Round Australia Rally...naughtical mishaps and Cynthia Woods news...Zac pictures and the life of a superyachtie revealed...and much more....

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Buzzing with news from the world's oceans

Youngest solo circumnavigator, just arrived home
In and around the world's oceans it is buzzing with lots of news this week....

Climate change is a never-ending subject, and the state of the oceans dear to most sailors' hearts. Read of the continuing argument about the introduction of more ethanol into marine fuels, and the Oceans Project has produced a revealing survey about Americans' attitudes to the Ocean.

Californian Zac Sunderland is no doubt having a well-deserved rest after becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo – see the photos, while British Mike Perham, who is very likely to break that record in the near future, is stuck fast in Panama, waiting for the bureaucracy of the Panama Canal Authority to give him a transit slot.

If you can't sail away into the sunset yourself, the next best thing is to enjoy the tales from Balvenie, sailing in the Greek Islands, or the Eileen Ogintz tales of taking the kids sailing in Tahiti.

Delightful innovation in this week's best product – Keybuoy, the amazing Danbuoy sort of keyring (what does THAT mean? - read the story), and weather guru Lee Bruce offers some good websites for passage planning when you don't want to pay him for the service.

Follow-up stories on the Cynthia Woods tragedy, and much more, so read on, enjoy, and....

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Solo teen Mike Perham,stuck in Panama, congratulates 'Youngest around'
Lisa Mylchreest,
Mike Perham, that British teenager who is a little younger than Zac Sunderland, but, like Zac, circumnavigating the world solo, is stuck in Panama waiting for a transit slot. The Panama Canal Authority is heedless of the dilemma of a yacht that wishes to cross the Atlantic before the hurricane season, or even to get home to secure his record as the youngest ever to circumnavigate the world.... [more]
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2011 Around Australia - Grab a slot reservation now!!
The Sail-World Team,
Start a Good Idea and nothing can stop it!! West Australian Bob Williams launched the 2011 Around Australia Race and Rally with an online newsletter to Sail-World's audience. Its not just a walk in the park, its a 7500 nautical mile race or rally, a major time commitment.... [more]
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Second yacht/trawler collision in two months
Roslina Mohamad, The Star/Sail-World Cruising,
The importance of keeping a proper lookout was again underlined this week when a fishing trawler collided with a yacht off the east coast of Australia. It is the second such incident in two months. In May an American citizen lost his life when his yacht collided with a fishing trawler of the east coast of Malaysia and sank... [more]
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Keybuoy - how never to lose your keys in the water.
Nancy Knudsen,
Dropping your keys in the water or any other small valuable object is the nightmare no sailor wants to happen. With this new invention by Davis, you can not only drop them in the water and they will float, you WILL BE ABLE TO FIND THEM EASILY. How? Read on...... [more]
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Life of a superyachtie revealed - Yachtfest 2009
BW Media,
If you are not already a superyachtie, and want to see what life is like for a superyachtie in these challenging times, there'll be no better place to be than San Diego in the middle of September, attending Yachtfest San Diego 2009.... [more]
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Six attitudes to ocean and climate change - read the survey result..
Bill Mott/Sail-World,
The United States of America is arguably the most influential nation on earth, and climate change is arguably the most vital subject on earth. When the Oceans Project, an organisation dealing with a subject arguably the dearest to a sailor's heart, The Ocean, conducts a survey on what Americans think about the Ocean and Climate Change, the results are illuminating... [more]
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Sailing Incident Series No. 3 - 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 third in the 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? (Find answers at the end of the story)... [more]
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Rare posthumous honor for Cynthia Woods hero
Chris Paschenko, Daily News,
The safety officer heralded as a hero for giving his life to help rescue sailing students aboard a vessel bound for Veracruz, Mexico, will be honored by the U.S. Coast Guard... [more]
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NMMA submits comments to EPA on ethanol proposal
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) submitted nearly 40 pages of comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing a petition submitted by Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobby, requesting a waiver to allow the sale of ethanol gasoline blends of up to 15 percent (E15).... [more]
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Marathon Sail (Part 2) - Can one man make a difference?
Rob Dowling/,
Rob Dowling is a man who believes 'one man can make a difference'. Driven by his passion and desire to help the children of the Amazon River basin and his love of sailing, Rob undertook on the 3-4th July, a marathon sail around an estuary in Northern Ireland. Here Rob writes part two of his marathon sail and the reasons behind it.... [more]
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Taking the kids sailing in Tahiti
Eileen Ogintz,
Eileen Ogintz, well known American journalist, writes about the trials of travelling with young children. From their home in Connecticut, Ogintz travels with her husband, their three children, Matt, Reggie and Melanie, and other young children in the extended family who serve—not always graciously—as Taking the Kids' special team of experts. Here she describes their sailing holiday in Tahiti... [more]
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Naughtical mishap - American Eagle bites the -er- rock
Blackwattle Studios,
Nobody knows why it happened, but in a naughtical mishap that could have spelled the end of the 92ft American Eagle, the magnificent windjammer sailing boat went aground... [more]
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Cynthia Woods Capsize - 'It wasn't us,' says university
Sail-World Cruising,
Texas A&M University have produced a report which claims that it was severe design flaws that caused the fatal sinking of the Cynthia Woods last summer, and was not caused by any fault or lack in maintenance.... [more]
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COGOW etc for passage planning - and why you need them
Lee Bruce,
When passage planning, one needs all the help one can get to choose the right time to go, and the right winds to depart in. Next time you're planning a passage, try these websites for the help the can give you. Here Lee Bruce, of OceanMet (a division of Tactical Weather LLC) tells you why these sites can improve your planning:... [more]
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He's done it! See the pictures of Zac Sunderland's arrival
Nancy Knudsen,
Zac, eldest of six Sunderland children, son of Marianne and Laurence, and 17-years of age, has become the youngest person to sail solo round the world. See the pictures of his arrival by photographer Lisa Gizara - [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie - Saronic Gulf Islands and Athens
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing through the Greek Islands on their 47ft yacht Balvenie. As we approached the eastern entrance to the island of Poros after a fast beam-reach sail across the Western Aegean from Sifnos, a procession of large and extremely large launches crossed our path.... [more]
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