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 27 Jun 2013
 


An avalanche of happenings in the world of sailing

He's done it!  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC ©
Sail-World and its boating subsidiaries have been growing at a phenomenal rate, making it, by far, the largest sailing publication in the world. Translated into over 15 languages, these days Sail-World Cruising alone sends over fifty thousand editions of our news magazine to the inboxes of cruising sailors every week - and this is small compared to our America's Cup sites. Obviously we're delighted, but the technical challenges sometimes cause issues.

Changing our banks of servers to cope with the growth has caused frustrations and some unreliable news magazine deliveries. If your weekly news magazine did not arrive last week, please accept our apologies.

But news from the world of the cruising sailor is forever fascinating and relevant wherever you sail, especially now the summer season is in full swing.

We're staying in touch with 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, still some 700nm from Victoria and her quest to become the oldest female to circumnavigate the globe, solo, non-stop and unassisted. A lot can happen in 700nm, so watch this space.

There's an amazing survival story, a mysterious fall from a mast explained, brave rescues and stories about new records – across the Atlantic and in the Med.

There are important notices to mariners, great new products, tales about kids' passion for sailing and scholarships for young potential rescuers; you can sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad or ponder the irresponsibility of sailors who activate an EPIRB because they're frightened, and (something to keep you awake at night) the potential inaccuracies of your GPS

New Northwest Passage on iPad  .. .

There are stories to raise your sailing skills and opportunities to join others in joyful sailors' gatherings or to sail a tall ship to the Antipodes.

Old Gaffers gather to circumnavigate - how much fun is this!  .. .

South Pacific Islanders are taking action about how global warming affects their life already, and it's happening with the help of, yes, cruising sailors!

So run your eye down the headlines to see what tempts you, and here's wishing you good weather and fine sailing


