'Pirate' Ship lost, Schooner saves crew...Ocean Hitch Hikers...ice sailing-cool or crazy?...'Green' sailing wins oveer powerboating...and more

14 Mar 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Greener Sailing - a Brighter Future?

Lots of ideas about where to sail next – and you don't even need to own a boat. One young ocean hitch hiker tells his story of sailing across the Atlantic. Then there's a rally from Europe to the Amazon, tales of sailing the Whitsundays in Australia, and another rally along the Turkish coastline with occasional visits to Greek Islands along the way.

Two practical articles this week – how to safely rid your sails of mildew, and a valuable infallible 'How to..': How never again to miss that regular horizon check on a passage.

The sailing season is just about to start in the northern hemisphere, but until then there's always the opportunity to go ice-sailing.

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail Safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Schooner Saves Crew from 'Pirate' Ship
Leonora LaPeter Anton/Sail-World,
For almost two years the 'pirate' ship the Treasure Seeker took day trips from its snug berth at the pier of St. Petersburg on the west coast of Florida, USA. Last month owner Ray Hixon and son Tripp headed in the ship for a new dream of tourist sailing in the Virgin Islands. But just south of the Turks and Caicos Islands, their dream ended when the 55-year-old ship sank in 7,000 feet of water.... [more]

Sailing the Whitsundays - Clownfish Rush Hour
The morning sky is eggshell blue, no noise but the wind in the trees and the little plop! of surfacing fish. Sit in the breeze on deck as the morning sun comes over the hill, and have a fresh pot of coffee with toast, muesli and a freshly prepared fruit salad. Later in the day as you float into Nara Inlet on Hook Island an eagle might be soaring overhead.... [more]

Sailing with the Treleavens - WITH a Mast
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Monday we collected the mast from Fort de France Port where it was tied to our deck, no other way of transport possible, and then we motored back the 30miles to Marin Harbour. By Wednesday they have it installed and now our time of waiting is nearly over, we will be on our way north by Tuesday 11th after final modifications are made.... [more]

Ocean Hitch Hikers – One Hiker's Story
Timesonline/Sail-World Cruising.,
In ports and harbours wherever long range cruising boats are preparing for their next ocean crossing, you find the ocean hitch hikers. There'll be a tap on the hull, a polite 'Excuse me...' and the inevitible question – 'Are you looking for crew?' Some are experienced, some have never been on a boat, but all are adventurous and willing to take a chance. Here, Mads Qvist Frederiksen, writ... [more]

'Green' Sailing ahead of Powerboating
Sail America Press Release,
As the recession in the USA starts to bite, it seems as if every headline in the marine trade press has the words 'boat sales down' in the title. But overall, sailing is holding up better than the powerboat sector. High fuel costs are the primary reason, but sailing is also more in line with today's cultural and social aspirations. Sailing is healthy, invigorating, exciting and, above all,... [more]

How to Never Miss a Horizon Check again!
Nancy Knudsen,
Whether you are out for a daysail to a familiar anchorage, or crossing the Atlantic Ocean, keeping a good watch is one of the prime rules of good seamanship. Whether it's because you're likely to fall asleep, forget, or have inexperienced crew, here's the clue on how to relax knowing you will NEVER miss a horizon check again – the Watch Commander.... [more]

Ice Sailing - Cool or Crazy?
Jeff Barr, Kalamazoo Gazette,
If someone says he gets a kick out of lying flat on his back cruising six inches off the surface of a frozen lake at 50 mph or so, please don't think he's crazy. I made the mistake of questioning the sanity of Commodore Randy Johnson and other members of the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club on Saturday's frigid morning......Until I took a ride myself... [more]

Ridding Sails of Mildew - the Four Easy Steps
Andrew Dove, Area Manager, North Sails Caribbean,
Mildew is an integral part of our ecosystem. But where the keen gardener will apply copper sulphate to limit the destructive affect of mold on his precious plants, sails are an expensive purchase and their aspect a clear part of a boat's image. Certainly mildew stains on sails are a serious problem. Often the stains will appear after a period of stockage which will be the case for many sails durin... [more]

World's Most Exotic Cruising Rally
Des Ryan,
There's an unusual scene at the mouth of the Amazon River right now – it's over thirty cruising yachts showing home flags from a variety of countries including France, USA, Britain and Australia. In one of the world's rarest sailing adventures, these boats have just sailed From Tenerife to the river so aptly called the 'Mighty Amazon.'.....and what they will do next is even more exotic...... [more]

Herreshoff 2008 Classic Yacht Symposium finalized
The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers have finalized the program for The 2008 Classic Yacht Symposium (TM), to be held Friday through Sunday, April 4-6, 2008, in Bristol, Rhode Island.... [more]

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