Back on track, Joyon heads for home and new solo record... Cruiser shot but battles and kills intruder...SOS to Local Pub before gear at London Boat Show... and more...

17 Jan 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Should You Scuttle your Yacht?

Abandoned catamaran, three months and 1000 miles later  .
Two incidents in the last week on the world's oceans can't help make one focus on two of today's prime issues in blue water sailing. (The top one being the question of when they will design boats with keels that stay on). The poor sailor who apparently caught fire and somehow ended up overboard was not responsible in this case, but his sailing boat then travelled 2500miles alone to Hawaii, as do many other boats when they are abandoned by their crew without being scuttled.

In the other incident, a solo sailor, somewhat curiously, called his local pub back home for help when he was incapacitated on an Atlantic crossing. With a broken pelvis he was in no state to sail the boat, which is not the case with many other sailors who abandon their boats. The old adage of 'you should step upwards to get into the liferaft' seems to be much abused these days, as is the equally old adage that the boat should then be scuttled to avoid causing a hazard to other vessels. What do you think?

How good are you at doing your own forecasting at sea? Ken Batt this week offers some reliable answers that could help have the right rig in place BEFORE the storm hits.

The once piece of gear that makes the difference between a good and a bad night's sleep when at anchor is not the chain, the snubber, the sentinel or the technique of anchoring, though these are all obviously important, but the right anchor. Des Ryan compares some of the 'new generation' anchors.

Lots of other news – the incredible Francis Joyon has had a difficult week, in danger of losing his mast, Peter Passano has won the Blue Water Trophy for 2007 and you can read about his sailing exploits. There's also a delightful story of a couple sailing the North East Australian coast in a demountable trimaran that 'lives in the shed', and some of the attractions at the London Boat Show are better than the boats!

I you have something to say, email me by clicking the link at the end of the Magazine...

Have a good week, and

Sail safe...

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Shot Cruising Sailor Kills Intruder on Yacht
Achadtaya Chuenniran, Bkk Post/Carl Parkes,
Phuket, Thailand:An armed man, thought to be a foreigner to Thailand, died from deep cuts he sustained during a fight with the New Zealander owner of a boat, according to police. The fight took place on board a yacht moored at the Chalong pier around 11.30pm on Wednesday. The owner of the yacht, who had sailed from New Zealand with his wife and children, was identified as Pierre Alain Oberson, 50... [more]

Joyon Heading for Brest
Event media,
Taking advantage of a (relative) calm in the weather and a cleaner swell, yesterday Francis Joyon went back up the 32-metre mast of IDEC, for the fourth time in five days. During the last week he has spent much time checking his boat after discovering that he was in danger of losing the mast. His three previous climbs were to attempt repairs. Reassured, he has now increased his speed.... [more]

The 'New Generation' in Anchors
Des Ryan,
'It's very confusing!' was the understated comment of a cruising friend who recently started to compare anchors to make a new purchase. If you had to choose ONE piece of equipment as the most important for safety, the anchor would be up there without much challenge. It protects you when you are most vulnerable – close to land, and is the one which will give you a good night's sleep - or not... [more]

Local Pub SOS before Abandoning Yacht
Nancy Knudsen,
Yet another yacht is afloat in the Atlantic after a British yachtsman was rescued, curiously, by calling his local pub to raise the alarm. It raises again the question of whether one should scuttle a yacht when abandoning it, so that it doesn't become a potential hazard for other vessels.... [more]

Blue Water Trophy 2007 to Peter Passano
Sail-World Cruising - Announcement from CCA,
Peter M. Passano of Woolwich, Maine was selected by the Cruising Club of America to receive its prestigious Blue Water Medal for 2007.The Blue Water medal was inaugurated by the Cruising Club of America in 1923 to 'reward meritorious seamanship and adventure upon the sea displayed by amateur sailors of all nationalities that might otherwise go unrecognized.'... [more]

Federal tax deductions for Boats - a second home?
Under US taxation law, a boat is treated like a second home for federal tax purposes if it has a galley, a head, and sleeping berth. Mortgage interest paid on the loan is deductible from your federal income taxes. Taxpayers may use the mortgage interest deduction for one primary home and one second home and must itemize deductions on their returns.... [more]

Yacht Sails 2500 miles alone - Skipper missing
H.G. Reza, Los Angeles Times/Sail-World,
A yacht recently discovered floating off the coast of Hawaii appeared to have travelled from the Californian coast to Hawaii on its own. The previous owner of the boat said that he had sold the boat to Darrin Bunker three months ago in Dana Point Harbour, and Bunker had told him he was heading for San Diego.... [more]

Sailing a Unique Trimaran in Queensland Tropics
Nan Bailey, Water Gardeners International,
Our yacht Iceni is a 9 meter Farrier trimaran, which has folding floats so it can go on a trailer. It took my husband David five years to build the yacht and the trailer to fit it. He launched her in late June of 2005. In between trips, she lives in the shed. In December 2005, we embarked on a several weeks sail up and down Queensland Australias east coast. Dave calls us 'Grey Nomads of the Sea'.... [more]

Fijians could lose Millions - New Three Month Law
Fiji Times/Sail-World Cruising,
The allure of Fiji for the cruising sailor has had a severe blow with the sudden announcement of a three month limit on cruising yachts. Previously visiting yachts had the option of leaving their boats in specially constructed cyclone holes for the duration of the season. Alarmed industry players say that the country stands to lose millions of dollars to neighbouring countries as a direct result... [more]

Another Canadian Family Sails Away
Monica Wolfson, The Windsor Star,
In Windsor, Ontario, it averages 0°C during the winter months, but Windsor native Bruce Paton claims he's not having a mid-life crisis. While he's not bought a red sports car, he and his wife Angel did sell their businesses, home, cars and purchased a 50-foot sailboat to cruise around the world -- forever.... [more]

UK Motor Boat of the Year Awards - The Winners,
Motor Boat of the Year Awards took place in London on Monday, to coincide with Collins Stewart London Boat Show at Docklands. The awards are designed to reward the best motorboats on the market, taking into account aspects from design to value for money... [more]

Ever popular Fashion Show at London Boat Show
That essential and ever popular Boat Show feature, the Fashion Show, brightened the opening day at the 2008 London Boat Show. Useful for the skipper looking for something to kit his stalwart crew in . . . . . .... [more]

Golding to receive CCA award
Dana Paxton,
Mike Golding was selected by the Cruising Club of America to receive its 2007 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship for his heroic rescue of Alex Thomson in the Southern Ocean during the 2006 Velux 5 Oceans Race. This is a perpetual trophy to recognize 'an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea.'... [more]

Protective Order for Black Swan Treasure Site
Odyssey Marine Exploration, the world's leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration announced today that it’s Motion for a Protective Order which will govern discovery and evidence exchanged with Spain in the three pending Admiralty Arrests has been granted. In May 2007, the Company had announced the largest historic deep-ocean treasure recovery of over 500,000 silver and gold coins... [more]

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