French Navy saves New Zealand tiny sailing gadget- the iPhone...child hoax costs rescuers...USA ethanol argument heats up...Hilary Lister in Scotland...and much more...

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Keeping you up to date with what's going on in the non-competitive sailing world is one of the most important of Sail-World Cruising's goals.

...and that includes everything from the practical to the dreamy to the quirky.

The week to come is the one in which, almost certainly, Zac Sunderland, game 17-year-old from California, will almost certainly become the youngest teen ever to circumnavigate the earth, alone. But watch out Zac, British Mike Perham is almost home too.

A world circumnavigation is something done by about 300 boats a year. But how would YOU like to circumnavigate Australia? So far, it's been done but rarely. Seem like an impossible dream? – Sail-World tells you how, in a newly announced rally.

Read Mark Cherrington's excellent advice on how to make use of an iPhone for some distinct sailing advantages, and read about the role of a stern anchor on a boat. This anchor is something often under-utilised, or not even kept, on a cruising boat. Des Ryan gives you four reasons why you should make sure you have one on board.

News from those adventurers trying to circumnavigate both the America's – they're stuck in Nome in Alaska. That hardy quad female sailor Hilary Lister has 'done Ireland, on her way to Scotland' and Crystal Blue's crew Ley and Neil give us some very cruisy bread recipes.

How on earth DID that couple end up on a sandbank in the Conwy River? - HE said she did it, and SHE said he did it, but isn't that always the way? ...and and how exactly DID the superyacht pictured here end up on the rocks? The question is still hanging.

Read on, have fun, and

Smooth Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

French Navy saves New Zealand family with six children
Des Ryan,
While French footballers may not be so popular in New Zealand after a French rugby player in New Zealand was recently found to be lying about his injuries, the French Navy has redeemed their nation with the New Zealand sailing fraternity after they came to the rescue of an Auckland family on a dismasted yacht.... [more]
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It's happening - the Great Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally
Nancy Knudsen,
Cruising rallies are growing in popularity round the world, so that almost anywhere the cruising sailor wants to go it's possible to join an organised rally, enriching the voyage for the participants, and adding much local knowledge to ease the passage-making. Now there's a new one, one of the most interesting rallies every to be created – the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally.&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]
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Child Radio Hoax Costs Rescuers Tens of Thousands

If you have a marine radio, be it on your boat or at a home station, are you sure that small children cannot use it unsupervised? Shetland Coastguard in the UK reports that a suspected hoax call launched an intensive air and sea search which 'cost tens of thousands of pounds.'... [more]
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USA Ethanol argument heats up
Blackwattle Studios,
As the deadline in the USA for federal comment on the introduction of E15 - the putting of 15% ethanol into marine fuel - approaches, the lobbying heats up. BoatUS, the boat-owners association of the United States, is asking all boaters to speak out before the 20th June deadline.... [more]
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OOps! Who was NOT on watch?
BW Media,
At around 04:30 last Saturday morning, strong winds caused the pictured 39metre yacht Pari to drag anchor off Cap Ferrat, located on France's Riviera coastline. She was pushed up against the rocks, in spite of there being two guests and seven crew on board when the incident occurred.... [more]
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'Around the Americas', stuck in Nome - and enjoying it
Nancy Knudsen,
The Around the Americas Expedition, on the 64ft Bruce Roberts steel cutter Ocean Watch, making an attempt to circle both American continents, is stuck in Nome, Alaska. The expedition, whose mission is conducting scientific research as well as building local awareness of global warming, cannot proceed because of 'fast ice', blocking their way. Nome, they say though, is not a bad place to be stuck... [more]
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Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone - Part 1
Mark Cherrington,
Apple's much-hyped iPhone has attracted much attention since the global release of the 3G in 2008, with tens of thousands of applications, and more coming. Buried among the many, some of which are rubbish, are others that are excellent and purpose-designed for sailors, as Mark Cherrington describes. This is Part 1 of a 3 Part Series.... [more]
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2011-2012 Around Australia Rally - Bob Williams talks about the Rally
Media Services,
Bob Williams, from Ocean Events talks about the 2011-2012 Rally and the optimum times of the year for cruisers to be on various places on the Australian coastline.... [more]
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Stern anchors and four reasons you should have one
Des Ryan,
One of the favourite discussion subjects among cruising sailors in sundowners is about anchors. They, after all, are the little items that can give you a good night's sleep, or, if they give way, put you on the rocks. The lowly stern anchor is often forgotten, but a stern anchor can be an excellent addition to the bag of tricks that every cruising sailor needs for safe and pleasant cruising.... [more]
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Skype now standard 'comms' for cruising sailors
Nancy Knudsen,
‘How long has this been going on?' that's what a cruising friend said to me recently when I showed her my Skype set-up. I had to admit I didn't know the answer to that, but it certainly must be every cruising sailor's dream.... [more]
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A day in the life of a coast guard volunteer
Blackwattle Studios,
She's on the bow, watching as they pass through the river delta. He is steering. 'Ok you're doing fine, good go to starboard - starboard!' pause 'Starboard I said. You're not going far enough to starboard. SEE MY HAND - THAT WAY THAT WAY. STARBOARD. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, S T A R B O A R D!'... [more]
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Sailing Incident Series - Can you identify the lessons?
MAIB/Sail-World Cruising,
Judgment is for God, but the best mistakes to learn by are other people's. This is especially so with sailing. In this anecdote, the first of a series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and some lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons?... [more]
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Give us this day our daily bread - sailing style...
Neil and Ley Langford,
Ley and Neil Langford, long time cruisers on their yacht Crystal Blues, are embarked on serious maintenance on their boat in Thailand. This gives them time to think about the bread-making that has stayed a prominent part of their daily life as a cruising couple, and to offer YOU some good recipes:... [more]
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Seven yacht crew released but boat burned

Last week there was rejoicing for the seven sailors who were released unharmed by Somali pirates and flew home to the Seychelles. However, celebrations turned darker when it was discovered that the pirates had burned their yacht because insufficient ransom monies had been paid.... [more]
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'Done Ireland, off to Scotland!' - it's Hilary
Nancy Knudsen,
'Done Ireland, off to Scotland, talk to you when I get there.' It sounds like an SMS to one's parents, but there's such a difference - Hilary is a quadriplegic sailor, and she's sailing solo!... [more]
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