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UK lifesavers analyse their rescues in 2010
By Sail-World Cruising,
10:40 AM Tue 1 Feb 2011
In the UK last year, just under 20% of all Royal National Lifeboat Insititution (RNLI) lifeboat launches were to sailing vessels. Another 33% were to motor boats and manual boats, and the rest, a whopping 47% of the rescues, did not involve a boat of any sort. Analysing these numbers, the RNLI is calling on boaters and watersports enthusiasts to stay safe and wear a lifejacket in 2011. ...[more]
Brickbats to the rude crew of a Beneteau 37 in Pittwater
By Nancy Knudsen, ,
7:30 AM Tue 25 Jan 2011
A hundred brickbats to the eight (or so) crew on board the Beneteau 37 which departed in a rush without a thank you or providing any details after an incident near Lobster Beach in Pittwater over the weekend. ...[more]
Suddenly Alone: A vital seminar for YOUR sailing club
By Nancy Knudsen,
11:09 AM Sun 23 Jan 2011
As a sailing writer I am constantly saddened by the too-frequent tragic outcomes when couples set out on a sailing journey without both people knowing the basics of how to handle the boat. Almost every month somewhere in the world I learn of a man overboard situation where the crew member left on board, most often female, does not know how to turn the boat or contact authorities ...[more]
Marine Safety Queensland chief urges caution to sailors in Moreton Bay
By Maritime Safety Queensland, ,
4:12 PM Thu 20 Jan 2011
The Chief of Maritime Safety Queensland is urging sailors wishing to enter or transit Moreton Bay, to where Brisbane's floods have carried large amounts of debris, to observe extreme caution. ...[more]
MBE for rescuer after 44 years in the RNLI
By Des Ryan,
9:34 AM Wed 5 Jan 2011
Whether racing or cruising, in times of trouble the safety of the leisure sailor is often in the hands of a volunteer who is willing to risk his or her own personal safety perform a rescue. It is therefore gladdening to see notable volunteers recognised for the work that they do. Charlie Tulloch, from Kinghorn Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is one such. ...[more]
The amazing rescues of 2010
By Nancy Knudsen, ,
9:51 AM Sun 2 Jan 2011
None were racing. Some were families, some solo sailors, some were professionals and others novices. Some were rescued from the Southern Ocean in freezing temperatures, some had hit submerged objects and their vessels sank under them, others lost way and were rescued from rocks, some were rescued with significant danger to the rescuer. ...[more]
Coast Guard - the often unacknowledged force behind every sailor
By Des Ryan,
9:29 AM Thu 30 Dec 2010
The unseen force operating behind almost every yacht that goes to sea is the Coast Guard. You may never sight coast guard officers, but you know they're simply a radio call away. So it's great to hear them being acknowledged, their heroic acts, money raising activities for volunteers, or, as the California Yacht Club has done, when they are invited to speak and talk about the services ...[more]
Volunteer rescue services - on the job while the rest of us holiday
By Ron Cole/Sail-World Cruising, ,
9:09 AM Thu 30 Dec 2010
While there are no rescues of sailing boats in this story, the newly amalgamated Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW has been 'on the job' providing vital services so that others can enjoy their holidays on the water with peace of mind. ...[more]
Miracle rescue for ship-wrecked sailors off south coast of New Zealand
By Ellie Constantine, Otago Daily Times,
10:08 AM Sun 26 Dec 2010
As Jinney Neale clung barefoot to rocks with a 5m swell lashing around her, Te Anau search and rescue member Stewart Burnby feared she would die.
