one-armed sailor found safe...first totally green superyacht...AISWatchmate, just for sailors...ARC full, five months early...Polish Natasza Caban, last leg for solo circumnavigation...and more

02 Jul 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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...and the sailing is splendid

Natasza Caban - on the last leg of her solo circumnavigation  .
Summer is bursting upon us and the sailing is splendid. With Summer Sailstice just over and – in the USA - 4th of July celebrations just about to occur, it's good to know that sailors are really making it a summer for sailing.

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has been so successful this year that they have closed the entry almost five months before the 22nd November departure date.

Maybe the economic outlook is so gloomy that one might as well go sailing and forget it all.

Completely untroubled by such stressful subjects as global economic crises, there are two solo circumnavigators on the final legs of their magnificent voyages.

The sailing world is watching the challenges thrown to seventeen-year-old Zac Sunderland as he beats his way up the coastline, and in the same ocean is Polish Natasza Caban, a little older but just as game, as she completes her last leg from Panama back to Hawaii.

We feature a couple of great products this week – a new weather-proof marine fan (well shouldn't ANYTHING marine be 'weather-proof'?) - and the AIS Watchmate, making interpretation of AIS data just so much easier and pertinent for the cruising sailor.

Lots of other stories too, from the newsworthy to the bizarre, from the useful to the sad.

As usual, Sail-World Cruising will keep you up to date with all that's going on in the world of non-competitive sailing, so skip through the articles below to find those that interest YOU.

Smooth cruising!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

ARC Rally closes six months early - Escaping recession?
Peta Stuar-Hunt/Sail-World Cruising,
Is the economic doom and gloom so great in one's home country that it's best just to go sailing? Things have never been better for the organisers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), who have a full list of 225 boats registered for the transatlantic rally almost five months before the 2009 start date.... [more]
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How to steer clear of Trouble this 4th July from BoatU.S.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) has surveyed its nationwide towboat fleetand reveals its recommendations for boaters on how to stay out of trouble when viewing crowded July 4th Fireworks displays.... [more]
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Father and pregnant daughter lose yacht and home
This is Cornwall/Sail-World Cruising,
The yacht they lost was their only home. A British man travelling with his heavily pregnant daughter lost their yacht and only home when they sailed too close to the shore on a journey from the Isles of Scilly to Cornwall.... [more]
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Profile of an adventure sailor - Natasza Caban
Nancy Knudsen,
She is beautiful, very beautiful. On first sight you could think she is a cover-girl for a fashion magazine, a slick high-heeled business chick from New York or a party girl in the fast set in London. The even features, the long lustrous hair, the slim perfect figure could make her any of these - But no, she is doing none of it - instead she is sailing round the world, solo.... [more]
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AIS Watchmate - simply for sailors
Blackwattle Studios,
A collision with a ship at sea is one of the cruising sailor's worst nightmares. While AIS technology has revolutionised one's ability to locate and identify most vessels that could be of danger, the interpretation of the technology into a simple solution, JUST FOR SAILORS, was left, by default, to two off-shore sailors Jeff Robbins and Deirdre Schleigh... [more]
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New Product of the week: Weather-proof marine fan
BW Media,
We all know that water and electronics don't mix, especially salt water and electronics. So the new weatherproof fan designed by well-known marine fan manufacturer Caframo is welcome news.... [more]
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Russian luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises
Des Ryan,
When I first heard it I thought it was a sick joke, and while the evidence is building, I still hope it is. Ananova reports that luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.... [more]
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Teen circumnavigator update - Zac, Mike and Jessica
Nancy Knudsen,
Zac Sunderland, in his final coastal sail to his home port, was sent scurrying into Puerto Vallarta with a cracked bulkhead and away from a tropical storm that was promising to end up as a hurricane. With the help of his father Zac's boat Intrepid is repaired and on his way again.... [more]
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Ancient Balangay sailing vessel sets out on four year saga
Mindanao Examiner/Sail-World Cruising,
A replica of an ancient Philippines boat called a balangay, has finally been launched in Pasay City in Manila after many months of effort by a group of adventurers intent on showing the world the old mariner skills of the people of the Philippines.... [more]
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Skipper relives fatal yacht voyage
WA Today/Sail-World Cruising,
The skipper of the yacht Excalibur that capsized after its keel snapped off says it was the most terrifying experience of his life, and that he had prepared himself to die.... [more]
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Skyros - The Northern Sporades, Aegean Sea
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue with their tales of sailing northwards along the coast of Turkey on their yacht Balvenie, a 47foot fractional-rigged centre-cockpit sloop... [more]
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World's first totally green superyacht
Nancy Knudsen,
When I see a luxury motor yacht these days, I can't get past wondering how many gallons of fuel it uses for an afternoon picnic. However, here's a 58 metre, $33 million superyacht that is, to put it gently, quite quite different.... [more]
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One-armed Japanese Sailor found safe after two months
BW Media,
Akio Yonago, the one-armed Japanese sailor on Emu II arrived safe and well in Thailand after being reported as missing almost two months ago.... [more]
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