Cloud Nine in the North West sailing speed...Francis Joyon French Sailor of the Year...Ten Mainsail Tips for Short-handed Cruisers...MOB invention...and much more

11 Dec 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Wouldn't you like to be here? - Coco Point  Ian & Andrea Treleaven
A varied round-up of sailing news from all quarters of the globe again. Francis Joyon has deservedly been made French Sailor of the Year for 2008 – after over 20 years of excellent sailing.

Cold winter weather means that only the brave and hardy are sailing in the northern hemisphere at the moment, while in the southern hemisphere it's all hotting up. But then there are the ice sailors ....

Two inventions are featured – an amazing little electric boat, and another MOB rescue tool, this time from a San Francisco sailor. In practical information, read the Ten important Mainsail tips for Short-handed Cruisers – and can you suggest some more?

Narrow escapes for live-aboard yachties at opposite ends of the earth. Down in the Falklands, which is chock-full of land mines, some straying yachties were found wandering a mined beach – before they stepped on one. Up in New Jersey USA, a live-aboard doctor was doing a lucky night shift when his 62ft yacht was destroyed by fire.

The Treleavens have sent back some wonderful images of their tropical adventures in Barbuda and St Kitts in the Caribbean; and over in Kochi in India they are practising on the Volvo sailors for the arrival of hordes of cruising sailors in the future.

Whether you're ice sailing, warming yourself by the fire, or relishing the warmth of more southerly climes,

Read on and enjoy another World Cruising news round-up

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Cloud Nine Sails North West Passage - now the DVD
Des Ryan,
During the summer of 2007, the sailing vessel Cloud Nine completed the transit of the fabled North West Passage, an amazing 6640 miles in 73 days. Now there's a film and a DVD available on the journy, all of which has been photographed by committed environmentalist photographer David Thoreson.... [more]

No Fireside for Hardy Ice Sailors
Des Ryan,
Sailors in the southern hemisphere are right now filling the waterways and oceans with flotillas of white sails, and relishing the warm breezes and long days. In the tropics it's good ALL the time. However, in the northern hemisphere the freeze is setting in, but there's ONE brand of sailor who's up and loving it - the Ice Sailor!... [more]

Francis Joyon: French Sailor Of The Year 2008
Sail-World Cruising,
Francis Joyon, the hardy sailor who won world prominence by not once, but twice setting the record as the fastest solo non-stop unassisted sailor around the world, has been awarded the honour of being the 2008 Sailor of the Year in France.... [more]

Dreams up in Smoke
Charles Hack,Jersey Journal/Sail-World,
Just when you think you've done everything to protect your sailing boat, put it in the marina, safe and sound, the yacht next to you catches fire, and you've lost your weekend playtoy, if not your home.... [more]

Letter from the Indies:Barbuda and St Kitts
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Long range cruisers Andrea and Ian Treleaven are this season cruising in the Caribbean in their yacht Cape Finnistere. Here they continue their cruising tales, including a most unexpected clash with the local police... [more]

This Week's Product: SFO Sailor's MOB Invention
Michelle Slade, Cruising,
Any sailor ever involved in a Man Overboard (MOB) incident, or even a practice session, knows how hard it is, almost impossible for cruising sailors who are usually short handed. Experienced cruisers acknowledge that if you're overboard, you're dead, and concentrate on staying onboard....but humans are great inventors, and now here's another.... [more]

Amazing little Electric Boat - Coming Soon
Scuttlebutt Europe/Sail-World Cruising,
The world's marine scientists, inventors and naval architects are struggling with alternative power sources for boats. Electric outboards are a coming thing, hydrogen power is being experimented with, with one hydrogen powered sailing boat already using fuel cell technology, and E10 diesel is part of today's landscape. Now Scuttlebutt Europe reports: Aequus and Finot-Conq are due to com... [more]

Yachties Safe after Wandering in Minefield
Juanita Brock, FINN/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors have many things to get nervous about, but usually being blown up by a land mine isn't one of them. Luckily, three crew members from the Belgium-flagged Yacht, VIA are safe and well tonight after wandering into a minefield near Kidney Island on East Falkland.... [more]

Ten Mainsail Tips for Short-handed Cruising
Nancy Knudsen,
Most long range cruisers are trying to sail downwind when they can, but it doesn't always happen. Many cruisers are also sailing short handed. So handling the main on a cruising boat differs in many ways from that for a racing boat. Whatever your configuration, even with in-mast roller furling main, you have to use the big sail to balance the helm and create or decrease power.... [more]

Kochi Struts its Stuff as Cruising Stopover
DNA/Sail-World Cruising,
Kochi (formerly Cochin on the coast of south western India) is gearing to be the stopover that cruising sailors just won't want to miss when they are on their way across the Indian Ocean, and the arrival of that fleet of racing sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race is giving them an opportunity to strut their stuff.... [more]

Aground in Antarctia - Pollution Fear
AFP/Sail-World Cruising,
Only the brave and bold visit Antarctica in a sailing boat, but how hazardous it is was demonstrated again when the cruise ship Ciudad de Ushuaiai had to evacuate all 89 passengers of various nationalities from the Argentine registered ship which had run aground, an official in charge of the rescue operation said on Friday.... [more]

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