Inspiring story of seamanship...debris danger in English Channel...Piracy Doubled...dismasting of Side by Side...and much more...

22 Jan 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Heroes of the World of Cruising Sailors

Is it a sculpture? A dead fish? No it's an aerial shot of house-building timber floating in the English Channel  .
If you want to be enthralled, inspired and encouraged to take your next voyage into blue waters with determination and confidence, just look at the stories of the recipients of the Cruising Club of America's Awards this edition. The sheer number of miles covered is impressive enough, but for tales of remote adventuring and outstanding seamanship no novel could be as gripping.

Seriously, you wouldn't want to be sailing along the east coast of England right now, and on land, less seriously, watch out for traffic jams as home-builders and handymen scurry to the coast. What's the fuss? 1500 tonnes of timber is floating in the water and about to wash up on British shores.

Much other news and many cruising tales - from the Indian Ocean to the South Atlantic to Australia's Bass Strait to Belize....

On a practical note – my wonder product of the week is Rescue Tape, and I'm delighted to suggest that you 'should never leave home without it'. It's saved our bacon a couple of times.

Finally, it's the last call to change to a 406 EPIRB!

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail Happy

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

CCA awards Huber-Curphey and Curphey for Outstanding Seamanship
Media Pro Int'l,
The Cruising Club of America has selected Susanne Huber-Curphey and Tony Curphey, a married couple and solo sailors who live together while in port, but sail their own boats cruising around the world, to receive its prestigious 2008 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship.... [more]

William (Scott) Piper III to receive 2008 Blue Water Medal
Dana Paxton,
The Cruising Club of America has selected William (Scott) Piper III, M.D. to receive its prestigious 2008 Blue Water Medal for 12 years of adventurous cruising and voyaging in two boats, Pipe Dream VI, a J/40, and Pipe Dream IX, a 52' J/160, aboard which he has logged over 132,000 miles, for a total of 180,000 miles.... [more]

CCA present 2008 Far Horizons Award to John H. Harries, Phyllis Nickel
Media Pro Int'l,
The Cruising Club of America has selected John H. Harries and Phyllis Nickel to receive its prestigious 2008 Far Horizons Award for their extensive cruising and voyaging, and some racing in Morgan's Cloud, a custom 56' McCurdy Rhodes cutter... [more]

English Channel: Debris Alert for Sailors
BW Media Roundup,
Sailors in the English Channel are being warned of around 1,500 tonnes of timber that fell from a cargo ship in the English Channel and is expected to reach the shores of England in the next two days.... [more]

The Skipjack - Remnant of a Great Sailing Tradition
Timothy B Wheeler, Baltimore Sun/Sail-World,
In the Third World sailing boats are still a familiar sight, used for transport and fishing. Their delicate sails enliven the horizons of many a coastal waterway. In the Western World they have long been relegated to the field of pleasure and sport - except for a few hardy survivors, and the whimsically named Skipjack is one of them.... [more]

Tales from the Wheeler Family - the Dismasting of Side by Side
Mark Wheeler,
'Calling all stations, calling all stations, this is the sailing vessel Side by Side over.'..... 'Calling all stations, calling all stations, this is the sailing vessel Side by Side we have been dismasted, repeat we have been dismasted over.' 'It was the worst of times, it was the best of times, it was the age of wisdom...' Originally penned by Charles Dickens in The Tale of Two Cities... [more]

Star of the Indian Ocean - Kochi Gears up
Nancy Knudsen,
Kochi is gearing up. This charismatic coastal city on the south west coast of India is determined to be the chief boating hub of the Indian Ocean. Previously, long ranging sailors had to journey from Asia to Egypt - a distance of several thousand of nautical miles - between Marinas, (without a long detour to Dubai) but that is no more...... [more]

Pete Goss and Spirit of Mystery for Island of St Paul
Stuart Elford,
You could make its location a $64,000 question and get very few answers, as few sailors have even heard of the remote Island of St Paul, let alone sail to it. However, that's where the intrepid crew, skippered by Pete Goss, are heading when they leave Cape Town... [more]

Boaters warned of EPIRB deadline
Brad Schmidtt,
Boaters are again warned not to delay switching over to the new 406 MHz digital distress beacons amid reports of a global shortage of the new equipment The worldwide switch from 121.5MHz analogue beacons to the more accurate digital model is well underway ahead of the February 1 deadline.... [more]

South Pacific/New Zealand Rally - One Yacht's Story
David McKay,
The cruising leg between the Islands of the South Pacific and New Zealand is notorious for one of the passages in the world where you can strike nasty conditions. This is a bonus for the Island Cruising Association which runs an annual rally cruise which includes that leg. Andrea and David Mackay , travelling on their 48ft Van de Stadt yacht Diomedea, sailed in the rally this year.... [more]

2008 World Piracy Report - Almost Double
Nancy Knudsen,
The 2008 report on International Piracy is out, and while its findings relate almost wholly to the commercial maritime world, the report is a good indicator of where the cruising sailor should – or should not – venture. The 2008 figures 'surpass all figures recorded by the Piracy Reporting Centre since it began reporting,' according to IMB's Director Captain Pottengal Mukundan.... [more]

Brothers in Lucky Rescue after Weak Signal Heard
Eleni Hale, Herald-Sun/Sail-World,
The value of HF Radios Satellite phones and EPIRBS was underlined after the lucky rescue of two sailors whose boat was dismasted in remote ferocious waters south of Australia near Bass Strait this week. A rescue plane was coincidentally flying near enough to hear their weak VHF radio call, and set off the alarm.... [more]

Product of the Week: Rescue Tape
BW Media,
The damn pup has just chewed up the water hose again, the fuel line has sprung a leak, or you want to insulate an electrical connection; but you're not worried as you reach for the Rescue Tape, because you know how well it works. The transparent version of Rescue Tape even allows you to see the condition of the repair after it's completed. It sounds magic, but how DOES Rescue Tape work?... [more]

Rottnest Island - Remote Destination of the Week
Fiona Harper,
Crisp fresh salty blowing in from the Indian Ocean conjures up a typical Southern Hemisphere summer at Rottnest Island. Where the only suitable clothing is of the summer boating holiday kind. Boardshorts, bikinis and lots of bare skin are pretty typical dress standards when you're holidaying at Rotto... [more]

Heading for St Helena in a 'sort of a' Race
Alex Petersen/Sail-World Cruising,
A very international fleet set off this week on what is usually a South Atlantic Race from Table Bay in Cape Town South Africa for the long haul to Salvador in Bahia, Brazil. However this time, it was more a rally than a race, as the cruising fleet, which commences their journey after the hotshot racers, has been augmented by a group of wandering yachties....AND they will stop at St Helena... [more]

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