European yachts of the year...not pirates, yachties starved to death...Venezuela Oceans Watch yachties are making a difference...pirates strike in the Amazon...and much more...

30 Jul 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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From the dramatic to the unusual, from the wild to the quirky.

Dreamy tales of the Greek Islands from yacht Balvenie  Yacht Balvenie
The world's oceans have produced their usual crop of stories this week – from the dramatic to the unusual, from the wild to the quirky.

Seventeen-year-old Mike Perham has finally passed through Panama and is on his way through the Caribbean as part of the last leg of his circumnavigation and back to Britain. Some lazy jacks misbehaving have sent him up the mast, but he's cracking along at a good pace.

Piracy is back in the news, with a pirate attack on the Amazon River, and a new – o so simple – pirate deterrent for the Gulf of Aden.

Venezuelan waters are again on the warning list because of instability in that country; down in the South Pacific there's a group of keen sailors making a real difference to the local people; and an inquest has found that two recreant cruising sailors really did starve to death on their yacht.

In happier news, you can follow the dreamy tales of sailing in the Greek Islands with Balvenie; the Aspen Yacht Club(yes, it's real) shares some of its enjoyment secrets; and a young designer is looking for $65 million to turn his greenest-of-green superyacht design into reality.

Closer to home, there are articles of practical use.... Mark Cherrington continues his series on the iPhone as a sailing gadget, the world's first codeable lock seems like a great invention for yachties, and our Sailing Incident Series which has proved so popular is throwing out another incident and another challenge.

Browse through the stories, choose those that interest you, and here's wishing you ....

Smooth Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

European Yacht of the Year - the shortlist
Sail-World Cruising,
If you're thinking of getting a new yacht any time soon - or even a second hand one, keeping an eye on who is doing well according to the 'experts' is all part of the research. The shortlist for the 2009/10 European Yacht of the Year awards has been finalised... [more]
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It wasn't pirates, but a grisley end for sailors found adrift.

When Senegalese fishermen found the apparently abandoned yacht Skipper VII drifting 12 miles of the coast of Senegal, the yacht's rudder was jammed and the sails torn and the hull was encrusted with shellfish. When the fishermen then found the bodies of the two crew on board, it was thought that the couple had been killed by pirates. However, when a diary was found all that changed.... [more]
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Sailor/student-designer of super-green super-yacht needs $65m
Blackwattle Studios,
He grew up a sailor, so keen he won the Sir Peter Blake Achievement in Sailing award in 2003. He wanted to be a designer, so he took a boat design degree at Coventry University and won their Boat Designer of the Year Award for 2009. Now Alastair Callender has designed a super-green super-yacht, but there's no-one yet put up the $65 million required to build it.... [more]
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Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone - Part 3
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 3 of a 3 Part Series.... [more]
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MOB - She couldn't pull him back on board
Des Ryan,
A romantic boat trip to mark a wedding anniversary that turned into a dramatic rescue operation this week shows again how difficult it is to get someone back on board a sailing boat once he or she (particularly he) has fallen overboard... [more]
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Pirates strike on the Amazon
BW Media,
When New Zealand's revered Sir Peter Blake was killed by pirates in 2001 on the Amazon River, it was thought to be a one-off experience, but yachts thinking of venturing up the Amazon River should be aware that a tourist vessel has been raided by pirates and the passengers robbed this week on the Amazon River.... [more]
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Razor Barbed wire found to deter pirates
Des Ryan,,
Whoever said the best ideas were the simplest knew a thing or two. Solo circumnavigating sailor Joshua Slocum back in the 19th Century used tacks on the deck of his yacht Spray to deter marauding natives in the Beagle Channel in South America, and now Danish ships have discovered that simple barbed wire is an effective deterrent agains pirates.... [more]
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Unusual Yacht Clubs of the World - Aspen Yacht Club
Will Grant, Aspen Daily News/Sail-World,
Aspen is known for lots of snow, and for its skiing. It's definitely not known for its sailing. However, the Aspen Yacht Club is not a joke. It did start as a joke, and people often think it's a joke, but it's not. It's an actual yacht club, complete with yachts, docks, skippers, logbooks and membership fees... [more]
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Cat Capsize, Sailing Incident 4 - 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 fourth 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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Venezuela warning for yachts in the Caribbean
Roy Carson,VHeadline/Sail-World Cruising,
Yachts in the Caribbean thinking of visiting Venezuela before the end of the season - or already there - should be aware that there are possible changes on the coast of Venezuela owing to rumours of an impending conspiracy or coup.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie - Westwards thru the Corinth Canal and onward
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in Greece on their 47ft sloop Balvenie. In this episode they sail westward through the Corinth Canal and then to Mesolongi, Ancient Olympia and Diakofto.... [more]
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Product of the Week: World's First Codeable Lock
Sail-World Cruising,
Does your bunch of keys look like the picture? Are you tired of having keys for, not only the house, the car, the garage and the shed, but also the boat, the dinghy, the outboard motor and the deck lazarette? Now there's an amazing innovative solution that could cut your key chain by half... [more]
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How yachties from Oceans Watch are making a difference
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailors on yachts in remote areas are making a difference. Oceans Watch, that organisation of sailors on yachts, which was formed to assist local people in remote coastal areas to conserve and build their ocean resources, is doing just that - and this story is one example of just how successful they are.... [more]
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Humans 'damaging the oceans' - evidence mounts
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world's oceans in profound and damaging ways is outlined in a new scientific discussion paper released today.... [more]
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