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



ARC sailors plant trees to offset yachting carbon
World Cruising Club,
Sailing allows us to travel long distances with relatively low carbon emissions, but the reality is that all yachts burn diesel for motive power and to generate electricity.... [more]
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Solo sailor's mast fall death leads to £20 million drug find
Lee Mylchreest,
Last week we published a story of the death of a sailor who fell from his mast after Customs had boarded his yacht, Windrose, which had been towed into port in the Scilly Isles after calling for help. At the time what had occurred on the yacht was a mystery, and the authorities weren't talking. Now the mystery appears to have been solved.... [more]
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National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals this year's inductees
Jan Harley,
The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame (NSHOF) have revealed the ten individuals that will make up its 2013 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.... [more]
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Beneteau invites: Design your OWN Oceanis, just as you want it...
Nancy Knudsen,
The most successful sailing boat manufacturer in the world - Beneteau - probably knows that to stay ahead of the game they will always have to been seen as inventing something new, something so innovative that it will take the rest of the boating manufacturers of the world at least a season to catch up. So now they are suggesting that you can design your OWN boat.... [more]
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One of the best for race one in the Croatia One Design Yacht Rally
Trevor Joyce,
After a briefing on the steps of the baroque cathedral in Milna on the island of Brac in Croatia, the crews on eleven Benetau First 45's cruised to the rendezvous in Salines Bay for race 1 in the 2013 Croatia One Design Yacht Rally.... [more]
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Croatia, sailing magnet now, but what after she joins the EU in July?
Ayuk Ntuiabane/Sail-World Cruising,
Croatia is a drawcard for cruising sailors from everywhere. They sail from other European ports, circumnavigators arrive with Croatia one of their 'must sees', or they fly from America and Australia to charter around Croatia's charismatic and sailor-friendly coastline.But on July 01 she will become a member of the EU. That may mean a lot for Croatia, but what will it mean for the cruising sailor?... [more]
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Vathi Kalymnos - 'Don't blink, you'll miss it' - Aegean Yacht Rally
Trevor Joyce,
Currently a group of mostly Australians are enjoying sailing the Aegean Sea with a yacht rally led by by Trevor and Maggie Joyce, those very experienced rally organisers from Mariner Boating. This year, again, they visited the tiny island of Kalymnia. Here Trevor reports on their progress:... [more]
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Go slow, be prepared this July 4th holiday urges BoatUS
D. Scott Croft,
BoatUS predicts that this July 4th holiday week will be a doozie for America's recreational boaters. While boaters will have the best views for waterfront fireworks shows, 'From June 29 to July 7, America will have more boats on the water than at any other time during the entire summer boating season,' said BoatUS Director of Public Affairs Scott Croft.... [more]
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Mountain bike torch great for tough sailing conditions
Des Ryan,
Cruising sailors benefit, not only from the research that goes into high tech racing, but also from research into other markets. This was the case for Exposure Marine, which initially developed torches for the professional mountain bikers, and this led to producing torches which are incredibly powerful, superlight, and corrosion resistant, and therefore ideal for marine conditions.... [more]
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USA's Women Coast Guard - the effort for recognition since 1915
Lauren Laughlin/Sail-World Cruising,
As cruising sailors, we depend heavily on the Coast Guard. What happens if you take a Coast Guard office and fill it full of women? Give up? No, this is not a joke. The answer always was ... the same as if it were all male (some would say, better). But this was a difficult learning curve for traditionalists in the USA.... [more]
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Blind Japanese sailor's hopes dashed, rescued from liferaft
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It was a sad end to the voyage for a highly experienced blind sailor when he and his crewmate had to be rescued from their life raft after abandoning their sinking yacht in the Pacific on Friday. While it is not known what caused their 13m yacht Aeolus to be taking on water, sea conditions were very rough at the time of the abandonment.... [more]
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Coming soon - the latest MOB location gizmo
Des Ryan,
There are many who say that no sailor SHOULD ever fall overboard if he or she complies with all correct safety procedures. If a cruising sailors does end up overboard, given that most cruising sailors sail short-handed, history says there is almost no chance of their recovery. Having said that, the latest gizmos might defy that statistic in the future - and here's a cracker:... [more]
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Jeanne Socrates - near to victory in Victoria
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
The picture above says it all. 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, the British sailor who never says 'die', whose boat Nereida has had almost everything aboard broken during her solo sail, is nearing her quest to become, on her third attempt, the oldest woman on earth to complete a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the globe.... [more]
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Sailing Sardinia and Corsica- An enticing mix of French and Italian
Trevor Joyce,
An enticing mix of French and Italian culture and cuisine but with a mysterious third dimension that sets them apart from each other and from their mother countries. My first day-time vision of Sardinia was when I opened the shutters of my hotel room in Portisco, having arrived the previous evening.... [more]
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Important notice to mariners: LPG cylinders recalled
US Department of Transport,
Calling all USA/Canada mariners: If you have cause to use portable fuel tanks for liquified petroleum gas (LPG) then it is vital that you read this notice:... [more]
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One unfair 'non-compliance' ticket led to founding of BoatUS
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
It was one unfair 'non-compliance' ticket, and the lives of American boaters were changed forever. That's all it took one day on the water fifty years ago, for the young passionate lawyer to begin what is now one of the greatest advocacy institutions for boaters in the world. Now BoatUS Chairman and Founder - boating leader, advocate and innovator - Richard Schwartz, is set to retire... [more]
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Gulf of Mexico recovery to receive advice from Woods Researchers
Rob Jordan,
What does the future have in store for the Gulf of Mexico just three years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history? The NAS recently appointed Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Chris Field (Biology) and Woods-affiliated geophysics Professor Mark Zoback to a federal advisory group tasked with designing programs focused on human health, environmental protection and oil system safety.... [more]
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Solo sailor dies from mast fall after Customs boards his boat
Lee Mylchreest,
