Sailing for the Devil...largest ARC Europe fleet catamaran models out...fitting out the new cruising boat... piracy waning as Yemenis join the fight...and much more

19 Mar 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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New catamarans, new adventures, new whale science...

Disentangling the sedated whale  .
The news coming in to Sail-World Cruising for the leisure sailor is buzzing with interest and variety again this week, and it's exciting just to write about it all.
On the oceans there's interest everwhere. .

Over in the Gulf of Aden the Yemenis, once notorious for their own brand of piracy, are leading in the international effort to make the shipping channel safe for ships and yachts.

Down-under, two young men have crossed the notorious Bass Strait in a 14ft skiff – to help raise money to save the endangered Tasmanian Devil.

Across in Hawaii traditional sailing vessel Hokule'a has set off on a 1000 mile journey to Palmyra Atoll;

Hokulea-diagram  .. .

...and out in the Atlantic a team of marine experts have successfully sedated a North Atlantic right whale to remove net entangling it.

Speaking of whales, a controversial project to give iron to the Antarctic Ocean has met with much applause and criticism. The group of German and Indian scientists insist that their project will counter the effects of CO2 emissions, giving the waters more of the much needed plankton that whales live on.

This week read of three new exciting models that are being launched by Fountain Pajot, and of the new Lagoon 421 which has some surprises – all evidence of the continued surge in popularity of the cruising catamaran over the single hulled yacht.

Sailing the notorious Bass Strait in a 14ft skiff to save this little guy  .. .

Back to the practicalities of sailing, and Peter Salisbury starts a multi-part article on what to consider when fitting out a new cruising boat, while Tim Knight has helped Sail-World Cruising put together the 12 design tips to make the best sail-cover in the world!

Finally, our remote destination of the week is the Comoro Islands, off the east coast of Africa, a potential stop for cruising sailors taking the round Africa route from Asia to the Med. Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer, who spent 18 months in the islands, describe their entrancing experiences.

Read on, enjoy, and here's wishing you...

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Largest ever ARC Europe fleet prepares for transatlantic rally
Peta Stuart Hunt,
May 7th is the start for 36 yachts to enjoy fun and ocean cruising, sailing from the Caribbean to Europe. It was 21 years ago that the concept of ARC Europe first came to fruition when the inaugural event, then named 'TransARC', set off in 1988. In 2000 the rally was re-named 'ARC Europe' to better reflect its association with the world-famous ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers).... [more]

Sailing for the Devil - in a skiff across Bass Strait
Sail-World Cruising,
Two sailors who planned to cross Bass Strait, one of the most difficult crossings in ocean racing, in a 14ft skiff to raise awareness of the near extinction of the Tasmanian Devil, have made it to the other side.... [more]

Fountaine Pajot Celebrates 2000th Catamaran
Multihull Solutions,
Fountaine Pajot has plenty of reason to celebrate in 2009, with the release of three exciting new models as well as the 2000th catamaran due to be completed during the year.... [more]

Launch of the Lagoon 421
Simpson Marine,
The Lagoon 421 due to be launched in May is probably the surprise this year. She was developed after a thorough study of what users of this category of cruising catamarans require, and truly represents a summary of their expectations.... [more]

This week's remote destination: Living in the Comoro Islands
Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer/Sail-World Cruising,
The Comoro Islands are a potential cruising stop for cruising sailors who opt to avoid the Red Sea route from the Pacific to Europe, and Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer lived there for 18 months. They described their experiences to EscapeArtist:... [more]

Yemenis lead in the challenge to make the Gulf of Aden safe
Nancy Knudsen,
When Yemeni Coastguards figured in a heroic fight against Somali pirates last week, one can't help thinking how times have changed in the Gulf of Aden. Just three years ago, cruising sailors had to watch for Somali pirates to the south and Yemenis pirates to the north. As the Somali threat swiftly became an international crisis, the Yemeni pirates have just as swiftly vanished.... [more]

12 Design tips for the best sail-cover in the world.
Sail-World Cruising,
Having a great sail-cover for your boat makes life at sea so much more comfortable. A sail-cover that offers too much windage, is hard to handle or has to be replaced often through wear, can take some of the fun out of a day's - or a month's - sailing. Here are 12 design tips to remember when having your next sail-cover made:... [more]

Fitting out a new cruising boat - What to consider, Part 1.
Peter Salisbury,
So, after much research, many discussions and a reasonable amount of anguish, you have bought the new cruising boat. And that is only the beginning, because now you have to fit it out. Peter Salisbury here gives the new owner a starting check list of how to decide what to do next. This is Part One of a two-part series... [more]

First ever whale sedation enables rescue effort
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),
For the first time ever, a North Atlantic right whale that had been severely entangled in fishing gear, was administered a sedation mixture that made it possible for rescuers to remove 90 percent of the entanglement.... [more]

'So long and thanks for all the plankton,' say Antarctic whales

The flagship German research vessel of the European Union and her science crew of 50 scientists from Germany, India, and around the world have just finished a controversial project to give iron to the Antarctic Ocean, which they claim has been depleted from the world's oceans by CO2 emissions. Here they tell the story... [more]

Booked a Sunsail holiday in Turkey? - important information

Sunsail's yacht charter and flotilla programmes in Turkey are operating full steam this summer, but not Sunsail Clubs. All programmes in Greece, including the Sunsail Beach Club programmes are operating as usual.... [more]

Airborne pollutants can be toxic to marine algae
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),
Plankton are a critical component of Earth's climate system: as part of their life cycle, they draw carbon dioxide out of the air and transfer it into the deep sea. A newly published paper by ocean scientists shows that airborne particles off the continents can have deadly effect on some marine phytoplankton.... [more]

Kid's lifejackets - keeping them safe
Summer will soon be here in the northern hemisphere and for many parents, this may be the first time the family goes boating. To make sure everyone is ready, the non-profit BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Waterhas three free online resources at to make sure the kids are safe:... [more]

Hokule'a departs - a tradition restored
KHNLHD/Sail-World Cruising,
After a nail-biting ten day delay to her departure caused by bad weather forecasts, the historic Hokule'a has finally set sail from Sand Island in Honolulu on its latest journey.... [more]

Being a bit 'fat' may spell the difference between life and death
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Being a bit fat may spell the difference between life and death if you're a coral facing a bleaching crisis. With the world's coral reefs facing bleaching almost every year by the middle of the century as the oceans warm, a team of international scientists has revealed for the first time how corals can survive or perish in the face of the climatic onslaught.... [more]

European regulations to cover insurance, AIS
Des Ryan,
The 11 March package approved by the the European Parliament for maritime safety has two ramifications for leisure sailors who visit European ports. The first is mandatory anyway in many European countries, but the second will affect all yachts over 15 metres. This will affects not only European sailors, but those who charter or sail in from other parts of the world.... [more]


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