The day the dolphin came to visit...five tips for 'Cruisier Cruising'...fatal fall from yacht mast...what a way to ferry a yacht - over the Swiss mountains...sailing with Balvenie...and much more...

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North West Passage dilemma

Ocean Watch - one of three yachts trying to sail the North West Passage this season  .
News from the world of non-competitive sailing never fails to fascinate with its huge range of subjects and newsworthy stories – the incidents, the heroes, the romance, the quirky, and the very very useful....

British teenager Mike Perham appears to be on a pretty easy (comparatively) home run to Portsmouth to become the youngest sailor to sail solo around the world, tipping Zac Sunderland's recent achievement by merely a month or so.

There's a thought provoking article about the North West Passage this week by physics writer from the University of California, John Perlin. There are three sailing boats that we know of attempting to transit the fabled passage this season, and we'll be writing about them in the coming weeks.

If you want to brush up on your sailing skills before that testing passage, why not do it online? NED is a great way to increase your knowledge before the adrenaline is flowing and the issues are real.

Thousands of Irish sailors are signing a petition to save their sail training ship the Asgard II, which sank last year off the coast of France; there is another in the excellent MAIB incident series; and Mark Cherrington offers five handy tips you should check out for 'Cruisier Cruising.'

That's just a taste, so read on,

Enjoy, and...

Smooth Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

North West Passage opening to traffic - but is it a good idea?
John Perlin,
There are several vessels who are trying to make it through the North West Passage this year - powerboats Bagan and Polar Bound, a trawler with David Scott Cowper alone on board. The sailing boats are Silent Sound, Fiona, and Ocean Watch. More and more vessels are attempting the passage - but is it a good idea for the fabled passage to open up to traffic? Maybe not so, says John Perlin:... [more]

How NED can teach you to sail - at home
Adam Loory, UK-Halsey Sailmakers,
Want to brush up on your sailing skills without the possibility of getting wet? Or maybe you have a friend who would like to start from scratch? NauticEd (or NED for short) might be the answer to your dreams.... [more]

Sailing with Balvenie - heading for the Greek mountains
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue with their tales of sailing in Greece on their yacht Balvenie - this week they have been more fortunate in their experiences...After rather a pleasant short sail up from our jinxed stop in Levkas Town we entered the channel into Preveza. The large free town quay had plenty of room.... [more]

Trainees get real-life emergency experience
Amanda Dale, Royal Gazette/Sail-World,
There's nothing like the real thing to get the adrenline flowing. Trainees taking part in a 30-hour training program on the sailing sloop Spirit of Bermuda got more than they bargained for when they were called upon to respond to a Mayday and carry out a rescue this week.... [more]

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]

Mike Perham, two weeks from the record books
Nancy Knudsen,
While Zac Sunderland seems to be on a non-stop speaking tour after the circumnavigation which made him the youngest sailor every to solo circle the world, British teen Mike Perham has cleared the shipping lanes off the coast of the United States which kept him sleepless, and is headed straight for Portsmouth, home and the breaking of Zac's record, being 102 days younger than the Californian sailor... [more]

America's Cup defender's journey to the sea
Sail-World Cruising/ Photos: Carlo Borglenhi,
What a way to ferry a boat! See the pictures! Alinghi 5 is the 90-ft long 90-ft. beam catamaran built by Alinghi for the 33rd America's Cup. To get it from where it was launched, Lake Geneva, to where it would commence training in Genoa, it had to make a journey across the Italian Alps. The next America's Cup is to be held in Ras-Al-Khaimah, roughly 60 miles north-east of Dubai, in the UAE.... [more]

Irish to pocket €3.8million by not salvaging Asgard II
Lorna Siggins, Irish Times/Sail-World Cruising,
Even though the Asgard II sail training vessel is sits upright on the sea bed where she sank last September, and even though the Irish Government has collected €3.8million in insurance, and even though thousands have signed a petition begging for its salvage, the Irish Government is likely not to salvage the vessel, hence pocketing a one-off cash benefit of €3.8 million.... [more]

Incident 6:- Winter storm claims life - 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 fifth in the series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and five lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons? (Find answers at the end of the story)... [more]

Fatal fall from yacht mast
Sail-World Cruising,
A internationally well-known sailor and rigger died this week when he fell from the mast of a 73ft yacht he was rigging in Genoa. Giuliano Gallo, 48, Italian principal of the rigging firm Nautilia, was engaged in maintenance work 12 metres off the deck of the yacht.... [more]

Five tips for Cruisier Cruising
Mark Cherrington,
Sure, sailing should be challenging – that's a great part of the appeal of it. But it should also be fun and not too stressful (after all, isn't that why we sail – to reduce stress?). These tips range from free to a couple of thousand dollars. They have all been aimed at making our sailing life simpler, easier and less stressful, as well as letting us do some tasks more quickly.... [more]

Fire consumes tallship replica
BW Media Roundup,
Saddest sight of the week was that of fire consuming a three masted ship which was the replica of the 17th-century flagship of the Dutch East India Company last Thursday. At the time the Prins Willem was located at the Museumhaven Willemsoord in Den Helder in the northern Netherlands.... [more]

Tonga's Regatta Vava'u and Sail Week 2009 Inaugural event
Ben Newton,
The First Annual Tonga's Regatta Vava'u and Sail Week is set to kick off on 3 September and continue through 8 September 2009. This fun-filled week will take place in and around the Northern Island Group of Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga. Funds generated by events will go toward focusing awareness on conserving the local marine environment and donations will also go to local charities.... [more]

The day the dolphin came to visit
BW Media roundup,
Sailors crossing any ocean in the world are accustomed to finding flying fish on the deck in the morning, but how surprised was a Florida family the other day when a 6ft long, 120 pound bottlenosed dolphin leapt into their boat.... [more]

Sailing with Balvenie - The Islands of the Ionian Sea

Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in their yacht Balvenie in the Greek Islands. If you think sailing the Greek Islands is all champagne and sunsets, read on, and be put off the Ionian islands for ever. Leaving Mesolongi, it was time to move on to the Ioanian Sea...... [more]

Whoops! Tall ship aground
Boston Globe/Sail-World Cruising,
A tall ship devoted to teaching girls to sail very embarrassingly ran aground on rocks this week near Woods Hole in Massachusetts USA, and the Coast Guard was called to take most of the crew off the vessel.... [more]


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