Was he fleeing from Customs officers or was it a tragic mistake? Uncertainty surrounds reports of a solo sailor's death when he fell 40 ft from his mast shortly after his yacht, Windrose, was boarded by Customs officers and he climbed the mast. The incident occurred at St Mary's Harbour in the Scilly Isles on Monday at around 8.30pm.... [more]
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PlanetSolar reaches New York
Sail-World Cruising,
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the largest solar boat in the world, continues her U.S. tour, and reached yesterday the New York City. As part of the 'PlanetSolar DeepWater' scientific expedition the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is enabling a team of researchers to take advantage of her exclusive features in order to conduct a campaign of physical and biological measurements along the Gulf Stream.... [more]
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Scholarship recipients recognized at tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard
Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
The Coast Guard Foundation recognized its Commander Daniel J. Christovich Scholarship awardees and 2013 college graduatesat its ninth Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital last week. The Daniel J. Christovich Scholarship is generously funded by Lisa Kazor Christovich in honor of her husband's distinguished career in the Coast Guard.... [more]
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CGF awards 2013-14 Academic Year College Scholarships
Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, has announced the 2013-14 recipients of its college scholarship program, which supports the higher education goals of enlisted Coast Guard members' children.... [more]
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Sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad
Des Ryan,
So you'd like to sail the Northwest Passage but -can't get away from the office, haven't got a boat, don't like cold water sailing? Now here's the next best thing: You can do it on your iPad!... [more]
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Boom causes serious injury - sailor airlifted
Sail-World Cruising,
Yet another serious head injury has been reported to a sailor off the Isle of Wight this week, caused by a swinging boom in high seas, while her only other crew member was later treated for shock.... [more]
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Kito De Pavant (Groupe Bel) establishes new world record
John Reed, WSSR / Sail-World,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSR) has announced the establishment of a new World Record by Kito De Pavant (FRA). Pavant sailed singlehanded Monohull 60 foot 'Groupe Bel' from Marseille to Carthage.... [more]
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Apps4Sailing.com releases free app for Android users
Linda Cullum,
Apps4Sailing.com has released Parts of a Sailboat, Learn to Tie Knots and one free app, How to Turn a Sailboat for Android users on Google Play. The free app features 'Coming About: Turning a sailboat into and through the wind'... [more]
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Survival story of the week: Rescue after two days in air bubble
K P Waran,
Survival story of the week: Truth, as we know, can be stranger than fiction, but some stories told as true, almost defy belief. As a cruising sailor, going to the bottom of the ocean in your boat is every mariner's nightmare, but here, from Africa, comes the story of amazing survival by a crew member on a tug boat, sent to the bottom by a giant wave.... [more]
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Tall Ships to commemorate bicentennial of the War of 1812
Jim Fox, Special to QMI Agency,
The Tall Ships are preparing for a summer tradition on the Great Lakes. These majestic sailing vessels will sail to fifteen Ontario ports this summer to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Toronto's waterfront is the place to be as it will be the only port to host a full fleet of 16 ships as they travel throughout Ontario.... [more]
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Omani kids and a passion for sailing
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
If you think that kids in your neck of the woods love sailing, you should see how the kids in Oman, such a recent leisure sailing country, are rushing to get a chance to get on the water and learn to sail.... [more]
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Francis Joyon shatters North Atlantic record by more than 16 hours
Mer et Media,
In his quest to beat the North Atlantic record, Francis Joyon on board IDEC, has smashed Thomas Coville's 2008 record by 16 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds. Joyon completed his journey in a time of 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.... [more]
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Perfect Storm in a Calm Setting - Carbon Monoxide incident
J.G.Merritt, SAMS-AMS - BoatU.S.,
As often happens, a near catastrophe—two people almost being killed-- was caused by a series of seemingly small events, each of which occurred at precisely the right (or perhaps 'wrong') time. Of particular interest to me, as the surveyor assigned to do the initial investigation, was that the events taken individually were not necessarily significant, but on the whole were deadly important.... [more]
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Something to ponder - Is your GPS system 100% safe?
Simon Jinks, RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
Is your GPS system 100% safe? Even if you have multiple redundancies on board your sailing boat, what happens if the signal actually fails? How could that happen and what about the alternatives to GPS now being rolled out? Would they be a solution? - or if not, now that fewer and fewer sailors are carrying complete paper charts, what IS the solution?... [more]
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Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is concerned
Joanne Groenenberg, MCA,
Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is concerned - and other safety-oriented organisations may well be too. The MCA is concerned because they are aware of the development and marketing of hand-held non-pyrotechnic devices or Electronic Visual Distress Signals (EVDS) that are being offered as alternatives to pyrotechnic flares.... [more]
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Irresponsible activation of EPIRBs - bush walkers and sailors
Nancy Knudsen,
In a case that, to my knowledge has not been replicated in the sailing world, the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) launched an investigation into claims that a bush walker had activated the beacon because he was running late. It is an interesting case for the sailor because of multiple opinions among sailors that often sailors activate their beacon because they are frightened.... [more]
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Offshore floating wind turbines? Britain's RYA wants to know more
Louise Nicholls,
As offshore wind energy in Britain seems to be moving to floating wind turbines, the Royal Yachting Association engages with the industry on potential impacts on recreational boating safety.... [more]
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Five tips to extend the life of your costly sailing control lines
John Jamieson,
Sailing rope costs are going up like most everything else. And you will want to extend the life of your expensive halyard, outhaul, reefing, and other running rigging lines as long as possible. Follow these easy sailing tips to success!... [more]
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ARC Baltic Rally - Six Capitals in six weeks
ARC Baltic,
World Cruising Club (WCC) have announced an exciting new addition to their rally programme dubbed the six capitals in six weeks. A combination of days cruising at sea, combined with an exploration of the region's fascinating culture and history, will take cruisers on a 1,500nm voyage of discovery through Europe's 'east sea'... [more]
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