Preparing your boat for high winds... French sailors swapped for Pirates? soda-blasting... Branson for sailing record... and more...

11 Sep 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Editorial: Hurricane Ike Keeps Sailors at Home

Hurricane Ike yesterday (10SEP08) over Cuba  .
There's not likely to be much boating going on in the Caribbean the path of Hurricane Ike this week, and BoatU.S has some advice for preparing your boat for high winds. However, the good news is that New Orleans is likely to be spared. In a season that has already experienced several seriously damaging hurricanes, December can't come quickly enough.

A smorgasbord of news in this edition, from all parts of the globe, including stories with practical advice for sailors – why you should leave your gas tank full for winter, eco-friendly soda-blasting for your hull.

While the sailing world waits for news of the two French sailors who are the latest kidnap victims of Somalian pirates, Andrew Mwangura, the keenest source of news from the murky world of Somalia, says that the pirates are seeking to swap the two sailors for the Somalians who were taken back to France to stand trial for piracy. Our 'Pirate Alert for Seafarers around the Horn of Africa' is compulsory reading for anyone wanting to make the transit this year. My guess is that there will be a plethora of yachts heading around the Cape of Good Hope.

Last time we printed a story about the sailing Grieves family, I was amused by the rush of emails from readers with comments. The Grieves are a family who DIDN'T find the cruising life 'all that it's cracked up to be'. In fact, only the husband/father of the family was finally left to bring the boat home. In this week's story, Juliet and Guy Grieve give their separate reactions to their adventure.

Sir Richard Branson, that able spin merchant adventurer, is about to try to set another record – this time a sailing record, and with his family on board. A couple of stories to make you alert on your own yacht – another sad death from a swinging boom, and a narrow escape by a Saudi Princess from her burning yacht.

Read on, enjoy, and.....

Sail safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Pirate Alert for Seafarers around Horn of Africa
Andrew Mwangura, Sailors Assistance Programme,
This Press Release/Alert was received today: A yacht similar to this one, the Carre D'as IV, was hi-jacked by Somali pirates on 03. Sept. 2008 in the Gulf of Aden and is now used to hunt for further prey. The Venezuela-registered, French-owned, 24 m 2-mast luxury sailing yacht, an Amel Super Maramu when she was hi-jacked in the Gulf of Aden, is not at Eyl as reported falsely.... [more]

Preparing your boat for High Winds
When high winds are threatening - and threatening they are in the Americas this week, with no less than three potential hurricanes threatening the shores - it pays to do everything you can to ensure that your boat is safe... [more]

Sailor's Boom Death on 27ft boat
Des Ryan,
The latest sailor's death caused by a swinging boom is yet another reminder of the potential dangers of booms at sea. Short of sailors wearing crash helmets, it is an ever present potential for harm.... [more]

Leave your Boat's Gas Tank Full
The problem with Ethanol Fuel: Phase Separation Ethanol-laden gasoline, dubbed 'E-10' for its 10% ethanol content, is now commonplace at marina fuel docks. However, if winter is approaching where you live, here's some advice for ensuring your boat is in good condition next spring... [more]

Branson to Go for Atlantic Sailing Record
BW Media,
British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is back in the business of chasing speed records on the high seas — this time with his family. The chairman of the Virgin Group announced Thursday that he'll attempt to break the record for a trans-Atlantic crossing in a single-hulled sailing boat... [more]

Glad to be Home - Sailing Grieves tell their Story
Juliet and Guy Grieve, Telegraph/Sail-World,
Are you tired of reading all those stories of cruising couples who break the ties, go sailing and never regret it? How fantastic it is for families, especially for the children, to experience the joys and freedoms of cruising, using distance learning? Well, you'll be glad to know there IS another side to the story - some families are ambivalent about it, and don't mind telling you why.... [more]

Princess escapes from Burning Yacht
BW Media,
A Saudi Arabian princess has narrowly missing immolation in a megayacht on which she had been cruising the Greek Islands.... [more]

Rallies, Rallies, Rallies - Now the Caribbean 1500
Nancy Knudsen,
Travelling the ocean as a solo yacht is inspirational – but you don't have to always 'go it alone', and rallies the world over are popular for veterans and novices alike. Frequently, the successful rally will go at the most opportune time in the season– witness the most successful 'Atlantic Rally for Cruisers', the 'Darwin to Kupang' and the 'Med Red Rally', and it's the same with 'Caribbean 1500'... [more]

Product of the Week: Eco-friendly Soda Blasting
BW Media,
In the past, the only way you could really clean, remove paint or some other unsightly material from the hull of your boat was to either chip it off, sand blast it, use harsh chemicals, or hand sand it until your arm fell off or your equipment failed. Now, there's Eco-friendly Soda Blasting... [more]

Beneteau Still Sailing Well
BW Media,
Not everyone is suffering reduced sales in the maritime industry. One of the world's largest boating groups, Beneteau, has reported 'outstanding' results in 2008 so far, in spite of weakened global financial situations in most countries.... [more]

Update: Kidnapped French Sailors taken to Eyl
Reuters Africa,
Somali pirates are taking a French yacht with two French nationals onboard as well as another hijacked ship to their remote coastal base, a regional government official said on Thursday. US$1million is being demanded in ransom... [more]

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