40 days disabled in the Atlantic, the desperate bid to save the boat...sailor's life endangered by chatting on Channel 16...Recipes from 'the squiggly line'...the perfect yacht for reclusive royals...and much more

26 Feb 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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From high seas rescues to great recipe books...

After 40 days, crew of the Sara finally accept a rescue  .
Keeping you up to date with the world of the cruising sailor takes us at Sail-World Cruising to some pretty strange and contrasting places.

This week is no different as we found ourselves involved in everything from great light-hearted recipe books to the story of the scamming cruising sailors who just might be off to jail very soon.

When are sailors going to respect Channel 16? Coast Guard this week is complaining that they were hampered by 'chatting' on Channel 16 during a rescue to save a sailor's life, and had to repeatedly plead for silence. Must we go to penalties? Is there something lacking in training? Do unqualified radio operators have too much access? If you have an answer let us know.

If you fancy a sail in the Caribbean any time soon there's an article that you must read in this issue, and also the harrowing story of a couple (photo above) who tried for 40 very long days to bring their boat safely to shore from the middle of the Atlantic. They finally had to be winched onto a passing freighter.

Many other tales too – we hear from the Treleavens in the Spanish Virgins, Iridium is offering you the chance to change from Globalstar if you need the coverage that Globalstar cannot provide, and there's a review of a book by one of India's long range sailing heroes, Gulshan Rai.

More too, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sail Safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Rescue after 40 days adrift in the Atlantic
Nick Pisa, Sky News,
A British couple who, between them, have sailed the Atlantic Ocean a total of 11 times, have been saved from the middle of that same ocean by an Italian tanker after spending 40 days disabled and drifting.... [more]

The SSS - Now that's REAL sailing
Nancy Knudsen,
The photo here looks like a normal crowd of sailing boats out for a sail, maybe a race, on a grand sunny day. That's all true, except for one thing - 'normal' it is not, as every single boat in the picture is being sailed - singlehanded.... [more]

Cruising couple arrested after two year scam
Nick Britten, Telegraph/Sail-World,
For two years, Jeffrey Coles and his partner Shashi Bacheta sailed on their yacht, sun-kissed and living the carefree life of the cruising sailor. Able to indulge in a passion for scuba diving, Bacheta and Coles occasionally docked their 66ft yacht the Kismet, meeting other cruising yachties and drawing admiring glances from passers-by. That was until they reached the Canary Isl... [more]

Classic Malts Cruise - Open for Entries
World Cruising Club,
There's only a few months to go for one of the most charming voyages of discovery possible in a cruising rally. Entries are now open for the annual Classic Malts Cruise that attracts cruising enthusiasts the world over and happens 11th-24th July 2009.... [more]

Fancy a sail in the Caribbean? Read this.
The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
With two recent Caribbean sailing murders, including that of Australian sailor Drew Gollan in Antigua, sailors considering a visit in their own boat or a charter holiday to the Caribbean are wondering 'Were they isolated? Or is is too dangerous to go there?' Here one experienced captain gives the inside view to The Triton... [more]

Recipes from the Squiggly Line
Lisa Mylchreest,
What do cruising sailors do when they stop cruising? Some of them never stop, some of them write books of their mis-adventures, some are just glad not to have had any, and some write recipe books. When Jacqueline and Malcolm Holt on SV Aeolus XC finished their sailing and returned to landed life, Jackie wrote her book.... [more]

Survivor tells his story after sailing tragedy off Madagascar
Robert Themer, Daily Journal/Sail-World Cruising,
Last month Sail-World carried stories(see links in article) of the tragic loss of a highly experienced sailor and one of his crew off the coast of Madagascar after their catamaran was pitchpoled and capsized. We also told of the rescue of the third crewman from the rescuers point of view. Now that surviving crewman, Leo Sherman, tells his story to Robert Themer... [more]

Injured sailor's life endangered by 'chatting on Channel 16'
Blackwattle Studios roundup,
A seriously injured yachtsman's life was further endangered during a rescue operation near the Isle of Wight last weekend because of other sailors ignoring the 'Mayday Silence' during the rescue attempt.... [more]

Win a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo or a Line 7 jacket or pants
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. http://www.one.sail-world.com/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=31!Enter_here_NOW!new!... [more]

Letter from the Indies - Spanish Virgin Islands
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Firstly let me explain what the Spanish Virgin Islands are. Belonging to Puerto Rico, they consist of Culebra and Vieques 12nms off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the USA. Given the name for marketing reasons it's very Spanish in all ways including language, food and this makes a refreshing change.... [more]

Calling all reclusive royals - the yacht for you!
PHilippa Kennedy, The National/Sail-World,
Are you a reclusive royal, a discreet duchess or a shy superstar? Yes? Then do we have a deal for you! Suddenly it's not cool to flash your wealth around, as the media are making mince meat of those who turn up to meetings in their private jets or other inappropriate splashes of decadence. This makes a dilemma for the mega-rich. Where does one go for the ultimate luxury holiday away fro... [more]

Iridium announces 'Trade-up' from Globalstar
Blackwattle Studios,
It's no secret to the long range sailing fraternity who have experienced it personally that Globalstar does not reach many parts of the oceans of the world. Now Iridium Satellite has announced that it is launching to the general public its 'Trade-Up to Iridium' program, which provides pricing incentives for customers trading up from Globalstar to Iridium handsets and service... [more]

Book by India's first circumnavigator - Gulshan Rai
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week the Indian Navy announced that one of the members of the Navy will depart on India's first solo sailing circumnavigation of the world, and Sail-World published the story. Thanks to reader Tom Scarff in Thailand, we were reminded that amateur yachtsman Gulshan Rai, had in fact circumnavigated the globe in 1987-88, and 'Sailing the Oceans' is the story of his journey.... [more]


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