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Book Review: 'Suddenly Overboard' by Tom Lochhaas By Doug Cuming, Boat Books, 6:58 AM Sun 16 Jun 2013
Gripping true stories of contemporary sailing disasters that will make you think twice about not wearing a lifejacket or harness when out at sea. In Suddenly Overboard, Tom Lochhaas tells a number of stories about sailors who experienced catastrophes when least expecting them and who were rescued, or who died, or who lived to tell the tale simply by good luck. ...[more]


Solomons Islanders get their first 'Marine Protected Area' By Nancy Knudsen, , 6:56 AM Wed 12 Jun 2013
The work that New Zealander Chris Bone and his team at OceansWatch have been doing assisting South Pacific Islanders to cope with climate change effects and ocean pollution for the last few years is bearing rich fruit these days. The Solomon Isand's Provincial Goverment have agreed to register a Marine Protected Area on the remote Rennell Island. ...[more]


Who am I? Solo sailor lists the breakages By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:56 AM Mon 27 May 2013
Who am I? I have been sailing solo for quite a while now without touching land, over five months in fact. An amazing number of pieces of equipment have already failed or are beginning to fail. I've made do. I have passed the famed capes of the Southern Ocean and am now in the Pacific. Here is what has broken so far, as I remember: ...[more]


Alternative energy - being embraced by the sailing world By Hilary Wiech, Sailors for the Sea/Sail-World, 6:34 AM Mon 27 May 2013
Renewable energy is a hot and sometimes controversial topic on land, but within the sailing world wind generators are old news, and being 'independent of the grid' is taken for granted. ...[more]


Incredible Jeanne crosses equator - one more leg to victory By Lee Mylchreest, , 9:09 AM Tue 21 May 2013
The incredible Jeanne Socrates has crossed the equator! In her third attempt to circumnavigate the world non-stop the indomitable 70-year-old sailor has crossed the equator for the last time and 'merely' has to make it back to her starting point in Victoria, Canada, to become the oldest female to have circumnavigated the world solo, non-stop and unassisted. ...[more]


Francis Joyon about to challenge Trans Atlantic record from New York By Michael Fortenbaugh, Commodore, Manhattan Sailing, , 3:40 PM Mon 13 May 2013
One of the greatest solo sailors in the world, Frenchman Francis Joyon, is expected to arrive at Dennis Conner's North Cove Marina in New York today with his extreme trimaran 'IDEC.' He will be berthed in the marina for a week or longer as he waits for a weather window to challenge the solo Trans-Atlantic Record. ...[more]


First solo circumnavigation by deaf sailor wins OCC award By Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club/Sail-World, 6:46 AM Fri 10 May 2013
This week Scottish sailor Gerry Hughes became the first deaf yachtsman to circumnavigate the world singlehanded by crossing 'the line' in Troon Harbour in Scotland. He was greeted by hundreds of well wishers and fans who turned out to mark the occasion. Best of all, he was bestowed an Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Special Recognition Award upon stepping onto the dock. ...[more]


Kayakers to sail and paddle across the North Sea By Stuart Elford/Sail-World Cruising, , 6:29 AM Wed 8 May 2013
Pete Goss MBE is nothing if not an adventure-seeker, but the former marine and racing sailor became a world-wide hero when he overcame hurricane odds to save a fellow competitor in the Southern Ocean. And it wasn't all about racing. Next he sailed a wooden lugger to Australia, then rounded Tasmania in a sailing kayak. Now he is about to tackle the North Sea in the same style sailing kayak. ...[more]


World's fastest Hydroptere to go for Pacific record By Des Ryan, , 2:53 AM Sun 28 Apr 2013
The world's fastest sailing boat has announced that it will attempt to break the speed record crossing between San Francisco and Honolulu. ...[more]


Repairing rudder upside-down in the Southern Ocean By Sail-World Cruising, 1:06 PM Tue 23 Apr 2013
It's all in a day's sailing: 'I used two safety lines to tie myself to the boat while I turned upside down off the stern to fix the rudder.' These are the words of 70-year-old solo circumnavigating sailor Jeanne Socrates, describing how she repaired her rudder in the Southern Ocean. ...[more]


