Videos-Hurricane Ike and up the Red Sea...Detroit Sailor lost in horrendous conditions...Purchase a yacht, get a lifestyle...the truth about what's wrong with our oceans...and much more...

06 Nov 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Editorial: Read it here then...Just go Sailing

Just go sailing..  .
If it's happening in the world of the cruising sailor, then it's here on Sail-World Cruising.

As well as the latest cruising news, you'll find the new inventions, the best products, tales of the brave and the reckless, or just the curious and amusing. Scroll down to see the stories that interest YOU...

All around the world every day volunteer rescuers are risking injury and sometimes their lives to save sailors in distress. All they ask is that sailors prepare properly - themselves their boats and their timing - before they go to sea. Two articles this week exemplify how important this is.

It's inspirational how so many cruising sailors are helping in the enormous task of protecting/saving our oceans. Read an update on the work of OceansWatch, that grass roots sailors' movement assisting marine scientists to check coral health, and 'Sailors for the Sea' offer some answers about what's wrong with our oceans. Find out how YOU can help.

Read about a cruising sailor's video on their journey up the Red Sea, an amusing tale of the USO that invaded the Island of Skye, and how one of the thousands of modest volunteers that keep the sport of sailing alive received an award she never expected.

You will also find out that you don't need to be so brawny on the winches any more, with a new great product that turns Mickey Mice into Supermen.

Lots of other news and salty articles... Don't worry about the financial meltdown or whether Barack Obama will do a good job – just read Sail-World for the best and the latest...

...and go sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

'When the GPS Falls into the Bilge...'
Nancy Knudsen,
The instructor who taught me celestial navigation many years ago started every class by saying 'When the GPS has fallen into the bilge...' thus justifying his insistence that every sailor who adventures into an ocean needs a knowledge of classical celestial navigation.... [more]

BoatU.S captures Hurricane Ike damage on videotape
BoatU.S. News,
15,000 recreational boats damaged. BoatU.S. has captured the storm's devastating impact on the recreational boating community with exclusive video shot at local marinas and boat clubs... [more]

A Yacht Purchase - a Life Style Investment
Des Ryan,
With all the talk of recession, liquidity crises, credit crunches, stock market big dipper rides, job layoffs and dismal financial forecasts, it's no wonder our hands are staying in our pockets. But are we missing out on LIFE?... [more]

Rescuers in Horrendous Conditions to Rescue Three Sail-World,
The difficulty of rescuing yacht crews in adverse conditions was underlined this week by the tragic death of a Detroit sailor on the Yacht Freefall when the rescue bid which saved his crew mates failed to save him and injured the rescuer.... [more]

Jimmy Cornell to Speak at SSCA Gam December 5-7
Barbara Theisen,
The Seven Seas Cruising Association's annual Melbourne, Florida Gam will offer cruisers three full days of seminars, marine vendor exhibitions and camaraderie with cruising friends old and new.... [more]

'Sounded like a Knife' - the Loss of yacht Hot Ice
Letea Cavander, NewsMail/Sail-World,
Last week we reported an American-flagged yacht, Hot Ice, participating in the Port2Port Rally from Vanuatu and Noumea to Bundaberg in Australia hit Kenn Reef, an atoll on a submerged continental block about 280 nm north east of Gladstone. They have now arrived in Bundaberg, with nothing but their passports and the clothes they stand up in, and they told Letea Cavander the dramatic story... [more]

Red Sea Adventures:the Abbott Family DVD
BW Media,
For eleven years the Abbott Family sailed over 50,000 nautical miles aboard their 39ft catamaran, Exit Only. Setting off from Kansas USA, they travelled south. Their adventures took them through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the South Pacific and Asia, the Indian Ocean and via the Red Sea to the Mediterranean - but it's the Red Sea they have now chronicled in a great DVD... [more]

Lights invade Skye in UK- A Bird? A plane? A USO?
Maggie Hill MCGA/Sail-World,
(For the uninitiated: USO is an Unidentified Sailing Object) At 6:40pm on Wednesday evening Stornoway Coastguard received call from the Police at Portree on the Isle of Skye reporting that one of their off-duty officers had sighted red and bright white flashing lights 200 yards off the beach at Staffin Bay in the North of the island.... [more]

Product of the Week: Easypower for Wenches
Nancy Knudsen,
As someone who, being a wench (that's my excuse), has found many a winch to be the cause of great angst in the past, this 'Product of the Week' is just the thing! And if, as a sailor, you have more brains than brawn, you'll like this gadget too.... [more]

What's Wrong with our Oceans? - the Acid Answer
'Sailors for the Sea',
Perhaps our planet should have been named 'Ocean' rather than 'Earth' given that the majority of Earth is comprised of water not land: seventy-one percent to be precise. Humans are also comprised mostly of water, a strikingly analogous seventy percent. In both cases, a proper pH is required not only for vibrant health, but for long-term survival. However, recently the pH of our oceans has been c... [more]

Second Teen Vies for 'Youngest Around the World'
Nancy Knudsen,
While American teen Zac Sunderland (born November 29, 1991) tries for the title of 'Youngest sailor around the world' and follows the rolling seas across the Indian Ocean with a repaired tiller and a splinted broken boom, a second young sailor, British teen Mike Perham is about to set sail to vie for same title.... [more]

OceansWatch Reef Check Training in Tonga
Jane Pares,
The cruising season in the South Pacific is coming to a close and some cruisers have already made their way to New Zealand, where they'll stay over the hurricane season. Among the OceansWatch members heading back for the 2nd time are Beth and Ken Cone on Eagle Wings and David and Gail Funk on Fifth Season. But before making the passage they're taking the OceansWatch Reef Ch... [more]

South Africa's 'Silent Solo Sailor' Goes Home
Asa Sokopo,Daily Dispatch/Sail-World,
South Africa: Charl de Villiers made headlines four years ago when he became the first deaf sailor to circumnavigate the world single- handedly. He made his his epic 2004 voyage in his 11.2m Tartan yacht 'Island Times', which he bought in September 2000, and departed on his amazing journey from Palacios, in Texas.... [more]

Saving Sailors' Lives - the Sea Scoopa
Des Ryan,
Most of the inventions and innovations in the history of sailing have come from sailors themselves, and now Sydney sailor Bob Wright, is keeping that tradition alive with an invention that could save many sailors' lives - the Sea Scoopa. What's a Sea Scoopa? Read on... [more]

Unsung Hero for Sailing Honour Award
Adrian Seconi, Otago Times/Sail-World,
In yacht clubs all over the world there are unsung heroes who labour without reward for years, carrying out all the tasks necessary to keep the sport alive - the 'Learn to Sail' programs, the Committee boats, the care of the equipment. This is the story of one...... [more]

Buizen legend extends to 60 feet
Harbourside Media,
It has been 12 years since Buizen Yachts introduced a new model. Now, Buizen announces the release of a new 60 foot model; a move that represents a significant milestone in the company's history.... [more]

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