartphone, has helped some South African sailors to avoid a collision according to the story they told after the incident. As reported recently by Afloat, the two sailors were on a delivery trip between Cape Town and Durban when their AIS equipment on-board failed and they found themselves in thick fog.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Shipstik - solving your berthing problems
nk,
We all know that docking short-handed or even solo has its challenges, especially when there's a wind blowing. So here's another attempt to take the uncertainty out of berthing, no matter what kind of contrivance you are attempting to tie to. It's Shipstik, and it sounds like a great idea.... [more]
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Learn from Hurricane Sandy on March 12 - wherever you sail
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
No matter where in the world you are, your boat can be subject to a catastrophic storm event. One of the worst weather events in world history happened recently when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of North America. So what can one learn from such an event?... [more]
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Caribbean Rendezvous in the BVI's - coming soon
Louisa Nightingale/Sail-World Cruising,
Whether you are visiting the Caribbean from Europe, escaping from more northerly American climes or are a full time cruiser, the place to be at the beginning of April is the Cruising Association's Caribbean Rendezvous, taking place in North Sound Virgin Gorda at the easterly end of the British Virgin Islands.... [more]
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After Hurricane Sandy: How to get around the 'new' waterways
Sail-World Cruising,
Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to marine facilities, navigation aids and channels along the New Jersey and New York coastlines of the USA. The storm also choked northern New Jersey's Intracoastal Waterway and other channels with sunken boats, sand, silt and debris from buildings and piers. How will boaters know what services are available or where the navigational hazards exist?... [more]
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Phoenicia is back - now to cross the Atlantic
Nancy Knudsen,
First he set out to circumnavigate Africa in a faithful replica of a Phoenician ship in 2010, and succeeded, proving that Phoenicians probably did it 2600 years ago. Now he's keen to prove that the Phoenicians could have crossed the Atlantic long before Columbus.... [more]
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Glaciers contribute essential nutrient to North Atlantic Ocean
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
All living organisms depend on iron as an essential nutrient. A new study by biogeochemists and glaciologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) identifies a unexpectedly large source of iron to the North Atlantic – meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets, which may stimulate plankton growth during spring and summer.... [more]
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Scientists get more in depth view of Antarctica's landmass
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been working with a host of international collaborators to offer the most detailed map yet of Antarctica's landmass. Bedmap2 uncovers a landscape of mountain ranges and plains cut by gorges and valleys much deeper than previously seen.... [more]
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Wandering albatrosses' final push for successful parenting
British Antarctic Survey,
Idealized in poetry, the wandering albatross is famed for its vast wing-span and long life. The bird can often live to fifty years and beyond. But now a group of scientists from the University of Edinburgh and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have identified another feature. The birds, which often mate for life, are more likely to successfully raise a chick when they breed for the last time.... [more]
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