'I was incapacitated by fear'-rescued sailor...'pirate' attack in Venezuela...satellites rescue 353 last year...win a Musto Snug...and much more...

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21st Century - Love it or Hate it?

Cloud Nine in an ice field  David Thoreson
The 21st Century – do you love it or hate it? There is nothing more vulnerable to the onslaught of 6.6 billion people than the world's oceans. We tell this week the story of the first Americans to cross the North West passage, and how easy it was because global warming had melted the ice, and down in the Gulf of Mexico the fish are dead because of, believe it or not, the production of ethanol, that so-called Global Warming problem solver.

On the other hand, thanks to the advancement in sailing technology, this year satellites enabled 353 rescues in the US - which doesn't include the yachtie who called his local pub when he was in trouble in the middle of the Atlantic – and Francis Joyon was able to cut 256 days from the solo round world time since the constantly honoured Sir Robin Knox-Johnstone did it 40 years ago. (This is meant to take nothing away from the feat of Joyon, who had little sleep during his 57 days, had to climb his 32 metre mast four times, and averaged an amazing 19 knots during the journey, some of it through icefields)

On a practical note, there's an interesting article by Edwin Fischer about the value of having a permanently installed preventer. This invention comes across as something like a cross between a boom-brake and a conventional preventer, would not stop flogging when the breeze is very light, but may be an excellent solution for some cruising boats.

Also a valuable and interesting read is Andrew Dove's words of wisdom on fully battened mains.

Lots of other news – a 'pirate' attack in Venezuela, 'Ocean' has been jailed in South Australia, and Fiji is in uproar about a new three month limit on yachts because of 'drugs and prostitution' on board yachts....

Finally, don't forget there's still time for you to win a Musto Snug!

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sail safe!

By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

'I was incapacitated by fear' - rescued sailor
By Saskia Konyneneburg,
As 12-metre waves smashed over his up-turned yacht off the Northland coast of New Zealand, Steve Crawford feared he was down to two options - and both ended in death. 'I was incapacitated by fear. I thought I'd either be swept out to sea and drown alone or get trapped in the cabin and go down with the boat.'... [more]

Joyon Arrives Brest to Hero Welcome
By Sail-World Cruising,
With flares in hand aboard his reborn IDEC trimaran, Francis Joyon sailed into the port of Brest, France this morning and set a new solo round the world sailing record of 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. Well wishers who gathered to celebrate Joyon's achievement included previous record holder, Ellen MacArthur herself.... [more]

Attack on Yacht in 'Wrong Bay' in Venezuela
By Nancy Knudsen,
The International Maritime Bureau, in its Weekly Piracy Report, has reported a new attack on a yacht in Bahia De Robledal, Isla De Margarita, Venezuela. Five pirates armed with guns boarded the yacht. They assaulted the crew and demanded from the crew all their property. One crew was shot and injured. Incident reported to local authorities who undertook an investigation.... [more]

Fiji Yachts 'drugs, smuggling and prostitution'
By Harold Koi, Mereseini Marau,Fiji Times,
Fiji Finance Minister yesterday said yachts were becoming a highly suspected source for drug peddling, smuggling of contraband goods and even endangered species of flora and fauna, and prostitution.... [more]

North West Passage Adventure, but 'It's Warming'
By Mike Kilen, Desmoines Register,
David Thoreson was a member of a sea-weary crew of six, halfway into the 73-day trek on the edges of the Earth, trying to become the first American yacht to travel east to west through the Northwest Passage. Thoreson, surprised by the lack of Arctic ice, knew they had made it.... [more]

Celebrate what's great, just don't go overboard
By mobilarm.com,
It's a sobering thought; statistics show that 70% of fatalities in boating incidents are due to a person ending up in the water, and the third highest contributing factor of those fatalities is alcohol or drugs. We're all aware of the dangers of driving under the influence, so should it be any different if you're cruising?... [more]

Sailing OK but the Fish are Dead -Ethanol to Blame
By Nancy Knudsen,
Go sailing in the northern Gulf of Mexico, you'll probably love it, but don't expect to catch a fish, and this situation is getting worse because of the growing world demand for ethanol fuel. Soung crazy? Read on...... [more]

The Fully Battened Main
By Andrew Dove/Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen,
On our Peterson 46 Blackwattle, we have carried our fully battened main all the way round the world with great success. The combination of a fully battened main and batcars made it easier to reef as it reduced the friction, and the sail maintained its shape always without problems. So I found what Andrew Dove, Area Manager of Northsails in the Caribbean, has to say extremely interesting... [more]

New 8-in. OneTouch Winch Handle from Lewmar
By Julie Turne,
Like the original 10-in. version, the smaller winch handle has the same patented 'OneTouch' mechanism to allow sailors to squeeze the release lever (which runs the entire length of the handle) and pull to unlock in one quick, easy motion.... [more]

Satellites Rescue 353 in USA alone in 2007
'Don't leave home without your PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) but make sure it is a 406' - that's the message from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), whose satellites located 353 people for rescue organisations in 2007 - in the USA and its surrounding waters alone.... [more]

Permanently Installed Preventer - The Case For
By Edwin G. Fischer, MD,
The incidence of injury from accidental or premature jibes is unknown but the problem is not insignificant...I have assembled an incomplete list of 18 fatal head and/or neck injuries that occurred on “offshore” yachts during accidental jibes.... [more]

Win a Musto Snug in the Sail-World sweepstakes
By Media Services,
The popularity of the Musto brand was confirmed to us here at Sail-World when we recently launched the second annual Musto Sweepstakes competition. As soon as the competition was posted we received a flood of entries from readers all keen to get their hands on the prize of an ever popular Musto Snug. Enter top right side of this page... [more]

Yachstman thanks pub 'rescuers'
By BBC News,
A British yachtsman who was rescued after a bad fall during a solo Atlantic crossing has thanked the people in his local pub who helped raise the alarm. Alan Thompson of Chichester, West Sussex, had to abandon his uninsured, new £50,000 yacht in the ocean.... [more]

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