Sail the Bahamas... ARC finish news... Summer Sailstice 2008... How to trim your headsails for a fast sail... Spade anchor...and more...

13 Dec 2007                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

Diary Dates


The 2007 ARC Finishes with Headwinds

Starchaser heading for Rodney Bay - 245 ARC yachts are now arriving in St Lucia at the rate of about 50 a day  .
Lots of news about the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers this week, as more and more of the 245 boats gradually arrive in St Lucia. This turns the dockside in Rodney Bay Marina into one big ARC festival – but the weather once again has not performed according to history, and there have been more than the usual number of incidents.

Unexpected headwinds are associated with tropical storm Olga in the north Caribbean. For all these stories, go to the END of the magazine below.

With the northern hemisphere winter approaching, it's time to think about the next season and Summer Sailstice – read the details.

Andrew Dove writes about how to get your headsail trimmed, and the product of the week is the Spade anchor – buy one of these and you may never have a sleepless night in an anchorage again.

Japanese whalers who are currently speeding towards Antarctica to hunt 50 humpback whales and hundreds of others are in the news again, and we're keeping tabs on the developments.

Finally, an inspirational story about a sailor who just wouldn't be told he would never sail again, and is now completing a circumnavigation.

Lots more too, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sail safe

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Renamed 'Steve Irwin' to Confront Japanese
Sail-World Cruising,
Operation Migaloo: With its newly renamed ship, Steve Irwin, Captain Paul Watson and his international crew have departed to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary to defend endangered whales from the Japanese whaling ship already on its way. The ship formerly named the Robert Hunter was given its new name just prior to departure by Irwin’s widow, Terri Irwin.... [more]

Headsail Trim - Getting it all together
Andrew Dove, Area Manager North Sails Caribbean,
You may have been cruising for years, but are you getting the best out of your sails? An extra helf knot can help make the difference between getting to shore before dark, or beating that storm that is threatening. It can also sometimes help turn a six day sail into a five day sail, expecially if you have a personal rule(as we do) not to go into strange anchorages in the dark.... [more]

Product of the Week – Spade Anchor
Nancy Knudsen,
'The most dangerous thing in the ocean is – LAND.' It's an old saying, but a true one. Sailors who happily sail across oceans with the greatest of ease sometimes spend their most worrysome nights in an anchorage, firstly getting the anchor to set, and then, sleepless, concerned about dragging. So the anchor you choose is may be more critical than any other item for carefree sailing.... [more]

New Sunsail Charter Base – in the Bahamas
Sail-World Cruising,
Looking for somewhere new to charter a bare boat? Sunsail has just announced that they are opening a new charter base in the Bahamas.... [more]

California sailor plucked from sea - again!
Scott Graves, Curry Coastal Pilot,
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew plucked a Brookings man from 30-foot seas near Orick, California, Sunday after his small sailboat became disabled. It was the second time in a year that the Coast Guard was obliged to rescue the sailor... [more]

A 'New Age of Eco-Sailing'?
John Ira Petty, Daily News/Sail-World Cruising,
Is it the sign of things to come? Out there in Texas, there's a steel 42ft cutter rigged ketch, which is going into service as a sailing cargo vessel. Why? Because its owners, Joe and Terry Butcher, are betting there is money to be made by using an environmentally friendly form of transportation that consumes little fuel.... [more]

Tom Tit, World War II Hero, Now for Sale
Henry Kelly/Sail-World Cruising,
There are thousands of boats for sale any day of the year all round the world. But it's not often that you find a boat for sale that is a part of one of the most poignant and well remembered moments of recent history.... [more]

Summer Sailstice 2008 Announced
Sail-World Cruising,
As the Northern Hemisphere plunges toward the shortest and coldest days of the year, in California USA, Summer Sailstice is pleased to announce its plans for 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area. All boaters, boating organizations and families interested in getting on the water are invited to save the dates of June 21-22, 2008, for the warmest sailing and biggest boating celebration on the longest d... [more]

Mike Harker, Inspirational Sailor
Nancy Knudsen,
I first met Californian Mike Harker by chance in a bay in the beautiful Las Perlas Islands, off the coast of Panama. We had both just sailed from Panama and were heading across the Pacific, both bent on completing a world circumnavigation. Little did I guess then the story behind....... [more]

Sailors Deplore Japanese Whalers
Peter Heller/Sail-World Cruising,
Last week we published a story about New Zealander David Taylor who is setting out solo to challenge the Japanese whaling fleet on its way to the Antarctic to hunt whales. We received many letters from sailors applauding David's action and wishing him luck. In this article Peter Heller asks why the Japanese do it, and the answers may be more disturbing than the question... [more]

Good ARC Finish for Cape Finisterre
Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
Along with the first boats to finish this year's ARC, Sail-World's writing couple Andrea and Ian Treleaven have arrived St Lucia on their boat Cape Finisterre, and are very happy with their result. ''The finish line was a welcome sight at 2237 hrs local time on the 11th December. Finishing in 24th place over the line we spent 15 days 13hrs 37 mins at sea covering 2712 nms.... [more]

QC critical after ARC Incident
A Northern Ireland QC is reported to be in a critical condition after a yachting incident in the Caribbean. John Thompson from Carnalea near Bangor was competing in a transatlantic yacht rally when he was hit by the boom of the sail during storms.... [more]

ARC 2007 - The Final Chapter
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Day 14. Not a very happy day as we try to find some wind. We went from trying to out run rain squalls to chasing them in a matter of 24 hours. The Eastern wave that went through during the day has caused a lot of damage to yachts and now has sucked all the air away from this area. Just our luck!... [more]

ARC Saves the Day again
Sail-World Cruising,
Once again the value of making your first ocean crossing with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) (or crossing at the same time at least) is demonstrated by the events of the last 24 hours, as the ARC Net was called into action twice, with a casualty evacuation from yacht Avocet and a dramatic MAY-DAY alert and rescue involving five ARC yachts. The subje... [more]

ARC 2007 - twenty-four hours of drama at sea
World Cruising Club PR,
Once again the ARC Net was called into action to help sailors crossing the Atlantic - twice in the last 24 hours with a casualty evacuation from yacht Avocet and a dramatic MAYDAY alert and rescue involving five ARC yachts... [more]

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