Plastiki - the book of a very Green adventure By Nancy Knudsen, 12:08 PM Sun 21 Apr 2013
Sail-World Cruising followed their first crossing of the Pacific to Sydney. They weren't fast, in fact Plastiki sailed like a dog, but she was made of recycled material and David de Rothchild, sailor and global green leader was not out to go fast, he was out to make a point - to draw attention to ocean pollution, and in this he succeeded brilliantly - now there is the book ...[more]


Plastiki - the book of a very Green adventure By Nancy Knudsen, 10:46 AM Sun 21 Apr 2013
Sail-World Cruising followed their first crossing of the Pacific. They weren't fast, in fact Plastiki sailed like a dog, but she was made of recycled material and David de Rothchild, sailor and global green leader was not out to go fast, he was out to make a point - to draw attention to the gross waste and pollution of the Western world, and in this he succeeded brilliantly - now there is the book ...[more]


The disappearing Sandy Island - Scientist may have the answer. By Nancy Knudsen, 1:38 PM Sat 20 Apr 2013
Where did the Coral Sea's Sandy Island go? This was the question posed by us in an article last November (see Sail-World_story in link below) when some Australian scientists aboard the RV Southern Surveyor went to where Sandy Island was meant to be and found only 1400m of water. Now, the mystery of the disappearing island may be solved. ...[more]


Planetsolar - crossing oceans again for science and education. By Planetsolar/Sail-World Cruising, 10:57 AM Fri 19 Apr 2013
Having proved her point, that 'sailing' around the world with solar power is possible, Turanor PlanetSolar is off on another adventure, this time to take a series of ongoing physical and biological measurements will be taken of the water and of the air in the Gulf Stream. As she is powered by solar energy, the vessel will not emit any pollutant that might skew the data collected. ...[more]


Jeanne Socrates is out of the Southern Ocean, heading north By Lee Mylchreest, , 4:25 PM Wed 10 Apr 2013
She's turn the corner towards warm water! It might have been a small adjustment to the helm but it was a momentous change for the septuagenarian sailor. Jeanne Socrates, 70-year-old solo sailor has turned her boat north to cross the Pacific in her quest for a solo non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the earth. While there are many miles to go, the dreaded Southern Ocean is behind her. ...[more]


Heart-breaking end to solo round-world sail. By This is South Devon/Sail-World Cruising, 6:23 AM Wed 10 Apr 2013
He was almost home. A Danish solo sailor who had his heart set on a solo round-world sail has ended up in Britain instead of Denmark, after his yacht was dismasted close to South Devon. He had to be rescued after 260 days without setting foot on land. ...[more]


Sailor completes first ever Indian solo non-stop circumnavigation By Nancy Knudsen, 6:23 AM Mon 8 Apr 2013
Abhilash Tomy, his day job being as a Lieutenant Commander in the Indian Navy, on Saturday became the first Indian sailor to circumnavigate the earth in a sailing boat, solo, non-stop and unassisted. It wasn't meant to be a race, but he officially finished just 24 hours after Chinese sailor Gau Chuan completed his own similar solo world journey to become the first Chinese to achieve such a feat. ...[more]


Guo Chuan completes first Chinese non-stop solo world sail By Nancy Knudsen, , 7:05 AM Sat 6 Apr 2013
Circumnavigation, 18 Nov 2013-5 Apr,2014, lasts 137day20hour1min57sec. With this briefest possible entry in his Twitter account, Chinese sailor Guo Chuan announced that he had become the first Chinese sailor in history to complete a non-stop unassisted solo circumnavigation of the earth. ...[more]


Planning a sail to the Antarctic any time soon? - check this out! By Media Services, 4:17 PM Mon 1 Apr 2013
While global warming may be making it easier to sail the Northwest Passage and in Arctic regions generally, the same global warming might, paradoxically, make it more difficult to sail in Antarctic regions. In an apparent polar paradox, global warming has led to more ice in the sea around Antarctica and could help insulate the southern hemisphere from atmospheric warming. ...[more]


Solar sailer PlanetSolar heads to sea again. By Sail-World Cruising, , 10:31 AM Sat 30 Mar 2013
One of the world's most imaginative environmental projects was the MS Turanor PlanetSolar, the largest solar-powered vessel in the world. Shaped like an alien invader, slipping across oceans silently, PlanetSolar circumnavigated the world, thus proving that, as the technology gets cheaper, a pollution-free ocean will be possible. Now PlanetSolar is heading to sea again. ...[more]


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