Ms Neale and her partner, Daryl Hewer, had been attempting to sail from Dunedin on the east coast of the south island of New Zealand to Jackson Bay on the west this week but abandoned their boat in rough weather off Fiordland on the southern coast ...[more]
Florida sailors: rough seas warning and safety tips
By U.S. Coast Guard, ,
9:46 AM Tue 14 Dec 2010
The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to exercise extreme caution due to high winds and dangerous waters currently affecting the west coast of Florida, with large swells and breaking waves of 10-15 feet or larger expected through Tuesday. See the five tips for boating safety ...[more]
UK's volunteers ready to miss Christmas to save lives
By Pamela Saunders, ,
9:27 AM Tue 14 Dec 2010
Regardless of gale force winds, rough seas, icy conditions or turkey-laden plates, the UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crews will be ready to leave family and festivities behind to rescue those in danger in the seas around Britain this Christmas. ...[more]
Falmouth coordinates rescue of yacht after fishing boat collision
By Fred Caygill/Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:37 AM Fri 10 Dec 2010
The danger of fishing boats to yachts was underlined last week when a cruising yacht was dismasted and holed in the Atlantic Ocean some 400 miles west of Cape Verde by a collision with a fishing boat. ...[more]
Home-built schooner Raw Faith founders, crew rescued again
By Des Ryan.,
2:52 PM Wed 8 Dec 2010
Two sailors have been rescued from the three-masted schooner Raw Faith, a 118-foot, home-built yacht, which foundered approximately 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The vessel had been disabled and was reportedly taking on water. ...[more]
Sailor perishes in late sail to the Canaries
By Sail-World Round-up, ,
8:15 AM Wed 1 Dec 2010
Sailor's lore goes that to cross the Atlantic, the savvy sailor will leave Europe for the Canaries no later than September before the savage winter gales set in. The wisdom of this was proved again this week as a British cruising sailor tragically perished in a journey between Lisbon and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. ...[more]
Sailing Tip of the Week: How never to hit bottom
By Craig Headifen, ,
7:38 AM Sun 28 Nov 2010
They say that there are two categories of sailors – those that have hit the bottom, and the liars. Well, with this article, I have to place myself firmly in the first category. I believe the reason 'they' (I never really know who 'they' are) make this statement is to promote caution, that you’re never too immune from the bottom of the ocean no matter how much experience you have. ...[more]
Collision with ship: how we survived
By Sail-World Cruising/Russell Furlong, ,
9:56 AM Tue 16 Nov 2010
Australian Jessica Watson did it last year when she didn't check her horizon, South African Russell Furlong did it when his crew member made the same mistake last week. Watson survived by a miracle, as did the yacht Pontus off the coast of South Africa. As it is so unlikely for a yacht to survive a collision with a ship, doubt had been expressed about the story. Furlong describes what happened: ...[more]
A Day in the Life of the Coastguard
By Nancy Knudsen,
9:06 AM Sun 14 Nov 2010
'Bill I thought you could give me a hand with my boat.'
'What Eric? What boat? I didn't know you had a boat.'
'Well I've just bought it and I have to go pick it up and bring it back to Newcastle...and seeing you've had more experience than me...'
'Yes, well that certainly was a great afternoon sailing I had with my son-in-law...learned quite a bit...' ...[more]
Young sailor killed driving tender into anchored yacht
By Sail-World Cruising,
11:05 AM Wed 10 Nov 2010
A young British sailor has lost his life by colliding with an anchored yacht in the Port of Monaco. William Black, a crew member on the 56 metre ketch Burrasca, was driving his tender at 10.20pm and collided with an unmanned, anchored yacht, only illuminated by the regulation anchor light at the top of the mast. ...[more]
Yacht crew shaken after collision with cargo ship
By Dispatch Online/Sail-World Cruising, ,
11:27 AM Fri 5 Nov 2010
Three South African crew members on a yacht delivery trip between East London and Port Elizabeth had a narrow escape after their yacht was smashed from behind by a large cargo ship near Port Alfred.
The incident happened in broad daylight at around 6am yesterday as the crew were underway to deliver the vessel to its owner, Quinton Dosson, in Port Elizabeth. ...[more]
South Africa makes it official: Vessels 'required' to carry EPIRBs
By Sarene Kloren,
6:40 AM Fri 5 Nov 2010
As rescue coordination centres around the world step up their pressure on yachts, ships and all seagoing vessels, the South African Maritime Safety Authority's (SAMSA) Centre of Sea Watch Response has issued a statement that all 'ships' are 'required' to carry an EPIRB. All yachts in or likely to be in South African waters are recommended to take note. Here is their announcement: ...[more]
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