Sir Richard Branson... Pete Goss...Zac Sunderland...Hugo Boss... Sailors' Naughtical Almanac... Leaping dolphins and more...

23 Oct 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Oceans Delightfully Crammed with Sailing Adventure

Just go sailing, and 'leave the world behind'  .
While the populations of every continent seem locked in gloomy marathon discussions about the plight of the capitalist world, our oceans are still delightfully crammed with adventurers and their tales. So, 'Come with me and leave the world behind'(Omar Khayyam, 13th Century)

As I write, teen solo Zac Sunderland is sailing west from remote Cocos Keeling, and Parson is the hero. Who is Parson? Why he is the local wood worker of Home Island in Cocos, and he has rescued Zac by not only fashioning a new tiller but also splinting Zac's broken boom ready for his westward sail to Africa. Such is the fortuitous nature of long range cruising.

Then there's Sir Richard Branson, just begun his attempt(with a little help) to be the fastest to sail the Atlantic; Pete Goss (hardy Englishman forever a hero for his rescue of fellow sailor in the Southern Ocean) has just departed England in an old lugger for Australia; and a couple of mad professional windsurfers tell their story of sailing the English Channel.

Off the coast of France racing boat Hugo Boss has just been rammed by a fishing boat - while stationary; Lindsay Wright tells his tale of an encounter with six whales, one of which holed his sturdy trimaran; and in the US Virgin Islands they are recovering from the loss of 50 boats sunk by Hurricane Omar.

On a practical note, there's new guide to Phuket just out, some excellent advice on taking your dog along when you go sailing, an amazing product that will keep the number of drilled holes in your boat to a minimum, and the Naughtical Almanac is sure to give you a laugh or three.

Read on, enjoy, and....

Sail Happy!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Windsurfers Cross English Channel
Guy Cribb/Sail-World Cruising,
Two professional windsurfers at the top of their field have just sailed the English Channel. Englishman Guy Cribb and Frenchman Antoine Albeau sailed together through rough seas this week. Here Guy tells the story: 'There must be easier ways to get windsurfing on the TV' I thought as I was bounced high out of the water and twisted round in mid air off the hellish chop, on the verge of a catap... [more]

Sir Richard Branson - Off to Transatlantic Record
BW Media,
One thing Sir Richard Branson has always been good at is publicity - and his new Transatlantic attempt is proving no exception. With the world watching, he willl join New Zealander and 2006 ISAF Sailor of the Year Mike Sanderson and Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie, leaving New York tomorrow on his 100 foot supermaxi Virgin Money in an attempt to break the Transatlantic sailing record.... [more]

Miracle Repairs for Zac in Cocos Keeling
Nancy Knudsen,
With the cyclone season commencing in just a few weeks, teenage adventure sailor Zac Sunderland arrived into Cocos Keeling in the Indian Ocean last week, sailing under genoa alone and with multiple breakages aboard his 36 ft boat, Intrepid. Apart from the fuel problems which have dogged him since Port Moresby, he had broken his tiller and a 'snapped' boom... [more]

Noah's Ark II not as safe as the original Cruising,
You'd think calling your sailing boat Noah's Ark should give it a head start in survival aptitude, but it didn't help the crew of the little boat called (reverently no doubt) Noah's Ark II the other day when everything seemed to go wrong at once... [more]

Disastrous Hurricane Omar Sinks 50 Vessels
BW Media News Roundup,
Caribbean Authorities were trying to contain oil spills after more than 50 boats sank or washed ashore during Hurricane Omar. Owners are siphoning thousands of gallons of fuel from their boats so they can be removed without further spills. In the US Virgin Islands the government is spending more than $1 million on cleanup costs.... [more]

Pete Goss Departs on Classic Adventure
Stuart Elford,
British sailor and adventurer Pete Goss and the intrepid crew of Spirit of Mystery have begun their epic voyage to Australia. Taking advantage of a change in the wind, they slipped lines yesterday evening(Monday 20 October), waved goodbye to the gathered crowd and set sail from Newlyn for the long journey south.... [more]

Phuket Marine Guide - 6th edition launched
Ensign Media,
The sixth edition of the annual Phuket Marine Guide was launched early October by publishers Ensign Media Co. Ltd.... [more]

Sailor tells:How the Whale Holed My Trimaran
Mark Cherrington,
In April last year, as 15 boats set sail from New Plymouth (New Zealand) to Mooloolaba (Queensland, Australia), for the 2007 Solo Transtasman race, there was one sailor missing, Lindsay Wright, whose trimaran had been holed by a whale in January. Here he tells the story of how his 31ft Newark Val trimaran Loose Goose, came to a sticky end while enroute from Auckland to New Plymouth:... [more]

Trial by Tasman - a delivery tale
Lindsay Wright,
For a start, I automatically mistrust anyone who calls a boat 'it.' Using the impersonal general usage pronoun means that that person views their vessel as a mere chattel. It means that they've missed the preternatural link between boats and people; the spiritual aspect of boat husbandry that has been part of human contact with the oceans since primordial time.... [more]

PULEESE take me with you! - Dogs and Sailing
Ann Cameron Siegal BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
Across all the oceans of the world you can find sailors who take their dogs and cats with them when they cruise, and put up with the inconviences for the love of the animals... and there ARE inconveniences. Most dogs do adjust to life on board without much fuss. However, good preparation can make life much easier when travelling with Fido, or Fluffy.... [more]

Stationary Hugo Boss Holed, Dismasted by Fishermen
Nancy Knudsen,
The AIS, about which so much has been written, does not protect against all craft. While stationary outside a French port, world class racing yacht Hugo Boss has just been holed and dismasted by a fishing vessel which was obviously not keeping a lookout.... [more]

Sailors Almanac of Naughtical Terms
This Almanac of Naughtical Terms has been created over the years, and traditionally passed from hand to hand, its author lost in antiquity, but compulsory reading for those who wish to understand the real fundamentals of sailing.... [more]

Product of the Week - SeaSuckers
Des Ryan,
There are as many applications on a sailing boat for this product as your imagination will allow. SeaSuckers are very powerful vacuum-cup mounts (they are NOT suction cups), to attach a series of accessories to your boat WITHOUT putting in screws or having to drill holes. You could attach winch handle holders, grab bars, drink holders, barbecues, GPS's, cameras, radios - the list goes on..... [more]

Leaping Dolphin Lands in Boat
Lisa Mylchreest,
A young dolphin in the USA's Intracoastal Waterway is today recovering from the shock of an unscheduled landing into a humans's boat when practising its leaps yesterday... [more]

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