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21 Feb 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Increasing 'Man Overboard' Calls

In the UK, there were an average five MOB calls every week of 2007  .
The sea safety manager of the UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution made a memorable safety point this week.

In the wake of a 25% increase in Man Overboard rescues in 2007, he suggested that sailors should put their lifejackets ON when they board a boat, and then decide when to take them off, saying 'experience tells us that in an emergency there is not always time to make sure your lifejacket is securely and correctly fitted'.

With the complicated structures that comprise many life jackets, even working out which way is UP could be a challenge in an emergency – food for thought.....

Jimmy Cornell, that innovative guru of long rangers cruisers, and writer of thirteen books on sailing, has now published his first memoirs – but no ordinary memoirs, as you would expect. Wanting the highest quality, as always, he refused to go along with his publisher's more modest ideas, and published it himself, full colour and glossy throughout. The result is a spectacularly beautiful, if expensive, production – and the content lives up to it. Read my review.

A wide range of subject matter this week - Wacky and serious sailing tales, new products to make your sailing life easier, and some excellent advice on furling genoas.

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail safe

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

7834 People Rescued, but 'too many MOB's'
Sail-World Cruising,
In 2007, a whopping 7,834 people were rescued by the UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats, and over half the rescues were to leisure craft, but the worrying figure is the 25% increase in Man Overboard Rescues. .... [more]

Never run out of Fuel or Water again,
A product that can assure you of never running out of fuel or water again, or warning you about a full septic tank, has just won the Accessory of the Year Award at this year's Helsinki International Boat Show in Finland.... [more]

Marine Website Awards,
Does it drive you CRAZY when you can't find something simple on a website? - when you are sent in unending circles? when the graphics are great but the information you want is missing? Winners of Marine Industry Web Awards have just been announced in Miami. No doubt you should ENJOY consulting these websites........ [more]

Furling Genoas - What You Should Know
Andrew Dove, Area Manager, North Sails Caribbean,
Today, a majority of cruising boats have furling Genoas, hence as a sailmaker I am daily asked about these. I would like to give some broad basic tips on this subject to give thought about this basic ‘work horse' that often we furl away and forget about.... [more]

World's largest Sailing Ship - Coming Soon
Sail-World Cruising,
Marjorie Merriweather Post Close Hutton Davies May (started with two surnames, married four times) is surely smiling in her grave. She succeeded once in besting her competitors by building the largest yacht in the world – larger than JP Morgan's Corsaire, larger than Vanderbilt's Defender, even larger than Walter Gubelman's The Seven Seas – now it seems, she will do it again, at least in name... [more]

Blue Water Rally visits the Galapagos
Peter Seymour,
Following a trouble-free and timely transit of the Panama Canal, the next destination for the Blue Water Rally is the Galapagos Islands – Darwin's Enchanted Isles. Now Blue Water Rally crews on the 30 yacht fleet will be brought face-to-face with Darwin's experience and observations as they visit the Islands.... [more]

Changing the face of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
VietnamNetBridge/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors en route Hong Kong-Singapore or just cruising Asian waters should stop to take a look at the spectacularly beautiful Ha Long Bay area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but by the sound of plans in the making by Vietnam, they should do so as soon as possible!... [more]

'A Passion for the Sea' - Jimmy Cornell
Nancy Knudsen,
Some books entertain, some books educate. We look for some books to entertain, we look for others to educate. No-one more than the cruising sailor yearns for the best information at times, and the best entertainment at others. Jimmy Cornell, in his superbly (and therefore expensively) presented latest book, gives both in large helpings, richly served - together... [more]

Charter World - Last minute boating adventures
Charter World Brook Felsenthal,
Charter World offer last minute availability on two fantastic sailing adventures in the Mediterranean at bargain prices. Book by the berth or cabin from $3960 per person (for 14 nights sailing aboard a Beneteau 50). No experience is necessary as a fully qualified sailing instructor is aboard to assist you and help you gain qualifications if desired.... [more]

Sell Saddam's Yacht? 'O no you don't' says Iraq
Des Ryan,
Saddam Hussein ordered it in 1981, and it was built in Helsingor, the city of Shakespeare's Hamlet, by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft. But curiously Saddam never took delivery of it. It was in the second year of the Iran/Iraq War, and maybe he had other things on his mind... [more]

Some days you shouldn't get out of bed......
W Hoover & E Aguiar,Honolulu Advertiser/Sail-World,
Some days, you just shouldn't get out of bed in the morning. What began as a leisurely ocean cruise Wednesday afternoon ended with Jim Dobson's 54-foot yacht running aground at Poka'i Bay, on the big island of Oahu, Hawaii, and the destruction of the very expensive craft after yesterday's wave surge left it sitting on the beach at the Wai'anae.... [more]

Sailing Duo rescued by tanker in South Atlantic
BBC News,
A Cornish couple have been rescued from their yacht in the South Atlantic after emailing Falmouth Coastguard. Mike, 51, and Iris Clelford, 52, asked for help after their yacht Brilliance sustained mast damage 500 miles from the island of Tristan da Cunha.... [more]

Boating Safety with Kids
Laurie Lowther - YachtShare NZ Ltd,
Every parent's concern when boating is the safety of their child at sea. When we at YachtShare are approached by potential clients with children, we have a lot to discuss to allay their fears and to ensure the client has enough practical knowledge to assume command with children on-board.... [more]

W2N A unique single-handed lap of the world
Rob Clark,
Call it what you like; social experiment, adventure, campaign, project…. It certainly contains elements of all these things but in essence, the mechanism that will determine the precise route around the world will be a series of public votes. As such, when I set off in October / November this year, the only thing I can be certain of is the very next landfall. Beyond that, well, who knows....?... [more]

Nine New Innovation Awards at Miami Boat Show,
A liferaft suitable for inland waters, AirBattens – those pump-up battens that can make life easy on a boat, a new comprehensive navigation system, even a LED cleat light for your jetty: these are just some of the products that have just won innovation awards at the Miami International Boat Show.... [more]

U.K. equity firm buys Oyster Marine
Susan A. Baird (,
Oyster Marine Ltd., a U.K.-based yacht builder with shipyards in Ipswich and Newport, has been acquired by U.K.-based private equity fund Balmoral Capital for an undisclosed sum.... [more]

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