5 million Canadians must get licences...France Jubilant as Sarkozy saves crew of yacht...loving your life jacket...World ARC 2010... and more...

17 Apr 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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French Rescue - Sarkozy Hero of the Moment

Bringing them home! Crew of the Ponant  .
The biggest news of the week was the dramatic rescue of 30 crew, mostly French, from the yacht Ponant which had been hijacked by pirates for a ransom ten days before.

This was obviously good news for the crew and their families, but there are other side benefits: first of all for triumphant French President Sarkozy, who masterminded the rescue. His popularity had slumped recently, due largely to putting his love life ahead of his political life. He is now being accorded 'super-hero' status by the French Press.

But for cruising sailors, the best news of all is that as a result of the incident increasing attention is now being paid to the problem of piracy in the region, opening the way in the future to more safety for cruising sailors on their way to the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

Rescues were really in the news this week – there's one slapstick comedy of a story about the rescuers who had to be rescued, it finally taking seven boats to bring all to safety, and another unique tale of a solo sailing married couple who circumnavigate the world separately, only meeting in ports. They were in the news this week because one had to rescue the other in a 10 day drama in the South Pacific – without outside assistance.

Do you love your lifejacket? - Some handy tips about keeping it in good order. Yearn for a second steering wheel? You'll like the story about how to have a second steering wheel when you don't have a second steering wheel.

As for sailing opportunities, OceansWatch – that volunteer organisation which brings the skills of sailors and home-based marine scientists together to protect our reefs – is searching for crew to sail the South Pacific; there are some good offerings by Sunsail this year in Australia's Barrier Reef Waters; and if you're wanting to leap out of the crowd and do a circumnavigation but don't know where to start, why not consider joining the next World ARC Rally in 2010 – there's still enough time to plan!

...and many other stories from around the world, so read on, enjoy and...

Sail Safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Solo Sailor Wife Rescues - Solo Sailor Husband
Nancy Knudsen,
When two solo sailors cross paths during their separate circumnavigations, meet in New Zealand and then get married in the Solomons, it makes for a very special marriage, especially when they both continue to sail solo. So when, Tony Curphy's clipper Galennaia was in trouble in the Southern Ocean off the coast of New Zealand, he didn't radio a Mayday, he phoned his wife, Susanne Huber-Curphey!... [more]

Canada Tightens Boat Safety Rules
Nancy Knudsen,
Leisure craft on Canada's waterways will be safer this year, if the Honorable Minister for Transport has his way. No less than five million Canadian boaters who do not currently have a licence - a 'proof of competency' - must get one before they take to the water, or risk a $250 fine.... [more]

Sailing with the Treleavens
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue their tales of sailing through the Caribbean: While we shelter under Ilet a Cabrit waiting for the big seas and winds to abate, Liz and Heinz sail back to Pointe a Pitre in atrocious conditions to return the yacht to the charter base before flying back to France... [more]

France Jubilant as Ponant Crew Comes Home
Agence France-Presse,
President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed back the crew of a French yacht held hostage for a week by Somali pirates, as Paris prosecutors open an inquiry into the affair. Le Ponant's 30 crew -- 22 French, six Filipinos, a Cameroonian and a Ukrainian -- were freed on Friday following negotiations that ended the standoff peacefully.... [more]

Gas Prices and Downturn Hurt US Boat Owners
Keith O'Brien, Boston Globe/Sail-World,
Martin Fernandes from Massachusetts is selling his 26-foot Sea Ray because, he said, 'In times like these, having a boat isn't the best idea.'... [more]

World Arc 2010 - Entry Open Now
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Thinking of cruising the world, but would like some company? World ARC, the flagship event in the global portfolio of World Cruising Club (WCC) rallies, is building on the success of the current 2008 Rally with the announcement that the entry list has opened for a second edition, the 2010 World ARC Rally.... [more]

Last stop 22,000 mile epic – Pole to Pole
Bridget Kirkham,
Today the Kerguelen Islands welcomed two amazing young men on the last stop of an epic journey. On “Blizzard”, the Australian yacht, are Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper on their “Pole to Pole – Manpowered” expedition. After summating Everest as the youngest ever westerners (at 19) they decided to ski, sail and bike from north magnetic pole to south magnetic pole, raising money for charity.... [more]

Loving your Life Jacket
BW Media,
You probably have one, you may even wear one, but do lavish the regular maintenance on your lifejacket that sailors typically do on other parts of the boat? Crewaver have published an online manual to help make sure you are safe at sea which contains all the information you need to fit, service, and re-arm your jacket.... [more]

Experienced crew needed for South Pacific Voyages
Jane Pares,
OceansWatch www.oceanswatch.org the newly formed Trust connecting sailors and divers with marine conservation and humanitarian projects, needs crew for two yachts this coming season in the South Pacific region. Among those needed are are crew members who can sail and dive, a Skipper, a Marine Biologist.... [more]

The Swinging Pedestal - Making life easy
Des Ryan,
When the boat is heeling past 30 degrees and you're steering by you toes or stretching uncomfortably, have you ever longed for a second steering wheel? But the boat's too small? Well, have we got a deal for you! Danish company Jefa have developed a swinging pedestal system, which seems too simple to be true – but isn't that so with all the best ideas?... [more]

Who to Rescue the Rescuer?
Maritime And Coastguard Agency/Sail-World,
In what must have looked like a comedy of errors for any watchers nearby, some rescuers and their rescuees had to be all rescued in Poole, UK, this week. When the tender sent to rescue a yacht heading for rocks got into trouble itself, they both had to be rescued. One life boat, two Police vessels and a tug later, the two craft and their occupants were safely delivered from cata... [more]

Ghosts that Sailed the High Seas
Nancy Knudsen,
This week will mark one year since the 12 metre sailing catamaran Kaz II was found drifting in the Pacific 80 nm off the east Australian coastline, with no sign of its West Australian crew of three. On board the engine was running, the table was set for a meal, fishing lines were set, a computer was open and running. But she is just the latest mystery in what has become a ghostly tradition...... [more]

Olin Stephens 100 years old - a few designs
Trevor Walkley Sail-world.com,
April 13 marks the 100th birthday of American design doyen Olin Stephens. Olin retired from the design business in the 1980's, after designing over 2,000 boats, including eight America's Cup winners, in career lasting more than 50 years. To celebrate the work of this designer with few peers Sail-world.com has put together a few pictures covering some of his major design successes... [more]

Escape to Whitsundays with Sunsail - get 15% off
Infront Communications,
For those people who have dreamt about sailing the Whitsunday Islands there has never been a better time to escape to the tropical aquatic playground off the coast of North Queensland and Sunsail is offering a 15% discount.... [more]

Presenting the Gerber Juice Origami paper boat
Matthew Colledge / Bridgwater Mercury,
Just under 1000 drink cartons from Bridgwater's Gerber Juice Company will keep the dreams of two adventurers afloat this summer.... [more]

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