Whale collision spells the end of a dream...string sails - are they for you?...world's largest yacht launched...Death fall from mast - how are YOUR procedures...setting a second anchor...and much more...

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The 'Seventh Continent'

Helen at the wheel of Helen Mary Gee not long before striking the whale  .
When I was a pure racing sailor, although maybe not a very good one, they used to call it the 'Seventh Continent' – that watery grouping of sailors who had left landed life – maybe only for a weekend, but often for years – to go long range cruising. I used to dream about doing the same thing, and along with the dream came the nightmares – going onto rocks, hitting a whale, finding the perfect storm, losing the boat.

So stories like the two in this week's edition of the magazine are particularly agonising. One solo sailor lost his engine just when the wind failed and the current took him onto the rocks, a dream gone; and another dream was lost when a cruising couple hit a whale in the middle of their circumnavigation. Spare some thoughts of sympathy for these two – it could have been you or me or many another cruising sailor.

However the rescue officer who saved the solo sailor from the rocks and then took him took him, not to a hotel, but to his own home to stay and recover gets my vote as the star act for the week!

Zac Sunderland is experiencing a dream downhill run with squalls as he gets closer and closer to his home port of Marina del Rey in Los Angeles, and the finish of his circumnavigation which will make him, for a time anyway, the youngest person to have ever circumnavigated. What I like about Zac, however, is his relaxed way and excellent seamanship, and I hope he keeps that record a long time.

We have wry sailing tales from Chris Stewart and yacht Balvenie to entertain you, and there's also much practical information – what do YOU think of string sails for cruising sailors? - See what Butch Ullmer thinks. There are nine rules for going up the mast after another death this week, and Des Ryan offers some smart advice about setting a second anchor – or not.

As ever, there is a wide selection of news and articles - skip through and choose what interests you.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Smooth Sailing

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Yacht and round-world dream sunk after whale strike
Daily Echo/Sail-World Cruising,
A couple's round-world dream odyssey ended in disaster when their Sovereign 470 yacht sank after hitting a whale in the Caribbean. Helen and Paul Glavin, from Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, were living the dream of circumnavigation when the tragedy occurred in rough seas near the British Virgin Islands.... [more]
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World's largest yacht launched
Sail-World Cruising,
On Friday the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg launched the world's largest superyacht Eclipse for Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich. The yacht will be used by Roman and his girlfriend Daria Schukowa for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He already has three other superyachts.... [more]
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Teen circumnavigators - where are they now?
Nancy Knudsen,
17-year-old Zac Sunderland from California, and 17-year-old Mike Perham from Britain are both in the process of a solo circumnavigation of the world. Both are now vying - albeit in the most friendly of ways - to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world. (Mike is 108 days younger, so he has a bit of an edge.)... [more]
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Five top tips for aspiring sailors
Chris Stewart,
My love affair with sailing began one Saturday morning. I was 29 and completely skint. I'd been trying to carve out a career as a sheep farmer but the bank had just called time on the idea by calling in their loans. And then an old friend, Julie Miller, hollered across the road at me. 'Chris, how would you like to skipper a yacht in the Greek islands this summer for my great aunt Jane?'... [more]
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Solo sailor rescue - How far will the coastguard go?
Nancy Knudsen,
How far will the coastguard go in saving a sailor? UK Coastguard station officer Nigel McColm showed just how far this week when he took a ship-wrecked sailor to his own home for the night after saving his life.... [more]
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Setting a second anchor
Des Ryan,
There are many arguments against setting a second anchor: the possibility of tangling, and the added time needed to get them both in if you need to make a quick getaway are two that most quickly come to mind. However, setting a second anchor is just one in the basket of tricks that will give you the flexibility that you need when cruising.... [more]
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Join the Summer Sailstice on June 20-21
John Arndt,
Sailors everywhere are posting their sailing plans as part of the world's largest sailing rally at www.summersailstice.com. Wherever you sail and whatever you sail, Summer Sailstice is the weekend to connect with the rest of the world for a celebratory sail.... [more]
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Special offer from Classic Maritime Replicas
Jeni Bone,
There are model boats and then there are Classic Maritime Replicas. The new range of hand crafted, beautiful replicas of classic powerboats, yachts and tall ships are the finest museum quality model boats available anywhere today at an affordable price.... [more]
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String sails - Can they be good for a cruising sailor?
Butch Ulmer/Sail-World Cruising,
Many racing sails today are made with 'strings', either continuous, or non-continuous. The question for the cruising sailor is: Can I benefit from this technology - or is it just suitable for racing sailors?... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie - Eastern Sporades, Aegean Sea, Greece
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in the Mediterranean on their yacht Balvenie: At last our spell of high winds abated, we checked out of Turkey, left the little marina at Canakkale (with many fewer Lira!!!), and headed west down the Dardenelle Straits. With the current now with us, winds just aft of the beam and full sail up we flew across to Limnos.... [more]
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Another mast-climbing death - Nine Rules so you are not next..
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week another death was caused by a fall from a nine metre mast in Ontario USA. The sailor fell out of his sling while he was being hoisted and his head hit a spreader as he fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene... [more]
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RYA Annual Sail Cruise - Success again for Channel Rally
BW Media,
The twenty strong fleet of yachts taking part in the 2009 RYA Sail Cruise - from Gosport in Hampshire UK to France and the Channel Islands - made, for several of the boats, their first Channel crossing to arrive safely in Cherbourg on Monday evening.... [more]
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Hurricane Forecast 'below normal', but 'be prepared.'
Nancy Knudsen,
There's good news for sailors and landlubbers alike for this year's Atlantic hurricane season. The season officially began on June 01, and will last until November 30, and in spite of the good news, authorities are being careful not to lull sailors and hurricane-prone communities into a false sense of security.... [more]
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2012 Games brings Queen to Dorset
Blackwattle Studios,
The excitement was palpable at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Dorset on the southern coast of Britain this week. The reason for the gathering crowds was the fact that Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and the usual accompaniment of ladies-in-waiting etc., visited the facility on June 11th.... [more]
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‘Jellyfish joyride' a threat to the oceans
Early action could be crucial to addressing the problem of major increases in jellyfish numbers, which appears to be the result of human activities. 'Dense jellyfish aggregations can be a natural feature of healthy ocean ecosystems, but a clear picture is now emerging of more severe and frequent jellyfish outbreaks worldwide,' Dr Anthony Richardson.... [more]
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Pulau Duyong to have yacht repair facilities
Pulau Duyong, the home of the Monsoon Cup since 2005, will be equipped with yacht repair and maintenance facilities. Terengganu Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Za'abar Mohd Adib said although the facilities on the island was of international standard it did not provide yacht repair and maintenance services.... [more]
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West Marine Discounts you may not want to miss
BW Media,
Like everyone else in business today, West Marine, those great online marine goods resellers who seem to be able to deliver their goods more quickly than the marine store down the street, must be doing it tough.... [more]
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