Disaster follows triumph after solo sailor's 5th Cape Horn...skin cancer in sailors...seven secrets for being a fit sailor...the sailing boat that skis...and much more

23 Apr 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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What made these dimwits think they could cross the ocean?

Just being a sailor you are doing a little for the planet  .
The rescue authorities do a fantastic job and there's many a sailor out there who probably owes their survival at least in part to one of the world's worthy rescue organisations.

It therefore saddens me greatly to hear of the stupid or the naïve who demand rescue services because they get a little scared or cold when they hit some bad weather – witness this week's story of some dumbums in a perfectly sound boat that wasn't sinking, but had a damaged sail.

Ever heard of needle and thread? Every heard of a jury-rig? What about using the damned bed sheets? O yes the engine was still working, and they were making 50nm a day, and were only 150 miles from shore, but they refused the offer of fuel, which had been kindly helicoptered out to them.

No, the three crew insisted on being air-lifted off the boat, which they abandoned. The helicopter pilot who performed what is always a testing manoeuvre commented, 'We'll get them to a warm shower.'

This week was Earth Day, so all of you who sail – along with bicycists, hikers and othe non-motorised sports people – can congratulate yourselves that at least in your leisure time you are not harming the planet. Here's a challenge: How many powerboat junkies can you cure this year and convert them to sailing?

There is a great mix of news from around the world – that wonderful 75 year-old sailor Minoru Saito, on his eighth solo circumnavigation, has had some bad luck – he is as awe-inspiring as the above crew of three are offensive. Also a little awe-inspiring to this tropical sailor are those weekend cruising sailors who are so keen they keeping sailing when it's snowing – see the pictures!

Read about the eight engineering-student sailors with an ambitious Atlantic project, if you are a fair skinned sailor there's some good advice by Lynne Fitzpatrick, and this week's featured product is the sailing boat that also... waterskis!

Read on, enjoy, and...

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Yacht crew demands rescue - did they panic?
BW Media roundup,
New Zealand rescue resources were used twice this week to go to the aid of the three crew of a yacht in the Tasman Sea, who sited 'sail damage' and 'the fear of running out of fuel' for their demand to be airlifted off their yacht.... [more]

Skin Cancer - the Reality of being a Fair-Skinned Sailor
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'One of the first skin cancer screenings that I did at a regatta was during the 2001/02 Miami stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Dr. Steve Horwitz. Steve is sailing's skin doctor. He has been practicing dermatology in Miami for over three decades and has been sailing on Biscayne Bay for longer... [more]

Minoru Saito - Disaster follows Cape Horn triumph
Nancy Knudsen,
Minoru Saito, that legendary 75 year-old Japanese sailor on his eighth circumnavigation has just rounded Cape Horn – for the fifth time – but his glee has been tempered by a storm which has disabled his yacht and driven him back to Punta Arenas under tow.... [more]

This week's product: The sailing boat that waterskies
Nancy Knudsen,
What a good idea! One of the most interesting and flexible sailing boats in the world is this week's product - a sailing boat that skies. If you are both a sailor and a water skier or wake-boarder, this 26ft sailing boat could be just the thing.... [more]

Seven Sailors' Secrets for losing weight.
Nancy Clark/Sail-World,
Summer is fast approaching in the northern hemisphere and the sailing season starting again. Here nutritionist Nancy Clark shares Seven Secrets all sailors should know if they want to drop some pounds.... [more]

Desperate sailors throw children overboard
Press.co.nz/Sail-World Cruising,
A disaster was narrowly missed last Sunday when desperate parents on a trimaran threw their children overboard to save them when a collision with launch seemed unavoidable. Their quick action, combined with the fact that they all wore lifejackets, probably saved themselves and the children seconds before their trimaran and a launch collided in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.... [more]

Sailor Students build robot yacht to sail the Atlantic
Science Daily/Sail-World Cruising,
Eight young Swiss sailors - who are also mechanical engineering students - have taken on something big: in the context of their focus project, they are designing a sailing boat to sail autonomously across the Atlantic. They are determined that their creation will be ready to enter the International Microtransat Challenge, which is the first Atlantic crossing race for unmanned yachts, later this y... [more]

Today is Earth Day - sailors for the planet!
Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors help Earth Day, 22nd April. Every moment of every day you sail a boat or ride a bicycle and DON'T drive a power boat or a motor car, you are helping the planet to recover. Here are a few of the facts about global warming from the Earth Day Network:... [more]

A Cruising Holiday aboard Raja Laut – Borneo
Maggie Joyce,
Raja Laut sets her sights southwards to the magnificence of Indonesia and Borneo, the third largest island in the world. Malaysian Borneo is blessed by Mother Nature, with imposing mountain ranges, lush rainforests, swollen rivers, a smattering of idyllic islands, and a smorgasbord of natural charm and friendly locals!... [more]

Round the World by sailing boat in 40 days? Is it possible?
Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch/Sail-World,
That is what a revolutionary Franco-Swiss 'flying yacht' project aims to achieve, and the project has entered a new phase. So far, the solo record is held by Francis Joyon at 57 days, and the fastest crewed round world record is 50 days by Bruno Peyron. These are both Frenchmen, so it seems if anyone is going to cut 10 days off the current record, it just might be the French.... [more]

Will Earthrace become a Whale-saver?
The next challenge for the bio-diesel fuelled 78 foot trimaran wave piercer Earthrace could be helping to save whales in Antarctica.... [more]

How to extend your sailing season
Nancy Knudsen,
Looking forward to summer sailing? Spare a thought for those keen sailors who live in cold climes, whose summer hasn't started yet, and when it does it doesn't last long. But wait, that was until ducted diesel heaters came along....... [more]

Curtain raised on the new l'Hydroptère.ch
Event media,
On Wednesday during a press conference organized in Lausanne, on the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which is the scientific adviser of the project, Alain Thébault and a part of his team unveiled the drawings of l'Hydroptère.ch... [more]

Three yacht pirates charged in France
BW Media round-up,
The three surviving pirates who kept four cruising sailors and a three-year-old hostage for a week have been charged with hijacking and false imprisonment in France... [more]

Sail Indonesia Rally is on again - with a changed route
Sail-World Cruising,
The Sail Indonesia Rally is on again for 2009 and will depart from Darwin for Indonesia on July 18. So far an amazing 88 boats have registered their interest for this valuable rally, which introduces yachts as seamlessly as possible to Indonesia and the Asian cruising grounds beyond. The organisers are still taking registrations of interest, and judging by those who missed out in previous years,... [more]

Singapore voted Best Asian Maritime Capital
YP Loke,
Singapore bagged the Best Asian Maritime Capital Award at the Asia Boating Awards 2009, beating other cities in contention that included Dubai, Hong Kong , Phuket and Qingdao. Singapore's Consul in Shanghai, Ang Choo Pin, represented the Republic to collect the Award at the Gala Dinner hosted in Shanghai, on Friday 17-April. This year the event was was held alongside the China International Boat... [more]


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